OxiMeta - Metamaterials Virtual Institute

Metamaterial center, Hosted in Engineering Science with a concentration on Metatronics, Plasmonics and applications of metamaterial systems.

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The OxiMETA institute aims at future development of meta-technologies covering a wide range of scales and frequencies, with end-products including Medical applications, Optical technologies and Instrumentation, in view of a large number of relevant companies in and around Oxford.

The Institute will provide a platform for collaboration and less formal interactions between researchers interested in incorporating metamaterial structures in future technologies, exploring the basic physics of novel meta-structured composites and using meta-devices.

The institute will act as a virtual institute with its goals being supported through a calendar of activities and workshops. Joint research efforts involving analysis, synthesis, design, manufacturing, characterisation and optimisation will be our path, driven by the prospect of arriving at novel devices (e.g. capable of super-directive manipulation of the electromagnetic waves suitable for medical imaging applications, both for diagnostic and therapeutic use).

The aim of the centre is to leverage the existing human/equipment resources. OxiMETA potential partners are across the entire university, with core partners being based in Engineering, Materials and Physics for now.

Following the success of the 9th International Congress and 27th Doctoral School on Metamaterials hosted by us in Oxford – 7-12 September 2015 (376 congress delegates from 47 countries, 75 doctoral school participants), the visibility of the University as a centre for metamaterials research has risen rapidly. We are now creating the OxiMETA institute to intensify our internal collaboration, but also to create a single point of contact for world leading researchers outside, which will trigger new projects with external partners.