Metamaterials are conventional materials (silicon, glass, metal, plastic, etc) engineered to yield extraordinary properties that are not found in nature (bending light, deflecting seismic waves, invisibility cloaks, etc).
Metamaterials have a number of applications driven by a growing demand for revolutionary technologies. Today metamaterials can be found in cutting-edge technologies including perfect lenses, antennas and terahertz devices. These technologies can be used to make stealth military aircraft invisible to radar, smart solar energy systems, optoelectronics, vibration dampers, sound proofing and even earthquake deflection systems.
What are the steps to manufacture metamaterials?
Manufacturing new metamaterials to meet technological demands requires a deep understanding of mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering.
The first step is to design the metamaterial using computer modelling. Design time is amongst other things, a function of the number of iterations required to find the right combination of geometry/feature and material that will yield the desired effect within given manufacturing constraints. The cost of design is a function of time, which in turn is a function of computing power and algorithm efficiency.
The second step consists of manufacturing using various techniques such as nano-lithography, electron or ion beam lithography, photolithography, standard machining and even 3D printing.
How much computing power can I use to run my simulations?
Cloud providers offer computing power, on demand, to help engineers accelerate the design time of metamaterials. There is a linear relationship between cost and computing power used.
What is the role of Multiwave?
Multiwave unlocks the potential of metamaterials through the use of mathematical algorithms to accelerate their design. We use our algorithms as an in-house tool to design novel metamaterial applications which we develop and commercialise ourselves or in partnership with selected stakeholders.