Dr Firuz Zare

ARC Future Fellowship

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
f.zare@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69180

Overview

Prof. Firuz Zare received his BSc (Eng) in Electronic Engineering, M.Sc in Power Engineering and PhD in Power Electronics in 1989, 1995 and 2001, respectively. He has spent over 20 years in both academia and industry involving in different power electronics and industrial electronics projects. He has been collaborating with several international research centres in Europe, USA and Japan in the fields of Power Electronics, Renewable Energy and Pulsed Power Systems.

Prof. Zare has received several awards such as the Australian Future Fellowship, John Madsen Medal from Engineers Australia, Symposium Fellowship by the Australian Academy of Technological Science and early career academic excellence research award. He has secured several research funds including seven ARCs and one Danish Research Council competitive research funds, over AU$ 8M since 2007.

Prof. Zare is an academic staff at the University of Queensland in Australia and a Task Force Leader of Active Infeed Converters within the IEC International Standardization Technical Committee 77A. He is a senior member of IEEE, the Editor in Chief of International Journal of Power Electronics and the associate editor of IEEE Access journal. He has published over 200 peer reviewed journal & conference papers and technical reports in the area of Power Engineering. He has supervised 11 PhD students to completion. He is the chapter chair of the IEEE Power Electronics/Industrial Electronics/ Industry Applications Societies in Queensland.

He has a leadership certificate from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA (Jan-Nov 2015). The goal of this program was to educate innovators from companies and research institu­tions to bring new technologies to the market and solve challenging issues to understand mutual interests and cultures within two different environments and remove barrier for better collaboration. He has also an Academic Leadership certificate from Ethos Australia (Feb-Dec 2009).

Research Interests

  • Power Electronics and Control
    Power electronics refers to control and conversion of electrical power - from milliwatts to hundreds of megawatts - using semiconductor power devices operating in switching mode. Among the variety of power electronics applications; renewable energy, pulsed power, and industrial systems have been mainly taken into consideration in power electronics research area.
  • Renewable Energy Systems
    In this century, electric power production will face dramatic changes in both physical infrastructure and control systems. A shift will occur from relatively large concentrated generation centres to more diverse and distributed generation systems. Power Electronics is a key technology to utilize renewable energy systems for smart and future grids. Single-phase and three-phase Active Front End (AFE) systems are key bidirectional technologies which are utilized in all modern renewable energy systems. Developing an advanced control system with an optimum front end filter are the main challenging issues of grid connected renewable energy systems.
  • EMI/EMC and Harmonics
    Pulse width modulation (PWM) is a strategy which is used to control magnitude and/or frequency of output voltage in power electronic converters. It varies duty cycle of the converter switches at a switching frequency to achieve desired voltage and/or current waveform with minimum harmonics and ripples. Fast switching transients (which produce high dv/dt and di/dt) generated by power converters interact with parasitic capacitive and inductive couplings in different parts of power converters - including heatsink, cables and electric motors. These can cause many unwanted problems such as: grounding and leakage currents, shaft voltage and resultant bearing currents, conductive and radiated Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and over voltages. Current and voltage harmonics at different frequency ranges are generated by Power Electronics systems both at load and grid sides which need to be suppressed by proper active and passive methods.
  • Pulsed Power
    Pulsed voltage with short duration and high amplitude - known as pulsed power - has a diverse range of applications such as in ozonising, sterilizing, recycling, medical and military systems. Power electronics systems are utilized in many applications in order to provide a flexible and a reliable pulsed voltage with controlled energy level suitable for many applications.
  • Wide Band Gap Devices
    For several decades, Silicon (Si) based power electronics switches have been used in many different low and high power electronics systems. New developments in semiconductors have allowed Si semiconductor technology to approach the theoretical limits of the Si material but these switches cannot fulfil new requirements such as operating at higher switching frequencies with fast switching transients. To overcome these limitations, new semiconductor materials for power device applications are needed. Over the past two decades, significant efforts and development have been performed on new semiconductor materials called Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors, such as Silicon Carbide (SiC), Gallium Nitride (GaN) due to their superior electrical and thermal performances compared to silicon power switching devices. It is challenging to develop and design a compact high power converter based on WBG devices due to reliability and packaging issues of the whole system.

