Materials that derive unusual electromagnetic, acoustic, or mechanical properties from a carefully controlled microstructure or nanostructure.

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Metamaterials have the potential to improve performance and enable new capabilities in a broad range of industries and applications. They are not so much a new class of materials as a new way of using materials, so using them requires different expertise than conventional materials development. They will take time to spread, but will become highly disruptive in unexpected places.

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