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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.


Day 1:
09:30 Registration

10:00 Meta-Atoms for 3D Printing Metamaterials
Prof Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Loughborough University

10:30 Additive Manufacturing to Manipulate RF Response
Christopher Tuck, The University of Nottingham

11:00 Break

11:20 Challenges and opportunities for materials in Additive Manufacturing
Dr Candice Majewski, The University of Sheffield  11:50 Papers

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Antennas and novel materials
Kevin Mitchell, BAE Systems

14:30 3D printing frequency selective structures and antennas
Dr Benito Sanz-Izquierdo, University of Kent

15:00 Break

15:30 Papers

16:15 Panel Discussion

17:00 Close

Day 2:

09:30 Registration

10:00 Smart and Connected Bioelectronics for Advancing Human Healthcare and Wellness
Woon Hong Yeo, Georgia Tech

10:30 Challenges and Opportunities in the inkjet printing of RFID
Professor Stephen Yeates, The University of Manchester

11:00 Break

11:20 Photonic Topological Metamaterials in the Microwave
Prof Shuang Zhang, University of Birmingham

11:50 Papers

13:00 Lunch

14:00 An alternative holistic approach that will enable the manufacturing of all-dielectric metamaterial/surface using a standard commercially available 3d printer and widely available materials.
Dr. Patrick Bradley, Dublin City University

14:30 3D printing electromagnetic devices using fused deposition of polymer composites
Dr Flynn Castles

15:00 Break

15:20 Papers / Panel Discussion

16:15 Close

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.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 10 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development


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


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