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About XM2 – the Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials

About XM2 – the Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials

XM2 is the University of Exeter’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials. It is part of the Centre for Metamaterials Research and Innovation, and dedicated to the development of junior scientists and engineers in the advanced materials world of ‘Metamaterials”.

We are a community of academic, industrial, and governmental partners that harnesses research excellence from theory to application, and enable simulation, measurement, and fabrication of metamaterials and metamaterial-based devices. Our track record spans a unique mix of interests, from microwave metasurfaces to carbon nanotubes, from the fundamental theory of electromagnetism and quantum mechanics, to new understanding in acoustics, from graphene plasmonics to spintronics, magnonics and magnetic composites, and from terahertz photonics to biomimetics.

The Centre opened its doors in September 2014 and now consists of more than 60 PhD students (Postgraduate Researchers, PGRs) from the UK, the EU and beyond, who are training in a stimulating, challenging yet supportive cohort-based environment. Our first graduates finished their PhD in 2018 and went into employment in industry (e.g. QinetiQ and Metaboards) and as postdocs in Higher Education Institutions in and outside of the UK.

XM2 is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Exeter and our industry collaborators.

About XM2 – the Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials

Cohort-based research

XM2 at Exeter provides an amazing environment for the whole research team to develop ideas and explore new innovative pathways in the areas of functional materials and metamaterials. Unlike traditional “lone scholar” PhDs, our cohorts are embedded in a strong local network of knowledge and experiences, formed by their peers, the academic supervisors and postdocs, who support the PGRs in their research and personal development.

Professional training

One of our unique aspects is that our PGRs undertake research from day 1 whilst taking relevant courses in metamaterial physics, materials engineering, device production and characterisation. At the same time we offer wider professional skills training such as industrial awareness, project management and leadership, alongside an understanding of public engagement.

Our ambition is that our PhD students graduate as highly skilled and talented researchers, with the potential to become future leaders in industry and academia.

Application deadline: 30 April 2020


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