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MIKON 2024 Focused Session: Microwaves & Materials

Microwaves and Materials: Modelling, Characterisation, Applications

Microwave engineering and materials’ science are traditionally regarded as two separate disciplines, but in recent years increasing mutual interests and collaborations are observed between the two. On the one hand, materials are acknowledged as key enablers for many industries, and 5G / 6G communications are a banner example of a technology where further developments are conditioned by the availability of novel ultra-low-loss and accurately-tested materials. On the other hand, microwave testing provides valuable information about materials’ properties,  also for such materials that are not normally used at microwave frequencies – for example, graphene-based battery electrodes. Additionally, microwaves are also used for new materials’ development and processing, over a spectrum of technologies from microwave pharmacy to rock comminution.

This Focused Session invites papers relevant to the broad theme of microwave-material interactions, on topics including (but not limited to):

  • materials’ characterisation for accelerated development of microwave and mmWave circuits and antennas,
  • materials’ models for enhanced Computer Aided Design in MHz-to-THz frequency ranges,
  • new materials and their microwave applications.
  • applications of microwaves for new materials’ development.

Papers should be submitted via the track “Focus session: Microwaves and Materials: Modelling, Characterisation, Applications” in the MIKON submission system, after obtaining a password from the Session Chairs.

Organisers and Co-Chairs:

Malgorzata Celuch, QWED Sp. z o.o. (PL)

Malgorzata Celuch graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology (Ph.D. in 1996 in the field of Computational Electromagnetics), where she held academic positions till 2017. She  is author of over 170  peer-reviewed papers and 6 monograph chapters, and one of the four original co authors of QuickWaveTM software, which gave rise to QWED company. She served as Vice-President (1997-2017) of QWED and is President since 2017. She led research teams in European FP6, FP7, Horizon, Eureka, and M‑ERA.NET projects. Currently, she is team leader in M-ERA.NET “I4BAGS” and iNEMI “5G Copper Foils”, and project leader of EUREKA-Eurostars “5G_Foil”. She serves as an expert for the European Commission. She is active in IEEE (member of MTT‑S AdCom 2024-2026, Vice-Chair of TC MTT-1, member of Editorial Board and Steering Committee of JMMCT) and the European Materials Modelling Council (member of BoD).

Marzena Olszewska-Placha, QWED Sp. z o.o. (PL)

Marzena Olszewska-Placha graduated from the Warsaw Univesrity of Technology and her B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. (2014) were in the fields of waveguide filters, double reflector antennas, and graphene-based composite absorbing panels. She is author of 11 journal articles and 48 conference presentations with 327 citations, 3 book chapters, and one patent. She has participated to several national and European research projects relevant to “Microwaves and Materials”, and currently leads a team in M‑ERA.NET “ULTCC6G_Epac” and iNEMI 5G materials’ testing projects. She has been with QWED since 2010, serving as Vice-President for R&D since 2021.