I gained the BA in Electrical and Information Science (completed in 2008, awarded in 2009), the MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (awarded in 2009) and the PhD in Power (completed in 2013, awarded in 2014), from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. In 2012, I was conferred the MA, also from the University of Cambridge. In 2018 I gained the PGCert in Academic Practice in Higher Education from Coventry University and during the same year I became a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
I am an Assistant Professor in Electrical Power Electronics at the University of Nottingham. I am also affiliated with the University of Cambridge as an Academic (Research) Collaborator and at Coventry University as Visiting Academic. I currently work on research projects with ABB Switzerland, the University of Cambridge, Warwick, Newcastle, Swansea and Coventry. I have authored/co-authored more than 50 manuscripts.
Prior academic experience/positions
I joined Nottingham in January 2020. Before that, between June 2015 and January 2020, I have been with the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, and the Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities, at Coventry University. My work in Coventry led to the recognition of Coventry University as Competence Centre by the European Centre for Power Electronics (ECPE) for I became the Coventry’s representative. It also led to a full membership at the UK’s EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) for I participated at the steering committee as the Coventry’s representative.
Previously, between September 2013 and May 2015, I worked as consultant for Cambridge Microelectronics LTD and Anvil Semiconductors LTD on research and development and I was a Post Doctoral Researcher / Research Associate in Power with the High Voltage Microelectronics and Sensors Group, University of Cambridge.
My research focuses on power electronics, devices, semiconductors and (more recently) on machines and batteries. These technologies are necessary when aiming to achieve highly efficient and stable electrical systems, smart grids and transport. Indeed they underpin a low carbon future. I have a particular interest in adapting these technologies for use in automotive applications, e.g. for vehicles with more electric power train and for servicing the grid e.g. >5kV.
My biggest contribution is on the advancement of high voltage power semiconductor devices, Silicon and Wide bandgap. During the past years I have contributed significantly to the explanation of failure mechanisms of large area high power silicon devices and to the design, development and characterisation of novel Silicon, Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitride devices. My research and interests however also include the condition monitoring of power electronic converters and machines, the degradation and state of health of batteries for automotive applications and electrical power conversion in general.
I have been teaching and supervising students of all levels in higher education since 2009 and in 2018 I became a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
My main recent and current teaching responsibilities include leading, teaching and tutoring “Electrical Science”, “Machines and Drives” and “Power Semiconductor Devices and Converters”.
Currently participating in one of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) five flagship Underpinning Power Electronics (UPE) projects. Each of the three-year £1.2-£1.4 million projects focuses on a different aspect of the power electronics supply chain with the aim of creating new devices and applications to fully realise the energy saving potential of this emerging technology.
Partnering Cambridge, Newcastle and Warwick on the ‘switch optimisation’ theme, we will be developing ultrahigh voltage silicon carbide (SiC) n-IGBTs. With voltage ratings over 10 kV, nearly 10 times the voltage rating of any SiC device on the open market, SiC insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) have the potential to make considerable gains in efficiency for the National grid, e.g. when connecting off-shore wind power to the network.
Available Research Positions
PhD in Reliable power conversion through condition monitoring of power semiconductors and electronics
Power Electronics Converters are exceptionally important in systems that operate in changeable, isolated, challenging environments or where the degradation of operation can potentially be life threatening. Practical examples of scenarios which would benefit from the integration of Condition Monitoring include; offshore wind turbines, aerospace power supplies, traction drives and electric vehicles.
MRes in Reliable and compact high performance power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles through power semiconductor engineering
Master in power semiconductor engineering for the development of high performance and reliable power semiconductor devices. The focus of the project will be to design devices that mitigate from issues that cause reliability problems and fully exploit the advanced characteristics of wide band gap semiconductors.