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Metamaterials

Many of today's grand challenges must be met by merging knowledge of fundamental physical laws with engineering ingenuity to develop devices that bend physics to human will. Duke is home to a globally-recognized group of researchers dedicated to the exploration of artificially structured materials and their potential impact across a broad range of technologies.

Duke is home to a globally-recognized group of metamaterial researchers

Our researchers study the fundamentals of metamaterials, including developing design techniques and strategies, as well as methods for the precise prediction and characterization of metamaterial properties. Researchers consider the use of metamaterials not only across the electromagnetic spectrum—from microwaves to optics—but also across different branches of physics, including acoustics and fluid flow.

Current research efforts include:

  • New types of materials can interact with and bend waves in useful ways
  • Exploring quantum physical properties to create more powerful computers
  • 2D and 3D integrated engineered material and structures

Faculty

Harold Baranger

Harold U. Baranger

Professor of Physics

Steven Cummer

Steven A. Cummer

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nan Jokerst

Nan Marie Jokerst

J. A. Jones Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Maiken Mikkelsen

Maiken Mikkelsen

James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Willie Padilla

Willie John Padilla

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

David Smith

David R. Smith

James B. Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Joshua Socolar

Joshua Socolar

Professor of Physics