Dr Quan Li

Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering



+44(0)131 6508562


3.092 Faraday Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems


Quan Li got his PhD degree from the University of Cambridge UK, and both MPhil and BEng degrees from Tsinghua University China. He is now the Theme Leader of Applied Supercondcutivty, and the Head of Superconductivity & Electromagnetics Group at the University of Edinburgh. Quan’s research focuses on high temperature superconductors and their applications in Energy and Healthcare sectors. It covers the synthesis, characterisation and understanding of superconducting materials, as well as design, modelling and testing of superconducting devices. Current projects include novel characteristics of superconductors, superconducting power devices (such as power generators, power cables, fault current limiters, energy storage), and superconducting medical accelerators.

Quan Li's external duties include Guest Professor in Tianjin University China, EPSRC Grant Reviewer, PhD Examiner of the University of Cambridge, and PhD Examiner of Anna University. He also contributes to the broader academia community as journal technical editor and reviewer, supports research activities as international conference programme committee member, organization committee member, technical programme committee member, and editorial board member, promotes research and enterprise as government consultation board member and industrial advisory board member.  

Academic Qualifications: 

  • University of Cambridge, PhD
  • Tsinghua University, Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Tsinghua University, Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
  • Kyoto University, JSPS Research Fellowship


  • Project Manager:   Master of Science Sustainable Energy Systems Dissertation
  • Course Organiser:   Power Electronics and Machines
  • Project Supervisor:   MEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Project Supervisor:   BEng Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Lecturer:   Electrical Engineering Fundamentals of Renewable Energy
  • Personal Tutor:   MEng and BEng Programmes

Research Interests: 

Applied Superconductivity

  • Fundamental of Superconductivity
  • Material Characterisation
  • Multiphysics Modelling & Experiment
  • Applications: Power Cable, Electric Machine, Fault Current Limiter, Magnet, Accelerator, Energy Storage.

Applied Electromagnetics

  • Material Characterization
  • Multiphysics Modelling
  • Device Design, Manufacture and Testing

Renewable Energy Technology

  • Energy Resource and Utilization
  • Integration of Energy System/Power Network
  • Environment Protection


Research students

  • PhD student: Min Yao
  • PhD student: Kevin Kails
  • PhD student: Philip Machura
  • PhD student: Yvonne Baird
  • PhD student: Hongyi Chen
  • PhD student: David Young
  • Visiting Scholar: Lei Wang

Positions available

Research Associate and Assistant
  • Available in 2017: Project RA
  • Available in 2017: Research Fellow
  • Available in 2017: Visiting Scholar
PhD scholarships
  • Available in 2017: International PhD scholarship
  • Available in 2017: UK/EU PhD scholarship
  • Available in 2017: Scholarship for 2+2 students
  1. HTS Fault Current Limiter
  2. HTS Wireless Charging
  3. HTS Power Cable
  4. HTS Novel Applications
  5. and more to check


Latest PhD/Research Positions

Further Information: 

  • Theme Leader, Applied Superconductivity
  • Guest Professor, Tianjin University
  • EPSRC Grant Reviewer
  • PhD Examiner, University of Cambridge
  • PhD Examiner, Anna University