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I am currently working as a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester.

I joined the university in 2015 as a PhD Student working under Prof Simon Rowland in the study of polymer degradation under high voltages, in particular looking at electrical treeing. Here I studied alternative experimental designs and chemical analysis techniques which could be applied to further understand the breakdown mechanisms affecting high voltage power cables.

In 2019 I took a role as a Research Associate, joining an EPSRC project in association with Imperial College London and the University of Strathclyde studying DC cables and the impact of power quality upon their health.

I can be contacted by email at: harry.mcdonald@manchester.ac.uk


MPhys - 2014 - Physics - University of St Andrews


  • Electrical Treeing
  • Polymers
  • Dielectrics
  • Insulation
  • AFM-IR
  • Chemical Degradation
  • High Voltage Insulation


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