Doctor Liu Ruopeng has been called the Elon Musk of China. His company is involved in several projects that sound like they are straight from science fiction – balloons that fly to space, jetpacks, flying cars, and metamaterials.

Metamaterials were what made Dr. Liu famous. As a doctorate student at Duke University, he became known for his work on the “invisibility cloak,” a type of material that manipulates light and makes the wearer seem invisible.

His company Kuang-Chi Science Limited (光启) made its first strides in 2010 with only five employees. Today, Kuang-Chi, and its so-called Global Community of Innovation, has more than 2,600 employees in 18 countries and regions. They have opened an Innovation Center in Tel Aviv, Israel and launched the ASEAN Innovation Headquarters in Singapore.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.