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Yang Cao

Associate Professor
Office: GANT 157
Phone: (860) 486-0915
Email: yang.cao@uconn.edu

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Material Science, University of Connecticut, 2002
  • MS in Condensed Matter Physics, Tongji University, 1995
  • BS in Applied Physics, Tongji University, 1992

APPOINTMENTS

RESEARCH FOCUS

  • High voltage engineering
  • HVDC/energy materials
  • Grid asset management
  • High field phenomena and devices

MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • NSF Phase I I/UCRC University of Connecticut Site: Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures (HVT), Site Director, 2/1/2017 –
  • GE, Arc Interruption Gas Dynamics, PI, 9/1/2013-12/30/2017
  • ONR DURIP (N00014-16-1-2885), PI, 7/15/2016-7/14/2017
  • ONR “High Field Aging” (N00014-16-R-BA01), Co-PI, 7/1/2016-12/31/2018
  • ARL “Nanocoating” (W911NF-16-2-0146), PI, 8/23/2016-12/22/2016
  • ONR “Propulsion Insulation” (N00014-15-1-2413), PI, 5/15/2015-5/14/2019
  • EPR Cable Consortium, PI, 1/1/1998-12/30/2018
  • ONR MURI “Capacitors” (DOD00014-10-1-0944), CoPI, 10/1/2010-9/30/2016
  • DOE “Wet-Mate DC Connector”, Co-PI, 9/1/2014-6/30-2016
  • DOE “DC Cabling” (DE-AR0000231), PI, 1/22/2012- 2/28/2014.

HONORS & SERVICE ACTIVITIES

  • Professional: IEEE Senior Member
  • Research: GE Technical Career Award (2013), GE Technical Achievement Award (2011), GE Innovation Award (2010)
  • Service: Guest Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation (2015); Member of Technical Program Committee, IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

PUBLICATIONS

2017:

Journals

  1. M. Ghassemi, Q. Chen, Y. Cao, “The Influence of Magnitude and Rise Time of Applied Voltage and the Type of Oil on Streamer Growth in a Wet-Mate DC Connector”, accepted for publication at IEEE Transactions on Dielectric and Electrical Insulation, 2017.
  2. M. Ghassemi, M.B. Tefferi, Q. Chen, Y. Cao, “A Thermo-Electrodynamic Electric Field Dependent Molecular Ionization Model to Realize Positive Streamer Propagation in a Wet-Mate DC Connector”, accepted for publication at IEEE Transactions on Dielectric and Electrical Insulation, 2017.
  3. Gregory M. Treich, Mattewos Tefferi, Shamima Nasreen, Arun Mannodi-Kanakkithodi, Zongze Li, Rampi Ramprasad, Gregory A. Sotzing and Yang Cao, “A Rational Co-Design Approach to the Creation of New Dielectric Polymers with High Energy Density”, IEEE Transactions on Dielectric and Electrical Insulation, March 2017.

2016:

Journals

  1. Z.Z Li, C.C. Xu, H. Uehara, S.A. Boggs, Y. Cao, “Transient characterization of extreme field conduction in dielectrics”, AIP Advances, 6, 115025, 2016.
  2. Bogdan Neculaes, Antonio Caiafa, Yang Cao, Bruno De Man, Peter M. Edic, Kristopher Frutschy, Satish Gunturi, Lou Inzinna, Joseph Reynolds, Mark Vermilyea, David Wagner, Xi Zhang, Yun Zou, Norbert J. Pelc, and Brian Lounsberry, “Multisource inverse-geometry CT. Part II. X-ray source design and prototype” Medical Physics 43, 4617 (2016)
  3. Gregory Martin Treich, Shamima Nasreen, Arun Mannodi-Kanakkithodi, Rui Ma, Mattewos Tefferi, James Flynn, Yang Cao, Rampi Ramprasad, and Gregory Allen Sotzing, “Optimization of Organotin Polymers for Dielectric Applications” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b04091
  4. P. Cox, R. Fleming, F. Krajick, S. Boggs, Y. Cao, “AC and Impulse Performance of Medium Voltage Ethylene Propylene– Rubber Cables With Over 25 Years of In-Service Aging in a Wet Underground Environment”, IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, Vol. 32, No.3, pp23-27,2016
  5. Arun Mannodi-Kanakkithod , G.M. Treich, T.D. Huan, R. Ma, M. Tefferi, Y. Cao, G.A. Sotzing, R.Ramprasad, “Rational Co-Design of Polymer Dielectrics for Energy Storage”, Advanced Materials,  DOI: 10.1002/ adma.201600377, 2016

