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Course Description:
During the course, the basic principles of material science will be presented for the structure and the properties of the materials used in microwave and antennas applications. There will be a number of lectures focusing on the so called "functional materials" with tunable dielectric and/or magnetic properties. In addition the theoretical background and the recent evolutions in the area of metamaterials for innovative antennas will be presented. Hands on simulations and measurements of reconfigurable antenna prototypes using magneto-dielectric materials are also planned during the course. The course also includes case studies with characterization measurements of selected materials.

Topics of the course:
- Material basics (structure and properties of materials)
- Functional materials (adjustable εr, silicon based, ferrites with adjustable μr and mixtures)
- Synthetic Metamaterials (nanoscale to 3D printed materials)
- Magnetodielectric materials and antenna reconfigurability (theoretical analysis and modelling)
- Case studies (hands on measurements of selected material parameters and antennas with polarisation and frequency tuning)

Course schedule: 34 hours (26 hours for theoretical lessons, 8 hours for practical exercises).

Prerequisites: basics on antennas.

Availability: 20 students.

Additional Info: the course gives 1.5 ECTS credits.

The course fee is 440 EUR for participants coming from academia and other non-profit institutions (PhD students, post-docs, etc.), and 880 EUR for participants coming from the industry. More details can be found here.

Student grants:
A maximum of up to 5 course registration fees will be made available to suitable Universiry students. More information on the grants can be found here.

Accommodation is not included in the course fee. The organizers have agreed with a number of hotels to offer special rates for ESoA participants. Early accommodation arrangements are suggested in order to benefit from special rates, as end of June is high season for Athens hotels. More details can be found here.


Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Loughborough University UK  -

Antonis Alexandridis, National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" GR -

Location: Athens
Date: 20/06/2016 - 24/06/2016
Contact Person:    Y. Vardaxoglou      E-mail:
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