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The effect of intense pulsed electric fields on biological cells has been the topic of research since the late 1950s. It has been shown that cells have a capacitive-resistive model and if too much charge gathers at the cell membrane, the electric field breaks the membrane down, creating pores. A series of short, high voltage pulses can expand the pores in the cell membrane until the cell wall breaks down, killing the cell. This process can be applied to contaminated water to kill bacteria. Studies have indicated that the most important factor in the success of pulsed power water decontamination is the rise time of the pulse, which needs to be as low as nanoseconds. Hence new pulsed power converters are needed for this application to reach its full potential as a safe efficient water decontamination treatment.

    This project is in collaboration with the faculty of science.

  • When an electrical energy is stored in a system over a long time and is released over a short time, a huge amount of peak power can be delivered to a load. This is known as pulsed power, a powerful pulse with a short pulse width. There are two different types of energies which can create pulsed power such as a) switching of voltage (electric field) stored in a capacitor and b) switching of current (magnetic field) stored in an inductor. In this project, our main focus is pulsed voltage.

  • There are a number of projects in different field of power electronics such as DC grids and power quality of smart grids.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Blaabjerg, Frede, Wang, Huai, Davari, Pooya, Qu, Xiaohui and Zare, Firuz (2017). Energy saving and efficient energy use by power electronic systems. In Nicu Bizon, Frede Blaabjerg, Naser Mahdavi Tabatabaei and Erol Kurt (Ed.), Energy harvesting and energy efficient: technology, methods, and applications (pp. 1-14) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-49875-1_1

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Zare, Firuz , Davari, Pooya and Blaabjerg, Frede (2017). A multi-pulse front-end rectifier system with electronic phase-shifting for harmonic mitigation in motor drive applications. In: ECCE 2016 - IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Proceedings. 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2016, Milwaukee, WI, United States, (). 18 - 22 September 2016. doi:10.1109/ECCE.2016.7854711

  • Davari, Pooya, Yang, Yongheng, Zare, Firuz and Blaabjerg, Frede (2017). A review of electronic inductor technique for power factor correction in three-phase adjustable speed drives. In: ECCE 2016 - IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Proceedings. 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2016, Milwaukee, WI, United States, (). 18 - 22 September 2016. doi:10.1109/ECCE.2016.7854767

  • Kumar, Dinesh, Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz and Blaabjerg, Frede (2017). Analysis of three-phase rectifier systems with controlled DC-link current under unbalanced grids. In: 2017 Thirty Second Annual Ieee Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC). 32nd IEEE Annual Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Tampa, FL, United States, (2179-2186). 26-30 May 2017. doi:10.1109/APEC.2017.7931001

  • Alyan Nezhadi, Mohammad M., Zare, Firuz and Hassanpour, Hamid (2017). Passive grid impedance estimation using several short-term low power signal injections. In: 2016 2nd International Conference of Signal Processing and Intelligent Systems, ICSPIS 2016. 2nd International Conference of Signal Processing and Intelligent Systems, ICSPIS 2016, Tehran, Iran, (81-85). 14 - 15 December 2016. doi:10.1109/ICSPIS.2016.7869883

  • Soltani, Hamid, Davari, Pooya, Blaabjerg, Frede and Zare, Firuz (2017). Performance evaluation of Electronic inductor based adjustable speed drives with respect to line current interharmonics. In: 2017 Thirty Second Annual Ieee Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (Apec). 32nd IEEE Annual Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Tampa, FL, United States, (3171-3178). 26-30 May 2017. doi:10.1109/APEC.2017.7931150

  • Yang, Yongheng, Davari, Pooya, Blaabjerg, Frede and Zare, Firuz (2017). Power-quality-oriented optimization in multiple three-phase adjustable speed drives. In: ECCE 2016 - IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Proceedings. 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2016, Milwaukee, WI, United States, (). 18 - 22 September 2016. doi:10.1109/ECCE.2016.7855362

