Atoms to Applications: A Grand Challenge

In 2015, EPSRC identified four nationally important Engineering Grand Challenges, one of which was‘Engineering across length scales, from atoms to applications’.


Led by Loughborough University, the SYMETA consortium was formed and sought to address this Challenge area.


Its aim was to develop novel high frequency electronics demonstrators for wireless communications based on new 3D metamaterial concepts. This was to be done by incorporating and exploiting advances in additive manufacturing, and deploying novel materials and formulations. 


To deliver this, the £5 Million EPSRC funded programme brought together leading UK experts in the areas of Physics, Electronic Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing. In doing so, during the project the consortium published >70 high impact journal papers demonstrating significant academic leadership in the area of additive manufacture of metamaterials for microwave applications.