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Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI) is a smart materials and photonics company that is changing the way we use, interact, and benefit from light. The company is pioneering a new class of multifunctional materials—also known as metamaterials—with engineered properties that go beyond what is found in nature.

Its patented platform technology has been developed using a variety of smart materials that are capable of dramatically changing the way light can be manipulated. These thin-films can absorb, block or enhance light.

MTI specializes in metamaterial research, nanofabrication, and computational electromagnetics.

MTI has developed a wide array of metamaterial applications that encompass several industries, including aerospace and defense, healthcare, energy, education, and clean-tech.

In 2014, MTI signed a partnership agreement with Airbus to test and tailor metaAIR™, as a solution to protect a pilot’s vision by blocking and deflecting intense laser strikes.

In the spring of 2016, MTI aquired Rolith Inc.’s business, a Silicon Valley based nanofabrication company. It included its IP, proprietary manufacturing technology, Rolling Mask Lithography (RML®) and its NanoWeb® products.

In February 2017, MTI announced a new partnership agreement with Airbus to co-develop and commercialize metaAIR.

In June 2017, MTI and Satair Group signed MOU to bring metaAIR to civil aviation market

In June 2017, MTI announced a partnership with Lockheed Martin, (Lockheed Martin’s first solar investment in Canada), to develop a product called metaSOLAR™, that is suitable for flight.

metaAIR is a flexible, optical metamaterial filter engineered to stop and deflect harmful laser beams aimed at aircraft windscreens. The laser beam is deflected off the filter before it reaches the inside of the aircraft cockpit. It can be adhered onto the inner surface of a cockpit windscreen. metaAIR™ requires no additional work by the aircraft operator and can integrate with current equipment systems.

metaAIR is currently in the final stages of product development and will then advance to certification for commercial aviation.

MTI has a growing intellectual property portfolio with 20 patent families and 14 granted patents. MTI is one of the first companies to move metamaterials from the academic community into commercialization.

The company was established in London, England, in 2010 and moved its head office to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2012.

MTI is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has offices in London, England and Pleasanton, California.

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metaAIR Video 

MTI Founder and CEO George Palikaras, holding a aircraft windscreen that has metaAIR placed on the left half of the screen.  metaAIR is blocking and deflecting the laser.