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Alberto Castellazzi

Associate Professor of Power Electronics, Faculty of Engineering



Alberto Castellazzi holds a Laurea degree in Physics (1998) from the University of Milan, Italy, and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (2004) from the Munich University of Technology, Germany.

From 1998 to 2000 he was with Carlo Gavazzi Space S.p.A., in Milan, Italy, as a designer of power electronics for space applications. In 2000 he joined the Power Electronics Department of Siemens Corporate Technology, in Munich, Germany, to work on the reliability of PowerMOSFETs in novel automotive applications.

In 2004 and 2005 he was a Research Scientist at the Institute for Physics of Electrotechnology of the Munich University of Technology, where he was mainly concerned with electro-thermal 2D device simulation of PowerMOSFETs and IGBTs. In this period, he also co-supervised students in a laboratory of electronics and a laboratory of process and device simulation; in 2005 he was in charge of the organisation of a series of seminars on electro-physics and was the substitute secretary of the commission for student matters.

From January 2006 until September 2008 he was with ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he was a Senior Researcher at the Integrated Systems Laboratory. In 2006 and 2007 he was a visiting researcher at the Power Electronics Associated Research Laboratory (PEARL) of ALSTOM-Transportation, in Semeac, France, where he worked on IGBT modules for traction applications.

In October 2008 he joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Nottingham as a Lecturer in Power Electronics. From February to July 2011 he was a Guest Scholar at Kyoto University, in the laboratory of Prof. Takashi Hikihara, where he worked on characterisation and modelling of SiC power devices in collaboration with other academic (Prof. Tsunenobu Kimoto, Kyoto; Prof. Tsuyoshi Funaki, Osaka) and industrial partners.

Dr. Castellazzi is a member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society and Electron Devices Society and of the European Power Electronics Association. He is a member of the Technical Programme Committee of the ISPSD, IPEC and PEMD conferences.

Dr. Castellazzi is a member of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control research group.

Expertise Summary

Power device and assembly characterisation, modelling and simulation;

dc-dc converters; failure mechanisms.

Research Summary

Research interests and activities:

- Multi-domain multi-level abstraction modeling and simulation of power components and assemblies - Novel packaging and integration approaches for semiconductor power devices - High-temperature electronics (SiC) - Enhanced driving of semiconductor power devices - Optimized cooling of power components and assemblies - On-line electro-thermal characterization of power devices - Development of techniques for degradation monitoring - Reliability investigations

Selected Publications

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