Dr Hongye Zhang

Lecturer in Superconducting and Cryogenic Electric Machines



3.101 Faraday Building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems

Research Theme: 

  • Electrical Power Conversion
  • Wind Energy
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Power Systems
Dr Hongye ZHANG


Hongye ZHANG (FHEA, MIEEE, MIET) was born in Tai’an, Shandong, China, in 1993. He received his BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, in 2015 and 2018, respectively, a Diplôme d’ingénieur from École Centrale de Lyon, Lyon, France, in 2018, and his PhD degree in Applied Superconductivity from The University of Edinburgh, UK, in 2021. In 2021, he was awarded one of the six IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowships. He has been working on the £54-million collaborative H2GEAR project as a Research Associate at The University of Manchester since May 2021. He is currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Superconducting/Cryogenic Electric Machines at the University of Edinburgh and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. His research encompasses Design & Analysis & Testing of Superconducting/Cryogenic Electric Machines, Numerical Modelling & Measurement of Superconductors, Hydrogen Energy, and Artificial Intelligence. He is currently a Board Member of the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS), a Committee Member of the Academic Sub-Committee of the World Transport Convention, an Early Career Editorial Board member & Associate Editor for the Elsevier journal Superconductivity, etc. He is awarded the IOP Trusted Reviewer Status.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • BSc (2015) and MSc (2018) in Electrical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
  • Diplôme d’ingénieur (MEng, 2018) in General Engineering, École Centrale de Lyon, France
  • PhD (2021) in Applied Superconductivity, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Board Member of The European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS)  
  • Committee Member of the Academic Sub-Committee of the World Transport Convention  
  • Early Career Editorial Board Member & Associate Editor of Elsevier Superconductivity  
  • Programme Committee Member of SMT 2023
  • Technical Editor for IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, MT-28
  • Guest Editor for a Special Issue of Crystals  
  • Winner of the 2021 IEEE Council on Superconductivity Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity
  • Member, IET  
  • Member, IEEE



Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests: 

Hongye ZHANG’s interdisciplinary research combines Electric Machines & Drives, Clean Energy Conversion, Superconductor Technology, Cryogenic Techniques, Hydrogen Energy, and Artificial Intelligence to contribute to low/zero emission technology. His interests centre on Net Zero Transport and Hydrogen Energy with a focus on power-dense and highly efficient next-generation propulsion electric machines. His current research focuses on the design, analysis, build, and testing of cryogenic/superconducting motors for sub-regional electric aircraft exploiting hydrogen propulsion. His long-term vision is to build a world-leading research group at the interface of academia and industry that will further advance the decarbonisation of future transport.


  • Numerical modelling of high temperature superconductors
  • Design and analysis of electric machines 
  • High-speed propulsion machines for electric aircraft 
  • Hydrogen energy application 
  • Engineering AI