School of Engineering

Technical Areas

Technical Areas

Our core technical work is split into four key areas: Power Electronics, Drives and Control, Machines, and Power Systems.

Power Electronics

We foster, promote and perform innovative research of international quality in the area of power electronics systems.

We focus on the development of highly efficient electric drives, power dense power converters, intelligent energy management and advanced controls of power converters. We are also investigating cost-effective silicon carbide and silicon power switching devices and making use of new materials for enhancing cooling power modules.

With research activities ranging from power device fabrication through circuits, drives and control to electrical machines, Power Electronics research at Newcastle University forms the largest, most balanced set of expertise in the UK. We are unique in the UK in having significant depth across the sector within a single team.

We aim to enhance the competitive position of the UK economy through conducting world class research on advanced, efficient and reliable power electronics technologies that will:

  • maximise the penetration of renewable energy
  • facilitate electrified transportation
  • promote a sustainable industrial market

Projects: Power Electronics

Staff: Power Electronics

Dr Mohamed Ahmeid
Research Associate

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Dr Maher Al-Greer
Guest Member of Staff

Dr Xu Deng
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7197

Dr Salaheddine Ethni
TF / MSc Project Supervisor

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7208

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7197

Dr Peter Malkin
Strategic Research Adviser

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Telephone: +44(0) 191 2085636

Dr Stephen McDonald
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7197

Professor Volker Pickert
Professor of Power Electronics

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6684

Dr Muez Shiref
Research Associate

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Dr Andrew Smith
Teaching Fellow / MSc Project Supervisor

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Telephone: 0191 2087208

Dr Kristopher Smith
Research Associate / MSc Project Supervisor

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Dave Winterborne
Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 7197

Dr Haimeng Wu
Research Associate

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Telephone: (0) 191 208 7588

Weichi Zhang
KTP Associate (Power Electronics Eng.)

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Drives & Control

We specialise in the design and implementation of control algorithms for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives applications.

Our research interests include:

  • control systems design
  • system identification algorithms
  • adaptive control for power electronic converters
  • sensorless control of AC machines
  • optimisation algorithms

Projects: Drives and Control

Staff: Drives and Control

Dr Matthew Armstrong
Senior Lecturer in Control of Electrical Power

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5203

Dr Dave Atkinson
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8357

Dr Mohamed Dahidah
Senior Lecturer in Power Electronics

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7310

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7343

Machines

We have a long history of pioneering academic and industrially driven research in electrical machine design.

The machines group works on the full spectrum of machine topologies, including permanent magnet, reluctance, transverse flux, linear, high speed and axial machines. We have a track record in demonstrating power dense, fault tolerant machines built and tested in house. We have worked with numerous industrial partners to drive down the manufacturing cost of motors produced on an industrial scale by improving efficiency, reducing material mass and investigating production line friendly winding techniques.

In the area of generation, we have worked with large electrical generators in conventional coal fired power stations to development of machines for wind turbines and marine renewable energy.

For motors, we are involved across the automotive, product and aerospace sectors.

Projects: Machines

Staff: Machines

Dr Nabeel Ahmed
Research Associate

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Dr Glynn Atkinson
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6873

Dr Nick Baker
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7327

Dr Kia Kimiabeigi
Senior Research Associate

Dr Mehmet Kulan
Research Associate

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Professor Barrie Mecrow
FREng, Professor of Electrical Power

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7329

Ed Pinguey
Research Associate

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Benjamin Scholes
Research Assistant

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Telephone: 0191 208 2412

Dr Andrew Steven
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2412

Sana Ullah
Research Assistant

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Telephone: 0191 208 2412

Dr James Widmer
Centre for Advanced Electrical Drives

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3016

Dr Rafal Wrobel
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 2412

Power Systems

The energy system impacts on all aspects of society. Our research focuses on providing safe, sustainable, reliable and cost-effective energy for all.

Our findings deliver international academic impact and influence technical developments, economic progress and regulatory decisions.

We have expertise in many areas of energy systems integration. These include:

  • electrical power supply
  • transmission
  • distribution
  • storage
  • end use

We combine simulation and experimentation of current and future energy systems in our digitally-enabled research facilities with real world demonstrators.

We collaborate with local, national and international academics, industry partners and policy makers.

Electrical Power Research Group Lab

All Projects: Power Systems

Staff: Power Systems

Dr Adib Allahham
Research Associate

Professor Janusz Bialek
Prof of Power & Energy Systems

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Dr Peter Davison
Research Associate

Dr Hindolo George-Williams
KTP Associate - Power Systems Research Engineer

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Telephone: +44(0)1480275045

Dr Damian Giaouris
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2812

Dr David Greenwood
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 204 3102

Dr Hamid Hosseini
Research Associate

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Da Huo
Research Associate

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Dr Thomas John
Research Associate

Dr Stephen McDonald
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7197

Yahya Naderi Zarnaghi
KTP Associate - Power System Integration Egineer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 7469 301 508

Dr Myriam Neaimeh
Senior Researcher in Vehicle Grid Integration

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Telephone: 44 (0)191 208 4903

John Nwobu
KTP Associate (redT Energy)

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Dr Haris Patsios
Lecturer in Power Systems

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7326

Dr Mehdi Pazhoohesh
Research Associate

Dr Zoya Pourmirza
Research Associate

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Dr Mohammad Royapoor
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3623

Dr Susan Scholes Morgan
Research Associate

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Professor Phil Taylor
Head of Engineering

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4800

Dr Neal Wade
Lecturer in Power Systems

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3005

Dr Sara Walker
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: 0191 208 7261

Dr Mansoureh Zangiabadi
Research Associate/ MSc Project Supervisor

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