June 7, 2016, Halifax, N.S. – Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI) is pleased to announce that Professor Mark Brongersma has joined its advisory board. He is a Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Applied Physics at Stanford University.

Mark is an accomplished photonics and metamaterial scientist. He received a National Science Foundation Career Award, the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the SPIE, and the American Physical Society. He was also the Chair of the Gordon Conference on Plasmonics in 2014.

“Optical metamaterial applications and nanofabrication techniques are rapidly advancing. Light manipulation is about to change the world in ways we couldn’t even imagine and metamaterial scientists are re-writing the books of physics. We are delighted to receive support from such a distinguished advisor. Prof. Brongersma’s fundamental knowledge and contributions in plasmonics and optical metamaterials will be extremely valuable to MTI as we move our innovations from the laboratory into the marketplace and shape our industry,” said George Palikaras, Founder and CEO of MTI.

Prof. Brongersma has also authored and co-authored over 175 publications, including papers in Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, and Nature Nanotechnology. He also holds a number of patents in the area of Si microphotonics and plasmonics.

“What we can do with metamaterials is limited only by our imagination. For over a decade, the academic community has built strong and compelling science and it is fantastic to see a company like MTI lead the development of large area metamaterial lithography and holography with clear product paths, such as the meter-scale metaAIR™ optical filter in collaboration with Airbus. I am excited to support MTI in fulfilling their transformative metamaterial technology potential,” says Professor Mark Brongersma.

Professor Brongersma studied physics at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He received his PhD from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam in 1998. There he investigated the optical properties of light-emitting silicon nanostructures. From 1998-2001 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. During this time, he worked on light manipulation with metallic nanostructures below the free space diffraction limit. There, he coined the term “plasmonics” for a new device technology that exploits the unique optical properties of nanoscale metallic structures to route and manipulate light at the nanoscale. Mark was a co-founder of Rolith, a company that has developed a range of products that require large-area, low-cost, high-throughput nanostructuring.