School of Engineering

Technical Areas

Technical Areas

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 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 7208

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7896

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

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7208

Professor Nick Wright
Turing Fellow, School of Engineering

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 Xu Deng
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7197

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7343

Dr Muez Shiref
Research Associate

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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 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

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 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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Ridoy Das
Research Associate

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Dr Matthew Deakin
Research Associate

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Dr Damian Giaouris
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2812

Dr David Greenwood
NU Academic Track Fellow (NUAcT)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 204 84460

Dr Hamid Hosseini
Research Associate

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Da Huo
Research Associate

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Dr Stephen McDonald
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7197

Dr Chris Mullen
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4954

Dr Myriam Neaimeh
Senior Researcher in Vehicle Grid Integration

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Telephone: 44 (0)191 208 4903

Dr Haris Patsios
Senior Lecturer in Power Systems

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7326

Dr Mehdi Pazhoohesh
Research Associate

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Dr Meltem Peker Sarhan
Research Associate

Dr Zoya Pourmirza
Research Associate

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Dr Mohammad Royapoor
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3623

Dr Marcos Santos
Research Associate

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Dr Ilias Sarantakos
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 204 83867

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 Vahid Vahidinasab
Senior Researcher in Power and Energy Systems || IEEE Senior Member || Associate Editor of IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution || Associate Editor of IET Smart Grid || Editor of Springer Book on Active Building Energy Systems

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Dr Neal Wade
Senior Lecturer in Power Systems

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3005

Dr Sara Walker
Reader in Energy

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Telephone: 0191 208 7261

Robin Wardle
Research Assistant

Dr Mansoureh Zangiabadi
Research Associate/ MSc Project Supervisor

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