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 (, and the first Exeter Acoustic Metamaterials Meeting in April 2018.

Recruitment for 2018

Recruitment for entry in September 2018 has started.

All opportunities are listed on our website and external pages (,, and We also launched a facebook campaign targeted at UK undergraduates and a print media campaign with IOP and the New Scientist.

If you know of promising UGs in- or outside of Exeter, please direct them to our recruitment website and encourage them to apply.

There are also still a few projects that may be a collaboration opportunity for industrial partners.

Visit at Dyson

On 1 November 2017 a delegation of our PGRs went to visit Dyson’s headquarters in Malmesbury.

The event was a pilot for Dyson – and a full success.

Company representatives from both research and HR provided our PGRs with very interesting insights in Dyson’s research and working environment, and useful careers advice.

Particularly well received were the poster presentation sessions: Dyson went first and offered our PGRs plenty of opportunity to speak to researchers about their work, and the afternoon XM² poster session offered a chance for Dyson’s staff members to gain insights in the breadth of our research at Exeter.

The feedback from our PGRs: it was an excellent experience. Dyson and XM² hope to repeat this event next year as it is both an opportunity for our PGRs as well as for Dyson to strengthen our collaboration.

Welcome to our new first years!

The new academic year brings a new cohort of postgraduate researchers. We welcome our new first years to the Centre of Doctoral Training at the University of Exeter. They are a bright, ambitious and energetic group of young researchers from Germany, Greece, Ireland, the UK and Russia. We look forward to supporting their progress and to seeing them rise to the challenges that will undoubtely come their way. The new cohort is part of an amazing academic community of 64 PGRs and 35 internal supervisors, plus their academic and industrial collaborators: a strong foundation for excellence in Metamaterials research at Exeter.