Cambridge engineer awarded prestigious fellowship

My long-term profession goal is to ascertain a analysis lab and pursue energy-related analysis. The Fellowship will permit me to realize additional analysis independence.
– Dr Marina Antoniou

The Fellowship, designed to assist scientists and engineers at an early stage of their careers progress to everlasting tutorial positions throughout the UK, will permit Dr Antoniou to pursue analysis into ‘silicon carbide power devices for smart grid systems’. The Fellowship is price greater than £610,000 with a further analysis enhancement award of £110,000.

Dr Antoniou is a member of the Electronics, Power and Energy Conversion Group on the University of Cambridge. The analysis group seems on the design, improvement and optimisation of energy-efficient, dependable, and excessive voltage energy semiconductor units that are utilized in energy digital programs. Power digital programs management and convert electrical power, and have change into the workhorse of many vital functions in business and within the house.

Dr Antoniou’s predominant analysis pursuits embody the event of novel units for addressing problems with power effectivity, reliability, switching pace and cost-effectiveness of energy semiconductor switches for medium and excessive voltage functions.

“I feel extremely honoured and excited to be awarded the Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship,” mentioned Dr Antoniou, who studied Electrical and Information Engineering (BA, MEng) (Trinity College) in 2001-5.

“The improvement of energy-efficient energy semiconductor units instantly interprets into value financial savings, energy-efficiency financial savings of as much as 50%, and a lift to sustainable power.

“Reducing power utilization can be seen as a key answer to the issue of decreasing emissions. Therefore, the design and improvement of latest, very promising, excessive efficiency units utilising Wide Band Gap (WBG) supplies similar to silicon carbide could be extraordinarily useful within the long-term for the business and society. WBG-based energy semiconductor units are appropriate for increased voltages, increased frequencies, and better temperatures.

“My long-term career aim is to establish a research lab and pursue energy-related research. The Fellowship will allow me to gain further research independence.”

Reproduced courtesy of University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering

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