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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM²)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM²)

Welcome to XM2- the doctoral training programme of our Centre for Metamaterial Research and Innovation

For a list of PhD projects in Metamaterials, please see here.

In 2014, we started off as a £12 million Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Metamaterials, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, EP/L015331/1), the University of Exeter and industry. Since its interceptions in 2014, XM2 was and is home to now more than 100 PhD students (~55 active, ~50 graduates) and their individual research projects, embedded in strong academic groups and supervisor teams.

The PhD students learn together in targeted courses, self-driven activity groups, and exposure to industry to gain scientific background knowledge beyond their areas of expertise, and to equip themselves with transferable professional skills such as creative thinking, project management, and leadership.

To date, our graduates went on to careers in academia and industry, and started to act as role models for the next generation of reseachers.

What are metamaterials?

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