Paulo José da Costa Branco is Associate Professor with Habilitation (IST) in Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa (UL). He graduated in 1992 in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST. In the same year, he obtained his Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST, and in July 1998 he concluded a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering also at IST.
His research field can be divided into two main branches:
- the use of advanced electromagnetic materials in electromechanical systems, namely electroactive ionic materials and high-temperature superconducting materials;
- his second branch concerns the command and monitoring of electromechanical drives supported on intelligent systems.
Currently, his research covers three topics:
1) design of the innovative shell-like spherical induction machines for traction systems;
2) design of innovative electromechanical systems supported on Ionic Polymer Metal-Composite materials (IPMCs), and;
3) the use of high-temperature superconducting materials in increasing the electric energy efficiency of electrical machines.