  • Zare, Firuz (2017). Pulse width modulated voltage issues in motor drive systems. In: Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), 2011 . IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), 2011 , Gdansk, Poland, (2567-2744). 27-30 June 2011. doi:10.1109/ISIE.2011.5984421

  • Majumder, Ritwik, Ghosh, Arindam, Ledwich, Gerard and Zare, Firuz (2017). Stability analysis and control of multiple converter based autonomous microgrid. In: IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, Christchurch, New Zealand, (1663-1668). 9-11 December 2009. doi:10.1109/ICCA.2009.5410253

  • Zare, Firuz (2016). A New Concept to Design Inductors with Low Conducted and Radiated Emission Noises. In: 2016 18th European Conference On Power Electronics and Applications (Epe'16 Ecce Europe). 18th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), Karlsruhe, Germany, (). 5-9 September 2016. doi:10.1109/EPE.2016.7695267

  • Yang, Yonheng, Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz and Blaabjerg, Frede (2016). Addressing the unbalance loading issue in multi-drive systems with a DC-link modulation scheme for harmonic reduction. In: Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC). 2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Long Beach, CA, USA, (221-228). 20-24 March 2016. doi:10.1109/APEC.2016.7467876

  • Davari, Pooya, Yang, Yongheng, Zare, Firuz and Blaabierg, Frede (2016). Adjustable speed drives and power quality: challenges and cost-effective opportunities. In: 2016 IEEE 8th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (IPEMC-ECCE Asia). 8th IEEE International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (IPEMC-ECCE Asia), Hefei, Peoples Republic of China, (). 22-26 May 2016.

  • Yang, Yongheng, Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz and Blaabjerg, Frede (2016). Deliberately dispatched SCR firing angles for harmonic mitigation in three-phase multi-drive systems without communication. In: Proceedings of the 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016). 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016), Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, (). 19-21 April 2016. doi:10.1049/cp.2016.0246

  • Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz, Yang, Yongheng, Kumar, Dinesh and Blaabjerg, Frede (2016). Energy Saving in Three-Phase Diode Rectifiers Using EI Technique with Adjustable Switching Frequency Scheme. In: 2016 18th European Conference On Power Electronics and Applications (Epe'16 Ecce Europe). 18th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), Karlsruhe, Germany, (). 5-9 September 2016. doi:10.1109/EPE.2016.7695451

  • Zare, Firuz and Kumar, Dinesh (2016). Harmonics analysis of industrial and commercial distribution networks with high penetration of power electronics converters. In: Proceedings of the 2016 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference, AUPEC 2016. 2016 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference, AUPEC 2016, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 25 - 28 September 2016. doi:10.1109/AUPEC.2016.07749283

  • Soltani, Hamid, Davari, Pooya, Loh, Poh Chiang, Blaabjerg, Frede and Zare, Firuz (2016). Input current interharmonics in adjustable speed drives caused by fixed-frequency modulation techniques. In: Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), 2016 IEEE. Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), Long Beach, CA, United States, (229-235). 20-24 March 2016. doi:10.1109/APEC.2016.7467877

  • Zare, Firuz (2016). Modular Multi-Parallel Rectifiers (MMR) with controlled DC link current. In: 2016 18Th European Conference On Power Electronics and Applications (EPE'16 ECCE Europe). 18th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), Rheinstetten, Germany, (). 5-9 September 2016. doi:10.1109/EPE.2016.7695338

  • Zare, Firuz (2016). Modular Multi-Parallel Rectifiers (MMR) with two DC link current sensors. In: Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2016 IEEE. Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), Milwaukee, WI, United States, (). 18-22 September, 2016. doi:10.1109/ECCE.2016.7855271

  • Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz and Blaabjerg, Frede (2016). Pulse Pattern-Modulated Strategy for Harmonic Current Components Reduction in Three-Phase AC-DC Converters. In: IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Montreal Canada, (3182-3192). Sep 20-24, 2015. doi:10.1109/TIA.2016.2539922

  • Davari, Pooya, Yang, Yongheng, Zare, Firuz and Blaabjerg, Frede (2015). A Novel Harmonic Elimination Approach in Three-Phase Multi-Motor Drives. In: 2015 Ieee Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (Ecce). IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Montreal Canada, (7001-7008). 20-24 September 2015. doi:10.1109/ECCE.2015.7310640

  • Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz and Blaabjerg, Frede (2015). A Smart Current Modulation Scheme for Harmonic Reduction in Three-Phase Motor Drive Applications. In: 2015 17th European Conference On Power Electronics and Applications (Epe'15 Ecce-Europe). 17th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE ECCE-Europe), Geneva Switzerland, (). 8-10 September 2015. doi:10.1109/EPE.2015.7309219

  • Zuccherato, Marco and Zare, Firuz (2015). Analysis and Modelling of a Permanent Magnet Biased Inductor Used in Motor Drive Systems. In: 2015 17th European Conference On Power Electronics and Applications (Epe'15 Ecce-Europe). 17th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE ECCE-Europe), Geneva Switzerland, (). 8-10 September 2015. doi:10.1109/EPE.2015.7309383

  • Zare, Firuz, Kumar, Dinesh, Lungeanu, Marian and Andreas, Aupke (2015). Electromagnetic interference issues of power electronics systems with wide band gap semiconductor devices. In: 2015 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE). IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Montreal, Canada, (5946-5951). Sep 20-24, 2015. doi:10.1109/ECCE.2015.7310494

  • Soltani, H., Loh, P. C., Blaabjerg, F. and Zare, F. (2015). Interharmonic Mitigation of Adjustable Speed Drives using an Active DC-Link Capacitor. In: 2015 9th International Conference On Power Electronics and Ecce Asia (Icpe-Ecce Asia). 9th International Conference on Power Electronics and ECCE Asia (ICPE-ECCE Asia), Seoul South Korea, (2018-2024). 1-5 June 2015. doi:10.1109/ICPE.2015.7168055

  • Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz and Blaabjerg, Frede (2015). Pulse Pattern Modulated Strategy for Harmonic Current Components Reduction in Three-Phase AC-DC Converters. In: 2015 Ieee Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (Ecce). IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Montreal Canada, (5968-5975). Sep 20-24, 2015. doi:10.1109/ECCE.2015.7310497

  • Zare, Firuz (2014). A Novel Harmonic Elimination Method for a Three-phase Diode Rectifier with Controlled DC Link Current. In: 2014 16th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference and Exposition (Pemc). 16th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference and Exposition (PEMC), Antalya Turkey, (985-989). 21-24 September 2014. doi:10.1109/EPEPEMC.2014.6980636

  • Kumar, Dinesh and Zare, Firuz (2014). Analysis of Harmonic Mitigations using Hybrid Passive Filters. In: 2014 16th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference and Exposition (Pemc). 16th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference and Exposition (PEMC), Antalya Turkey, (945-951). 21-24 September 2014. doi:10.1109/EPEPEMC.2014.6980629

  • Zare, Firuz (2014). Harmonics Issues of Three-Phase Diode Rectifiers with a Small DC Link Capacitor. In: 2014 16th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference and Exposition (Pemc). 16th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference and Exposition (PEMC), Antalya Turkey, (912-917). 21-24 September 2014. doi:10.1109/EPEPEMC.2014.6980623

  • Soltani, Hamid, Loh, Poh Chiang, Blaabjerg, Frede and Zare, Firuz (2014). Interharmonic analysis and mitigation in adjustable speed drives. In: Iecon 2014 - 40Th Annual Conference of the Ieee Industrial Electronics Society. 40th Annual Conference of the IEEE-Industrial-Electronics-Society (IECON), Dallas TX, United States, (1556-1561). Oct 29-Nov 01, 2014. doi:10.1109/IECON.2014.7048709

  • Davari, Pooya, Ghasemi, Negareh and Zare, Firuz (2014). Power Converters Design and Analysis for High Power Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Transducers. In: 2014 16Th European Conference On Power Electronics and Applications (Epe'14-Ecce Europe). 16th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE-ECCE Europe), Lappeenranta Finland, (). 26-28 August 2014. doi:10.1109/EPE.2014.6910986

