Princeton Power Electronics Research Lab (PowerLab)

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Portrait of Minjie Chen 

Minjie Chen
Assistant Professor
217 Andlinger Center
609-258-7656
minjie@princeton.edu

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 (Princeton PowerLab).

You can find my Google Scholar Page & CV here.

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Research Interests

Fundamentals of Power Electronics

  • System Architecture

  • Circuit Topology

  • Magnetics Design and Integration

  • Power Semiconductors

  • Control Theory

Power Electronics enabled Applications

  • Telecom & Data Center Power Delivery

  • Smart Grids

  • Robotics

  • Electric Vehicles

  • Wireless Power Transfer

  • Medical Equipment

PowerLab News

August 2018

  • Prof. Chen's journal paper - “Multitrack Power Conversion Architecture” - wins the 2nd Place Prize Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics in 2017. This is the second journal prize paper award from Princeton PowerLab!

  • Ping's work on Multiport power converter published on IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL). Ping is working towards flexible, programmable, granular, and adaptive power converters (Power FPGA). #Poster, #Paper

June 2018

  • Ming's work on Reactance Steering Network and Wireless Power Transfer published on IEEE Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Wireless Power (WoW). This work shows how to design a dual-band wireless power transfer systems that can cover both 100kHz and 13.56MHz. #Slides, #Paper

  • Prof. Chen's work on Multitrack PFC published on IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (TPEL). #Slides, #Paper

April 2018

  • Dr. Yenan Chen joins PowerLab from Zhejiang University. Welcome, Yenan!

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 PowerLab 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 PowerLab 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.

  • Prof. Chen's journal paper - “A Systematic Approach to Modeling Impedances and Current Distribution in Planar Magnetics” - wins the 1st Place Prize Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics in 2016. This is the first journal prize paper award from Princeton PowerLab!

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

  • Ping Wang joins PowerLab 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 PowerLab.

May 2017

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

March 2017

February 2017

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