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Metamaterials are artificial composite materials, engineered to exhibit unique electromagnetic properties. Metamaterial devices are poised to grow to $10.7 billion globally by 2030 in 5G networks, autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and more.

Metamaterial designs enable devices that achieve much higher performance and efficiency than conventional offerings. Metamaterials offer the potential for deployment for telecommunication antennas, electromagnetic sensors like radar and lidar, vibration damping, energy harvesting, and wireless charging.

Commercialising Metamaterials presents a significant and timely challenge. These materials are not easy to understand, require sizable resources to deliver useful products, require skills and expertise that are difficult to find and require the creation of novel supply chains. There is much fundamental R&D to be undertaken and this is leading to a chronic failure to translate extant research into timely products and services. UK has excellent academic research in this field but lacks industrial uptake from end-users.

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Stephen Morris

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Funding Opportunities

Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Opens: 28/05/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3

Up to £6 million is available to fund innovation projects, which are a partnership between an academic institution/RTO/Catapult and a business or not-for-profit, employing 1-2 graduate associates.

Opens: 05/07/2021 Closes: 29/09/2021

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Recorded: 2nd June

Post-event Webinar | Metamaterials Applications and Manufacturing

On the 2nd of June 2021, KTN Commercialising Metamaterials Innovation Network is hosting an interactive Webinar which will cover the outcomes of the Applications and Manufacturing Workshop held on the 30th of March. We will share our thoughts about metamaterial’s technologies, provide more information about the current and future applications and define the implications for manufacturing.

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The importance of collaboration between academics and industry for commercialising metamaterials

As part of the activities for the Commercialising Metamaterials Innovation Network, we asked Professor Fabrizio Scarpa from University of Bristol to share his experiences and insights of working closely with industry.

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Breakthrough materials remove excess sound from your environment

Recently Bill Gates has invested in metamaterials. In this article, we look at the successful commercialisation of acoustic metamaterials and try to understand how we might move other metamaterials from the laboratory into commercial applications.

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