The Metasurface Laboratory (MTS-Lab) was funded in 2017 in partnership with Wave Up s.r.l .

Wave Up is an innovative company that provides custom solutions for industries, bridging the gap between academic research and industrial/commercial applications. Taking advantage of their strong academic background, they provide highly qualified consultancy activities and feasibility studies on a wide range of electromagnetic problems.

Research activities: the “MTS Lab” activities are connected to research in the electromagnetic field with particular reference to the study, models and design of technologically advanced devices aimed at controlling the propagation and irradiation of electromagnetic fields, metamaterials and metasurfaces. In particular, the main research project of the Laboratory is entitled “Metasurfaces Antennas for Space Applications”.

MTS Lab will aim to implement new methodologies for software development based on:

  • EM models;
  • Models and CAD tools of metasurface antennas (MTS),
  • Devices and other types of antennas

Participants from Wave Up:

Francesco CAMINITA received his M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering (cum laude) and PhD degree in Information Engineering from the University of Siena, Italy, in 2005 and 2009, respectively. From 2006 to 2014 he has been an Associate researcher with the University of Siena, Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics. Since 2014, Dr. Caminita has been with Wave Up, where he is currently the CTO. His main expertise is in the area of periodic structures, frequency selective surfaces, electromagnetic band-gap structures, artificial surfaces and holographic antennas, including beadboard design for metasurface-based antennas, reconfigurable metasurface antennas and mechanical implementation of antenna RF design. He is principal author or co-author of over 10 papers and over 50 papers in proceedings of international conferences. Dr. Caminita was a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award on Antenna Theory at the 5th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) and of the 2016 Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award. Dr. Caminita has been actively involved in several European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union (EU) projects for metamateral-based antennas, both fixed-beam and beam-scanning antennas, especially for:

  • coordination and management of Wave Up’s activity in research projects;
  • development of electromagnetic models for metasurface antennas;
  • implementation of custom numerical codes for the design of metasurfaces.

Cristian DELLA GIOVAMPAOLA received the B.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering, the M.S. degree (cum laude) in Telecommunications Engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in Electromagnetics from the University of Siena, Siena, Italy, in 2004, 2006, and 2010, respectively. Cristian Della Giovampaola was a Visiting Scholar at the Electromagnetic Communication Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA, from October 2008 to September 2009, and a Postdoctoral Researcher with the University of Siena, from May 2010 to April 2011. From October 2011 to December 2014, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. From May 2015 to May 2017, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics, University of Siena, Siena, Italy. He is currently working at Wave Up s.r.l. as a Senior Engineer. His research interests include reconfigurable metasurface antennas and devices, metamaterials for both microwave and optical regimes, metatronic circuit implementation, radar systems for target detection, photoluminescence enhancement through nanoparticles, transmission line pulsers, antenna-scatterer interaction, high-frequency techniques for electromagnetic scattering and diffraction, numerical methods for solving electrically large electromagnetic problems, radio frequency identification (RFID) system design, several antenna designs, and in near-field to far-field antenna measurement techniques. Dr. Della Giovampaola was an Invited Speaker at the Metamaterials 2015 Conference in Oxford, U.K., in 2015. He is serving as a Peer Reviewer for international journals within both IEEE and Nature families, as well as for international conferences

Gabriele MINATTI was born in Florence, Italy 1982. He received the BSc degree and the MSc degree (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence in 2008, and the PhD degree from University of Siena in 2012. From October 2012 to September 2014 he has been with the European Space Agency, antennas and sub-millimeter waves section, in the post of internal research fellow. From 2015 to 2017 he has been with the University of Siena in the post of research assistant, mainly working on modelling, analysis and design of metasurface antennas. He is presently serving as antenna engineer with Wave-Up S.r.l, Siena, Italy, involved in R&D activities on fixed beam and beam scanning antennas. Dr. Minatti was co-recipient of the Best Paper Award on Antenna Theory Award at the 5th European Conference on Antennas and propagation (EuCAP, Rome, Italy, 2011), the Antenna Innovation Award at the 33rd ESA Antenna Workshop (ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 2011), the student paper contest at 17th International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (ISAP, Nagoya, Japan, 2012). In 2016, he was co-recipient of the IEEE Schelkunoff Prize Paper Award, and in 2017 of the Best Paper Award in Antenna Design and Application at the 11th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP, Paris, France, 2017).

Giuseppe LABATE was born in Palermo, Italy, on March 7, 1991. He received the B.Sc. degree (summa cum laude) in Ingegneria Elettronica from Università Mediterranea (Reggio Calabria, Italy) in 2012 and the M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Torino, Italy) in 2014. From 2014 to 2018, he pursued the PhD Program of the Doctoral School at Politecnico di Torino, receiving in July 2018 the PhD (cum laude) in Applied Electromagnetics.  He was a visiting PhD student at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), at the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas, USA) and at MISiS – National University of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia, RU). Since November 2018, he joined Wave up (Siena, Italy) as R&D antenna engineer, designing innovative feeding networks and array antennas for telecommunications systems. He received the Demetrio Mauro Award as excellent university freshman at Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (2010), two PhD Quality Awards as one of the best PhD Students of the year at Politecnico di Torino (2017 and 2018) and the Young Scientist Award at the Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS 2019). The electromagnetic topics he explored include, in particular: complete or partial invisibility with Mie theory (plasmonic, mantle and parity-time cloaking techniques); theorems and definitions on non-radiating sources and elementary anapole modes; impedance metasurface coatings and all-dielectric metamaterial particles; forward and inverse source/scattering problems; array antennas and innovative feeding networks.

Nicola BARTOLOMEI received the BSc degree and the MSc degree (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering and the PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Florence in 2010, 2013 and 2017 respectively. In 2016 he has been visiting student at Tsinghua University, Beijing (P.R.C), working on travelling wave slot antennas and transmitarrays. From May 2017 to February 2020 he has been with Institut d’ Électronique et de Télécommunications de Rennes (IETR), Beam group, as post-doctoral fellow in a framework founded by Thales Alenia Space working on quasi-optical lenses for space applications. His research interests include numerical methods for scattering and antenna problems, SIW structures and slot array design. He is currently serving as antenna engineer with Wave-Up S.r.l, Siena, Italy, involved in R&D activities on beam scanning circularly polarized antennas.