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Professor Liu Published in Advanced Materials Journal

May 9, 2017

MIE/ECE Professor Yongmin Liu was recently published in Advanced Materials. The title of his paper is “Origami-Based Reconfigurable Metamaterials for Tunable Chirality.” Professor Liu’s research interests include nano optics, nanoscale materials and engineering, nano devices, plasmonics, metamaterials, and applied physics.


Origami is the art of folding two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as a flat sheet of paper, into complex and elaborate three-dimensional (3D) objects. This study reports origami-based metamaterials whose electromagnetic responses are dynamically controllable via switching the folding state of Miura-ori split-ring resonators. The deformation of the Miura-ori unit along the third dimension induces net electric and magnetic dipoles of split-ring resonators parallel or anti-parallel to each other, leading to the strong chiral responses. Circular dichroism as high as 0.6 is experimentally observed while the chirality switching is realized by controlling the deformation direction and kinematics. In addition, the relative density of the origami metamaterials can be dramatically reduced to only 2% of that of the unfolded structure. These results open a new avenue toward lightweight, reconfigurable, and deployable metadevices with simultaneously customized electromagnetic and mechanical properties.