Loss is one of the foremost issues in the field of metamaterials and plasmonics. Here, we will present applications for the field where loss is not a fundamental detriment. Firstly, we will introduce the concept of high temperature plasmonic coatings for thermophotovoltaics. Our work shows that one of the challenges for the field of thermphotovoltaics, high temperature selective thermal emission can be achieved using plasmonics and metamaterials . In the second part, we will question the conventionally held belief that light cannot be confined to the nanoscale without metallic components. We will introduce an approach to confining light to the nanoscale using lossless all-dielectric metamaterials .  "High temperature epsilon-near-zero and epsilon-near-pole metamaterial emitters for thermophotovoltaics", S. Molesky, C. Dewalt and Z. Jacob Opt. Exp. V. 21 Issue S1 pp. A96-A110 (2013)  "Transparent sub-diffraction optics: nanoscale light confinement without metal", S. Jahani and Z. Jacob, Optica Vol 1 Issue 1 (2014)
Zubin Jacob is currently an Associate Professor of ECE at the University of Alberta, Canada. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he completed his Ph.D from Purdue University (2010) where he received multiple awards including the best dissertation prize awarded by the Dmitri N. Chorafas foundation. He completed his M.A.E.E (2006) and M.S.E.E (2007) from Princeton University and B.Tech in Electrical Engineering (2004) from the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay. He acts as a reviewer for Nature Materials, Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, OSA Optica among many others. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports (a journal by the Nature Publishing Group) and Journal of Optics (UK Institute of Physics). He has served on the technical organization committee of multiple conferences: Photonics North 2012, PIERS 2014, CLEO 2015, SPP7 and is a core organizing member of Meta 2015. Zubin was invited to present his group’s recent achievements at over 20 leading nanophotonics conferences worldwide (2013 and 2014).