Yaroslav A. Urzhumov

Yaroslav A. Urzhumov

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Urzhumov is Adjunct Assistant Professor of ECE at Duke University, and also a Technologist at the Metamaterials Commercialization Center of Intellectual Ventures. Previously a research faculty at Duke, he works on applied and theoretical aspects of metamaterials, nanomaterials and microstructured media. His main focus at Duke is on engineering technologically-relevant electromagnetic and acoustic properties of such media across the spectrum, and designing device prototypes based on metamaterials. His demonstration of all-dielectric cloaking at Duke (2013), and the theoretical proofs of metamaterial promise for wireless power transfer and hydrodynamic wake suppression (2011), are recognized worldwide as the starting points for novel industry-relevant metamaterial ideas. Dr. Urzhumov developed homogenization theories and numerical techniques for effective material property predictions, and continues to work on efficient numerical optimization methods for micro- and nanostructured media. He has interest in materials science aspects of metals, semiconductors, phonon-polaritonic and other plasmonic media, dielectrics and their micro/nanostructured forms, in particular their electromagnetic, electronic and phononic properties. While his pre-Duke works are mostly in plasmonic metamaterials, here he expanded his research into the mechanics, dynamics and acoustics of fluid, solid and hybrid metamaterials, with emphasis on underwater acoustics. Dr. Urzhumov’s expertise is in cross-disciplinary, multi-physics analysis of complex structures and systems, which require unprecedented computational efficiency.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: West Campus, Fciemas 2581, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-8259
  • Email Address: yaroslav.urzhumov@duke.edu
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Research Interests

Urzhumov's main focus at Duke is on engineering technologically-relevant electromagnetic and acoustic properties of such media across the spectrum, and designing device prototypes based on metamaterials. His demonstration of all-dielectric cloaking at Duke (2013), and the theoretical proofs of metamaterial promise for wireless power transfer and hydrodynamic wake suppression (2011), are recognized worldwide as the starting points for novel industry-relevant metamaterial ideas. Dr. Urzhumov developed homogenization theories and numerical techniques for effective material property predictions, and continues to work on efficient numerical optimization methods for micro- and nanostructured media. He has interest in materials science aspects of metals, semiconductors, phonon-polaritonic and other plasmonic media, dielectrics and their micro/nanostructured forms, in particular their electromagnetic, electronic and phononic properties. While his pre-Duke works are mostly in plasmonic metamaterials, here he expanded his research into the mechanics, dynamics and acoustics of fluid, solid and hybrid metamaterials, with emphasis on underwater acoustics. Dr. Urzhumov's expertise is in cross-disciplinary, multi-physics analysis of complex structures and systems, which require unprecedented computational efficiency.

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Bowen, PT; Urzhumov, YA, Three forms of omnidirectional acoustic invisibility engineered using fast elastodynamic transfer-matrix method, Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, vol 18 no. 4 (2016), pp. 044025-044025 [10.1088/2040-8978/18/4/044025] [abs].
  • Bowen, PT; Smith, DR; Urzhumov, YA, Wake control with permeable multilayer structures: The spherical symmetry case., Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, vol 92 no. 6 (2015) [10.1103/physreve.92.063030] [abs].
  • Lipworth, G; Ensworth, J; Seetharam, K; Lee, JS; Schmalenberg, P; Nomura, T; Reynolds, MS; Smith, DR; Urzhumov, Y, Quasi-Static Magnetic Field Shielding Using Longitudinal Mu-Near-Zero Metamaterials., Scientific Reports, vol 5 (2015) [10.1038/srep12764] [abs].
  • Landy, N; Urzhumov, Y; Smith, DR; Landy, N; Urzhumov, Y; Smith, DR, Quasi-conformal approaches for two and three-dimensional transformation optical mediaQuasi-conformal approaches for two and three-dimensional transformation optical media, vol 9781447149965 (2014), pp. 1-32 [10.1007/978-1-4471-4996-5_1] [abs].
  • Lipworth, G; Ensworth, J; Seetharam, K; Huang, D; Lee, JS; Schmalenberg, P; Nomura, T; Reynolds, MS; Smith, DR; Urzhumov, Y, Magnetic metamaterial superlens for increased range wireless power transfer., Scientific Reports, vol 4 (2014) [10.1038/srep03642] [abs].