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IMB-CNM Talks: Self-powered smart power modules


26 May 2023
Sala d'Actes Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM / Online

Presentation by Mariana Raya (Power Devices and Systems group, IMB-CNM).


The importance of power electronics is rapidly increasing in today's world, primarily driven by the growing need for electrification in order to eliminate fossil fuels consumption. Power converters are responsible for the processing and control of electric energy, ensuring efficient management of high amounts of electrical power.

Power converters primarily consist of power devices (such as transistors, thyristors, and diodes), and passive elements. One effective approach to implement power converters is utilizing power modules. These modules incorporate power devices, local control, and protection circuits, all packaged together. This approach not only facilitates the implementation of complex power converters but improve compactness and reduces parasitic elements.

This presentation will begin by introducing the fundamental concepts of power electronics and gradually progress towards our current research on self-powered smart power modules.

About Mariana

Mariana Raya  received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control Engineering from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in 2020, and a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2023.

She joined Power Devices and Systems Group at IMB-CNM with a JAE INTRO internship program of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in 2021, and now is working on research projects about smart power modules.