ICRERA2016 Prof. Rik W. De Doncker

Prof. Rik W. De Doncker
Direktor, E.ON Energy Research Center – RWTH Aachen University
Research Interest:
DC-to-DC converters for DC Collector Fields in Off-shore Windfarms, High-Power
DC-DC Converters for Medium Voltage Power Distribution, High-speed Medium
Voltage Generator Systems, Si-Si Bonding and power Flip-Chip Bonding for High
Power Semiconductor Devices, Gate Driver Integration for High Power
Semiconductor Devices, Soft-Switching Converters for Medium Power Applications
(ARCP), High-power Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems (with Prof. D.U.
Sauer) , Hybrid Medium Voltage Switches and Circuit Breakers
Modular Integrated Converters for PV Applications, Electrical Propulsion Systems
for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, High-speed Drives for Household Appliances,
Fans, Compressors, Characterization of New Power Semiconductor Devices,
Contactless Energy Transfer Systems for Robots, Machine tool Applications and
Battery systems. High-temperature Power Electronics.
Short Biography:
Rik W. De Doncker, IEEE Fellow, received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering
from the KULeuven. In 1987, he was appointed Visiting Associate Professor at the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he lectured and conducted research on
high-performance induction motor drives and soft-switching converters. In 1988, he
was a General Electric Company Fellow in the microelectronic center, IMEC,
Leuven, Belgium. He joined the General Electric Company Corporate Research and
Development Center, Schenectady, NY, in the same year. He led research on drives
and high-power soft-switching converters, ranging from 100 kW to 4 MW, for
aerospace, industrial, and traction applications. In November 1994, he joined Silicon
Power Corporation (formerly GE-SPCO) as Vice President, Technology. Since
October 1996, he has been a professor at Aachen University of Technology,
Aachen, Germany, where he leads the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical
Drives (ISEA). In Oct. 2006 he was appointed director of the E.ON Energy
Research Center at RWTH Aachen University, where he also leads the Institute for
Power Generation and Storage Systems. He is director of the RWTH CAMPUS
Cluster Sustainable Energy and leads the Research CAMPUS “Forschungscampus
Flexible Electrical Networks”.