Dr David Menzi from ETH Zurich has been awarded with the EPCIA Student Award for his outstanding PhD thesis at electronica 2022 in Munich.
The EPCIA Student Award Committee assessed the PhD thesis of Dr Menzi as an outstanding academic work in the area of electronic passive components. The award is granted with € 5,000.
Within the context of the ECPE lighthouse project “Ultra-compact 12 kW / 1200 V SiC Y-Inverter”, and as part of his PhD research, an innovative variable speed drive inverter system with buck-boost functionality and full-sinewave output filter has been developed by Dr Menzi. This new concept is making best use of both advanced semiconductors (wide-bandgap, WBG) as well as very advanced passive components such as capacitors and magnetic components, in order to achieve extremely high power density and outstanding efficiency in the area of drives.
Ralph Bronold, President of EPCIA, underlined the great importance of such R&D projects for the passive components industry and likes to encourage students across all European universities to work in this area and eventually to apply for the EPCIA students award in 2023.