EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics
University of Nottingham
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Research and Management Team

Professor C Mark Johnson
Prof C Mark Johnson (Nottingham, Principal Investigator and Centre Director) is an expert in power electronics packaging, thermal management, reliability and integration.

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From 1992 to 2003 Prof. Johnson was a lecturer and later Reader of Power Electronics at Newcastle University where he was instrumental in establishing a nation-wide collaborative programme in Silicon Carbide (SiC) electronics. In 2002, Prof Johnson was awarded an EPSRC Platform grant (renewed 2006) “Technologies for SiC Electronics and Sensors in Extreme Environments”, funding from which was used to initiate work on reliability and health management. Prof. Johnson is a co-investigator and member of the Executive Committee for the Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre (IeMRC) (GR/T07459, EP/H03014X) and was project manager for the IeMRC Flagship Project in Power Electronics, a multi-partner consortium which investigated reliability and technology issues for the manufacture of the next generation of power electronic modules. Prof. Johnson has considerable experience of managing large and complex technical projects and has won over £7 M from competitive bids to EPSRC in support of his work. He will provide the academic leadership needed to ensure the success of the Centre. Key industrial links include Dynex Semiconductor, Semelab, Alstom Grid, GE Aviation, GE Energy and EoN.


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Dr Layi Alatise
Layi is the lead for CPE’s Reliability, and Health Management theme. He is a Reader in Power Electronics with interests in wide bandgap power devices, converters and applications.

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Dr Alatise  gained his PhD in Microelectronics and Semiconductors from Newcastle University in (DATE). His PhD research focused on the mixed signal performance enhancements in strained Silicon/Silicon-Germanium MOSFETs. Between 2004 and 2009, Layi worked in industry, firstly for ATMEL North Tyneside and then NXP Semiconductors where as a Development Engineer, he designed, processed and qualified discrete power trench MOSFETs for automotive applications and switched mode power supplies. In 2010 Layi joined Warwick University as a Science City Research Fellow to investigate advanced power semiconductor materials and devices for improved energy conversion efficiency. In July 2017 he was appointed a Reader in Power Electronics. Dr Alatise is the principal investigator and co-Investigator of several EPSRC and TSB projects in Power Electronics and has written several scientific journal papers, served as a reviewer for the IEEE journals, is a member of the IEEE and IET as well as a Chartered Engineer
Prof Chris Bailey
Prof Chris Bailey (Greenwich, Co-Investigator and Cross-Theme Topic Champion) is professor of Computational Mechanics and Reliability, and director of the Computational Mechanics and Reliability Group at the University of Greenwich.

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With regards design, modeling and simulation of electronics systems, since 2004 Prof Bailey has secured £5M of funding from Government (UK, EU, USA) agencies and industry. Current related projects where Prof Bailey is PI/CI include: PEMREL (EU Clean Skies - Proj No 271788); RODENT (IeMRC: SP/03/02/11); and FAMOBS (FP7-SME-2007-2, 218350). Prof Bailey has experience in managing and working within multi-institutional projects – a particular example being the EPSRC Grand Challenge project – 3D-Mintegration (EPSRC EP/C534212/1) –where he led the cross theme activity on Design, Modelling and Simulation. He is a member of the NAFEMS Multi-Physics Modelling working group, represents Europe on the board of governors of IEEE-CPMT, is a member of the INEMI Roadmap team, executive member and CI of the IeMRC (GR/T07459, EP/H03014X), Chair of the UK&RI IEEE CPMT/Reliability chapter, and an associate editor of the IEEE CPMT Transactions. Key industrial links include Mentor Graphics, Selex-Galileo, GE-Aviation - Newmarket, Dynex Semiconductors, Semelab, Rolls Royce, Henkel, EADS, SSE, and MBDA. He has published over 200 papers in the field of modeling and simulation of micro-technology based processes and products.

Prof Jon Clare
Jon Clare (Nottingham, Co-Investigator and Cross-Theme Topic Champion) is Professor of Power Electronics and Head of the Power Electronics and Machine Controls (PEMC) Group.

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He has an international reputation for expertise in power converters and power conversion, and was the Director and PI of the GE Aviation Strategic Partnership in Advanced Electrical Power and Actuation (SMARTPACT) (EP/D032377/1) and PI for Platform Grant (EP/D078792/1) Future Technologies in Power Electronics. He has been funded for power conversion work by PPARC (PPA/F/S/2002/00009) and STFC PIPSS grant (ST/F007655/1). Clare has research contracts with Boeing and the US Army Research Labs together with a significant portfolio of TSB and EU funding. He was PI on the EU FP6 UNIFLEX project “Advanced Power Converters for future European Electricity Grids”. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and is a member of the IET EPA and PE Editorial Board. He was formerly an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, an Executive Council member for the European Power Electronics Association (2005-2008) and a member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society AdCom.

