Chair of Power Electronics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marco Liserre

Head of the Chair

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

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  • Since 2023: 50% employment at Fraunhofer ISIT as Deputy Director and Head of Kiel Laboratory Branch as well as the new Group “Electronic Energy Systems” (, vice-Head of the Group: Dr. Yoann Pascal
  • Head of the Chair of Power Electronics since September 16th, 2013, (leading scientific assistant: Dr. Marius Langwasser,
  • Associate Professor at Bari Polytechnic (Italy) and Professor in reliable power electronics at Aalborg University (Denmark)
  • Listed from 2014 to 2021 in “The world’s most influential scientific minds” (highly cited) by ISI Thomson
  • Organizer and Chairman of Powertech 2025 Conference, IEEE PES, Kiel.
  • PEDG 2024 Chairman, IEEE PELS, Luxemburg.
  • PEDG 2023 co-Chairman, IEEE PELS, Shanghai, China.
  • Organizer of PEDG 2022 Conference as co-Chairman, IEEE PELS, Kiel.
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of EPE 2022 ECCE Europe in Hannover and Organizer of battery Day with Keynote, Industry Forum, and Special sessions
  • Chairman of eGrid 2021 Workshop, IEEE PES and PELS, digital.
  • Chair of the Technical Committee on Electronic Grid System, IEEE-PELS, 2021-
  • Co-Editor in Chief of the Open Journal on Power Electronics, IEEE-PELS, 2019-
  • Convenor and Founder of the CIGRE Working Group "Power electronics-based transformer technology, design, grid integration, and services provision to the distribution grid"
  • Chairman of the IEEE Standard Committee on Power Electronics Transformer, P3105
  • Member of scientific advisory board in Kopernikus-project ENSURE
  • Member of the Program committee of the DFG Priority Program “Energieeffiziente Leistungselektronik, GaNius” 2020, 6 years initiative
  • 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 2017-2022
  • Author of 700 technical papers (1/3 of them in international peer-reviewed journals), 5 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 5 patents. These works have received: 50.000+ citations (h-index 88) in Google Scholar. Some of the papers have been among the most downloaded from the overall IEEE Explore library and from the journals where they have been published.



Research profile


Through the last two decades, Prof. Marco Liserre, as a Professor and leader of technologic transfer initiatives in three different countries, Germany, Denmark, and Italy, has distinguished himself as a visionary and influential researcher showing power electronics capability not only in the technical field but also in a wider sense in society.


Modelling and Control of Power Converters Connected to the Electric Grid

Already 25 years ago, he started focusing during his doctoral studies on modeling and control of power electronics in emerging applications, like active front end, with studies on LCL-filter and resonances, and their passive and active damping (, now a dominant topic with key senior advice by Prof. Frede Blaabjerg (, and by Prof. Carlo Cecati ( Already in 2002, he moved to the field of renewable energies, working together with Prof. Remus Teodorescu and later on with Prof. Pedro Rodriguez, with a focus on grid-interaction of power converters showing the importance of correct modeling of the electric grid for power electronics studies ( and harmonic control and synchronization of power converters based on second-order integrator (,, nowadays standardly used in the industry. This intensive cooperative work led to numerous PhD Courses and invited lectures, resulting in a textbook now a standard in the field (Online ISBN: 9780470667057).

He later started to cooperate with Prof. Xiongfei Wang, developing Active Damper to control resonances in power systems (, a PhD Student at Aalborg University, at the time he was a Professor in Aalborg. In recent years, he collaborated with Prof. Mario Paolone, leading to a new modeling approach for power converters in harmonic load flow (,,, funded through participation in a DFG (German research foundation) Priority Program about Hybrid and Multimodal Grids in both phase 1 and phase 2. Within the industrial PhD of Dr. Roberto Rosso, he paid more attention to Power Synchronization and Grid Forming Converters, adopting new methodologies to study the power converter in the electric grid seen as complex systems characterized by variability, then using Montecarlo analysis ( and mu-analysis (, resulting in top-cited papers ( and several patents.


