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Professor Suleiman Sharkh BEng, PhD,SMIEEE, CEng, MIET

Professor of Power Electronics Machines and Drives, Head of Mechatronics Group,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 Head of the Mechatronics Research Group, and the Deputy Director of the Southampton EPSRC Energy Storage and its Applications CDT.

He has over 20 years research experience in electric machines, power electronics and their applications in transport, renewable energy and microgrids. He has published over 160 papers, supervised over 20 PhD students to completion and currently supervises 10 PhD students. 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 and grid connected inverters.

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 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
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute University of Southampton Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus Southampton SO16 7QF

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