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New Appointment to the University

On April 1, 2020, a new professor was appointed at Chemnitz University of Technology. Prof. Dr. Thomas Basler now heads the Power Electronics Department

On 1 April 2020, Prof. Dr. Thomas Basler was appointed to the Chair of Power Electronics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Chemnitz University of Technology.  Until 30 September 2020, he will continue to head the professorship together with Prof. Dr. Josef Lutz, who will then retire.  The ceremonial appointment by Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, President of Chemnitz University of Technology, will be made at a later date due to the current situation at the university.

In the future, Basler will devote special attention to the optimization of power electronic components.  In addition to basic research, this includes improving reliability and robustness as well as better understanding special effects on wide bandgap semiconductors such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride.  "This is absolutely necessary in order to be prepared for the increasing demands in the field of electromobility and renewable energies," says Basler.  Due to the ongoing climate debates and future measures to reduce CO2 emissions, he expects an up to tenfold increase in the number of units required for power semiconductors.

About Prof. Dr. Thomas Basler

Thomas Basler received his diploma in electrical engineering - with specialization in energy technology - from Chemnitz University of Technology in 2009.  His diploma thesis dealt with the robustness of power diodes.  Between 2009 and 2013 he was a research assistant at the Chair of Power Electronics and Electromagnetic Compatibility at Chemnitz University of Technology.  He received his doctorate there in 2014.  His dissertation dealt with the short-circuit and surge current robustness of IGBTs.  In January 2014 he joined Infineon Technologies AG in Neubiberg, Germany, where he worked on the development of silicon carbide MOSFETs, diodes and silicon IGBTs as project manager and in pre-development.  He will continue his cooperation with JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) and continue to drive forward standardization in the field of wide bandgap devices.  He is also involved as a tutorial leader at the leading international trade show and conference for power semiconductors - PCIM Europe and at ECPE - the European Center for Power Electronics.

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation Chelsea Burris)

Matthias Fejes
07.04.2020

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