Turning raw ideas into industry dominating companies
Metacept is led by David Smith, whose group at Duke University has been at the forefront of most major metamaterial breakthroughs, and has spun out metamaterials-based startups at a 100% survival rate, including several unicorns.
Our team members have developed category-defining metamaterial solutions for prestigious organizations such as NASA, DARPA, Intellectual Ventures, Lumotive, or Kymeta.
In collaboration with MetaVC Partners, a Gates-backed VC, we leverage our engineering and startup experience, and exclusive access to the world's largest metamaterials patent portfolio to launch groundbreaking companies.
The fastest AI chip
Light-based computers that are 100 times faster and more energy-efficient than current state-of-the-art chips. (Neurophos just raised a $7M seed. View the Geekwire article here)
A handheld device that penetrates walls to create 3D models, detecting damage and expediting renovation.
Details coming soon
Remote wireless charging
Flat panel to independently track and charge multiple distant receivers with focused mm-waves that minimise free-space path losses.
Solid-state laser comms devices for satellite links, that are cheaper, smaller, lighter, and more energy-efficient, and communicate to numerous partners at once.
Some of what our team has worked on
Submarine sonar cloaking
Electronically scanning radar for airborne threat detection and interception
Microwave invisibility cloaking
Electronically steered satellite sensors
Prof. David R. Smith, CEO
In 2004 David started the David R. Smith Research Group at Duke University. Since then the group has been responsible for nearly every major breakthrough worldwide in metamaterial science.
Together with the Invention Science fund, the research group has spun out many industry changing unicorn startups based on metamaterial science.
Metacept Inc. was founded in 2018 by David, the worlds leading scientists, product engineers, and proven entrepreneurs to serve as metamaterials commercialisation hub
Metacept partners with MetaVC, a metamaterials focused fund backed by Bill Gates
Metacept spins out its first startup, Neurophos, in 2019. Neurophos makes neuromorphic AI chips based on optical metasurfaces for use in datacenters, and is already shattering world records in computational energy efficiency.
Prof. David R. Smith
Alexander Mark Hayes
Co-founder, Head of Biz Dev
Dr. Aaron Diebold
Dr. Dan Marks
Senior Optical Engineer
Dr. Divya Pande
Optoelectronic systems and metamaterials engineer
Dr. Patrick Bowen
Prof. Cristian Ciraci
Optical Metasurface Design
Dr. Milton Perque
FSOC market expert
Prof. Steven A. Cummer
Dr. Uwe Sterr
Dr. Jonah Gollub
Technical Advisor, Board
Prof. Guillermo Sapiro
Prof. Willie J. Padilla
Dr. Nathan Kundtz
We're looking for experienced founders to join or lead upcoming spinoffs
Hit the ground running with –depending on the project– IP rights to hundreds of patents secured, prototypes, and funding from our Bill-Gates-backed partner MetaVC waiting on you
Metamaterials, Product, ML Software, UX
We are looking for engineers
For Metacepts R&D contracts
To build prototypes for our pre-incubation projects
To support spun-out startups