Chair of Power Electronics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marco Liserre

Head of the Chair

Phone: +49 431 880-6100
Telefax: +49 431 880-6103

Brief introduction

  • Head of the chair since September 16th, 2013
  • He has been Associate Professor at Bari Polytechnic (Italy) and Professor in reliable power electronics at Aalborg University (Denmark)
  • Vice-President for Publications, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 2010-2011
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, 2007-2009
  • IEEE-IES AdCom Senior member since 2012
  • IEEE-PELS AdCom member at large since 2017
  • Author of 425technical papers (128 of them in international peer-reviewed journals), 3 chapters of a book and a book (Grid Converters for Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems, ISBN-10: 0-470-05751-3 – IEEE-Wiley, also translated in Chinese) and a patent. These works have received: 24000 citations (h-index 63) in Google Scholar. Some of the papers have been among the most downloaded from overall IEEE Explore library and from the journals where they have been published.


  • 2018 Mittelmann Achievement Award in recognition of his attainment in development of power electronic systems for distributed generation and power quality improvement
  • 2017 IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award
  • Thomson Reuters "Highly Cited": “The world’s most influential scientific minds”
  •  The Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award
  • IEEE Fellow, 2013 class, with citation "for contributions to grid connection of renewable energy systems and industrial drives"
  • Third Prize paper award by the Industrial Power Converter Committee at ECCE 2012, 2012
  • Best paper, Industrial Electronics Magazine 2011
  • Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award 2011, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
  • Early Career Award 2009, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
  • Google Scholar citations ''2006 top cited'' paper on 'Stability of photovoltaic and wind turbine grid connected inverters for a large set of grid impedance values'  - selected as one of the 2006 classics in power engineering

Fund raising at CAU

  • Responsible of ERC Consolidator Grant for an overall budget of 2.000.000 Euro for the project “The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer (HEART), a new Heart for the Electric Distribution System”, 2014-2018. Highly reputed in Europe (acceptance rate 8%)
  • Local responsible of Kopernicus Project (one of the 4 german strategic projects for the implementation of the “Energie Wende”) Neue EnergieNetzStruktURen für die Energiewende (ENSURE), Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2019, for 600.000 Euro
  • Responsible of “Messgenerator im Mittelspannugnsnetz” of 2.300.000 Euro, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie.
  • Responsible of Medium Voltage Laboratory Kiel, funded (EFRE funding, CAU, EKSH) for 1.000.000 Euro.
  • Responsible for the University of Kiel, of “Power Electronics Region” EU Interreg project, 1.000.000 Euro.
  • Local responsible of the Project RELINK, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, 700.000 Euro.
  • Responsible of the “Großgeräte der Länder”  project “Thermal Characterization of Power Electronic Converters (TCPEC)”, 2015, 460.000 Euro.
  • Responsible of the DFG “Forschunggroßgeräte” project “Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS)”, 2015, of 300.000 Euro.
  • Responsible of three Von-Humboldt Fellowships 210.000 Euro
  • Responsible of two industrial PhD´s 300.000 Euro
  • Responsible of two EKSH Fellowships 110.000 Euro
  • Responsible of the project: “LIFE-WIND” (LIFEtime-enhanced Components for WIND Turbines), funded by the Gesellschaft für Energie und Klimaschutz Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (EKSH), 2015-2017, of 150.000 Euro.
  • Investigation of reliability issues in power electronics, European Center for Power Electronics, 01.09.2015 – 31.08.2016 for 12.500 Euro.
  • CAU funds for Internationalization and Project Based Learning at CAU 20.000 Euro

Last invited presentations




Liserre keynote speech Smart Transformers ECCE 2018

ECCE2018_ST.pdf PDF document, 4.21 MB


  • Our research is focused on the design of high efficient and reliable PWM-based power converter architectures (single-cell, multi-cell, multilevel), their modelling and control to exploit commercial as well as new power semiconductor devices with minimum over design.
    We develop controllers for electric drives and we are particularly skilled in the integration of renewable energy systems into the electric grid.
    Please discover our expertise looking to our recent projects.

    HEART - The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer
    Further Research Projects