Department of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Al Watson

Associate Professor in High Power Electronics, Faculty of Engineering


  • workRoom B27 Power Electronics and Machines Centre
    Jubilee Campus
    Wollaton Road
    NG8 1BB
  • work0115 74 84462


I received my MEng degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2004, before pursuing a PhD in Power Electronics here too. In 2008, after completing my PhD, I became a Research Fellow in the Power Electronics Machines and Control Group. Since 2008 I have worked on several projects in the area of high power electronics including high power resonant converters, high voltage power supplies, and multilevel converters for grid connected applications such as HVDC and FACTS. In 2012 I was promoted to Senior Research Fellow before becoming a Lecturer in High Power Electronics in 2013. My interests are in development and control of advanced high power conversion topologies for various industrial applications, future energy networks, and VSC-HVDC

I am a member of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control research group.

Expertise Summary

-Power Electronics

-Control of Power Electronics Converters

-Multi-level Converter Systems

-High Power Resonant Converters

Teaching Summary

I currently teach on the following modules:

-EEEE2045- Electrical Energy Conditioning and Control (Convenor)

-EEEE2071- Energy Group Design Project (Convenor)

I also supervise a number of final year (BEng and MEng) projects and MSc students

Research Summary

- High Power Resonant Power Converters for Industrial Applications

- High Voltage DC Transmission using Voltage Sourced Converter topologies

- Grid Connected Converters for Industrial system interfaces

- Multi-level Power converters for Electrical Energy Distribution/Transmission and Automotive applications

Recent Publications

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas:

Power Electronics and Control methods for High Power Applications, including the use of Multilevel Converter Topologies in MV or HVDC systems and High Voltage Resonant Converters for industrial applications

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 95 14081