Princeton Power Electronics Research (PERL) Lab

Prof. Minjie Chen @ Princeton University
Portrait of Minjie Chen 

Minjie Chen
Assistant Professor
217 Andlinger Center

Department of Electrical Engineering
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Princeton University

I am an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. I lead the Princeton Power Electronics Research Lab (PERL).

You can find my Google Scholar Page & CV here.


Research Interests

Fundamentals of Power Electronics

  • Power Semiconductors

  • Magnetics Design and Integration

  • Circuit Topology

  • System Architecture

  • Control Theory

Power Electronics enabled Applications

  • Smart Grids

  • Robotics

  • Electric Vehicles

  • Telecom & Data Center Power Delivery

  • Medical Equipment


December 2017

  • Prof. Chen's proposal as a PI “Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) Bi-directional DC Power Delivery Architecture for Smart Homes” was selected for funding by Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership.

  • Prof. Chen's proposal as a co-PI “Engineering the Invisible: Probing the Limits of Solar Powered Com-Towers” was funded by American Tower through Princeton Andlinger Center.

November 2017

  • Our new patent “Switched-Capacitor Split Drive Transformer Power Conversion Circuit”, US patent No. 9,825,545 (with Prof. Khurram Afridi at and Prof. David Perreault) was issued on Nov. 21, 2017. More innovations coming!

  • Prof. Chen gave a speech about Transporation Electrification at the Andlinger Center E-ffiliates Annual Meeting. Lots of opportunities for power electronics in EVs and Transportation Electrification!

October 2017

  • Prof. Chen's paper - “A switched-winding transformer with low quiescent loss to meet the level VI efficiency standard at high power density” - was published at IEEE ECCE.

  • Dr. Ming Liu joins PPERL from University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. Welcome, Ming!

September 2017

  • Prof. Chen's proposal as a co-PI - “Extreme Efficiency 240 VAC to Load Data Center Power Delivery Topologies and Control” - was selected for funding by DOE ARPA-E as part of the CIRCUITS program as a three-year project. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Robert Pilawa-Podgurski's at University of California Berkeley.

  • Fida Niway joins PPERL as an undergraduate working on his senior thesis about wireless power transfer. Welcome, Fida!

August 2017

  • Prof. Chen's proposal as a co-PI - “Electrification of Transportation for Energy Storage and Smart Mobility” - was seleted for funding in a recent Call for Proposals for Innovative Research in Energy and the Environment from Princeton Andlinger Center.

  • Minjie's journal paper - “A Systematic Approach to Modeling Impedances and Current Distribution in Planar Magnetics” - wins 1st Place Prize Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics in 2016.

  • Abdul, Alex, and Fida's research on solar powered wireless charging platform for drones was featured on Princeton SEAS Webpage.

  • Ping Wang joins PPERL from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Welcome, Ping!

July 2017

  • Prof. Chen's paper - “Magnetics Design and Optimization for Tapped-Series-Capacitor (TSC) Power Converters” - was published at IEEE COMPEL.

June 2017

  • Abdulghafar Al Tair, Alex Ju and Fida Newaj join PPERL.

May 2017

  • Dr. Chen gave a speech about at the ExxonMobil Global Longer Range Research Meeting at Princeton

March 2017

February 2017

  • Dr. Chen joins Princeton Department of Electrical Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment as an Assistant Professor