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Novel RF Materials and Manufacturing Techniques for Antennas


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This two-day meeting will ensure the breadth of research currently being undertaken in these areas are represented fully. The first day will focus on research into the design of novel materials. The second day will concentrate on the development of novel manufacturing techniques.

Date and Time

07 February 2018 - 09:00 to 08 February 2018 - 17:00


Birmingham, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Antennas & Propagation TPN.

About this event

The development of novel materials such as metamaterials, nano-composites, and smart materials with properties that are not naturally occurring have provided an opportunity for the design of improved antenna systems. For example, graded index lenses can be used to significantly improve the directivity, reconfigurable antennas can be used to satisfy changing environment requirements, and mutual coupling can be reduced with carefully designed metamaterial inclusions. In addition, the evolution of additive manufacturing techniques and material processing has shown to have significant consequences for antenna design. The ability to 3D print conductive elements alongside high permittivity dielectrics will prove to be invaluable in the prototyping of antennas.

This two-day meeting will ensure the breadth of research currently being undertaken in these areas are represented fully. The first day will focus on research into the design of novel materials, such as metamaterials, with an emphasis on fabrication limitations. The second day will concentrate on the development of novel manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing. This colloquium aims to bring together experts from these two interdependent and complimentary fields; novel material design and material manufacturing. It will allow the exchange of information on capabilities, an understanding of current limitations and will assist in accelerating the industrial impact.

Call for Contributions is now open and for the first time, no formal abstract is required. Simply email your proposed talk title and up to 500 words about what you want to present to ietconferences@theiet.org with the subject 'Novel RF Materials - Antennas' by 5 January 2018 invited from the following areas, but not exclusively:

Antennas, Propagation, RF Technologies, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Manufacture, 3D printing, Smart Materials, Metamaterials, Sensing.

Benefits of submitting

  • Show case your latest work to industry and academia experts
  • Opportunity to present in front of highly respected professionals


Day 1:

  • Prof Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Loughborough University
  • Christopher Tuck, The University of Nottingham
  • Dr Candice Majewski, The University of Sheffield
  • Dr Benito Sanz-Izquierdo, University of Kent
  • Kevin Mitchell, BAE Systems

Day 2:

  • Prof Shuang Zhang, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Flynn Castles
  • Dr. Patrick Bradley, Dublin City University
  • Professor Stephen Yeates, The University of Manchester
  • Woon Hong Yeo, Georgia Tech

The full programme to be confirmed

Reasons to attend

  • This colloquium focuses on the unique combination of the development novel materials and the manufacturing advances of RF components. This is currently the only colloquium or similar meeting addressing this particular field.
  • Provide an opportunity for learning, networking and information sharing
  • A focused opportunity for industry, government and universities to come together and network on this topic.
  • A large number of top-class researcher from the emerging fields listed above will be presenting as invited speakers.


£40 student | £100 member | £140 non-member


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