Conferences

  1. H. Uehara, Y. Sekii , T. Takada , Y. Cao, “Analysis of Electrical Tree Inhibitory Effect by Antioxidants Using Quantum Chemical Calculation ”, 2016 IEEE Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, Toronto, Canada, October 16-19, pp.1021-1024, 2016
  2. Mona Ghassemi, Mattewo Tefferi, Qin Chen, Y. Cao, “Modeling a Liquid-Solid Insulation System Used in a DC Wet-Mate Connector ”, 2016 IEEE Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, Toronto, Canada, October 16-19, pp.161-165, 2016
  3. Ming Ren, Jingjing Liu, Luyi Sun, Y. Cao, “Enhancing Dielectric Property of Polymer Films with Nanoclay Coatings ”, 2016 IEEE Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, Toronto, Canada, October 16-29, pp. 651-654, 2016
  4. Zongze Li , Hiroaki Uehara, Ramamurthy Ramprasad, Steven Boggs and Y. Cao, “Density of Bulk Trap States in Polymeric Films ”, 2016 IEEE Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, Toronto, Canada, October 16-29, pp. 1041-1044,2016
  5. Mattewo Tefferi ,  Mona Ghassemi, Christopher Calebrese, Qin Chen, Y. Cao, “Characterization of Solid-Liquid Interface for  Wet-Mate Subsea HVDC Connectors ”, 2016 IEEE Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, Toronto, Canada, October 16-19, pp.735-738, 2016
  6. Xunlin Qiu, Werner Wirges, Reimund Gerhard, Ming Ren, Mattewos Tefferi, Yang Cao, “Electrical-insulation behavior of cellular polymer foams in comparison to their piezoelectret properties”, 2016 IEEE International Conference on High Voltage Engineering and Application (ICHVE), Chengdu, China, September, 19-22, pp.1-4, 2016
  7. Zongze Li , Hiroaki Uehara, Ramamurthy Ramprasad, Steven Boggs and Y. Cao, “Dynamics of Nonlinear Charge Injection in Polymeric Films ”, 2016 IEEE International Conference on Dielectrics, Montpellier, France, July 3-7, pp. 852855, 2016
  8. H. Uehara, G.C. Montanari, Q.Chen, Z.Li,  Y. Cao, “Comparison of Space Charge Behavior in XLPE and EPR with Thermal Gradient ”, 2016 IEEE International Conference on Dielectrics, Montpellier, France, July 3-7, pp. 852855, 2016

Patents

  1. G.A. Sotzing, Y. Cao, “Fabric sensor, method of making the fabric sensor, and applications thereof”, US Patent App. 15/135,895, 4/22/2016.
  2. US Patent 9,390,857, Issued on July 12, 2016, Film Capacitor
  3. US Patent 9,293,972, Issued on March 22, 2016, Apparatus for forming insulation for electrical components

2015:

Journals

  1. R. Ma,   V. Sharma,   A. F. Baldwin, M. Tefferi, I. Offenbach, M. Cakmak, R. Weiss, Y. Cao,   R. Ramprasad, G A. Sotzing “Rational Design and Synthesis of Polythioureas as Capacitor Dielectrics”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015 3 (28), 14845-14852, DOI: 10.1039/C5TA01252J
  2. A. F. Baldwin, T. D. Huan, R. Ma, A. M. Kanakkithodi, M. Tefferi, J. E. Marszalek, N. Katz, Y. Cao, R. Ramprasad, GA. Sotzing “Rational Design of Organotin Polyesters”, Macromolecules, 2015, 48 (8), pp 2422–2428
  3. A. F. Baldwin, R. Ma, A. M. Kanakkithodi, T. D. Huan, C. C. Wang, M. Tefferi, J. E. Marszalek, M. Cakmak, Y. Cao, R. Ramprasad, GA. Sotzing “Poly(dimethyltin glutarate) as a Prospective Material for Dielectric Applications”, Advanced Materials, 27, 347-351, 2015.
  4. Q.M. Zhang, M. Yu, Y. Cao, “Electrets and Related Phenomena”, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp.1335-1336, 2015.

Conferences

  1. Hiroaki Uehara, Zongze Li , Hiroaki Uehara, Q. Chen, G.C. Montanari, Y. Cao, “The effect of thermal gradient on space charge pattern in XLPE”, IEEE Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, Ann Arbor, Oct.18-21, pp. 138-141, 2015.
  2. Zongze Li , Hiroaki Uehara, Ramamurthy Ramprasad, Steven Boggs and Y. Cao, “Pre-breakdown Conduction in Polymeric Films”, 2015 IEEE Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, Ann Arbor, MI, October 18-21, pp. 872-875, 2015.
  3. Mattewo Tefferi , Rui Ma, Greg Treich, Greg Sotzing, Ramamurthy Ramprasad, Y. Cao, “Novel Dielectric Films with High Energy Density”, 2015 IEEE Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, Ann Arbor, MI, October 18-21, pp.451-454, 2015

Patents

  1. US Patent 8,928,441, Issued on January 6, 2015, Liquid cooled magnetic component with indirect cooling for high frequency and high power applications
  2. G. Sotzing, Y. Cao, “A FABRIC SENSOR, METHOD OF MAKING THE FABRIC SENSOR, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF”, U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/151,623, April 23, 2015

 

 

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