Princeton Power Electronics Research Lab (PowerLab)

PowerLab @ Princeton University
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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.

Here is a brief overview of the research in my group.

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December 2019

  • Project: Powerlab will lead a project sponsored by DOE ARPA-E DIFFERENTIATE program to develop a machine learning based magnetic modeling tool in collaboration with Dartmouth College and Plexim. We will use machine learning to enhance our understanding about magnetics. A great opportunity to DIFFERENTIATE ourselves!

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August 2019

  • Award: The data center power delivery work from our group was selected among nine inventions this year in Princeton University for the prestigious event Celebrate Princeton Innovation 2019. Our Energy Processing Unit (EPU) was featured on the coverpage of the whole event!

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October 2019

  • Award: Ping's work on ultra-efficiency date center power delivery won the First Place of the Student Demo Competition in ECCE 2019. This is the first demonstration of a fully-functioning HDD server with series stacked power delivery architecture. We look for new ways to power the “brain” of human society. Stay tuned!

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  • Publication: Ping Wang presented his work on Series Stacked power delivery architecture for HDDs at ECCE 2019. The HDD server Ping built achieved over 99.4% efficiency with over 640W/in3 power density. #Paper, #Slides

  • Publication: Ming Liu presented his work on 13.56 MHz wireless coupled battery balancer with online impedance spectroscopy capability at ECCE 2019. The 13.56 MHz battery balancer Ming built can perform precise online EIS up to 500 kHz. #Paper, #Slides

  • Publication: Jaeil Baek presented his work on Grid-Interface PFC at ECCE 2019. Jaeil proposed a reverse feeding strategy to extend the hold-up time of grid interface PFC. #Paper, #Slides

  • Publication: Yenan Chen presented his work on LEGO-MIMO architecture at ECCE 2019. The LEGO-MIMO archietcture can be freely extended to cover wide operation range, just like playing LEGO bricks. #Paper, #Slides

  • Publication: Yueshi Guan presented his work on ultra-high-step-down converter at ECCE 2019. The MSP-LEGO archietcture can be freely extended to cover wide input/output range and high voltage conversion ratio. #Paper, #Slides

July 2019

  • Award: The undergraduate course taught by Prof. Chen - “ELE481:Principles of Power Electronics” - was recognized as “Princeton Engineering Commendation List for Outstanding Teaching” in Spring 2019! LovePE!

  • Project: PowerLab launched a collaboration with Intel and Google. We are building high performance power electronics to support future computer infrastructures! PowerElectronics4AI

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  • Project: PowerLab won the Campus-as-Lab project from Princeton University Office of the Dean for Research to build a nano-grid testbed in Andlinger Center. The nano-grid will connect roof-top PV, second-life EV batteries, and EV chargers as an integrated platform to support grid-interface power electronics research. PrincetonADEPT

June 2019

  • Conference: As the faculty lead, Prof. Chen organized and hosted the Rapid Switch Workshop as the Effiliate Program Annual Meeting of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

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  • Publication: Jaeil Baek presented his work on LEGO-PoL architecture in COMPEL 2019. Jaeil built a 54V-1.8V 300A PoL converter with 93.1% peak efficiency. #Paper, #Poster LEGOPowerElectronics

  • Publication: Yenan Chen presented his work on Turbo MMC architecture in COMPEL 2019. Yenan proposed a novel MMC architecture with minimum submodule capacitor size. #Paper, #Poster TurboMMC

  • Publication: Ping Wang presented his work on small signal modeling of DPP architecture in COMPEL 2019. Ping developed an analytical approach to modeling small signal dynamics of DPP architectures. #Paper, #Poster VeryLargeScaleDPP

  • Publication: Youssef Elasser presented his work on sparse operation of multi-winding magnetics in COMPEL 2019. Youssef investigated the performance limit of planar multiwinding magnetics in sparse operation. #Paper, #Poster MagneticModel

April 2019

  • Publication: Ming Liu's paper on reactance steering network and dual-band wireless power transfer accepted to IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics! Congrats, Ming! #Paper WirelessPower

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March 2019

  • Award: Yenan Chen won the Outstanding Presentation Award in APEC 2019!

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  • Publication: Yenan Chen presented his work on multi-active-bridge converters in APEC 2019. #Paper, #Slides

  • Publication: Ming Liu presented his work on dual-band wireless power transfer in APEC 2019. #Paper, #Slides

  • Publication: Ping Wang presented his work on ultra-efficiency data center power delivery architecture in Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit. #Paper, #Poster

February 2019

  • Award: PowerLab won the First Place out of nine teams in the 2019 Princeton Innovation Forum with our research on Ultra Efficient Energy Processing Unit (EPU) for future data centers. Big congrats to Yenan Chen, Youssef Elasser, and Ping Wang! A new venture starts!

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  • Award: Prof. Chen received the NSF CAREER Award for his proposal ‘‘Granular Power Electronics at the Grid Edge". More interesting research coming!

January 2019

  • Dr. Jaeil Baek joins Princeton PowerLab from KAIST. Welcome, Jaeil!

  • Award: Prof. Chen's proposal on 48V-1V point-of-load power converter wins Princeton SEAS Innovation Grant.

August 2018

  • Award: 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!

  • Publication: 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

  • Publication: 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

  • Publication: 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

  • Proposal: 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.

  • Proposal: 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

  • Patent: 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!

  • Seminar: 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

  • Publication: 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

  • Proposal: 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

  • Proposal: 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.

  • Award: 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!

  • Media: 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

  • Publication: 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

  • Seminar: 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