Dr. George Palikaras
Founder & CEO, Metamaterial Technologies Inc
George Palikaras is the founding CEO of Metamateral Technologies Inc. (MTI), a smart materials and photonics company with the mission to change the way we use, interact and benefit from light. Over the past years he has forged partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, enabling MTI to develop and lead disruptive technologies. His passion for technology and entrepreneurship resulted being named 2017 40 under 40 by Fortune Greece, Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young Canada and prior to MTI, George founded MediWise Ltd. a research and development medtech company based in London, UK.
Volume Manufacturing and Industrial Applications of Metamaterials: Rolling Lithography, Scanning Holography
Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI) manufactures functional materials and of flexible and rigid substrates using two proprietary processes, Rolling Mask Lithography (RML) and Scanning Holography enabling new levels of performance in flexible electronics, as well as other light-based industries.
The RML manufacturing process employs a massively parallel patterning scheme that is scalable to large areas of substrates like plates, panels, and flexible films. The patterned nanostructure, which is developed by the company’s in-house software, is optimized and transferred onto a soft cylindrical photomask. The RML process uses the mask to produce photosensitive materials that are deposited on a substrate such as a glass plate or thin plastic film. In order to create the pattern on the substrate, the RML process uses ultraviolet light as the mask rolls across the photosensitive film. The nanostructures in the metamaterial films produced by this method are as small as 90 nm with the potential to go to 50 nm in the near future opening opportunities in ITO-alternative technologies. Using the RML capability, MTI has developed NanoWeb a metal-mesh product line with sub-micron resolution, offering a superior alternative to Indium Tin Oxide (ITO), Silver Nanowire (AgNW), graphene and carbon nanotubes.
Scanning Holography, on the other hand, is a process by which artificially-created 2D and 3D optical nanostructures or volume holograms. These structures are designed to offer customized properties like permittivity and permeability of photosensitive polymers with a 5-10 nm resolution to create microlenses, diffractive optics and optical filters.
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