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The 298th: Devices – the key to Innovation in Power Electronics
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Title: Devices – the key to Innovation in Power Electronics 

Speaker: Prof. Phil Mawby (University of Warwick, UK)  

Time: Nov. 21, 2016 10:00AM 

Venue: LED meeting room of building 5, IOS, CAS 

Abstract: The talk will discuss the state of the art in power electronic devices. This includes some of the recent advances in silicon as well as the new wide bandgap devices which are set to make a step change in the performance and capabilities of power electronic devices. These will open up new areas of application as well as making our use of electricity much more flexible and efficient. Professor Mawby was the project leader for the £10m science city project on energy efficiency. This project has provided Warwick a dedicated clean room for silicon carbide power device research as well as vehicle integration lab consisting of two linked dynamometers capable of up to 500kW. In addition, a team led by professor Mawby has been awarded a £3m EPSRC grant on Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration (VESI) to study how the vehicle motor and the power electronics can be integrated to deliver more compact designs with higher reliability.


[1] Mawby, PA, et al. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ELECTRON DEVICES, 2016, 63(6).

[2] Mawby, PA, et al. IEEE ELECTRON DEVICE LETTERS, 2016, 37(10).

[3] Mawby, PA, et al. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 2013, 114(22). 



Biography:Professor Philip Mawby holds the Chair of Power Electronics within the School of Engineering at Warwick. He is also Head of Research for the school. He has been at the University for just over 11 years, and has established a world leading research group in SiC based power electronics. He is one of the UK’s leading authorities on Silicon Carbide power device technology and applications. He also has an internationally recognized activity in the modelling of power devices, particularly in the area of compact modelling and fast systems modelling. More recently he has work on two national projects funded by EPSRC on smart grids and grid infrastructure with a team of leading universities in the sector (HUBNET and Top and Tail).The group has a well-equipped research clean room dedicated to the development of SiC power devices. He currently leads the Devices theme of the EPSRC Power Electronics UK national centre. He also led the highly successful, VESI (IDP5) EPSRC funded project on automotive electrical systems. The team at Warwick consists of 8 academics and a team of over 30 researchers. Professor Mawby is currently running numerous research projects in the area of power electronics in the automotive, aerospace, power distribution, semiconductor materials and power electronics reliability areas. He also leads Warwick’s global research priority (GRP) in Energy across the university.

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