Breaking the Rules: Emerging Metamaterials Drive Performance in New Directions

July 23, 2014 | State of the Market Report

Metamaterials are materials that derive unusual mechanical, electromagnetic, or acoustic properties from a carefully controlled microstructure or nanostructure. Proof-of-concept demonstrations such as “superlenses” that can produce images with resolutions much smaller than the wavelength of light used, or “invisibility cloaks” that redirect electromagnetic radiation completely around an object, suggest high long-term disruptive potential, particularly in communications, electronics, and defense. However, practical implementation of these technologies depends on developing cost-effective manufacturing methods that allow fine patterning. This report assesses the current state of metamaterial research and commercial progress, identifies leading developers, and highlights near-, medium-, and long-term opportunities. In addition, the report forecasts future metamaterials adoption based on patent activity and commercial milestones to date.

Coverage Area

  • Advanced Materials

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    By finely patterning material microstructure, developers can tune effective properties to values not found in any bulk materials.
  • Analysis
    Many organizations develop metamaterials, but commercial adoption will be slow and staggered.
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Anthony Vicari
Research Associate
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Contributors

Ross Kozarsky
Aditya Ranade, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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