Loughborough University has been awarded £3.9 million to develop a totally new way of designing and fabricating high frequency communications circuitry.
The funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to establish the SYMETA – SYnthesizing 3D METAmaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications – research programme.
The SYMETA team will be led by Professor Yiannis Vardaxoglou from Loughborough University. The other research partners include the Universities of Exeter, Oxford, Sheffield and Queen Mary, University of London. Speaking about the consortium, Professor Vardaxoglou said: “Introducing these novel structures into the complex world of electronic design will offer a radical new way of designing and manufacturing electronics at low cost. We are grateful to EPSRC for supporting such an innovative and timely project.”
SYMETA’s research has the potential for significant academic, economic, societal and environmental impacts. With rapid advancements in the development of metamaterials the possibilities for innovative applications across many sectors are significant. Industries that could benefit from the research include aviation, space, healthcare and the military. Employing the advanced manufacturing techniques that the consortium will develop will also remove the need for the harsh chemicals typically used in the manufacture of traditional circuit boards, thereby offering significant environmental benefits.
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