New SAG chair

As our 2015 cohort of researchers prepare to finish their PhD studies (in fact, two have already successfully completed progressed to postdoc careers in academia (Miguel Camacho Aguilar, University of Pennsylvania/US ) and industry (Joshua Hamilton, QinetiQ/UK)), we see changes to our Student Advisory Group (SAG):

Ben Hogan (4th year) is stepping down as chair to focus on finalising his thesis, and Julia De Pineda Gutiérrez (3rd year) is taking on the responsibilities to coordinate PGRs input into the management of the centre .

I would like to thank Ben for taking on the responsibilities of representing his cohort and leading SAG. He has been very engaged, active, and professional in his role, and a pleasure to work with. I have full confidence that he will apply himself successfully in future leadership roles.

Looking forward, I am pleased to see that Julia is keen to embrace the role as SAG chair.

She is supported by the cohort representatives

Exeter Microwave Metamaterials Meeting

The second Exeter Microwave Metamaterials Meeting was held in Reed Hall just before Christmas.  Organised by Dr Ben Tremain and Prof Alastair Hibbins, around 50 delegates from industry and academia, across the UK and Europe, took part in this collaborative workshop.  The first day focussed on research presentations from PhD students and Early Career Researchers,  and included talks on glide-symmetric metasurfaces (Ebrahimpuri, KTH, Sweeden), the conversion of propagating waves into surface waves (Tcvetkova, Aalto, Finland), leaky-wave devices (Martinez-Ros, Seville, Spain) and photonic topological materials (Yang, Birmingham, UK).  There were also talks from XM2 post graduate researchers Lauren Barr, Miguel Camacho and Yulia Dautova.  The delegates were rewarded with a drinks reception and three-course meal in the evening, providing an opportunity for networking with senior academics and industry leaders.

Our industrial colleagues took centre stage on Tuesday morning, with talks from Flann Microwave, Johnson Matthey, MBDA, Plextek, QinetiQ, NPL and Metaboards, covering wide ranging topics including material fabrication, defence applications, measurement facilities, antennas and wireless power transfer.  The workshop finished with presentations from senior academics from Queen Mary, Navarra (Spain), Birmingham and Sheffield, and included Dr Darren Cadman from Loughborough, talking about the EPSRC Grand Challenge ‘SYMETA’ (involving Exeter) and Exeter’s own  Dr Feodor Ogrin who discussed his group’s work towards magnetically tuneable microwave devices.

Throughout the meeting, research posters were on display, and these were judged by Dr Simon Berry and Dr Chris Preddy from QinetiQ.  Exeter researcher Lauren Barr won the best poster prize!

This workshop forms part of an series of XM2-sponsored discussion meetings, which included an infrared sensing and imaging workshop in November, and will continue with the Exeter Acoustic MetaMaterials Meeting (XAM3) on 16th and 17th April 2018.

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Infrared Sensing and Imaging Workshop: Challenges for Next Generation Materials and Devices

This week XM2 hosted a workshop focussed on Infrared Sensing and Imaging, “Challenges for Next Generation Materials and Devices” at the Rougemonth Hotel in Exeter, organised David Wright (University of Exeter) and John Lincoln (PLG Ltd). The objective of this meeting was to bring together leading industrial innovators and academics to identify technical challenges steering research to create relevant innovation and highlighting opportunities to the sypply chain. Materials from semiconductors, to glasses and coatings have long determined infrared system costs and performance. The potential impact of new materials, including man-made metamaterials, novel designs and new manufacturing processes was explored. The meeting featured presentations from companies such as BAE Systems, Thales and Amethyst Research, and academics from Southampton and Exeter. Our own XM2 researchers led the poster session.

This workshop forms part of an series of XM2 discussion meetings, which includes the 2nd Exeter Microwave Metamaterials Meeting on 11th and 12th December 2017 (http://ex.ac.uk/xm3), and the first Exeter Acoustic Metamaterials Meeting in April 2018.