The Group’s research activities are broad, embracing power electronic converters, electrical machine design, electrical motor drives and the integration and control of power electronics in energy conversion systems. 

Our research is both fundamental and applied, and usually has a strong practical dimension, supported by extensive well equipped laboratories including a 100 kW aircraft electrical systems demonstrator.


The Group has a broad funding base including EPSRC, EU, TSB and ETI grants along with industrial contracts.

Research output  

In the last five years the Group has produced 163 paper publications, eight patents with a further nine under review and has awarded 33 PhDs.

The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre

The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC), hosted by the Group since 2004, provides a focal point for research on electrical systems for extreme environments, reflecting the rapidly increasing importance of electrical power systems in the company’s key markets.

National Centre for Power Electronics

The Group is playing a key role in the recently established EPSRC National Centre for Power Electronics, which brings together the UK’s leading power electronics research groups and businesses to ensure industry has access to the latest science and technology.

Industrial links

Key industrial relationships include Rolls-Royce, ASL, Prodrive, Siemens, NXP and National Grid.  

Postgraduate research

We are always keen to recruit new research students. If you are interested in joining us, please read about our research areas and examples of PhD projects, then contact the relevant member or staff from the list above for more information.

If you are unsure who to contact, please email the Head of Group, Professor Andrew Forsyth.


Our academics cover a wide spectrum of research areas, including power converters, electrical motor drives, energy storage and the integration and control of power electronics in energy conversion systems.

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