One of Isotek’s more recent recruits is Electronic and Electrical Engineer Jon Brown. Under the direction of Professor Rhodes and our senior team Jon has been researching silicon carbide switched power supplies. The goal is to design and build a high-power energy converter with a small footprint and the ability to operate reliably in demanding environments.

In May 2016 Jon attended the ISiCPEAW Conference in Kista, Stockholm and he thoroughly enjoyed it. He comments, ‘I got to meet all the manufacturers of devices and found out their market plans over the next few years. Some of the presentations were really useful and although the tutorial was more aimed at manufacturers it was great to get a better understanding about the material and where it’s heading’.

‘I spoke to one of the professors at the research company Swerea KIMAB and he is interested in the approach of putting many devices in parallel so that the on resistance is reduced massively, making a high power 1MW inverter with natural-cooling at low frequencies. This is interesting because it is a contrasting approach to that of exploiting the high-frequency switching capabilities of SiC devices’.

Alongside the conference Jon enjoyed his first visit to Stockholm, particularly the morning walk to the Conference alongside the picturesque Riddarfjärden. He also managed to fit in some sightseeing once the conference had ended.

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