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I am a Professor of High Voltage Engineering and Head of the High Voltage Research Group within the Power and Energy Division in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I obtained the BEng degree in electrical engineering (2005) and the MEng degree in high voltage and electrical insulation (2008) from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, and the PhD Degree in electrical power engineering (2011) from The University of Manchester in UK. I joined the University of Manchester as a lecturer in 2012. I am a senior member of IEEE, the Chair of Cigre D1.01 Advisory Group on Dielectric Liquids, an associate editor of IET High Voltage Journal. My research focuses on dielectric fluids and their applications in high voltage power equipment including characterisation of advanced dielectric liquids, discharge and breakdown mechanisms of dielectric liquids and liquid/solid interfaces, novel ageing indicators of liquid-solid insulation system, dynamic thermal rating and asset management of power transformers. I am also working on general high voltage testing and insulation system design. I have experience working with transmission and distribution utilities, high voltage equipment manufacturer and insulation material providers. I have published more than 150 research papers on top-class peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. I have delivered multiple invited/keynote speeches in leading international conferences. My students have often received Best student paper/presentation awards in international conferences.

Research interests

Application of Environmentally Friendly Fluids in Power System Plant

Pre-breakdown and Breakdown Mechanisms of Insulating Liquids

Ageing of Insulating Materials and Asset Management

Transformer Thermal Modelling

Impact of Integration of Renewables on Reliability of Transformers

High-Voltage Technology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Areas of expertise

  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Energy
  • Manchester Energy


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