Solid-State Transformer becoming a Smart Transformer

In the last 10 years, Prof. Marco Liserre demonstrated the transformation of Solid-State Transformers into Smart Transformers. This advancement was showcased in the European Excellence Project “HEART,” the first in Europe in the category of power electronics and power systems ( These Smart Transformers offer services to the electric grid through hybrid and meshed grids, going beyond their "hardware" advantages in size and weight (

This significant work was conducted with the senior advice of Prof. Costas Vournas and the key contribution of Prof. Giovanni De Carne, his PhD Student (now Professor at KIT, Germany). Together, they introduced dynamical voltage control of distributed grids, demonstrating its capability to damp frequency transients and enable increased penetration of renewables (,, doi:10.1016/j.epsr.2020.106836).

Prof. Liserre further collaborated with Prof. Rongwu Zhu (formerly Post-doc, now Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China) and Prof. Chandan Kumar (Von Humboldt fellow and now Professor at IIT, India), leading to their participation in the strategic governmental initiative Kopernicus “ENSURE.”


Modular and Multilevel Power Converters for hybrid and meshed grids

In the last 10 years, Prof. Marco Liserre focused on Solid-State Transformer and Protection for Electronic Grid Systems, emphasizing modular multilevel converters and isolated dc/dc converters with key contributions from Prof. Giampaolo Buticchi, post-doc and Von Humboldt Fellow, temporary professor at Kiel University and main leading scientific assistant of the Chair of Power Electronics in his early years, and Dr. Levy Costa, his PhD Student, now Assistant Professor at TU Eindhoven. Particular focus was given to a multiple-winding-based-transformer based dc/dc converter and the use of Wide Band Gap semiconductors (SiC and GaN) ( as well as the use of different basic cells ( where the power flow is not symmetrical in both directions, resulting in a consequent reduction of cost and increase in efficiency. This research led to participation in the second priority program of the DFG about GaN-based power converters. The work on modular multilevel converters, also concerning protection and with applications in Medium Voltage as well as High Voltage DC (,, has been carried out with key contributions from Prof. Hossein Imaneini, Senior Von Humboldt Fellow and now DFG Heisenberg Fellow at Kiel University, and Dr. Marius Langwasser, his PhD Student, currently the main Chair Scientific Assistant, who developed a new laboratory on hybrid grids and is now a leading scientist in the Kopernicus Initiative ENSURE.

Prof. Liserre's long-term interdisciplinary involvement in research between power electronics and power systems also led to the support of PES German Chapter for the organization of Powertech 2025 in Kiel, following the successful organization of PEDG 2022 sponsored by PELS.


Reliability of power converters and its improvement through control

In the last 15 years, Prof. Marco Liserre has been addressing the challenge of improving the reliability of power converters through control (,,, a topic originally proposed in 2005 by Prof. Bob Lorenz and investigated under his guidance in CORPE at Aalborg University ( This research led to many original solutions, such as reactive power injection for improving reliability (, with key contributions from Prof. Ke Ma, who was a PhD Student in CORPE at the time and is now a Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Dr. Markus Andresen, his PhD Student, now Group Leader at Thyssenkrupp Maritime System, Germany. Prof. Liserre proposed an original concept called “Power Routing” to handle modular systems whose components have different remaining useful lifetimes, a concept that was a hypothesis of the ERC Grant HEART ( These activities are now continued within the “Electronic Energy Systems” group in Fraunhofer ISIT, with a key contribution from leading scientist Dr. Yoann Pascal.


Emerging topics

In recent years, Prof. Marco Liserre has been exploring new multidisciplinary challenges in magnetic and electrochemical storage modeling, collaborating with colleagues in material science, including Prof. R. Adelung for electrochemical storage and Prof. J. McCord for magnetics. This collaboration led to the creation of a new interdisciplinary laboratory in Energy Conversion for Battery Systems. He is currently promoting talkative power conversion in cooperation with Prof. P. Höher (Chair of Information and Coding Theory), where efforts in modeling power converters are directed towards characterizing their communication capabilities ( In both cases, these activities are developed with the key contribution of Dr. Hamzeh Beiranvand, a post-doc in his team, and the leading scientist of the Laboratory for Energy Conversion for Batteries.

Prof. Liserre is also actively utilizing Data Science tools like digital twins and data fusion ( approaches, adopting data-driven methodologies in cooperation with Professors in Informatics such as Prof. D. Nowotka and O. Landsiedel. The leading scientist in this endeavor is Dr. Sante Pugliese, who oversees a new Laboratory for Computational Power Electronics within the Centre for Networked Sensor Systems (ZEVS) at Kiel University.


Main recognitions

For his contribution in “Modelling and control of power converters in reliability and stability studies,” he has received the 2023 IEEE-PELS R. David Middlebrook Achievement Award, the highest award of IEEE-PELS, presented at ECCE-USA 2023 in Nashville, USA.

