School of Engineering (Okanagan campus)
Loïc Markley’s research is in electromagnetic wave engineering, with a particular emphasis on metamaterials and metamaterial-related devices. Metamaterials are artificial materials with carefully synthesized electric and magnetic properties that allow engineers to manipulate electromagnetic waves in exotic ways. By studying the nature of waves within such materials, Loïc develops new techniques to analyze and design their internal structures. He has applied his findings to many topics in microwave engineering including the design of high-frequency electronic circuits and antennas.
His current projects include characterizing the “handedness” of different metamaterials for potential applications in optics and imaging, the use of graded index materials at microwave frequencies to increase antenna frequency range and the use of electron-band-gap materials to control the direction of antenna radiation. Through collaborative efforts with colleagues, he has also made contributions in photonic nano-layer structures for manipulating heat and light transmission through glass, magnetically actuated microfluidics for lab-on-chip technology and hybrid-electric power systems for low-emission rail transportation.
With the push towards wireless connectivity in our ever-growing collection of mobile devices combined with consumer demand for higher data transfer rates, one of the largest applications of modern wave engineering is in telecommunications. Wave theory, however, is also fundamental to the fields of optics and acoustics, providing further opportunities for interdisciplinary research that may prove to be quite lucrative.
Prior to UBC:
Before joining the School of Engineering, Loïc obtained his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electromagnetics Engineering from the University of Toronto. He had previously attended Yukon College and Simon Fraser University, where he completed a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science.
Loïc has published his research in a range of physics and engineering journals such as Physical Review Letters, Scientific Reports, and IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. In 2010, he won the IEEE MTT-S Tatsuo Itoh Award for the best paper published in IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters. As a graduate student at the University of Toronto, he was awarded NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships at the Masters and Doctoral levels.
Loïc is an avid rock climber and spends much of his free time climbing in the Kelowna Boulderfields and route setting at the local climbing gym. On winter weekends, you can often find him enjoying the powder at ski hills nearby or spending an evening salsa dancing in town.