Dr Quan Li

Senior 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
  • University of Edinburgh, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Director, Sustainable Energy Systems MSc
  • Theme Leader, Applied Superconductivity
  • Guest Professor, Tianjin University
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • EPSRC College Member
  • PhD Examiner, University of Cambridge
  • CIGRE Committee Member


  • ELEE09029 Power Systems, Power Electronics and Machines 3
  • ELEE09020 Power Electronics and Machines 3
  • PGEE11024 MSc Electrical Engineering Fundamentals of Renewable Energy
  • PGEE11168 MSc Elements of Power Systems Operations
  • ELEE10011 BEng Project (supervisor)
  • ELEE11090 MEng Project (supervisor)
  • PGEE11017 MSc Dissertation (supervisor)
  • Power Generation Lab

Research Interests: 

Applied Superconductivity

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

Applied Electromagnetics

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

Energy Technology

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


Research associates

  • Dr Jacky Hong

Research students

  • PhD: Kevin Kails
  • PhD: Philip Machura
  • PhD: Yvonne Baird
  • PhD: Hongyi Chen
  • PhD: Mbayer Abunku 
  • EngD: George Hyde-Linaker (assistant supervisor)
  • PhD: Xue Feng (assistant supervisor)
  • PhD: Zezhao Wen (assistant supervisor)


  • Dr. Min Yao
  • Dr. David Young
  • Visiting Scholar: Dr. Lei Wang
  • Visiting Scholar: Dr. Kamonlatth Rodponthukwaji

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


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