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Professor Firuz Zare

Prof Firuz Zare is a discipline leader of Power, Energy and Control Engineering at the school of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) and a Fellow of IEEE - the world’s largest association of technical professionals.

He has spent over 20 years in three main organisations - academia, industry and international standardisation committees as a leader, project manager and senior specialist. He has team-building, management and leadership experience in emerging and multidisciplinary research and teaching activities, cross-institutional research and technology projects and national and international standardisation committees.

Prof Zare has been collaborating with several international research centres and industry in Australia, Europe, USA and Japan in the fields of Energy Conversion Systems and Nanosecond Pulsed Power Technology. He has successfully initiated and established emerging cross and multidisciplinary research activities and groups in Nanosecond Pulsed Power fields since 2007. More specifically on:

  • Pulsed Power Technology and Modelling (Electrical Engineering)
  • NOx, PM, Ozon applications (Chemical and Mechanical Engineering)
  • Water and wastewater decontamination and pollutant control (Environmental Engineering)
  • Milk pasteurisation and food processing (Biology, Food and Agriculture)
  • Dewatering system and coal seam gas applications (Mining and Civil Engineering)
  • Tissue and cell applications and modellings (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Algae and its oil extraction (Biotechnology Engineering)


Prof Zare is an academic staff at the University of Queensland in Australia and has published over 270 peer-reviewed journal & conference papers, 40 technical reports and five patents in the area of Power Electronics and Pulsed Power. He has supervised 13 PhD, 10 M.Sc and M.Eng and a high number of B.Eng students to completion. He has mentored and supervised 14 post-docs and research engineers in the field of energy conversion systems. Prof Zare established a joint chapter of the IEEE Power Electronics/Industrial Electronics/ Industry Applications Societies in Queensland in 2017 and has supported the chapter as a committee member till present.


He has secured several research funds including eight ARCs, one NHMRC and one Danish Research Council competitive research fund and 20 industry-based projects, over AU$ 10M since 2007.


  • First Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage grant (2018-2021, LP170100902)
  • First Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage grant (2017-2020, LP160101675)
  • First Chief Investigator, ARC Future Fellowship (2016-2020, FT150100042)
  • First Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery grant (2007-2009, DP0774497)
  • First Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage grant (2007-2009, LP0774899)
  • One of the Chief Investigators, ARC LIEF grant (2008, LE0883074)
  • First Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery grant (2009-2011, DP0986853)
  • Second Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery grant (2010-2013, DP0774092)
  • First Chief Investigator, the Danish Innovation Fund (2014-2017)
  • One of the Chief Investigators, NHMRC Idea Grant (2020-2023, APP1182038)
  • One of the Chief Investigators, Global Innovation Linkage (GIL) Fund (2020-2023)


Prof Zare has received several awards such as:

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Lead Editor Services and Contributions towards the advancement of IEEE Access and the Engineering Professions (April 2020)
  • One of the high-quality journal papers of May 2019 nominated by the IEEE Power Electronics (TPEL) Committee
  • The 2015 Innovation and Excellence Awards (the 3rd place) under the 10th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship ECIE 2015, Italy.
  • Pasteur Program 2015 leadership program, Harvard Business School in Boston, USA and Denmark, Jan-Dec 2015
  • Innovation Competition at Danfoss Company in 2015.
  • Recipient of the National Safe Work Australia Award by Queensland Government, (2011)
  • Dean’s Commendation Award for high-quality supervision of two PhD graduate students (2011)
  • Recipient of the Australian Academy of Science International Linkage Fellowship (2010)
  • Recipient of a prestigious QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (2009)
  • Recipient of the John Madsen Medal from Australian Institute of Engineers for the best journal paper (2009)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for an outstanding contribution to symposium workshops and tutorials at Asia-Pacific Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility in conjunction with the 19th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (Singapore, 2008)
  • Recipient of QUT Early Career Research Award (2007)
  • Awarded the Australian Academy of Technological Science Symposium Fellowship by Australian Academy of Technological Science (2001)
  • Awarded Cigre student paper prize at AUPEC 2000 conference in Australia (2000


National and International Assessor:

  • Australian Research Council
  • Chilean National Research Agencies
  • Czech Science Foundation
  • Dutch Research Council; Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES)


Editorial Membership:

  • Editor in Chief of International Power Electronics Journal, July 2016 - August 2019
  • Senior Editor of IEEE Access journal, Jan 2021- present
  • Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Emerging Topics in Power Electronics, Sep 2014 -present
  • Associate Editor of IEEE Access journal, Dec 2015-Dec 2020
  • Associate Editor of IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, March 2020 -.present
  • Associate Editor of MDPI Journal of Electronics, April 2020 -present
  • Editorial Board member of an International Electronic Engineering Journal (AIMS Press), Sep 2017- present
  • Editorial Board member of International Power Electronics Journal, August 2019 - present
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Journal of Emerging Topics in Power Electronics, SPECIAL SECTION on Modelling and Analysis of Interaction between Grids and Grid-Connected Power Electronics Converters in Distribution Networks (2020)
  • Guest Editor, IEEE ACCESS SPECIAL SECTION on POWER QUALITY AND HARMONICS ISSUES OF FUTURE AND SMART GRIDS (2018)
  • IEEE Journal of Emerging Topics in Power Electronics SPECIAL SECTION EDITORIAL Board Member: on Harmonics Stability and Mitigation in Power Electronics (2016)


Memberships

  • IEEE Fellow for contribution to power converters and leadership role in standardization
  • Member of Danish Standardization Committee (2013-2016)
  • Member of International IEC Committee Working group 1, 8 and 9 (2013-Present)
  • Member of Australian Standardization Committee (2017-present)


Leadership Training

- Management Essentials, Harvard Business School (Oct-Dec 2020)

Management Essentials provides participants with key tools and techniques to become more effective managers and get things done.


- Technology Leadership, Harvard Business School (Jan-Dec 2015)

Prof Zare has a leadership certificate from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA (Jan-Nov 2015). He was awarded a technology leadership program by the Danish Innovation Council, to attend one year program delivered by Harvard Business School. The goal of this program was to educate innovators on how to develop new technologies. In his leadership roles, he has explored and discussed many challenging issues from project management to academic staff interaction and from different disciplines to maintain and expand collaborations relevant to these themes:

- Strategy & Innovation

- Negotiations, Organizations and Markets

- Commercialising Science

- Project Management

- Leadership & Networking


- Technology Leadership in Denmark (2014)

Industry project management and leadership training - from Lab to Product. Supported by Man on the Moon program at global Danfoss Drive research and development centre.


- Ethos Leadership Program (Feb-Dec 2009)

He has also an Academic Leadership certificate from Ethos Australia.



Research Interests

  • Power Electronics and Control
    Power electronics refers to control and conversion of electrical power - from milliwatts to hundreds of megawatts - using semiconductor power devices operating in switching mode. Among the variety of power electronics applications; renewable energy, pulsed power, and industrial systems have been mainly taken into consideration in power electronics research area.
  • Renewable Energy Systems
    In this century, electric power production will face dramatic changes in both physical infrastructure and control systems. A shift will occur from relatively large concentrated generation centres to more diverse and distributed generation systems. Power Electronics is a key technology to utilize renewable energy systems for smart and future grids. Single-phase and three-phase Active Front End (AFE) systems are key bidirectional technologies which are utilized in all modern renewable energy systems. Developing an advanced control system with an optimum front end filter are the main challenging issues of grid-connected renewable energy systems.
  • EMI/EMC and Harmonics
    Pulse width modulation (PWM) is a strategy which is used to control the magnitude and/or frequency of output voltage in power electronic converters. It varies the duty cycle of the converter switches at a switching frequency to achieve the desired voltage and/or current waveform with minimum harmonics and ripples. Fast switching transients (which produce high dv/dt and di/dt) generated by power converters interact with parasitic capacitive and inductive couplings in different parts of power converters - including heatsink, cables and electric motors. These can cause many unwanted problems such as: grounding and leakage currents, shaft voltage and resultant bearing currents, conductive and radiated Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and overvoltages. Current and voltage harmonics at different frequency ranges are generated by Power Electronics systems both at load and grid sides which need to be suppressed by proper active and passive methods.
  • Pulsed Power
    Pulsed voltage with short duration and high amplitude - known as pulsed power - has a diverse range of applications such as in ozonising, sterilizing, recycling, medical and military systems. Power electronics systems are utilized in many applications in order to provide a flexible and reliable pulsed voltage with controlled energy level suitable for many applications.
  • Wide Band Gap Devices
    For several decades, Silicon (Si) based power electronics switches have been used in many different low and high power electronics systems. New developments in semiconductors have allowed Si semiconductor technology to approach the theoretical limits of the Si material but these switches cannot fulfil new requirements such as operating at higher switching frequencies with fast switching transients. To overcome these limitations, new semiconductor materials for power device applications are needed. Over the past two decades, significant efforts and development have been performed on new semiconductor materials called Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors, such as Silicon Carbide (SiC), Gallium Nitride (GaN) due to their superior electrical and thermal performances compared to silicon power switching devices. It is challenging to develop and design a compact high power converter based on WBG devices due to reliability and packaging issues of the whole system.


