A metamaterial is an artificially engineered material that has highly desirable properties that do not typically occur in nature. Metamaterials rely primarily on their physical structure to direct electromagnetic waves, and are being developed for superlenses, cloaking devices, optical films, and improved antennas. An active research program in metamaterials is underway at Penn State, with particular strengths in modeling and nanofabrication of devices. Faculty from electrical engineering, materials, engineering science and mechanics, the Huck Institutes, and the Penn State College of Medicine are collaborating with each other and faculty from multiple universities worldwide to expand metamaterials theory and engineering.

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