Representatives from King’s College London travelled to Birmingham this week to exhibit demos at SET 2019 Metamaterials.
Showcasing Emerging Technology is a series of events organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) where groundbreaking research can be shared with industry. The KTN, which is part of Innovate UK, helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives.
The RPLAS team were exhibiting their Ultrasensitive Metamaterial Sensor for the Optical Detection of Gases. This technology is based on optical metamaterials
comprised of subwavelength metallic nanorods. The sensor is made up of an LED light source and a photodetector. When hydrogen is present there is a change in the reactive index of the palladium nanorods in the metamaterial which can be plotted and detected.
The team believes that this set up could be miniaturised and reproduced relatively cheaply and could be useful to the chemical industry. Look out for the RPLAS team at other events over the coming months.