Research Impacts

Professor Zare has integrated important design factors with fundamental research concepts and mathematical analysis to address "Emerging Issues of Future Grids" based on inter-disciplinary research projects. His research contributions have supported real-world projects in power engineering and have advanced knowledge in:

  • Grid-connected inverters for renewable energy systems
  • High efficient energy conversion systems (Motor Drive Systems)
  • Grid robustness and power quality of future grids (0 - 2 kHz and 2 - 150 kHz)
  • Impact of high penetration of grid-connected power electronics on distribution networks


International Project Leader:

Professor Zare was nominated, then elected by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Technical Committee 77 (Harmonics) in 2013 as a convenor and Task Force Leader in the area of “Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Systems”. His remit has been to manage and prepare a new standard for solar inverters and wind turbines to be utilised in all power networks around the world. This has been a very prestigious and challenging position, leading over 30 senior industry representatives from international companies in his team. His significant contribution has been the preparation of several technical reports, in collaboration with the members, which will be published as a new international standard IEC 61000-3- 16. The first edition of this standard has been developed based on many years of research work in the area of power quality and energy efficiency, in close collaboration with international partners.


He is an expert in harmonic and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) issues in Power Electronics systems and has developed device and system simulation tools (virtual design approach) at the micro and macro levels. He has successfully completed many national and international projects to mitigate harmonics and EMI and analyse failure modes in grid-connected motor drives and inverters such as:

  • shaft voltage and ball bearing analysis
  • active and passive EMI and power filters
  • high-frequency modellings of cables, AC machines and transformers


Innovative Teaching Design

His commitment to innovative teaching design and development to support power electronics engineers and scientists, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students, is further evidenced by his development of a comprehensive Power Electronics Education E-Books (www.peeeb.dk). He published two books: introduction and advanced power electronics - which includes a virtual lecture with all teaching and simulation materials and interactive tutorials. Since 2007, on average, over 5,600 students and engineers from 75 different countries visit the website each year and download the free-access teaching materials. Its influence has been pervasive with copies sent to more than 300 universities.

Professor Zare proposed a new teaching approach for Entrepreneurship and presented to the 10th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Italy in 2015 received the third-place Innovation and Excellence Award. This concept introduces an innovative industry-based active learning, available to all students to be able to understand real-world project and challenges. The main aim is to connect Innovation and Entrepreneurship teaching content, and create active teaching and learning culture at the undergraduate level across all disciplines to:

- encourage students to practice innovation in an interactive way

- create dynamic synergy and communication between different disciplines.

Dr Negareh Ghassemi

Pulsed Power Lab

Dr Negareh Ghasemi received her BSc and MSc degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2003 and 2007 respectively. She obtained her PhD in Power Electronics in 2013. She received Outstanding Thesis Award from Queensland University of Technology in 2013. She has more than 10 years working experience in industry and academia. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Queensland and active member of IEEE Women in Engineering. She is also an Editorial Board member of International Journal of Power Electronics. She has been collaborating with several international universities and institutes in Japan and Germany. Her research interests include Power Electronics, Pulsed Power and Ultrasound Systems and their applications.

Dr Keith Hoffman

Pulsed Power Lab

Dr Hansika Rathnayake

GREEN Lab

Hansika Rathnayake received her BSc. (Hons) Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with first class honours) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2012. She worked as a laboratory instructor in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the same university until 2013. She received her PhD degree in Electrical Machines and Drives, Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2017. She is a member of IEEE.


Her research interests are control of active front end systems in renewable energy systems, power quality research and electric machine drives.

Dr Jalil Yaghoobi

GREEN Lab

Dr Jalil Yaghoobi received his BSc (Eng) in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Electrical Machines and Power Electronics Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran, in 2008 and 2011 respectively. He completed his PhD in Power Engineering in 2016 from the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. Since graduation, he has been working as a research fellow with Prof Firuz Zare for the last two years. Jalil has been a member of IEEE since 2012. His research interests include power quality of LV networks, power electronics, renewable energy integration in power systems, and power system stability.

