Dr Tony Lujia Chen

Senior Lecturer in High-Voltage Engineering, The University of Manchester

Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society of IEEE (IEEE DEIS)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. IEEE is organized into 39 societies and 5 technical councils representing a wide range of technical interests.

DEIS is the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society of IEEE, whose field of interest includes the study and application of dielectrics from the molecular level, through nano-structured materials, to insulation systems in industrial, commercial, and power system equipment, to emerging applications such as those at high power levels and in biological and other small-scale systems. DEIS supports the entire scope of this field from advancing the basic science, to enhancing the ability of practicing engineers to use emerging dielectric materials, to the development of standards for the prudent application of existing and new insulation systems.

IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena 2025 (CEIDP)

The CEIDP was established within the Division of Engineering and Industrial Research, National Academy of Sciences – National Research Council in 1920 in nearby Manhattan, NY, and continues to provide opportunity for specialists from around the world to meet and exchange their expertise, annually, now under sponsorship from the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society. The goal of this annual Conference is to bring together researchers in all disciplines from industry, universities, government, and other laboratories to discuss the latest results and developments in electrical insulation and dielectric phenomena.

The 2025 edition of the conference will take place at The University of Manchester. The University will serve as the ideal host venue. As well as being able to experience first-rate conference facilities, visiting delegates will also be hosted by a world-class institution for research and innovation in the field of electrical and electronic engineering.

Dr Chen commented: “At Manchester, we are committed to delivering a just and prosperous net zero energy network and are honoured to host the IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena 2025, bringing together this community of global experts in electrical insulation and dielectric phenomena, to further advance the clean energy transition.”

Dr Chen’s research focuses on the replacement of SF6 with environmentally friendlier alternatives for high voltage applications. He was elected the Secretary of Cigré Working Group B3/A3.59: Guidelines for SF6 end-of-life treatment of transmission and distribution equipment in substations (20 authors from 10 countries worldwide). The group has successfully developed a technical brochure that defined relevant guidelines and standards for SF6 users globally (https://e-cigre.org/publication/914-guidelines-for-sf6-end-of-life-treatment-of-td-equipment-1-kv-in-substations). Chen received the ‘Outstanding Service Award’ by Cigre Study Committee B3 in recognition of his contribution, commitment and dedication.  

Chen received his BEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and PhD degree in High Voltage Engineering from Cardiff University, UK, in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He worked for Western Power Distribution prior to joining The University of Manchester as a Lecturer in 2017 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022. In recognition of his experience collaborating with industry, he was appointed as the School Head of Business Engagement (Jul-2020 to Mar-2023) and then Associate Dean for Research Impact in Faculty of Science and Engineering, where he provides leadership within the University and shares his expertise with colleagues to elevate the impact generation from research portfolio.