Dr. Behrooz Bahrani

Dr. Behrooz Bahrani

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
Room G17, 16 Alliance Lane, Clayton Campus

Behrooz Bahrani received the B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, the M.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, and the Ph.D. degree from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, all in electrical engineering, in 2006, 2008, and 2012, respectively.
From September 2012 to September 2015, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at several institutions including EPFL, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, and Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany. His research interests include control of power electronics systems, applications of power electronics in power and traction systems, and grid integration of renewable energy resources.
Behrooz Bahrani received the Swiss National Science Foundation Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship in 2013, and the Swiss National Science Foundation Advanced Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship in 2014.


  • Docteur Es Sciences (PHD), EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)
  • Masters of Applied Science -Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Bachelor - Engineering-Electrical, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


Power Electroncis, Power Conversion, Energy Storage, Microgrids, Control

Research Projects

Current projects

Characterizing the behaviour of LiFePO4 lithium-ion batteries to varying charge/discharge current waveforms

This is a research collaboration with CSIRO and Relectrify, which is a company active in research and development of battery management systems for Li-ion batteries for their second life.
The project centres on the notion that key battery characteristics such as available capacity and state-of-health are sensitive to the waveform or profile of current applied during charging and/or discharging. This interaction extends from ideas of poor power quality (e.g., DC ‘ripple’) which may shorten battery service life, through to the ideas of pulsed-current charging, which are linked to extending battery life. This spectrum on which battery current can be ‘profiled’, at virtually any combination of amplitude and frequency, presents a largely un-quantified space from which it appears that substantial increases in battery performance can be extracted. The student will mark out a part of this spectrum, guided by the available literature, and then conduct a systematic investigation into the benefits or otherwise of imposing specific current waveforms on particular energy storage devices.

Large Format Lithium-Ion Battery Systems for Maritime Use

Past projects

Development of an improved Residual Current Device testing system

The aim of this project is to develop an improved residual current device (RCD) testing system. RCDs are used to prevent electric shock by monitoring the earth current leakage in electrical circuits. Installation and maintenance/testing of RCDs are required for residential, commercial and industrial premises by WHS legislation and has been described in AS/NZS3017, AS/NZS3000, AS/NZS3760 and AS/NZS3012 standards.
Trip time of the RCDs are measured during the test procedure for specific trip currents (half, one time and five times of the trip current) at 0 and 180 degree. Due to the RCD trip, electric power is disrupted in current RCD testing systems. This causes inconvenience for electricity costumers in residential premises and is costly in commercial and industrial applications in particular for critical electric loads.
This project proposes development of an improved RCD testing system as per standards that does not cause power interruption to electricity customers due to the test procedure. The proposed development will help owners of critical loads, industrial facilities, residential and commercial power consumers to test and maintain the RCDs as per WHS legislation without any concern of power interruption.

Research articles, papers & publications

See Behrooz’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Curriculum Vitae



Electrical & Computer Systems Eng

Monash University

5 Oct 2015  present


Docteur Es Sciences (PHD)

Award date: 31 Aug 2012

Bachelor – Engineering-Electrical

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Award date: 30 Jun 2006


University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Award date: 30 Jun 2008

Research output

Circulating current suppression of the modular multilevel converter in a double-frequency rotating reference frame

Bahrani, B., Debnath, S. & Saeedifard, M. 2016 In : IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. 31, 1 (Art No.7046433), p. 783 – 792 10 p.

Indirect finite control set model predictive control of modular multilevel converters

Vatani, M., Bahrani, B., Saeedifard, M. & Hovd, M. 2015 In : IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 6, 3, p. 1520 – 1529 10 p.

Operation, control, and applications of the modular multilevel converter: A review

Debnath, S., Qin, J., Bahrani, B., Saeedifard, M. & Barbosa, P. 2015 In : IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. 30, 1, p. 37 – 53 17 p.

High-order vector control of grid-connected voltage-source converters with LCL-filters

Bahrani, B., Vasiladiotis, M. & Rufer, A. 2014 In : IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. 61, 6, p. 2767 – 2775 9 p.

Multivariable control of single-inductor dual-output buck converters

Dasika, J. D., Bahrani, B., Saeedifard, M., Karimi, A. & Rufer, A. 2014 In : IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. 29, 4, p. 2061 – 2070 10 p.

A multivariable design methodology for voltage control of a single-DG-unit microgrid

Bahrani, B., Saeedifard, M., Karimi, A. & Rufer, A. 2013 In : IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. 9, 2, p. 589 – 599 11 p.

Decoupled dq-current control of grid-tied voltage source converters using nonparametric models

Bahrani, B., Karimi, A., Rey, B. & Rufer, A. 2013 In : IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. 60, 4, p. 1356 – 1366 11 p.

Optimization-based voltage support in traction networks using active line-side converters

Bahrani, B. & Rufer, A. 2013 In : IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. 28, 2, p. 673 – 685 13 p.

Catenary voltage support: Adopting modern locomotives with active line-side converters

Bahrani, B., Rufer, A. & Aeberhard, M. 2012 In : IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 3, 1, p. 377 – 387 11 p.

Multivariable-PI-based dq current control of voltage source converters with superior axis decoupling capability

Bahrani, B., Kenzelmann, S. & Rufer, A. 2011 In : IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. 58, 7, p. 3016 – 3026 11 p.

Nondetection zone assessment of an active islanding detection method and its experimental evaluation

Bahrani, B., Karimi, H. & Iravani, R. 2011 In : IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery. 26, 2, p. 517 – 525 9 p.

Vector control of single-phase voltage-source converters based on fictive-axis emulation

Bahrani, B., Rufer, A., Kenzelmann, S. & Lopes, L. A. C. 2011 In : IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. 47, 2, p. 831 – 840 10 p.

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