Theory, Technologies, and Vision

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Andrea Alu, Nader Engheta, Andrea Massa, Giacomo Oliveri
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323999854

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Metamaterials-by-Design: Theory, Technologies, and Vision is devoted to a comprehensive review of the latest advancements and current trends in the field of system-level-oriented metamaterial design methods, technologies, and future perspectives. Starting from the theoretical and methodological motivations of this research to macro-scale performance-driven design of volumetric and planar metamaterials, the book introduces advanced task-oriented modeling approaches, including specific reference to their multi-scale/ multi-physics customization in recent metamaterial science and engineering. In the introduction of these concepts, particular attention is paid to the illustration of the physical mechanisms and phenomena at the basis of the field manipulation capabilities enabled by metamaterials. Contributions from industry and academic perspectives on active and passive metamaterial-enhanced devices for communications and sensing are included. The final part of the volume is aimed at providing a perspective regarding the current trends, future research and application tracks in system-performance-driven metamaterial design methodologies and technologies, included potential applications in future reconfigurable and cognitive materials.

Key Features

  • Includes comprehensive review of the research developments, methodologies and opportunities in the field of metamaterials-by-design
  • Discusses new and emerging applications of metamaterials in microwave and terahertz spectrum in photonics and optics
  • Reviews performance-driven metamaterial design methodologies and technologies in communications and sensing


Materials Scientists and Engineers; Physicists, Electrical Engineers

Table of Contents

    1. Metamaterials-by-Design: Introduction and Paradigm 
    2. Task-oriented Modeling of Metamaterials and Metasurfaces
    3. Recent Advances in Multi-scale Multi-Physics Modeling of Metamaterials
    4. Task-oriented Design of Metamaterials: Principles and Methodologies

    5. Wireless Applications of Task-oriented Materials for Sensing and Communications 
    6. Field manipulation through MbD-oriented Devices
    7. Recent Advancements in Microwave MTM-powered Application-Oriented Systems and Devices
    8. Terahertz applications of Task-Oriented Materials 
    9. Task-oriented MTMs for Photonics and Optics Applications
    10. Metatronics and Field-enabled Distributed Computation: an MbD perspective
    11. Task-oriented Reconfigurable Metamaterials
    12. Multi-Physics Task-Oriented Metamaterials: Scenarios and Recent Developments

    13. Open Academic Challenges in Material-by-Design from the Methodological and Practical Perspective
    14. Task-Oriented Metamaterial Technologies and Applications: An Industrial perspective
    15. The next generation of AI and Metamaterials: Cognitive Materials Perspective and Vision

Product details

  • No. of pages: 525
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323999854

About the Editors

Andrea Alu

Dr. Andrea Alù is the Founding Director and Einstein Professor at the Photonics Initiative, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, St Nicholas Terrace, NY, USA. He received his Laurea (2001) and PhD (2007) from the University of Roma Tre, Italy, and, after a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, where he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor until 2018. His research interests span over metamaterials, plasmonics, nano-optics, electromagnetics and acoustics. Dr. Alù is a Fellow of NAI, IEEE, AAAS, OSA, SPIE and APS, and has received several scientific awards, including the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from DoD, the ICO Prize in Optics, the NSF Alan T. Waterman award, the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal, and the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founding Director and Einstein Professor, Photonics Initiative, CUNY Advance Science Research Center, St Nicholas Terrace, NY, USA

Nader Engheta

Dr. Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He received the BS degree (with highest rank) in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, the MS degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (with a minor in physics) both from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). After spending one year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Caltech and four years as a Senior Research Scientist at Kaman Sciences Corporation's Dikewood Division in Santa Monica, CA, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, where he rose through the ranks and is currently H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering. He is also a member of the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Pennsylvania. He was the graduate group chair of electrical engineering from July 1993 to June 1997.

Affiliations and Expertise

H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Andrea Massa

Dr. Andrea Massa is a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields at the University of Trento, Trento, Italy since 2005. His research activities are mainly concerned with inverse problems, analysis/synthesis of antenna systems and large arrays, radar systems synthesis and signal processing, cross‐layer optimization and planning of wireless/RF systems, semantic wireless technologies, system-by-design and material‐by‐design (metamaterials and reconfigurable‐materials), and theory/applications of optimization techniques to engineering problems (tele-communications, medicine, and biology). At present, Prof. Massa is the director of the network of federated laboratories "ELEDIA Research Center" located in Brunei, China, Czech, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Perù, Tunisia with more than 150 researchers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields, University of Trento, Trento, Italy

Giacomo Oliveri

Dr. Giacomo Oliveri is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Trento, Italy and a Board Member of the ELEDIA Research Center. His research work is mainly focused on electromagnetic direct and inverse problems, system-by-design and metamaterials, and antenna array synthesis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Trento, Italy

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