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ESE Fall Seminar – “Electromagnetics for advanced power electronics and wireless power transfer”
November 30 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Power electronics is an essential enabler for efficient energy utilization across many different applications as well for renewable electricity generation. Advances in power semiconductor materials and devices are improving power electronics capabilities, but power electronics also relies heavily on passive electromagnetic components—inductors, transformers, and capacitors. The capabilities of these components are increasingly the bottlenecks limiting improvements in efficiency and miniaturization of power electronics.
The fundamental limitations and scaling laws that make advances in passive components difficult will be outlined, and approaches to circumvent these limitations will be discussed, including co-design of circuits and components as well as electromagnetic design and modeling. Innovations discussed enable not only improved power converters but also wireless power transfer for medical and mobility applications.
Charles R. Sullivan
Sue and John Ballard '55 TT'56 Professor of Engineering and Director of the NSF Power Management Integration Center (PMIC), Dartmouth
Charles R. Sullivan is the Sue and John Ballard ’55 TT ’56 Professor of Engineering and Director of the NSF Power Management Integration Center (PMIC). He received a B.S. from Princeton 1987 and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1996. He has published over 200 technical papers and holds 44 patents. His research includes electromagnetic components for high-frequency power conversion, applications of power electronics, and wireless power transfer. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and co-founder of Resonant Link, a wireless power transfer startup.