Mr Abdulrahman Alduraibi

PhD student

GREEN Lab

Abdulrahman was born in Qassim, Saudi Arabia. He completed his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Qassim University (QU), Saudi Arabia in 2010. From 2010 to 2013 he worked as a testing and commissioning engineer at ABB Contracting, Saudi Arabia. In January, 2017 he completed his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University (GWU), Washington, D.C., USA. His research interests are in power electronics and energy efficiency.

Mr Davood Solatialkaran

PhD student

GREEN Lab

Davood received his two BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Pure Mathematics from Sharif University of Technology (SUT) and Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Iran in 2010 and 2011, respectively. He also recieved  his MSc degree in Network Protection of Power Systems form AUT, Iran in 2012. From 2012 to 2017 he worked as a Power & Control Engineer in Enermonde Company in collaboration with Khuzestan Steel Company (KSC), Iran. His research interests are power electronics, power system converters, protection, optimal control of smart microgrids, optimization and pure mathematics.

Mr Mohammad Habibullah

PhD student

GREEN Lab

Mohammad Habibullah received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh in 2010 and in 2016, respectively. He accomplished his M.Sc. in Energy Technology from Ege University, Turkey. Meanwhile, from 2011 to 2012. He has worked as a field engineer in Mitsubishi Elevators and Escalators and International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC), Bangladesh as a lecturer until 2013. Ccurrently, he is studying his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering.

Mr. Tayyab Rehman

Master of Philosophy

GREEN Lab

Tayyab completed his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore with honours in 2011 and has experience of more than 06 years in one of the largest fertilizer plants in Pakistan. He is currently working in analysis and modelling of power system quality and harmonics generated by grid connected inverters and their impacts on power system.

Mr Ahmad Abdullah
Master of Philosophy

GREEN Lab

He was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He completed his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

Mr Kiarash Gharani Khajeh

PhD Student

GREEN Lab

Kiarash received his BSc and MSc degrees in Power Engineering from Islamic Azad University of Iran – South branch of Tehran (IAU) and Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), in 2009 and 2012, respectively. From 2014 to 2018 he worked as Design and Project Engineer of high power substations in Monenco Iran Consulting Company. His research interests are power system stability, power system monitoring protection and control, power electronics, power system converters.

Mr Amir Ganjavi

PhD Student

GREEN Lab

Amir Ganjavi received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Babol, Iran, in 2014 and 2017, respectively. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

His research interests include dynamic stability and control of power electronic systems, power converters and their applications in renewable energy, and electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Mr Weidong Sun

PhD student (Visitor from Chongqing University, China)

GREEN Lab

Mr Weidong SunWeidong has received the B.Eng. degree (2014) in electrical engineering from Chongqing University, China. Now he is the Ph.D. candidate in the School of Electrical Engineering, Chongqing University. His research interests include harmonics in HVDC system, the insulation fault diagnosis and transformer aging assessment for high voltage equipment.

Mr Ying Han

PhD student (Visitor from Southwest Jiaotong University, China)

GREEN Lab

Ying Han received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, China, in 2013. He is working toward the Ph.D. degree in the School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University. His research interests include mocrogird modeling and energy management strategy, and fuel cell hybrid vehicle and its control.

Dr Zhiyu You

Lecturer (Visitor from Southwest Minzu University, China)

GREEN Lab

Dr You received his PhD in electrical engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University,China, in 2015. His research interests are renewable energy systems and energy management. He has been with College of Electrical and Information Engineering in Southwest Minzu University as an academic staff since 2015.

Dr Minh-Khai Nguyen

Visiting Assistant Prof 

Pulsed Power Lab

Dr. Minh-Khai Nguyen received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2005, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He was a lecturer with Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is currently an Assistant Professor with Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea. His current research interests include impedance source inverters, power converters for renewable energy systems, and pulsed power technology.


Dr. Nguyen had served as a Guest Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS special issue on the impedance source converter topologies and applications. He is a senior member of IEEE, an Associate Editor for Journal of Power Electronics, and a Guest Editor for special issue on “Power Converters in Power Electronics” of Electronics journal. He has published over 60 peer reviewed journal and conference papers in power electronics area.

Mr Arash Moradi

PhD Student

GREEN Lab

Arash Moradi received his B.Sc. degree from Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran in 2014, and his M.Sc degree (with Honors) from the University of Isfahan, Iran in 2016 both in Electrical Engineering. From 2016 to 2017, he worked as Network Analysis Expert in Behrad Consulting Engineering Company. Also, from 2017 to 2019, he worked as a Project Expert in Monenco Iran Consulting Company. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His research interests include power quality, power system protection, and renewable energies.