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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Networks and Distribution research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Power Electronics research includes:

  • Nanoscale materials and device design for energy conversion, including graphene for energy harvesting, storage, conversion and delivery.
  • Integrated and discrete semiconductor devices, smart sensors and MEMS integrated circuits for power switching and control, for example to make optimum grid connections for large photovoltaic electric generation systems.


Superconductivity research includes:

  • YBCO-based superconductors for lossless power transmission
  • fault-current limiters and energy-storage applications
  • novel high current device applications of engineering superconductors


Electricity networks including regulation is covered by the Energy Policy Research Group

We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in networks and distribution.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Networks and Distribution theme. 

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Professor Ross  Anderson
Professor of Security Engineering
Professor Alastair  Beresford
Professor of Computer Security
Professor David  Cardwell
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning
Professor of Superconducting Engineering
Judith  Driscoll
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Materials Science
Dr Shailaja  Fennell
Professor of Regional Transformation and Economic Security
Professor Malte  Grosche
Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Dr Ioannis  Lestas
Professor of Control Engineering
David Newbery
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Director of the Energy Policy Research Group
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Professor Michael  Pollitt
Professor of Business Economics
Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group
Fellow of Sidney Sussex College
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Professor Peter  Robinson
Professor of Computer Technology
Director of Research in the Department of Computer Science and Technology
Professor Florin  Udrea
Professor of Semiconductor Engineering

Associate Members

Deputy Director, Centre for Climate Change Engagement
Dr Agnieszka (Aga)  Iwasiewicz-Wabnig
Maxwell Centre Programme Manager
Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, Cavendish Laboratory
Engagement Manager
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact

Graduate Students