News ArchiveNovember 24, 2014: NMTI has advanced the HAMR (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording) technology by overcoming material limitations. Current HAMR technology employs "soft" noble metals as construction materials for the nano-antenna. The high operating temperatures of HAMR cause stress-related relaxation, grain growth and deformation problems of the noble metal, limiting the lifetime of the nano-antenna and hindering deployment of HAMR technology into the market.
Through modification of the material properties of titanium nitride (TiN), NMTI has developed a HAMR nano-antenna that is thermally and mechanically durable and can withstand the high-temperatures cycling of the HAMR technology without overheating. In addition, NMTI has developed an ultrathin surface overcoating for TiN that does not degrade the optical performance but protects the TiN from oxidizing. HAMR is expected to enable data storage densities 10-100 times greater than those of the current magnetic storage devices and by deploying NMTI’s technical advancements, HAMR can be introduced to the market sooner.
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October 24, 2013: Dr. Alexandra Boltasseva, a Co-Founder and the Chief R&D Scientist of our Company, has been elected to become a new member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2014. Learn more ...
October 2, 2014: A press release from Purdue University is featuring our Company's main R&D areas - the use of novel refractory plasmonic materials for i) ultra-high-density heat-assisted magnetic data recording, ii) highly efficient solar- and waste-heat/combustion energy harvesting/conversion, and iii) photothermal cancer therapies.
The press release links to a video clip on the subject, produced by the Purdue Office of Technology Commerciali-zation. The story was picked up by ScientificComputing.com, Product Design & Development web resource, Technology Marketing Corp., NewsRender.com.
July 1, 2014: NMTI receives an NSF grant to facilitate R&D in the field of heat-assisted magnetic recording.
May 20, 2014: The authors of book Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications - W. Cai and V. Shalaev (a Co-Founder and Scientific Director of our Company) - will accept 2014 Goodman Book Award from SPIE and OSA in August.
The Goodman Book Writing Award recognizes authorship of an out- standing book in the field of optics and photonics.
May 6, 2014: The paper A platform for practical plasmonics, authored by V. Shalaev and A. Boltasseva (NMTI Co- Founders), and their colleagues at Purdue University, was featured in the SPIE Newsroom. The paper describes applications of Titanium Nitride (TiN) as a plasmonic material alternative to the traditional gold and silver. The technologies commercialized by NMTI are based on this unique plasmonic material.
April 18, 2014 - A Purdue University press release and a paper "Refractory Plasmonics" (Science, 344, 263-4 (2014)) highlight NMTI's R&D work on refractory plasmonic materials/ thermo-plasmonics. Relevant application areas are thermal photovoltaics, heat assisted magnetic recording of data on computer hard drives and photo-thermal cancer therapy.
December 6, 2013: Dr. A. Boltasseva was featured in the article Alexandra Boltasseva: A Rising Star, published by The Institute - the member newspaper of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
August 5, 2013 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers are working on a range of options to overcome a fun-
damental obstacle in commercializing "plasmonic metamaterials" that could bring advanced optical technologies for more powerful computers, new cancer treatments and other innovations. Read more ...
July 22, 2013 - "We're running out of ways to make computers faster and quantum technology is clearly the next step," Prof. V. Shalaev told Business Insider. Read more ...
July 21, 2013 - Speaking at the International Conference for Quantum Technologies in Moscow yesterday afternoon, Prof. Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University shared some incredibly compelling figures on how our relationship with information has changed as computers improve. Read more ...
July 10, 2013 - A review article Alternative Plasmonic Materials: Beyond Gold and Silver appeared recently in the Advanced Materials magazine, and it was chosen as a cover article for that issue of the magazine. This review explores different material classes for plasmonic and metamaterial applications, such as conventional semiconductors, transparent conducting oxides, perovskite oxides, metal nitrides, silicides, germanides, and 2D materials such as graphene. Two authors of this paper, Profs. V. Shalaev and A. Boltasseva, are the Co-Founders and the Scientific Director and Chief R&D Scientist of our Company, respectively. Learn more ...
July 2, 2013 - A startup focused on developing novel optical materials received $1 million in first-round funding last month from the venture capital firm Quantum Wave Fund to advance its early-stage technology. Nano-Meta Technologies, based in West Lafayette, Indiana, is developing prototype hard drive heads that could improve the storage density of magnetic disk drives, as well as nanoparticles that could be used in light-driven cancer therapies. Source: MIT Technology Review; read more ...
June 18, 2013 - QWave Fund, a new, global venture capital fund focused on physics and material sciences, today announced its first round of investments, which include a total of $7M USD to Estonia-based Clifton, Indiana-based Nano-Meta Technologies, Inc. and North Carolina-based Centice. This round of investments marks the initial delivery on QWave's mission to further the commercialization of the scientific innovation of the future. Source: marketwire.com; read more ...
April 3, 2013 - Alexandra Boltasseva, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and Chief R&D Scientist at Nano-Meta Tech., has received 2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award. Read more ...
Watch an interview given by A. Boltasseva to MRS TV and her talk at 2013 MRS Spring Meeting.
March 14, 2013 - A paper Planar Photonics with Metasurfaces, reviewing recent progress in a rapidly developing field of metamaterials research - metasurfaces - appeared in Science Magazine on March 15, 2013.
The authors of the paper, A. Kildishev, A. Boltasseva and V. Shalaev, are Profs. at the ECE Department of Purdue University and also, respectively - VP for Research, Chief R&D Scientist and Scientific Director of Nano-Meta Technologies, Inc.
The paper was featured in a Purdue University Press Release (March 14, 2013), which resulted in appearance of similar articles on other Web sites and portals.