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Shanika Matharage

Lecturer in Smart Grid

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I am a Lecturer in Smart Grid. I obtained my PhD in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2017. My PhD research won the "John Neal Insulation Award” awarded by European Electrical Insulation Manufacturers Association for honouring outstanding accomplishment in the field of solid and liquid electrical insulation materials and systems.   Since 2017 I worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate and Experimental Officer at The University of Manchester before joining University of Exeter in 2020. I have published over 20 articles with nearly 150 citations (Scopus h-index 7). I was also a member of the CIGRE working group JWG A2/D1.46 that published Technical Brochure 779: Field experience with transformer solid insulation ageing markers.   My research activities are mostly interdisciplinary, which combine knowledge and expertise from Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Analytical Sciences to solve research questions or to increase understanding around high voltage equipment in the areas of alternative materials, insulation ageing, condition assessment and asset management. Furthermore, I am also interested in development of smart sensors for the future power plant and the development of digital twin for power network equipment.