A paper titled "Intermediate Range Wireless Power Transfer with Segmented Coil Transmitters for Implantable Heart Pumps" was conferred the First Place Prize Paper Award for 2017 in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. The paper presents a coil segmentation technique for mid-range wireless transmitting coil for powering implantable heart pump which reduces the overall required voltage to a safe level on the order of 10V, thereby resulting in largely improved safety level compared to similar technologies for powering capsule endoscope which require excitation voltage as high as 3kV.
In 2017, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics published 789 papers, which is the top rank journal in the field. The selection of the above paper is a high honour and a tribute to the fine research quality, presentation, and potential impact that the research has to the field. The selection process was rigorous and went through multiple review levels and votes before the paper was selected for an award.
The authors comprise five authors, including two RPg students Mr. Tian Le Tim Lun and Ms. Ziyan Guo, and Assistant Professor Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok, all from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, HKU, and their collaborators Dr. Sai Chun Tang (first author) and Dr. Nathan J. McDannold from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. The award was presented during the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) annual meeting held on 26th Sep, 2018 in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Dr. Sai Chun Tang (2nd left) and Dr. Ka-Wai Kwok (3rd left) represented the team to receive the 2017 TPEL First Place Prize Paper Award during the annual meeting of IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE).