Professor Patrick Palmer







Currently Recruiting PhD and MASc Students

I am actively recruiting in the area of Power Electronics. In particular Wide Bandgap switching device and circuits, Converters for Smart Grids and Distributed Power.

If you have seen this Webpage and are interested in joining me as a research student, put 'Catz' in the subject line of an email to me, including your CV and CGPA. For PhD studies with me you will require a Master's degree.

Then I will know you are aware of my recruiting needs.

My principle research is in the design, characterisation and use of power semiconductor devices, mostly with an emphasis on High Power applications such as HVDC, EVs, ship propulsion systems and distributed grid and generation. I now have over 100 publications in the area, and around 100 other publications. My current research student need is in high power applications of Wide Bandgap Devices, such as GaN and SiC.

Research Publications






Series connected IGBT Rig

  Wide Bandgap Development Platform


Lecture Courses:

(Detailed pages exist for these courses on Canvas)

MSE353 Power Electronics and Electrical Motors





ZCS dc-dc step down converter


MSE895 Research Methods - Spring 2020

SEE850 Energy Storge Systems - Spring 2020

Nice photos of Power Semiconductor devices












Gaurd Rings



2020 Capstone Undergraduate Projects:

Wireless Electric Motorcycle Charging

Electric Bike Charger

Electric Vehicle Conversion

(Contact me by email for suggestions)

Short Biography

I grew up in Rugby, England with a British mother and Canadian father: It was an interesting place to grow up (more than football!). Lots of engineering past and present - Large Electrical Machines, Ship propulsion drives, Holography, Radar, Generators, Jet engines, Jaguar Cars - and loads more due to the local industry in which my father was an C.Eng. After school I spent some time in industry and took a degree in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College, London. This was immediately followed by a PhD in Power Electronics at Imperial. I joined the faculty of the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering in 1985 becoming an MA (Cantab) in 1988. Over the next 34 years on and off, I taught power electronics, motor drives, control theory and advanced analog circuits as well as runnng the inverter project, CD Player and famous IDP Robot.

I joined St Catharine's College as a Fellow in 1987, and I was Director of Studies for the 'Catz' engineers for much of that time, and I became an Emeritus Fellow in 2019. In July 2004 I joined the faculty of the University of British Columbia in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, for a short while and then returned to Cambridge as Reader in Electrical Engineering and Adjunct Professor at UBC. I joined Simon Fraser University in the Vancouver BC area in 2019. I am full professor in Mechatronics Systems Engineering and an Associate of Sustainable Energy Engineering.


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Official SFU webpage for Professor Palmer:

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