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Dr Derrick Holliday


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2011, and am a member of the Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion (PEDEC) research group.  My research is based around power converters, with a focus on high-power applications.  My teaching encompasses power electronics, electrical machines and drives.


Efficient base driver circuit for silicon carbide bipolar junction transistors
McNeill Neville, Stark Bernard, Finney Stephen, Holliday Derrick, Dymond Harry
Electronics Letters, (2018)
Steady-state performance of state-of-the-art modular multilevel and alternate arm converters with DC fault-blocking capability
Vozikis D., Adam G.P., Rault P., Tzelepis D., Holliday D., Finney S.
International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems Vol 99, pp. 618–629, (2018)
Fault blocking converters for HVDC transmission : a transient behaviour comparison
Vozikis D., Rault P., Holliday D., Finney S.
Proceedings of the The 9th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, (2018)
A modular multilevel converter with DHB energy balancing channels for medium-voltage adjustable-speed drives
Diab Mohamed S., Holliday Derrick, Massoud A. M., Ahmed Shehab, Williams B. W.
The 9th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, (2018)
LV converters : improving efficiency and EMI using Si MOSFET MMC and experimentally exploring slowed switching
Roscoe Nina M., Holliday Derrick, McNeill Neville, Finney Stephen J.
IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, (2018)
A modular multilevel converter with isolated energy-balancing modules for MV drives incorporating symmetrical six-phase machines
Diab Mohamed Said Ibrahim Mahmoud, Williams Barry, Holliday Derrick, Massoud Ahmed, Ahmed Shehab
2017 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), (2017)

more publications


My main contribution to teaching is in the areas of electrical machines, drives and control.  I deliver lecture series at 4th year, 5th year and MSc levels:

  • EE466/EE966  Power Electronics, Machines & Applications
  • EE575/EE975  Power Electronics for Energy and Drive Control

I also lecture on the subject of electrical machines to 1st year PhD students in the Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Wind Energy.

I supervise individual and group projects at 3rd year, 4th year, 5the year and MSc levels.

Research interests

Current research interests include modelling and control of power converters for HVDC applications.

Professional activities

IET International Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference 2016
IET Power Electronics (Journal)
Editorial board member
7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives PEMD 2014
Photovoltaic Systems: Electrical Engineering Challenges
Invited speaker
Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER) (External organisation)
6th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives PEMD 2012
Member of programme committee

more professional activities


Quietening ultra-low-loss SiC & GaN waveforms
McNeill, Neville (Principal Investigator) Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2018 - 31-May-2022
DC Grid for Empowering PV Generation in Qatar
Williams, Barry (Principal Investigator) Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2017 - 01-Feb-2020
Power Networks Research Academy (PNRA) - Epsrc Contribution | Watson, Gordon
Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2011 - 18-Sep-2015
Energy Networks Grand Challenge: Top And Tail Infrastuctures | Zhong, Yanni
Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator) Zhong, Yanni (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 01-Oct-2015
Energy Networks Grand Challenge: Top And Tail Infrastuctures | Page, Frederick
Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 02-May-2016
Doctoral training centre in wind energy systems | Lian, Yiqing
Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 15-May-2016

more projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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