For his contribution in “Development of power electronic systems for distributed generation and power quality improvement,” he has received the 2018 IEEE-IES Mittelmann Achievement Award, the highest award of IEEE-IES, presented at IECON 2018 in Washington, USA.

For his contributions to “grid connection of renewable energy systems and industrial drives,” he has been elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2013.



Complete List of Awards

  • First Prize paper award by the Industrial Power Converter Committee at ECCE 2023, 2023
  • 2023 IEEE Best Paper Award for the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine
  • 2023 IEEE-PELS R. David Middlebrook Achievement Award, “for modelling and control of power converters in reliability and stability studies”, the highest award of IEEE-PELS.
  • PCIM 2023 Paper Award (Sponsored by Semikron)
  • Istvan Nagy 2022 Award (EPE-PEMC Council)
  • Second Prize Paper Award by the Industrial Power Converter Committee at ECCE 2021, 2021.
  • Second Place Prize Paper Award, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, 2020.
  • Best paper, Industrial Electronics Magazines, 2020.
  • 2020 IEEE PES Working Group Award - Outstanding Technical Report “Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Examples”, PES-TR-66, May 2018.
  • Second Place Prize Paper Award for 2018 in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.
  • 2018 Mittelmann Achievement Award in recognition of his activities 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


  • Head of ISIT@CAU, 5.000.000 Euro, 2022-2025.
  • Main responsible of EU EiC Transition Grant "Super-HEART", 2.500.000 Euro, 2022-2025.
  • Main responsible of "Formal stability assessment of hybrid distribution grids based on the correct modelling of the effect of synchronization of the power electronics interfaces", DACH DFG Project (with EPFL, Lausanne), within the Germany Priority Program of the German Science Foundation, SPP 1984. 350.000 Euro. 2018-2021.
  • Local Responsible of "WinGrid" - Wind farm, grid interactions: exploration and development" H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 EU Innovative Training Networks Project (Acceptance rate < 10%). More companies involved. 500.000 Euro, 2019-2023.
  • Initiator for the Kiel University of a European Erasmus Mundus Master (acceptance rate < 10%) in e-mobility (E-Pico, 2020-2025.
  • Responsible of Energy Conversion Battery Laboratory BAEW Kiel, European Structural Funding. In cooperation with research teams in Material Science. 2.000.000 Euro. 2020-2023.
  • Main responsible of DACH Project (with EPFL), within the SPP 1984 "Robust Control Design of Converter-Interfaced Resources in Hybrid Electricity Grids under Consideration of Harmonic Stability 300.000 Euro (part of CAU).
  • Local Responsible of WindGrid "Wind farm - grid interactions: exploration and development" H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 EU Innovative Training Networks Project for a budget of 500.000 Euro, 2019-2023. (acceptance rate 8%)
  • Responsible of the Project: "DSDS" (doppelt Schnell Doppelt Sicher), funded by the Gesellschaft für Energie und Klimaschutz Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (EKSH), 2019-2021, of 150.000 Euro.
  • Coordinator of the Project "Kielflex" (Auschreibung Saubere Luft) for an overall budget of 9.000.000 Euro (900.000 Euro the part of 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%).
  • Responsible of “Messgenerator im Mittelspannungsnnetz” of 2.300.000 Euro, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie.
  • Responsible of Medium Voltage Laboratory Kiel, funded (EFRE funding, CAU, EKSH) for 1.300.000 Euro.
  • 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 for the University of Kiel, of “Power Electronics Region” EU Interreg project, 600.000 Euro.
  • Local responsible of the Project RELINK, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, 600.000 Euro.
  • Local responsible of the Project AddOn, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, 350.000 Euro.
  • Responsible of the “Großgeräte der Länder” project “Thermal Characterization of Power Electronic Converters (TCPEC)”, 2015, 460.000 Euro.
  • Main responsible of DACH Project (with EPFL), within the SPP 1984 "Formal stability assessment of hybrid distribution grids based on the correct modeling of the effect of synchronization of the power electronics interfaces" 300.000 Euro (part of CAU).
  • 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 EKSH Fellowships 165.000 Euro.
  • Responsible of ERC Proof of Concept Grant U-HEART. 150.000 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.
  • Responsible of 4 industrial PhDs.

