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Dr Arni McKinley
Roberts 914
London
Tel: 07448429026
Appointment
  • UCL Teaching Fellow
  • Dept of Electronic & Electrical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Arnold McKinley received his PhD degree from The Australian National University in 2014 for his work on the resonances of meta-material split-rings for use as nano-antennas on solar cells. He holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering (1972) and a Master's degree in Engineering-Economic Systems (1973), both from Stanford University. He also holds a Master's degree in Comparative Religions (1989) from the Graduate Theological Union Berkeley.


Dr. McKinley worked at the Institute for Energy Studies at Stanford and in the Center for the Study of Social Policy at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in the 1970s. In the early 1980's he taught at San Diego State University in the departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering. For the next 25 years, he worked on contract and internally for various scientific laboratories and institutions, including Apple Computer, X-Rite technology Center, Minolta Laboratory Systems, the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, and the National Science Foundation. In 1995 he founded MetaMind Software to develop educational software for engineering and science students.


In 2005, he joined Apparent, where he led program development for "EnergyREView", a browser-based energy monitoring system for renewable energy systems. He later provided the basic mathematics used to explain power factor correction using the company's micro-inverter product on solar modules. He holds two patents with the company.


While at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems from 2010, he renewed his interest in Renewable Energy and is currently working on issues concerned with the integration of renewables on the electricity grid in the US, Australia and Europe.

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Research Summary

I have three equally strong interests: nano-ring structures on Solar Cells for light capture, ring antennas for use in THz communications, and issues of Renewable Energy, particularly integration of solar photo-voltaics onto the electrical grid.


• Nano-scaled rings can be used in the microwave region for meta-materials and in the microwave, terahertz (THz), and infrared regions for communications. The THz band is expected to open during the next five years, and these rings structures will make excellent antennas. I am currently looking for a material to use in fabricating nano-rings to enhance light capture in solar cells.


• I am actively looking for ways of solving the "Duck Problem", wherein the use of solar PV reduces the need of fossil fuel plant generation during the midday. Shutdown of these plants is costly and is one major reason that utilities hesitate in their support for PV solar and wind. This is a knotty issue in the US, Australia and in some countries in Eastern Europe.


• Finally I have interests in battery storage integration and in reactive power production by solar PV micro-inverters.

Teaching Summary
I am leading the development of the Renewable Energy Minor program in Engineering to commence in January 2016.
Appointments
05-JAN-2015 Teaching Fellow Electronics and Electrical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
15-SEP-1981 – 31-MAY-1985 Lecturer of Physics and of Electrical Engineering San Diego State University, United States
15-AUG-1975 – 30-APR-1979 Project Coordinator - AEF project Institute of Energy Studies Stanford University, United States
Academic Background
2014 EngD Doctor of Engineering – Nanotechnology Australian National University
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