HALIFAX, NS / ACCESSWIRE / August 19, 2021 / Meta Materials Inc. (the “Company” or “META®”) (NASDAQ:MMAT) a developer of high-performance functional materials and nanocomposites, today announced the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board (“Board”) to support its innovation and investment strategy and welcomes Andrea Alu, Ph.D., Mark Brongersma, Ph.D. and Nader Engheta, Ph.D.

The Board will help the Company protect and grow existing scientific innovation; support its development of new technologies; assist with outreach to the scientific community; guide and oversee META’s open innovation programs; and bring strategic perspectives to rapidly emerging science and technology trends impacting META.

The Board is comprised of preeminent award-winning scientists, with over 140,000 combined citations, global experience, and research expertise across all areas of Metamaterials, Applied Physics, and Nanophotonics sciences. The Board will work with META’s executive leadership and its Board of Directors to assess opportunities for M&A and to prioritize early-stage investments in strategic areas. They will also be tasked with collaborating with META’s own scientific community to create proprietary insights and develop promising innovations to support customers.

George Palikaras, President & CEO, said: “An important part of META’s competitive advantage and key to our long-term success is the innovative expertise that we bring to bear on our customers’ most pressing global functional material needs. The scientists who have generously agreed to join our Scientific Advisory Board will play an inspirational role, working closely alongside our own teams to challenge, validate and guide our scientific agenda – aligning our priorities with our customers’ and the world’s ever-evolving needs.”

“We are at a critical inflection point in the commercialization of metamaterial science and technology,” added Themos Kallos, META’s Chief Science Officer. “We are witnessing the convergence of scientific disciplines hastening opportunities to affect sustainability at scale, increase access to health care, decrease our dependance on rare earth and scarce materials as well as improve health outcomes around the world. At META, we are pleased to have such an esteemed group of minds partnering with us to envision and shape that future.”

Members of the META Scientific Advisory Board

Professor Andrea Alù, Ph.D., MSc, BEng is the founding director of the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Professor of Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York. Prof. Alu is also affiliated with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor. His research interests span over a broad range of technical areas, including applied electromagnetics, nano-optics and nanophotonics, microwave, THz, infrared, optical and acoustic metamaterials and metasurfaces, plasmonics, nonlinearities and nonreciprocity, cloaking and scattering control, acoustics, optical nanocircuits and nanoantennas. Full Profile: http://www.alulab.org/

Professor Mark Brongersma, Ph.D., MSc, BEng is the Stephen Harris Professor of Materials Science and, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford University. His current research is directed toward the development and physical analysis of nanostructured materials that find application in nanoscale optoelectronic devices. He coined the terms Plasmonics and Mie-tronics for the fields of science and technology that aim to manipulate light with metallic and high-index nanostructures. Prof. Brongersma has authored\co-authored over 240 publications, including papers in Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, and Nature Nanotechnology. He is a highly cited researcher as identified by Clarivate Analytics and has an h-factor of 89 according to Google Scholar. He was a founder of Rolith Inc that was acquired by Metamaterials Technology Inc in 2016. Full Profile: https://brongersma.stanford.edu/

Professor Nader Engheta, Ph.D., MSc, BEng, is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Bioengineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. He received his BS degree from the University of Tehran, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech. His current research activities span a broad range of areas including metamaterials, photonics, electrodynamics, microwaves, nano-optics, graphene photonics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, and physics and engineering of fields and waves. Full Profile: https://www.seas.upenn.edu/~engheta/

For more details on the Scientific Advisory Board, please visit About Us/Advisory Board on the META website.

About Meta Materials Inc.

META® delivers previously unachievable performance, across a range of applications, by inventing, designing, developing, and manufacturing sustainable, highly functional materials. Our extensive technology platform enables leading global brands to deliver breakthrough products to their customers in consumer electronics, 5G communications, health and wellness, aerospace, automotive, and clean energy. Our achievements have been widely recognized, including being named a Global Cleantech 100 company. Learn more at www.metamaterial.com.

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