Last invited presentations and Keynote Speeches


  • Invited Speech for CIPS (International Conference on Integrated Power Electronics Systems), Dusseldorf, Germany, 2024 CIPS_2024
  • Invited lecture at Columbia University, New York, USA, 2023
  • Invited lecture at University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, 2023
  • Invited lecture at SJTU, Shanghai, China, 2023
  • Invited lecture at ZJU, Hangzhou, China, 2023
  • Invited lecture at NUAA, Nanjing, China, 2023
  • Keynote Speech at PEDG 2023, Shanghai, China, 2023
  • Invited lecture at Delhi Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, 2023
  • Invited lecture at AAU, Aalborg, Denmark, 2023
  • Invited lecture at DTU, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2023
  • Keynote Speech at EPE-PEMC 2022 - IEEE-PEMC 2022
  • Invited Lecture "GaN-Based Power Converters Enabling Talkative Power" at the Annual Meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG) in Regensburg 2022 DPG2022
  • Keynote Speech at Electrimacs 2022 - Electrimacs 2022
  • PELS Webinar 2021 - online: PELS Webinar 2021
  • Tutorial IPEMC 2020 - ECCE Asia - online
  • Invited presentation Power Electronics Network Schleswig-Holstein 2020 - online: PE Network SH 2020
  • Invited presentation at Konferenz Interesseverband Netzimpedanz 2020 - online: Netzimpedanz 2020
  • Tutorial ECCE 2020 - ECCE USA - online
  • Keynote Speech at NEIS 2020 - online: Keynote Speech NEIS 2020
  • Keynote Speech at ENERGYCON 2020 - online: Keynote Speech ENERGYCON 2020
  • Keynote Speech at IPEMC 2020 - ECCE Asia - online: Keynote Speech IPEMC 2020
  • Keynote Speech at ISESEE 2020 - online: Keynote Speech ISESEE 2020
  • Opening Speech IEEE PES German Chapter Workshop, Kiel, Germany.
  • PhD School Third Edition, Kiel, 2020 "Grid forming Power Converters, Smart Transformers and Hybrid Grids": PhD School
  • ECCE 2019 Special Section on grid-forming inverters, Baltimore, USA, October 2019: Special Section ECCE 2019
  • ECCE 2019 Special Section on multiwinding dc-dc converters, Baltimore, USA, October 2019: Special Section ECCE 2019
  • Keynote Speech at ICMT 2019, Salerno, Italy, October 2019: Keynote Speech ICMT
  • Keynote Speech at IECON 2019, Lisbon, Portugal, October 2019: Keynote Speech IECON
  • Tutorial Powertech 2019, Milan, Italy, 2019
  • Invited Presentation at the Workshop on DC Network, Neumunster, Germany, October 2018: Workshop DC Network
  • Invited lecture at the PhD School of the DFG Priority Program 1984, 2018: Lecture PhD School
  • Tutorial ECCE 2018 - ECCE USA, Portland, USA, September 2018
  • Invited presentation at the ECCE 2018 Special Section, Portland, USA, September 2018: Special Section ECCE 2018
  • Keynote Speech at ELECTRIMACS Conference, Toulouse, France, July 2018: Keynote Speech Electrimacs
  • Keynote Speech at AEIT Conference, Bari, Italy, October 2018: Keynote Speech AEIT 2018
  • Invited presentation at ECCE Workshop, Husum, Germany, June 2018: ECPE Workshop
  • Invited presentation at PCIM Fachforum, Nuremberg, Germany, May 2018: PCIM Fachforum
  • Keynote Speech at OPTIM 2017, Brasov, Romania, 2017: Keynote Speech OPTIM 2017
  • Tutorial Powertech 2017, Manchester, UK, 2017
  • Keynote Speech at CPE-POWERENG 2017, Cadiz, Spain, 2017: Keynote Speech CPE Powereng
  • IEEE eT&D, Aalborg, Denmark, Nov 2017: eT&D Speech
  • Keynote Speech at ECPE 2016: Keynote Speech ECPE 2016
  • Invited presentation at CORPE Workshop, Aalborg, Denmark, Nov 2015
  • Keynote Speech at INDIN 2015, Cambridge, UK: Keynote Speech INDIN 2015
  • Keynote Speech at ICRERA 2013, Madrid, Spain, 2013: Keynote Speech ICRERA
  • Keynote Speech at EDPE 2013, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2013: Keynote Speech EDPE

  • 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