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Dr Hongjian Sun, PhD, SMIEEE, FHEA

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42478
Room number: E333 (Floor 3.5 Christopherson)
Mid Career Fellow in the Durham Energy Institute
Grey College Mentor of Grey College

(email at hongjian.sun@durham.ac.uk)


Dr Hongjian Sun received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh (U.K.) in 2011 and then took postdoctoral positions at King’s College London (U.K.) and Princeton University (USA). Since April 2013, he has been with the School of Engineering at the University of Durham (U.K.) as an Assistant Professor in Smart Grid in 4/2013-9/2017, and then as an Associate Professor (Reader) effective from 10/2017. He is also a Director in MSc Communications Engineering, a Mid-Career Fellow of Durham Energy Institute, a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and a College Mentor of Grey College.

Dr Sun has been involved in a number of activities with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): He is a Senior Member of the IEEE; He is serving (or served) as a technical program committee (TPC) member for many IEEE flagship conferences, e.g., IEEE ICC (2010-now), IEEE Globecom (2011-now) and IEEE VTC (2011-now); He is a peer-reviewer for a number of IEEE prestigious journals and was nominated as an Exemplary Reviewer by IEEE Communications Letters in both 2011 and 2012; He has been with the IEEE 1900.6 Standards Working Groups on the Advanced Radio Systems since 2011.

Dr Sun has been on the Editorial Board of:

Additionally, he served (is serving) as an organizing chair for the following workshops/symposium:

PhD and Postdoc Vacancies

  • Funded project: there will be a Postdoc post near August/September 2017 for renewable energy integration.
  • Self-funded projects: There will be 1~2 PhD studentship/scholarship openings each year. The application deadline is 31st December each year. If you are interested in, please contact him as soon as possible (“first-come, first-served”!).

Research and Projects

Dr. Sun’s research mainly focuses on: (i) wideband techniques for cognitive radio, (ii) smart grid communications, (iii) demand side management and demand response, and (iv) renewable energy sources integration. He has an established track record of publishing high quality scientific articles: He has published over 80 papers in refereed journals and international conferences; He has made contributions to and coauthored the IEEE 1900.6a-2014 Standard; In addition, he has published 5 book chapters, and edited 2 books as the leading editor:

Dr. Sun is Principle Investigator (PI) on a number of projects, with funding successes from the EU H2020, UK EPSRC, China NSF, and industry. He has been involved as an investigator in 8 international or national projects. These projects include:

  • H2020 “TESTBED” project (no. 734325, €882k) as Project Coordinator;
  • EPSRC “TOPMOST” project (EP/P005950/1, £101k plus £67k funding support from partners Intel ltd. and Sunamp ltd.) as Principle Investigator;
  • H2020 “SmarterEMC2” project (no. 646470, €3.7M) as Work Package Leader and Durham Principle Investigator;
  • UK-Korea “Condor” project (€95.4k from Hyundai Motor ltd. plus Faculty match funding appx. £32k) as Principle Investigator.

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”.

Dr. Sun is currently supervising (or line managing) 2 Postdoc Research Associate, 8 PhD students as primary supervisor, and 3 PhD students as secondary supervisor. He also leads Smart Grid research activities and Smart Grid Laboratory (https://www.dur.ac.uk/ecs/smart.grid/), which consists of Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS™), a PV emulation system, a wind turbine emulation system, an Electrical Energy Storage, an Electric Vehicle and charging station, an Air Source Heat Pump, smart meters, wireless sensor networks testing kits, and a software-defined radio platform (inc. 5 USRPs).

International Collaboration

  • Prof. H. Vincent Poor at Princeton University, USA
  • Prof. Nikolaos Hatziargyriou at National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Prof. John S. Thompson and Dr. Dave I. Laurenson at Edinburgh University, UK
  • Prof. Fei Richard Yu at Carleton University, Canada
  • Prof. A. Nallanathan at King’s College London, UK
  • Prof. Cheng-Xiang Wang at Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Prof. Wei-Yu Chiu at Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
  • Prof. Nan Zhao at Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Dr. Bashar Ahmad at Cambridge University, UK
  • Prof. Chao Wang at Tongji University, China

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2016: Written evidence to Energy and Climate Change Committee: Energy and Climate Change Committee’s Low carbon network infrastructure inquiry
  • 2015: Carbon Trust Expert Interview: Dr. Sun had Expert Interview by Carbon Trust in March 2015 in the field of demand response technologies.
  • 2015: Lead Microgrid Researcher: Dr. Sun has been invited to attend the Microgrid Symposiums 2015 (by invitation only) as a lead microgrid researcher.
  • 2013: Fringe Event at the Liberal Democrat Party : Dr. Sun discussed Smart Grid technologies with Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Davey, Stephen Gilbert MP, and Jim Sutherland, Engineering Director at ScottishPower Energy Networks, at the fringe event at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow in September 2013.

Research Interests

  • Smart Grids
  • Demand Side Management
  • Renewable Energy Source
  • Wireless Communications
  • Powerline Commmunications
  • Sensor Networks
  • Signal Processing