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Dr. Neo Lophitis is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, Coventry University. Also, he is an associate with the Research Institte for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University, and an Academic Collaborator with the High Voltage Microelectronics and Sensors Group, University of Cambridge. 

Neo received the Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons) in Electrical and Information Science (2008), the Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2009) and the PhD in Power (2014) from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

His research includes addressing issues associated with the functionality, efficient performance and reliability of power and photovoltaic semiconductor devices by means of modelling, simulation, design, fabrication and evaluation of novel concepts both in Silicon and wide bandgap materials such as Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitride.

Active Projects

Underpinning Power Electronics (UPE) 2: Switch Optimisation Theme  (EP/R00448X/1)

Dr. Neo Lophitis is participating in one of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) five flagship Underpinning Power Electronics (UPE) projects. Each of the three-year £1.2-£1.4 million projects focuses on a different aspect of the power electronics supply chain with the aim of creating new devices and applications to fully realise the energy saving potential of this emerging technology.

Partnering Cambridge, Newcastle and Warwick on the ‘switch optimisation’ theme, we will be developing ultrahigh voltage silicon carbide (SiC) n-IGBTs. With voltage ratings over 10 kV, nearly 10 times the voltage rating of any SiC device on the open market, SiC insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) have the potential to make considerable gains in efficiency for the National grid, e.g. when connecting off-shore wind power to the network. 

Open Research Positions

PhD in Reliable power conversion through condition monitoring of power semiconductors and electronics

Power Electronics Converters are exceptionally important in systems that operate in changeable, isolated, challenging environments or where the degradation of operation can potentially be life threatening. Practical examples of scenarios which would benefit from the integration of Condition Monitoring include; offshore wind turbines, aerospace power supplies, traction drives and electric vehicles.

MRes in Reliable and compact high performance power electronics in electric and hybrid vehicles through power semiconductor engineering

Master in power semiconductor engineering for the development of high performance and reliable power semiconductor devices. The focus of the project will be to design devices that mitigate from issues that cause reliability problems and fully exploit the advanced characteristics of wide band gap semiconductors.


Research Interests

Power semiconductor devices and power electronics

Efficient and reliable power and energy conversion

Batteries for automotive applications

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Practice in Higher Education , Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

Doctorate, University of Cambridge


Degree, University of Cambridge


Degree, University of Cambridge


External positions

Academic Collaborator, University of Cambridge

1 Jun 2015 → …

Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Jun 2014May 2015

Consultant - Research and development, Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd

Nov 2013Apr 2015

Teaching Assistant, University of Cambridge


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Research Output 2011 2019

8 Citations

Novel Approach Toward Plasma Enhancement in Trench-Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors

Antoniou, M., Lophitis, N., Bauer, F., Nistor, I., Bellini, M., Rahimo, M., Amaratunga, G. & Udrea, F. 15 May 2015 In : Electron Device Letters. 36, 8, p. 823-825 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBT)

Validated physical models and parameters of bulk 3C-SiC aiming for credible Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) simulation

Arvanitopoulos, A., Lophitis, N., Gyftakis, K. N., Perkins, S. & Antoniou, M. 19 Sep 2017 In : Semiconductor Science and Technology. 32, 10, 104009

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Optimal Gate Commutated Thyristor Design for Bi-mode Gate Commutated Thyristors Underpinning High, Temperature Independent, Current Controllability

Lophitis, N., Antoniou, M., Vemulapati, U. R., Vobecky, J., Badstuebner, U., Wikstrom, T., Stiasny, T., Rahimo, M. T. & Udrea, F. Sep 2018 In : IEEE Electron Device Letters. 39, 9, p. 1342-1345 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
15 Citations

The destruction mechanism in GCTs

Lophitis, N., Antoniou, M., Udrea, F., Bauer, F. D., Nistor, I., Arnold, M., Wikstrom, T. & Vobecky, J. 2013 In : Electron Devices. 60, 2, p. 819-826 8 p., 6410404

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Deep p-ring trench termination: An innovative and cost-effective way to reduce silicon area

Antoniou, M., Lophitis, N., Udrea, F., Rahimo, M. T., Vemulapati, U. R., Corvarsce, C. & Badstuebner, U. Feb 2019 In : IEEE Electron Device Letters. 40, 2, p. 177 - 180 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hot carriers
Electric potential

Activities 2009 2018

  • 7 Publication peer-review
  • 4 Membership of network
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference

EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics (External organisation)

Lophitis, N. (Member)
1 Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Membership of network

IEEE Electron Device Letters (Journal)

Lophitis, N. (Peer Reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (Journal)

Lophitis, N. (Peer Reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

IET Power Electronics (Journal)

Lophitis, N. (Peer Reviewer)
Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review


Master of Arts (Cantab)

Neo Lophitis (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Honorary degree