Professor Lee Empringham
Lee Empringham is Professor of Power Conversion Technologies, for the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group at the University of Nottingham.

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Lee is the Deputy Director of the Power Electronics Spoke of the Advanced Propulsion Centre and the EPSRC Challenge Network for Automotive Power Electronics. He has 22 years’ experience in the area of power electronics and drives and has delivered and led £4.1M of direct funded projects.  His early career focused of innovative direct AC-AC motor drive topologies and he soon became a world leader in Matrix converter drive applications with successful industrially funded projects with companies such as Infineon Technologies, the US Army Research Labs, Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aviation) and Boeing. More recently he has concentrated on the application and use of WBG semiconductor devices. Notable projects in this area include a direct funded project with Infineon Technologies. Here, a high power density AC-AC converter was created using SiC JFETS. A power density of 20kW/Litre was achieved (still a record for an air cooled converter of this size). Innovative integration of passive and control components within the power module packaging was addressed within the Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration project (VESI, EPSRC EP/I038543/1) where he was responsible for the power converter innovations and management of two of the three project demonstrators.Lee has published 37 peer reviewed Journal papers and over 90 Conference papers and continues to lead further research bids to both national and international funding bodies. His main focus at present is the Heterogeneous Integration of power converter systems and power converter packages.

Dr Paul Evans
Dr Paul Evans is the lead for CPE's Multi-Domain Virtual Prototyping Techniques for Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics theme.

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Paul received the MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the PhD degree in Electrical engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2007, and 2011 respectively. In 2010 he became a Research Fellow, and in 2013 was appointed a Lecturer at the same institution. His expertise lies in the application of accelerated computational modelling techniques to the simulation of power electronic systems and his work on extraction of compact thermal models was awarded the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics second prize paper in 2013. He has developed simulation software and tools for numerous research projects including EU Cleansky, Supergen Hubnet and phase one of the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics.

Prof Andrew Forsyth
Prof Andrew Forsyth (Manchester, Co-Investigator and Executive Team Member) holds the Rolls-Royce / Royal Academy of Engineering chair in power electronics and is an expert in high-frequency power electronic circuits, systems and high-power-factor rectification, with a particular interest in aerospace and automotive applications.

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He leads the Power Conversion Group, which comprises eight academics, almost 40 researchers and has extensive laboratories including a 100 kW aircraft electrical systems rig. He has acted as PI on over 20 grants and contracts and his funding to date exceeds £5M. His currently active grants total to £1M and include EPSRC, TSB, EU and industrial awards. As assistant director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Electrical Systems, he works closely with the company in the UK & US. He is also currently working with Alenia in Italy, and IST Power, NXP, Prodrive, Raytheon and Tata in the UK. He has published 130 papers and routinely serves on international conference organising committees; he was a topic chair for the 2012 EPE-PEMC Conf will chair the IET 2014 PEMD Conf.

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Dr Peter Gammon
Dr Gammon leads CPE’s Switch Optimisation theme, in which a consortium of Warwick, Coventry, Cambridge and Newcastle Universities will attempt to be one of the first groups in Europe to develop and research SiC IGBTs.

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Dr Peter Gammon received his PhD in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Warwick in 2011. In 2012 he won a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship to work on the development of a novel range of Si-on-SiC materials and devices. He currently leads the SaSHa project - a €1 million Horizon 2020 project investigating the development of radiation hard Si/SiC lateral transistors for space applications. He is also the Principal Investigator on an EPSRC funded project investigating Silicon-Silicon Carbide (Si/SiC) power devices for high temperature, hostile environment applications.

Prof Philip Mawby
Prof Philip Mawby (Warwick, Co-Investigator and Executive Team Member) holds the Royal Academy of Engineering/GE Energy research Chair of Power Electronics within the School of Engineering, he is also the leading the Energy Global Research Priority at Warwick.

