Welcome to SPEC

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Semiconductor Power Electronics Center
Power electronics innovation for a greener, sustainable and more efficient world
  • Power Electronics is the enabling technology for an electrified world, converting electric energy from one form to the other, from a few watts to 100s MW
  • SPEC at UT Austin is a center of excellence with strong industry guidance
    • Educate and train world class students
    • Perform and publish world-class research
    • Design, build, and test first-of-a-kind devices and systems
    • World class facility accessible by industry
    • Technology transfer to industry ‒ Spinout companies
    • Provide advice to the government
    • Educating the public through demonstration and pilot project
  • Industry supports SPEC typically in the following three way
    • Sponsor a SPEC fellowship (typically $60k/per year)
    • Sponsor a contract research with defined milestones and budget
    • Joint proposal to government (NSF, DOE, Arpa-E etc.)
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SPEC single-stage DPS-VF SR-DAB paper published in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

June 2022: SPEC just published a paper on "A Bidirectional Isolated Dual-Phase-Shift Variable-Frequency Series Resonant Dual-Active-Bridge GaN AC-DC Converter" in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. Authors include Tianxiang Chen, Ruiyang Yu, and Alex Q. Huang.

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SPEC Shared Redundancy Strategy of MMCs paper published in IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics

June 2022: SPEC just published a paper on "Shared Redundancy Strategy to Improve the Reliability and Fault-Tolerant Capability of Modular Multilevel Converter" in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. Authors include Saleh Farzamkia, Houshang Salimian Rizi, Alex Q. Huang, and Hossein Iman-Eini.

SPEC PD Paper 2022

SPEC PD in High Frequency Transformer paper published in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

May 2022: SPEC just published a paper on "Characterization of Partial Discharges in High-Frequency Transformer Under PWM Pulses" in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. Authors include Zhicheng Guo, Alex Q. Huang, Robert E. Hebner, Gian Carlo Montanari, and Xianyong Feng.

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Prof. Alex Huang will serve as keynote speaker at US-PSES 2022

May 2022: Prof. Alex Huang will serve as the keynote speaker at the International Semiconductor Executive Summits US-PSES 2022. He speaks about Power Semiconductor Devices at this event. International Semiconductor Executive Summits (ISES) brings together professionals from across the semiconductor sector including 5G, IoT, Advanced Packaging, AI, Automotive Electronics, and Power Semiconductors.