The Power Electronics (PE) research group at the University of Auckland, currently led by Prof. Covic, Prof. Hu, Prof. Madawala, and Dr. Thrimawithana, is well known for their pioneering work in the field of Wireless Power Transfer and Renewable Energy Technologies. Over the last 30 years, the PE research group has been involved in many cutting-edge research projects with its industry and research partners. In the process, the group generated over 100 patent families, all licensed to the industry. The group has been highly successful in attracting research funds that helped them develop four state-of-the-art power electronics research labs and a cutting-edge prototype development facility.
The Power Electronics research group at the University of Auckland is looking for motivated Ph.D. research students (full-time and visiting) who would like to work in a multidisciplinary team to investigate and develop viable solutions to electrify transportation. This new research aims to develop cost-effective power electronic and magnetic solutions that could cater for both wireless stationery and in-motion charging applications to help reduce battery weight and charging times while extending the driving range of Electric Vehicles. The details of the project are,
Supervised by: Prof. Grant Covic, Dr. Duleepa Thrimawithana, Dr. Jackman Lin, Dr. Seho Kim
Implementation of wireless charging infrastructure relies upon developing novel electronic, control and designs that meet stringent thermal, electrical, and mechanical requirements to ensure reliable operation over a 15-20 year lifespan. Wireless charging infrastructure needs to also cater to a range of vehicles from light-duty to heavy-duty, as well as a range of use cases (e.g., extremely fast charging and in-motion charging). These requirements make designing and developing cost-effective wireless charging infrastructure extremely challenging.
Therefore, this new research aims to develop cost-effective power electronic and magnetic solutions that could cater for both wireless stationery and in-motion charging applications to help reduce battery weight and charging times while extending the driving range of Electric Vehicles.
The research group is interested in top Ph.D. candidates with experience in power electronics and magnetics. The candidates should ideally have an ME or a BE with 1st Class Honours. Industry experience is preferred as the candidates will be developing high-power (over 50kW) and high-voltage prototypes to demonstrate the viability of solutions proposed during their research. The candidate will collaborate with our research partners at Cambridge University (UK), WiTricity (US), and Utah State University (US).
Interested candidates can use the link (https://forms.gle/vJV7JEPU5MjrCVne8), to apply for a Ph.D. position. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to join a 90-minute technical interview. During the interview, details about PhD funding and specific research topics will also be discussed.