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By applying advanced control methods to fusion plasmas, my research aims to enhance their burning performance and accelerate progress towards sustainable energy sources.

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My research focuses on optimizing the performance of tokamak fusion reactors by controlling the conditions of the burning plasma. This complex control problem involves a plasma that is fueled by launching millimeter-sized pellets into the scorching fusion plasma.

The impulsive nature of the pellet injection and the continuous evolution of the fusion plasma require a hybrid control approach with plasma state observers and dynamic models. The presence of plasma instabilities further complicates the control problem.

To tackle these challenges, I am developing advanced control methods and models for the burning fusion plasma. My work has been made possible by the VIDI grant awarded to my supervisor, Matthijs van Berkel, who recognized the need for improved control methods for fusion reactors.

Through my research, I hope to contribute to the development of sustainable energy sources for our future.

Academic background

Cum Laude MSc. Mechanical Engineering – Control Systems Technology.

Cum Laude MSc. Science & Technology of Nuclear Fusion

With Great appreciation BSc. Mechanical Engineering

Affiliated with

Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical engineering, Master, Identification and control of the divertor plasma in the DIII-D tokamak, Control Systems Technology

1 Sept 201925 Feb 2023

Award Date: 30 Mar 2023

Identification and control of the divertor plasma in the DIII-D tokamak, Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion

1 Sept 201925 Feb 2023

Award Date: 30 Mar 2023

Mechanical engineering, Bachelor, Swarming for mixing, Microsystems

1 Sept 201520 Jun 2019

Award Date: 5 Jul 2019

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