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PhD Studentship in Reliability Characterisation and Modelling of Gallium Nitride Devices for Power Electronics Converters

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Competitive Salary
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st November 2023
Closes: 17th January 2024
Reference: ENG1705

The new emerging gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor transistors demonstrate the potential to push the power converter efficiency and power density to a level never achieved before. They are a promising technology to drive the electric revolution for sustainable transportation and mobility. However, to widely adopt them for industries, GaN transistors’ reliability data must be obtained for power converters design and application. As GaN switches extremely fast in power electronics converters, it brings the challenge to monitor and analyse device reliability where current methods based on silicon may not be directly applied. 

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3-year PhD programme to tackle the challenge of reliability characterisation and modelling of gallium nitride devices for power electronics converters. A comprehensive GaN transistor reliability data covering a wide power range, temperature and operation time will be produced, and a model to predict GaN transistor reliability and lifetime will be developed. It will benefit power electronics researchers to design and control next generation power converters with improved efficiency and reliability. The research will take place at the Power Electronics and Machines Centre, home of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control research group of the University of Nottingham. Excellent candidates will be eligible for partial or full scholarship (stipend and fees).

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The Faculty of Engineering provides a thriving working environment for all PGRs creating a strong sense of community across research disciplines. Community and research culture is important to our PGRs and the FoE support this by working closely with our Postgraduate Research Society (PGES) and our PGR Research Group Reps to enhance the research environment for PGRs. PGRs benefit from training through the Researcher Academy’s Training Programme, those based within the Faculty of Engineering have access to bespoke courses developed for Engineering PGRs. including sessions on paper writing, networking and career development after the PhD. The Faculty has outstanding facilities and works in partnership with leading industrial partners. 

Please contact Assistant Professor Ke Li for further information.

Email: ke.li2@Nottingham.ac.uk

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