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Professor Hongjian Sun

Professor, Director of Research


Professor, Director of Research in the Department of Engineering+44 (0) 191 33 42478


Professor Hongjian Sun received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Edinburgh (U.K.) and then took postdoctoral positions at King’s College London (U.K.) and Princeton University (USA). Since April 2013, he has been with the Department of Engineering at the University of Durham. He is the Director of Research and Professor (Chair) in Smart Grid in the Department of Engineering, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Durham Energy Institute, and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

There are a couple of PhD vacancies in his research group, please make contact to know more information.I

Professor Sun has been on the Editorial Board of:

He served as an organizing chair for over 10 workshops/symposium. Recent examples are:

Research and Projects

Prof. Sun is the Head of Durham Smart Grid Laboratory and leads Smart Grid research activities focused on: (i) demand side management and demand response, and (ii) renewable energy sources integration and virtual power plants. He has an established track record of publishing high quality scientific articles, with over 180 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. He has made contributions to and coauthored the IEEE 1900.6a-2014 Standard, secured 2 granted patents, and published 5 book chapters and 2 books.

Prof. Sun has been the Principle Investigator or Co-Investigator on a number of projects, with funding successes from the EU H2020, EU ERDF, UK EPSRC, UK BEIS, Ofgem, Innovate UK, and industry. These projects include:

In the past, he was the key researcher for EPSRC project "Robust Intelligent Lamp Post (ILP) Sensor Networks for Energy Efficient Transportation Systems" and Korean ETRI project "Cognitive Radio Technology".

Research interests

  • Smart Grid and Smart Energy
  • Demand Side Management and Demand Response
  • Virtual Power Plant and Energy hub
  • Internet of Things and Communications
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure and Management

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