“Recent Advances on Reliability and Gate Driving of WBG Power Electronics”
The Centre for Power Electronics Research Showcase addressed several of the key issues critical to the increased adoption of Wide Bandgap (WBG) Semiconductors within the growing power electronics industry.
The Centre currently has 2 cohorts consisting of 20 students progressing through the stages of their PhD journey. The disciplines that CDT SEP covers are diverse and include electrical and mechanical engineering, physics, manufacturing, big data, and materials.
Professor Martin Kuball, Director of the Centre for Device Thermography and Reliability (CDTR) in the HH Wills Physics Laboratory, has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies.
Professor Kuball was involved in the Tranche 1 ”Devices” theme of the Centre and is one of eight engineering academics across the UK to receive support from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s largest research funding scheme—the Chairs in Emerging Technologies – which has allocated a total of £22 million to support these innovative researchers and global leaders in their fields whose projects made it through the rigorous selection process in the face of stiff competition.
For his project as Chair, ‘Ultra-wide bandgap emerging power electronics for a low-carbon economy’, Professor Kuball aims to develop a new class of semiconductor power electronic devices using ultra-wide bandgap materials such as gallium oxide, boron nitride and aluminium nitride. Thanks to the outstanding properties of these materials, the new devices will be compact, highly versatile and energy efficient. This new generation of power electronics is the key to transforming a wide range of real-life applications, from data centres and motor drives to electric vehicle chargers to smart grids, all contributing to the realisation of a greener society.
Almost all low-carbon technology presently relies on Silicon (Si) based power electronic devices. However, some is starting to be replaced with wide bandgap semiconductors based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC) to enable our daily lives. While these devices are serving us well, the unequivocal need to accelerate the reduction of our carbon footprint and to reduce the ongoing climate changes demonstrates the clear urgency to do much more, which this new class of materials and devices will enable.
Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation William Drury joins the Royal Academy of Engineering as a Fellow.
Professor Drury joins 53 leading engineers from the UK and around the world who have been newly elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.
All the new Fellows were formally admitted to Fellowship at the Academy’s online AGM on Tuesday 22 September, and they will add their expertise to a Fellowship of almost 1,600 eminent engineers from both industry and academia.
Congratulations to Professor Bill Drury for being elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Bill has made great contribution to the power electronics centre from the very beginning and provided invaluable steering to the Centre’s operation and direction.
Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “As the UK’s National Academy for engineering and technology, we bring together an unrivalled community of leading business people and industrialists, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics from every part of engineering and technology. The new Fellows who join us today are among the most talented and successful engineers working in the field today, leaders in areas from transport and our essential data infrastructure to lifesaving developments in medical research.”
Professor Drury became a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester in 1997, and is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation at Bristol and a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.
Professor Drury has worked for over 40 years in the engineering industry and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Academic Accreditation Committee. He has chaired several International Conferences in the field of power electronics, machines and drives and has more than 70 publications.
The universities of Nottingham and Newcastle are delivering an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Power Electronics for Sustainable Electric Propulsion.
It will train a new generation of power electronics specialists to meet the future demands of society and industry for clean, electric propulsion systems. The CDT will also benefit from the involvement of more than 20 industrial partners.
“We aim to create a new school of thinking amongst engineers and scientists, capable of leading the transformation from fossil fuel transport to sustainable and environmentally-friendly electric transport.”