School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Research

Unlocking Potentials of MIMO Full-duplex Radios for Heterogeneous Networks (UPFRONT)

Anisotropic Microwave/Terahertz Metamaterials for Satellite Applications (ANISAT)

There is an urgent need for novel compact, low-cost antennas for satellite communications and space applications.

Our Aim

In collaboration with University of Birmingham's Microfabrication Group, ANISAT develop novel structures using microfabrication techniques to improve satellite communication at frequencies from 28 GHz up to 1THz. It builds on the strengths of the Wireless Communications Research Group including radiofrequency materials, measurement of dielectric materials, artificial dielectrics, frequency selective surfaces and antennas. The project is focused on delivering industry-relevant outcomes within space, satellite and 5G communication sectors, with twelve companies contributing to the project already as Project Partners.

In collaboration with the University of Birmingham and 12 industry partners, ANISAT will develop novel structures using microfabrication techniques to improve satellite communication at frequencies from 28 GHz up to 1THz.

ANISAT will build on the strengths of the Wireless Communications Research Group including radiofrequency materials, measurement of dielectric dispersion, artificial dielectrics and frequency selective surfaces and antennas. The project is focused on delivering industry-relevant outcomes within space, satellite and 5G communication sectors.

Our Research

The project will utilise a variety of facilities housed within the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering including, electromagnetic software, dielectric measurement facilities, suite of 3D-printers, vector network analysers and anechoic chambers, to develop novel metamaterial-based antennas and radio-frequency devices.

Our Outcomes

The team have already made great progress in the fabrication and measurement of anisotropic materials, which is a key element of the project.

A list of relevant publications can be downloaded from the Loughborough University repository.

Dr William Whittow - Reader in Radiofrequency Materials

"This is an exciting project that combines advanced microfabrication techniques with fundamental electromagnetic theory to develop much-needed new communication components for the space industry."

Dr William Whittow - Reader in Radiofrequency Materials