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2019 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spotlight: Andrea Alù

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Dr. Alu specializes in metamaterials, i.e. synthetic materials nano-engineered to have exotic properties as a result of structural patterns. He will spend his five-year, $3 million fellowship studying their thermal properties and how to control heat flow for a wide variety of materials and physical conditions. This research will include revolutionary, multi-physics modeling capabilities and experimental characterization and demonstrations. Control of waves, radiation fields, topological properties, energy recycling will all be part of the panoply of approaches considered. By better understanding the coupled physics and integrating them, his research will lead to revolutionary designs of meta-materials with exceptional thermal management for many applications of interest to the DoD, even the possible cloaking or manipulation of heat signatures. For more see: http://www.alulab.org/