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Marco Liserre is one of the Highly Cited Researchers 2020

Feb 12, 2021

Marco Liserre(26.11.2020) Once a year, the "Web of Science Group" of the US company Clarivate Analytics analyses the importance of scientists in view of their citation rates. Researchers whose work is cited particularly frequently by their peers are considered to be especially important and influential in their field. The "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking lists researchers who have contributed to several of the top one percent of the most cited publications in their field in the last decade. In 2020, this included 6,167 people, including KiNSIS member Marco Liserre, Professor of Power Electronics at the Faculty of Technology. From Kiel University (CAU), Ralf Baron, Günther Deuschl, Axel Hauschild, Stefan Rose-John and Stefan Schreiber, all from the Faculty of Medicine, also received awards. Read more

The basis for the evaluation is the "Web of Science Core Collection" database. This lists scientific articles from around 21,000 journals. For this year's list of "Highly Cited Researchers", the period from 2009 to 2019 was analysed. The ranking is an important indicator of the influence of scientific publications that belong to the most cited one percent of their subject. In 2020, 6,167 of the world's researchers from 21 research fields were on the list. Among them are 26 Nobel laureates. Four of the Kiel scientists were honoured in the "Cross-Field" category. It takes into account interdisciplinary work and the researchers' influence on several fields during the last decade.

Very early in his career, Professor Marco Liserre conducted research on regenerative energies and thus laid the foundations for other research groups. He did pioneering work with his research on grid-connected power converters, which allow renewable energy sources to be connected to the grid. These systems are necessary to use energy from photovoltaic and wind power plants and efficiently convert it into electrical energy for daily use. Together with his research group, Liserre has developed a power electronic transformer that converts medium voltage to low voltage without high energy losses, while also enabling DC connection and power flow control. The new components from power electronics could help to distribute electricity according to demand and thus better control the energy grid and counteract overloads and failures. Another focus of his working group is electric drives for industrial automation and mobility. Currently, Liserre's research group is working on the development and testing of innovative battery systems for smart grids and electromobility. The state of Schleswig-Holstein funded the equipment of a corresponding laboratory with almost two million euros in 2020. "Long-life batteries that store more energy and can be recharged quickly could significantly improve the charging infrastructure for electromobility," explains Liserre.

About the person
Marco Liserre was a professor in Italy and Denmark before taking over the professorship for power electronics at CAU in September 2013. He has been working in the field of regenerative energies for around 20 years. Liserre has authored over 450 technical publications and is co-author of the book "Grid Converters for Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems", which has also been translated into Chinese. Liserre is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has received several awards. In 2014, Liserre received two million euros from the European Research Council (ERC) for a project on research into a smart and flexible power grid. In 2018, he received an ERC grant to bring key developments from the project to market.

Link zur Pressemitteilung der CAU vom 26.11.2020 (in German)

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