On September 1st,2017 the Ministry of Science and Technology(M.O.S.T.) of the People's Republic of China announced new progress in the research and development of key technologies for Metamaterials and relevant devices.
According to the announcement, the "Research and Development of Key Technologies for Metamaterials and Relevant Devices" Project ("Metamaterials Project") has passed the quality testing and received acceptance from National High Technology Research and Development Program of China ("863 Program").
The Metamaterials Project is the first project within the 863 Program that focusses on Metamaterials. According to the Metamaterials Project approval document in 2012, Shenzhen Kuang-Chi Institute of Advanced Technology, a subsidiary of the Kuang-Chi Group,was the lead research institute of the project. In the Metamaterials Project, Kuang-Chi was assigned to conduct research on the Metamaterials spatial modulation technique and industrialisation.
Dr. Zhiya Zhao, General Manager of Kuang-Chi Technologies (002625.SZ), another subsidiary of the Kuang-Chi Group, was the lead scientist of the project. "Metamaterials arethe key to material innovation and industrialisation. The acceptance of the Metamaterials Project is a great milestone for our national metamaterials research", said Dr. Zhao.
The science of metamaterials is one of the most advanced technologies in the world. It has been regarded as an independent field since the year 2000 and Science magazine has ranked the development of metamaterials as one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs in the first decade of this millennium.
Metamaterials are materials engineered to have properties that have not yet been found in nature. They are made from assemblies of multiple elements fashioned from conventional materials, such as fibres. The materials are arranged in an inhomogeneous distribution, often at microscopic or smaller scales that are narrower than the wavelengths of the substrate they interact with.
Kuang-Chi has been taking the lead in metamaterials applications throughout the world by piloting this metamaterial technology revolution. China's first state key laboratory in metamaterials technology, the State Key Laboratory of Metamaterial Electromagnetic Modulation Technology is based in Kuang-Chi, Shenzhen. The secretariat of the National Standardisation Technical Committee on Electromagnetic Metamaterial Technology and Products is also set up at Kuang-Chi, Shenzhen.