  • Soltani, Hamid, Loh, Poh Chiang, Blaabjerg, Frede and Zare, Firuz (2014). Sources and Mitigation of Interharmonics in Back-To-Back Controllable Drives. In: 2014 16th European Conference On Power Electronics and Applications (Epe'14-Ecce Europe). 16th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE-ECCE Europe), Lappeenranta Finland, (). 26-28 August 2014. doi:10.1109/EPE.2014.6910920

  • Mokhtari, G., Nourbakhsh, G., Zare, F. and Ghosh, A. (2013). A new distributed control strategy to coordinate multiple dstatcoms in LV network. In: 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG). 4th IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG), Rogers, AR, USA, (). 8-11 July 2013. doi:10.1109/PEDG.2013.6785643

  • Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz and Ghosh, Arindam (2013). Analysing DBD plasma lamp intensity versus power consumption using a push-pull pulsed power supply. In: 15th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE) Proceedings. 2013 15th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), Lille, France, (). 2-6 September 2013. doi:10.1109/EPE.2013.6634416

  • Goyal, Megha, Ghosh, Arindam and Zare, Firuz (2013). Power sharing control with frequency droop in a hybrid microgrid. In: 2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PES): Proceedings. 2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PES), Vancouver, BC, Canada, (). 21-25 July 2013. doi:10.1109/PESMG.2013.6672290

  • Mazumder, Sumit, Ghosh, Arindam and Zare, Firuz (2013). Voltage quality improvement in distribution networks containing DERs using UPQC. In: 2013 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, PES 2013. IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (). 21 - 25 July 2013. doi:10.1109/PESMG.2013.6672317

  • Davari, Pooya, Zare, Firuz and Ghosh, Arindam (2012). A Flexible Solid-State Pulsed Power Topology. In: 2012 15th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (Epe/pemc). 15th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference and Exposition (EPE-PEMC ECCE Europe), Novi Sad Serbia, (). Sep 04-06, 2012. doi:10.1109/EPEPEMC.2012.6397281

  • Ghasemi, Negareh, Zare, Firuz, Ghosh, Arindam and Langton, Christian (2012). A High Frequency Current Source Converter with Adjustable Magnitude to Drive High Power Piezoelectric Transducers. In: 2012 15th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (Epe/pemc). 15th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference and Exposition (EPE-PEMC ECCE Europe), Novi Sad Serbia, (). 4-6 September 2012. doi:10.1109/EPEPEMC.2012.6397206

  • Mokhtari, G., Zare, F., Nourbakhsh, G. and Ghosh, A. (2012). A new der coordination in LV network based on the concept of distributed control. In: Proceedings - 2012 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems, PEDG . 2012 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems, PEDG 2012, 2012 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems, PEDG 2012, (). 25 - 28 June 2012. doi:10.1109/PEDG.2012.6253971

  • Zabihi, Sasan, Zare, Firuz, Ledwich, Gerard, Ghosh, Arindam and Zabihi, Zeyba (2012). A novel CDVM based high-voltage converter using low power solid-state switches and a tuned resonant circuit designed for pulsed power applications. In: 2012 Power Electronics and Drive Systems Technology (PEDSTC). 3rd Power Electronics and Drive Systems Technology (PEDSTC), Tehran, Iran, (454-460). 15-16 February 2012. doi:10.1109/PEDSTC.2012.6183372

  • Shahnia, Farhad, Ghosh, Arindam, Ledwich, Gerard and Zare, Firuz (2012). An Approach for Current Balancing in Distribution Networks with Rooftop PVs. In: 2012 Ieee Power and Energy Society General Meeting. IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, San Diego CA, United States, (). 22-26 July 2012. doi:10.1109/PESGM.2012.6345227

  • Mokhtari, G., Zare, F., Nourbakhsh, G. and Ghosh, A. (2012). Common DC link in residential LV network to improve the penetration level of Small-Scale Embedded Generators. In: 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG). 2012 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG), Aalborg, Denmark, (15-20). 25-28 June 2012. doi:10.1109/PEDG.2012.6253973

