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University of Bayreuth, Press Release 173/2021 - 30 November 2021

Graduate of the University of Bayreuth receives VDE Bayern Award

For his Master's thesis "Further development of a simulation model for HV SiC MOSFET modules", Michael Frank, M. Sc., has now been awarded the VDE Bayern Award 2021 in the Science category by VDE Bayern. 

"Michael Frank's master's thesis is an important contribution to being able to optimise the use of high voltage SIC MOSFETs even during the design of circuits," says VDE Bayern in its citation.


Michael Frank has been working on a small component playing a major role in the transition to renewable energy. For example, in order to bring wind power from the North Sea to the factories in the south of the country, extreme voltage differences must be overcome at the connection points of the overland line. And the energy converters required for this contain transistors. In his master's thesis, Frank worked on MOSFETs (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors) based on silicon carbide. They are extremely powerful, but also very expensive. In addition, their use involves undesirable side effects such as power losses. Frank's simulation model makes it possible to predict these losses precisely and adapt the circuit environment accordingly.

"Michael Frank's master's thesis is an important contribution to being able to optimise the use of high voltage SIC MOSFETs even during the design of circuits," says VDE Bayernin its citation.

Michael Frank is continuing his research at the University of Bayreuth as part of a doctorate at the Mechatronics research group. "On the one hand, the award for Mr Frank by the VDE documents his own great achievement in bringing together theory and application in such a way that it solves real problems in the practice of energy conversion," says Chair Prof. Dr.-Ing Mark-Matthias Bakran. "On the other hand, it is a sign that our students can profile themselves in the complex world of technology even at an early stage in their careers." Michael Frank himself says: "I see the award as encouraging me to drive scientific innovation onward. I enjoy the perfect environment to do this at the Mechatronics research group at the University of Bayreuth." His supervising professor summarises as follows: "Everyone can change the world a little with their achievements and, as in this case, contribute to more efficient energy conversion and thus to our transition to renewable energy.

About VDE Bayern

VDE - Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik und Informationstechnik e.V. (Association of Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) is one of the largest technology organisations in Europe. VDE is the only organisation in the world that combines science, standardisation, testing, certification, and application advice under one roof. With more than 5,000 members, including engineers, technicians, master craftsmen, and students, and 170 member companies, VDE Bavaria with its Northern and Southern Bavaria district associations is one of the largest regional representations of the VDE technology organisation. The aim of VDE Bavaria is to promote Bavaria as a centre of technology and research, and to network business and science. Another goal is to get schoolchildren excited about STEM subjects and a technical education, and to promote young talent with competitions and prizes.

Anja-Maria Meister

PR Spokesperson University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5300
E-mail: anja.meister@uni-bayreuth.de