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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
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S.M.Sharkh@soton.ac.uk

Professor Suleiman Sharkh BEng, PhD, IEEE Senior Member, CEng, MIET

Professor of Power Electronics Machines and Drives, Mechanical Engineering Director of Programmes, Deputy Director of the Southampton EPSRC Energy Storage and its Applications CDT

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Suleiman Sharkh is Professor of Power Electronics Machines and Drives within Engineering and the Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

He is the Director of Programmes of Mechanical Engineering and the Deputy Director of the Southampton EPSRC Energy Storage and its Applications CDT.

His research focuses on electric machines, power electronics and their applications in transport, renewable energy and microgrids. His inventions and research, funded by industry, EPSRC and Innovate UK, have contributed to the development of several commercial products: rim driven thrusters; direct drive tidal turbine generators; submersible motors; high speed PM machines for electric turbo compounding and gas compressors; power electronic inverters for microgrid; connected inverters; battery to grid converters; hybrid propulsion for marine vessels and multi-DoF actuators for active vibration damping.

He was the winner of The Engineer Energy Innovation and Technology Award 2008 for his work on novel rim driven marine thrusters and turbine generators.

Research interests

  • Modelling and design of electric machines and electromagnetic devices for ship and car propulsion, submersible pumps, waste heat energy recovery, electric turbo compounding, high speed gas compressors and active vibration damping.
  • Power electronic converters for interfacing renewable sources and energy storage to the grid, motor control and battery charging and management.
  • Microgrid control and energy management.
  • Energy management of hybrid drive trains.
  • Effect of electromagnetic fields on insects and fish.

Research projects:

Intelligent Structures for Low Noise Environments

A ground-breaking new partnership funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council that brings the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research from the University of Southampton together with BAE Systems, the Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham and Lloyd’s Register to create new materials and intelligent structures that will control underwater noise, reducing its harmful impact on marine wildlife.

Improved lifetime performance and safety of electrochemical energy stores through functionalization of passive materials and components

This project will provide materials technologies to physically safeguard Li-Ion and Na-Ion batteries against thermal runaway and thermally accelerated degradation, superseding existing external safety measures. Rather than changing the active material on the positive side, we will replace conductivity additives, an otherwise passive component of the electrodes, with smart materials. Electrical resistivity of the smart additives will increase by orders of magnitude at or above temperatures where it would otherwise be unsafe to operate the battery. As a consequence, uncontrolled electrochemical reactions, the initial heat source in a thermal runaway event, will cease, making electrochemically initiated thermal runaway impossible.

Smart additives will be developed utilising rational materials design driven by close integration between simulations at the atomistic and micro-scale with a comprehensive synthesis and characterisation program including a full array of in operando advanced electrochemical/spectroscopic techniques and x-ray tomography, complemented by state-of-the-art ex situ materials characterisation. Relevant abuse protocols will be developed and utilised to test batteries comprising electrodes with the smart additives at the cell and pack level. Further, we will exploit secondary characteristics of the smart additives to realise and demonstrate high-fidelity, non-invasive diagnostics and battery management to add an active safety layer for superior longevity.

Research group

Mechatronics Engineering Group

Affiliate research group

Energy Technology

Research project(s)

Analysis of PM Machines

Power Management of a Stand-Alone, Small-Scale Compressed Air Energy Storage System

Battery Characterisation and Management - the key to Smart Grids and the Integration of Electric Vehicles

This project is supported by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and has five UK academic partners and three Chinese partners. It will study lithium battery cell development and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) operation to investigate grid scale energy storage, from a battery perspective ‘upwards’ and not from a network level 'downwards'.

Examining long-term degradation of LiFePO4 batteries for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Energy Storage

This project will use the neutron instruments at ISIS at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to investigate the degradation of batteries as a result of operation under Vehicle to Grid (V2G) condition.

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Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Advanced Electrical Systems SESM6002 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Automotive Propulsion SESM6018 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Introduction to Energy Technologies SESM6021 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Professor Suleiman Sharkh
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