  • Asgarifar, Hajarossadat, Oloyede, Adekunle, Zare, Firuz and Langton, Christian M. (2012). Evaluation cortical bone elasticity in response to pulse power excitation using ultrasonic technique. In: Proceedings of the 9th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, BioMed 2012. 9th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, BioMed 2012, Innsbruck, Austria, (676-680). 15 - 17 February 2012. doi:10.2316/P.2012.764-163

  • Mazumder, Sumit, Ghosh, Arindam, Shahnia, Farhad, Zare, Firuz and Ledwich, Gerard (2012). Excess Power Circulation in Distribution Networks Containing Distributed Energy Resources. In: 2012 Ieee Power and Energy Society General Meeting. General Meeting of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, San Diego CA, United States, (). 22-26 July 2012. doi:10.1109/PESGM.2012.6345189

  • Ghasemi, Negareh, Zare, Firuz, Davari, Pooya, Weber, Peter, Langton, Christian and Ghosh, Arindam (2012). Power electronic converters for high power ultrasound transducers. In: 7th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA). 2012 7th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), Singapore, Singapore, (647-652). 18-20 July 2012. doi:10.1109/ICIEA.2012.6360806

  • Dargahi, Mahdi, Ghosh, Arindam, Ledwich, Gerard and Zare, Firuz (2012). Studies in Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) Simulation Using Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS). In: Ieee International Conference On Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (Pedes 2012). IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES), Bengaluru India, (). 16-19 December 2012. doi:10.1109/PEDES.2012.6484500

  • Ghasemi, Negareh, Zare, Firuz, Langton, Christian and Ghosh, Arindam (2011). A new unequal DC link voltage configuration for a single phase multilevel converter to reduce low order harmonics. In: Proceedings of the 2011-14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 2011). 14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 2011), Birmingham, UK, (). 30 August-1 September 2011.

  • Zabihi, Sasan, Zabihi, Zeynab and Zare, Firuz (2011). A solid state Marx generator with a novel configuration. In: Proceedings of 19th ICEE 2011 (Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering). 19th Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering (ICEE), Tehran, Iran, (). 17-19 May 2011. doi:10.1109/TPS.2011.2155102

  • Ghosh, Arindam, Ledwich, Gerard, Zare, Firuz and Majumder, Ritwik (2011). Stability Analysis for Multiple Voltage Source Converters Connected at a Bus. In: Proceedings of the First International Conference On Smart Grids, Green Communications and It Energy-Aware Technologies (Energy 2011). 1st International Conference on Smart Grids, Green Communications and IT Energy-Aware Technologies (ENERGY), Venice Italy, (185-194). May 22-27, 2011.

  • Zare, Firuz (2011). Tutorial: Lecture 1 Pulse Width Modulated Voltage Issues in Motor Drive Systems. In: 2011 Ieee International Symposium On Industrial Electronics (Isie). 20th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), Gdansk Poland, (). 27-30 June 2011. doi:10.1109/ISIE.2011.5984421

  • Zare, Firuz (2011). Tutorial: Lecture 2 Pulse Width Modulated Voltage Issues in Motor Drive Systems. In: 2011 Ieee International Symposium On Industrial Electronics (Isie). 20th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), Gdansk Poland, (). 27-30 June 2011. doi:10.1109/ISIE.2011.5984421

  • Zare, Firuz (2011). Tutorial: Lecture 4 Pulse Width Modulated Voltage Issues in Motor Drive Systems. In: 2011 Ieee International Symposium On Industrial Electronics (Isie). 20th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), Gdansk Poland, (). 27-30 June 2011. doi:10.1109/ISIE.2011.5984421

  • Shahnia, Farhad, Ghosh, Amand, Ledwich, Gerard and Zare, Firuz (2011). Voltage correction in low voltage distribution networks with rooftop PVs using custom power devices. In: IECON 2011: 37th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. Proceedings. IECON 2011 - 37th Annual Conference on IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Melbourne VIC Australia, (991-996). 7-10 November 2011. doi:10.1109/IECON.2011.6119330

  • Shahnia, Farhad, Ghosh, Arindam, Ledwich, Gerard and Zare, Firuz (2011). Voltage unbalance sensitivity analysis of plug-in electric vehicles in distribution networks. In: 2011 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC). 21st Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 25-28 September 2011.

