Meet Our PhD students

Since the official launch of the FEMM Hub in June, we have been joined by 7 new PhD students. Find out more about their research by clicking on their photographs below.

Hao Chen

PhD - Sheffield

PhD title: Advanced condition monitoring techniques using fibre optic sensors.

Hao Chen received the B.E. degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2018 and the MSc degree from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K. in 2019. He is now working towards the Ph.D. degree in the University of Sheffield, U.K. His current research interest is developing advanced electric machine condition monitoring and fault detection techniques using FBG sensors.

John McKay

PhD - AFRC Strathclyde

PhD topic: Optimisation of coil winding

I graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2015 with an Meng in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. I pursued a number of different interests afterwards, from attempting to gain funding from the university to develop my final year project into an actual product/company to pursuing interests within the software and financial industries. I eventually went back into engineering and worked for a manufacturing company which manufactured high-speed data communications equipment for google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Softbank etc. I then took up the PhD in high-performance electromagnetic coils due to the ever-increasing need for electrification in the world and an interest in electric vehicles and electric flight.

Qi Ji

PhD - Sheffield

PhD title: Modular high-performance permanent magnet hub machine for electric vehicles.

Ji’s PhD research is on the design and analysis of high-performance permanent magnet hub machines for electrical vehicles. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the School of Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2016 and 2019, respectively. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Sheffield.

Daniel Harper

PhD - Sheffield

PhD title: Metallic Rotor Containment Sleeves for Permanent Magnet Machines

Daniel’s PhD is exploring the containment process of the magnetic components within electrical machines, with research mainly into the material properties and selection. He first graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2018 with a BEng in Automotive Engineering then changed fields where he graduated from the University of Leeds with an MSc in Medical Engineering.

Before higher education Daniel has had the honour of working with both Newcastle University and Pajunk Medical Products GmbH, and is aiming to apply his engineering knowledge from each of his backgrounds into his current research.

FEMM Hub Phd

Charlie Scott

PhD - AFRC Strathclyde

PhD Title: Lightweight Design and Manufacture of Electrical Machine Components

Charlie's PhD aims to optimise the manufacture of electrical machine components through various light-weighting techniques and the design of multifunctional components. He recently graduated from Strathclyde University with a degree in Product Design Engineering, and has worked previously within research and development and product design.

Ze Zhang

PhD - University of Sheffield

PhD Supervisors: Professor Ash Tiwari and Professor Geraint Jewell

More information to follow.

Leigh Paterson

PhD - AFRC Strathclyde

Leigh’s PhD is concerned with alleviating the environmental impact from the component parts of an electrical machine by looking at implementing a circular economy design route. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Product Design & Innovation. After working as a product development engineer within the medical industry for a number of years, she returned to the University to undertake this PhD in a topic she is passionate about.

Reece Eblet

PhD - Sheffield

PhD title: Manufacture and use of soft magnetics materials for high performance applications within electrical machine and drive systems.

This project will be concerned with research at the nexus of machine design, material modelling and manufacturing process development. It will be focused on the research challenges associated with employing high-performance Cobalt-Iron soft magnetic alloys in next-generation aerospace propulsion machines. Although offering the highest levels of magnetic performance, these alloys are stress-sensitive and difficult to process following heat treatment. This project, which will be performed in collaboration with Rolls-Royce will explore the design for manufacture aspects of machines to exploit these properties in the context of hybrid propulsion systems for next-generation aircraft.