I am a Senior Lecturer of Electrical Engineering at the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, Coventry University, and an Associate with the Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University. I also have the role of Academic Collaborator at the High Voltage Microelectronics and Sensors Group, University of Cambridge.
I previously worked as consultant with Cambridge Microelectronics LTD on research and development and I was a Research Associate in Power with the High Voltage Microelectronics and Sensors Group, University of Cambridge.
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), all 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 have become a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
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 108SE – Electrical Science, M02AEE – Machines and Drives and 7004CEM – Power Semiconductor Devices and Converters.
My research focuses on power electronics, devices, semiconductors and (more recently) on 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 also have a particular interest in adapting those technologies for use in automotive applications, e.g. for vehicles with more electric power train.
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.