What are metamaterials?

Metamaterials are fabricated microstructures with properties beyond those found in nature. They are an important new class of electromagnetic and acoustic materials with a wide range of applications in areas including energy harvesting, efficiency and storage; imaging; communications; electronic circuitry; sensing and ‘cloaking’.

Doctoral Training

PhD candidates: apply now to become part of CMRI.

Industry/academic partners: Our ideas section showcases projects we would like to explore with you. Our case studies give examples of what we've done in the past.

The Centre for Metamaterial Research and Innovation (CMRI)

The CMRI is an academic and industry network that harnesses research excellence from theory to application to enable simulation, measurement, and fabrication of metamaterials.

Our breadth is our strength: we are uniquely positoned to solve multi-faceted research questions and industry challenges.  Our academic expertise spans electromagnetism (from thermal and infra-red, through visible, to the microwave), acoustics and fluidics. The materials we work with have wide application e.g., imaging, sensing and spectroscopy, acoustic and RF signature reduction, energy storage and harvesting. 

We believe that excellence in research and impactful science comes from great collaboration and networking.  Our long-standing experience in working with industrial partners in ICT, energy, healthcare, and defence & security sectors enables us to provide fit-for-purpose collaborations, adjusted to the needs of a variety of businesses, from SMEs to large companies.

We work with national and international academic and industry partners, through research projects, PhD studentships, and consultancy. As such, our EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials with over 60 PhD students is core part of CMRI, developing the next generation of scientific leaders with scientific knowledge in depth and breadth, and business acumen.

What can metamaterials do for you?

Metamaterials find application in a variety of industrial sectors. Our case studies demonstrate how metamaterials can help modern society to fight cancer, save energy, and protect goods and people.

Contact us: metamaterials@exeter.ac.uk

Management team Prof Alastair P Hibbins (Director), Dr Anja Roeding (Manager), and Prof C David Wright (Co-Director)

From theory to experiment, design, and fabrication

  • Acoustics and Phononics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Fluidics
  • Quantum
  • RF and Microwave
  • Visible and Infrared (incl THz)

Materials, from nanoscale to 3D printing

  • Additive layer manufacture
  • 2D materials
  • Bio/soft materials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Nanocomposites & Novel dielectrics
  • Phase change materials