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He is currently the PI on the £10.5m Birmingham Science City Energy Efficiency project funded by AWM, which has provided state of the art research facilities including a brand new cleanroom specialising in silicon carbide (SiC) power device development. He now heads a team of 6 academic staff and 20+ researchers. He is currently the PI on the £3.1m EPSRC Vehicle Electrical system Integration (VESI) (EP/I038543/1) project. And is PI on the HiTemp TSB project (400261) on high temperature packaging for low carbon Vehicles. He is also Co-I on two projects in the electrical power networks area (HubNET (EP/I013636/1), Top and tail (EP/I031707/1) and Images (EP/K002228/1). Professor Mawby was also a key member of the team that put together the BIS “Power Electronics: A Strategy for success” report published in October 2011.

Prof Barrie Mecrow
Prof Barrie Mecrow (Newcastle, Co-Investigator and Executive Team Member) is the Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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His research achievements encompass novel switched reluctance motors and drives, high torque PM motors and drives, fault tolerant machines and high efficiency drives. He works with a wide range of industrial companies, many of whom fully fund research projects, sits on company advisory boards and was instrumental in Dyson setting up a research centre in Newcastle University. He was PI on the EPSRC Platform grant “Low Cost Machines & Drives for Mass Production”, GR/S60044/01, and is also PI on a current Platform Grant “High Efficiency Electrical Energy Conversion”, EP/F067895/1. He currently has research contracts with Tata Steel, QinetiQ, Goodrich and Dyson, and is involved in EU and TSB funded programmes. He has chaired a steering group for the IET Power Electronic, Drives and Machines Conference and has been on the organising committees of many international conferences. He acts as an advisor to Dyson and is a member of Protean’s Technical Advisory Board.

Prof Phil Mellor
Prof Phil Mellor (Bristol, Co-Investigator and Executive Team Member) is Professor of Electrical Engineering and head of research group.

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He is an expert in the electromagnetic and thermal behaviour of power conversion systems and components. He is director of a Goodrich funded University Research Centre exploring novel aircraft electrical drives and power converters; the centre is now in its 12th year. He is co-ordinator/technical lead of a multi-partner EC RTD project (Clean Sky ELETAD) value £2.5MEuro and leader of Theme 6 (Passive Components) in the £3.1M EPSRC (Low Carbon) Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration grant (EP/I038543/1). He has been awarded two Royal Society Industrial Fellowships (1998-2000, 2009-2012), exploring the adoption of more electric drives technologies in vehicles (TRW) and in rotorcraft (AgustaWestlands). He was academic chairman of the IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives international conference, March 2012, which attracted 360 delegates, and an organising committee member on several other international conferences. He has over 240 publications and manages £2.8M of EPSRC, EU and Industry funding.

Prof Paul D Mitcheson
Prof Paul Mitcheson (Co-Investigator and Executive Team Member) is a senior lecturer in the control and power group at Imperial College, London.

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He received both his Masters degree (2001) and his PhD (2005) from the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial. He was appointed a lecturer in 2006, became a senior lecturer in 2011 and a professor in 2016. He is principle investigator at Imperial in a collaborative EPSRC project EP/G070180/1 concentrating on ultra-low power processing circuits for micro generators and was recently PI on an FP7 project where power electronic interfaces were used to augment micro-generator capabilities. He has a stream of work on the use of power electronics to perform impedance spectroscopy on batteries for electric vehicles (EP/H05037X/1) which has led to a patent and his work on high efficiency wireless power transfer for electric vehicle and other applications (patent pending) is supported by the UK home office and by an EDF Energy CASE award. He has interests in high density and high reliability power converters for application to urban distribution networks and in modular HVDC systems. He has published over 50 papers and is general co-chair of the PowerMEMS conference to be held in London in 2013. He will champion the cross theme on operational management and control and has responsibility of overall coordination of the cross-theme topics. 

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Professor Xibo Yuan
Xibo Yuan is a Professor in Electrical Energy Conversion at the University of Bristol and holds the Royal Academy of Engineering/Safran Chair in Advanced Aircraft Power Generation Systems.He leads CPE’s Converter Architectures theme.

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 Professor Yuan received his PhD from Tsinghua University, China, in 2010 and was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Power Electronics Systems, Virginia Tech, USA, and the Institute of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group, the University of Sheffield.

Professor Yuan currently leads a research team of 12 researchers with active grants of £2.8M. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. His research interests include multilevel converters, application of wide-bandgap devices, wind power generation, electric vehicles and more electric aircraft technologies. Professor Yuan has worked closely with industry and several technologies he has developed have been transferred to industrial products.



Dr Helena Cartwright

Dr Helena Cartwright (Centre Manager) is an experienced manager of strategic research initiatives, in particular those which bring together academia and industry. She is responsible for providing management support for all centre activities, including progress reviews, budgeting and liaison with internal and external stakeholders.


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