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Burak Ozpineci

Energy and Transportation Science Division, ORNL


Burak Ozpineci received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Orta Dogu Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He joined the Post-Masters Program with the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Knoxville, TN, in 2001 and became a Full-Time Research and Development Staff Member in 2002 and the Group Leader of the Power and Energy Systems Group in 2008. He is currently the Group Leader for the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group and also has a Joint Faculty Associate Professor position with The University of Tennessee. His research interests include wide bandgap power devices, additive manufacturing for power electronics, multilevel inverters, power converters for distributed energy resources and hybrid electric vehicles, and intelligent control applications for power converters. Dr. Ozpineci is the Vice Chair of the IEEE IAS Transportation Systems Committee and the Digital Media Editor for IEEE PELS. He was the recipient of the 2006 IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Young Member Award, 2001 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Best Student Paper Award, and 2005 UT-Battelle (ORNL) Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishment.


Power Electronics

Additive Manufacturing

Hybird Electric Vehicles

Distributed Energy


Kisacikoglu, M.C. ; Ozpineci, B. ; Tolbert, L.M., “EV/PHEV Bidirectional Charger Assessment for V2G Reactive Power Operation,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol: 28, no:12, 2013, pp. 5717 – 5727

Saadeh, M. ; Chinthavali, M.S. ; Ozpineci, B. ; Mantooth, H.A. , “Anti-series normally-On SiC JFETs operating as bidirectional switches,” 2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), pp. 2892 - 2897

Filho, F. ; Maia, H.Z. ; Mateus, T.H.A. ; Ozpineci, B. ;Tolbert, L.M. ; Pinto, J.O.P. , “Adaptive Selective Harmonic Minimization Based on ANNs for Cascade Multilevel Inverters With Varying DC Sources,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol: 60 , no: 5, 2013 , pp. 1955 - 1962

Ozpineci, B. ; Tolbert, L. ,”Smaller, faster, tougher,” IEEE Spectrum, vol. 48 , no. 10, 2011, 2011 , pp. 45 - 66

Chinthavali, M. ; Otaduy, P. ; Ozpineci, B., “Comparison of Si and SiC inverters for IPM traction drive, “2010 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2010 , pp. 3360 - 3365

Ozpineci, B. ; Chinthavali, M.S. ; Tolbert, L.M. ; Kashyap, A.S. ;Mantooth, H.A. , “A 55-kW Three-Phase Inverter With Si IGBTs and SiCSchottky Diodes,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 45 ,no. 1, 2009 , pp. 278 - 285 

Chiasson, J.N. ; Zhong Du ; Ozpineci, B. ; Tolbert, L.M. , “High dynamic performance programmed PWM control of a multilevel inverter with capacitor DC sources,” Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 2009 , pp. 6561 - 6568

Ozpineci, B. ; Tolbert, L.M. ; Gui-Jia Su ; Zhong Du, “Optimum fuel cell utilization with multilevel DC-DC converters,” Nineteenth Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, 2004, pp. 1572 - 1576

Ozpineci, B. ; Tolbert, L.M. ; Islam, S.K. ; Hasanuzzaman, M., “Effects of silicon carbide (SiC) power devices on HEV PWM inverter losses,” The 27th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 2001, pp. 1061 - 1066

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