From Chip-Edge to Grid-Edge: Power Electronics as an Enabling Technology for Sustainable Development of Human Society

Minjie Chen (Princeton University)

Mar 8, 2023
10:00 am to 11:00 am | Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), LL2.224 | Remote option

Power electronics is a core technology for future energy systems including data centers, transportation electrification, and distributed energy resources. The performance and functionality of power electronics in these systems critically impact the sustainable development of human society. To leverage the advances in semiconductor devices and the scaling laws of passive components, a promising trend is to minimize the power conversion stress and maximize the passive component utilization through granular power conversion and magnetics integration, while modernizing the modeling and control of fundamental power electronics building blocks.

In pursuit of this vision, this talk will first present the recent developments of power electronics at the chip edge, focusing on advanced power architectures for energy-demanding high-performance computing. Various design considerations for next-generation CPU voltage regulators will be presented. We will then discuss power electronics at the grid edge, exploring the possibilities of using advanced power electronics as sensors and actuators to enhance the future grid's stability and resiliency, ultimately leading to a hierarchical digital-twin model for advanced state estimation and control. Methods for designing an efficient and high control-bandwidth smart inverter for grid impedance measurement will be presented. Finally, we will introduce a large-scale open-source power magnetics research platform – the MagNet (, and the upcoming international power magnetics modeling challenge – the MagNet Challenge – to transform the modeling and design of power magnetics with advanced data-driven methods, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Speaker Bio

Minjie Chen received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2015 and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2009. Since 2017, he has been an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. His research interests include high-frequency power electronics, power architecture, power magnetics, data-driven methods, and the design of high-performance power electronics for critical applications.

He is a recipient of the Princeton SEAS Junior Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, five IEEE Transactions Prize Paper Awards, a COMPEL Best Paper Award, a 3D-PEIM Best Paper Award, an OCP Best Paper Award, a Siebel research award, a research award, and the MIT EECS D. N. Chorafas Ph.D. Thesis Award. He was listed on the Princeton Engineering Commendation List for Outstanding Teaching multiple times. He collaborates closely with industry, has published over 90 papers in IEEE journals and conferences, and holds 7 issued patents.


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