  • Zabihi, Sasan, Zare, Firuz, Ledwich, Gerard, Ghosh, Arindam and Akiyama, Hidenori (2010). A new generation of high voltage pulsed power converters. In: Proceedings Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), 2010 20th Australasian. 20th Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC 2010) "Power Quality of the 21st Century", Christchurch, New Zealand, (). 5-8 December 2010.

  • Shahabi, Neda, Boora, Arash A., Zare, Firuz, Ledwich, Gerard and Ghosh, Arindom (2010). A novel winding structure in planar inductors to decrease the overall capacitive coupling. In: 2010 20Th Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (Aupec 2010). 20th Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC) - Power Quality for the 21st Century, Christchurch New Zealand, (). Dec 05-08, 2010.

  • Zabihi, Sasan, Zare, Firuz, Ledwich, Gerard and Ghosh, Arindam (2010). A resonant based marx generator. In: 2010 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC). 20th Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), Christchurch, New Zealand, (). 5-8 December 2010.

  • Zare, Firuz, Adabi, Jafar, Nami, Alireza and Ghosh, Arindam (2010). Common mode voltage in a motor drive system with PFC. In: Proceedings of 14th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference EPE-PEMC 2010. Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (EPE/PEMC), 2010 14th International, Ohrid, Macedonia, (T4-57-T4-64). 6-8 September 2010. doi:10.1109/EPEPEMC.2010.5606609

  • Majumder, Ritwik, Ghosh, Arindam, Ledwich, Gerard, Chakrabarti, Saikat and Zare, Firuz (2010). Improved Power Sharing among Distributed Generators using Web Based Communication. In: Ieee Power and Energy Society General Meeting 2010. IEEE-Power-and-Energy-Society General Meeting, Minneapolis Mn, (). Jul 25-29, 2010.

  • Majumder, Ritwik, Chaudhuri, Balarko, Ghosh, Arindam, Majumder, Rajat, Ledwich, Gerard and Zare, Firuz (2010). Improvement of Stability and Load Sharing in an Autonomous Microgrid Using Supplementary Droop Control Loop. In: Ieee Power and Energy Society General Meeting 2010. IEEE-Power-and-Energy-Society General Meeting, Minneapolis Mn, (). Jul 25-29, 2010.

  • Shahnia, Farhad, Majumder, Ritwik, Ghosh, Arindam, Ledwich, Gerard and Zare, Firuz (2010). Sensitivity Analysis of Voltage Imbalance in Distribution Networks with Rooftop PVs. In: Ieee Power and Energy Society General Meeting 2010. PES General Meeting, Minneapolis Mn, (). Jul 25-29, 2010.

  • Shahnia, Farhad, Ghosh, Arindam, Ledwich, Gerard and Zare, Firuz (2010). Voltage Unbalance Reduction in Low Voltage Distribution Networks with Rooftop PVs. In: 2010 20Th Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (Aupec 2010). 20th Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC) - Power Quality for the 21st Century, Christchurch New Zealand, (). Dec 05-08, 2010.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The effect of intense pulsed electric fields on biological cells has been the topic of research since the late 1950s. It has been shown that cells have a capacitive-resistive model and if too much charge gathers at the cell membrane, the electric field breaks the membrane down, creating pores. A series of short, high voltage pulses can expand the pores in the cell membrane until the cell wall breaks down, killing the cell. This process can be applied to contaminated water to kill bacteria. Studies have indicated that the most important factor in the success of pulsed power water decontamination is the rise time of the pulse, which needs to be as low as nanoseconds. Hence new pulsed power converters are needed for this application to reach its full potential as a safe efficient water decontamination treatment.

    This project is in collaboration with the faculty of science.

  • When an electrical energy is stored in a system over a long time and is released over a short time, a huge amount of peak power can be delivered to a load. This is known as pulsed power, a powerful pulse with a short pulse width. There are two different types of energies which can create pulsed power such as a) switching of voltage (electric field) stored in a capacitor and b) switching of current (magnetic field) stored in an inductor. In this project, our main focus is pulsed voltage.

  • There are a number of projects in different field of power electronics such as DC grids and power quality of smart grids.