History and founders

The Thinking Pod Innovations Ltd was incorporated in July 2017 by three academics from the Power Electronics Machines and Control Group of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK: Dr Liliana de Lillo, Professor Mark Johnson and Professor Lee Empringham together with Mr Geoff Haynes, co-founder of GAN Systems.

TTPi was born to create manufacturing methodologies, innovative structures and high-performance control to fully exploit the advantages that wide bandgap semiconductors can bring to power converter technologies. The ultimate aim being to facilitate the creation of compact power converters by reducing the bill of materials, increasing electrical efficiency and reducing costs.

In June 2020, TTPi became a spin-out of the University of Nottingham with the further aim of exploiting and elevating the technology readiness levels of innovative concepts and techniques from the University regarding wide bandgap semiconductor applications. 

Our Founders

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Lee Empringham

Company Director

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Geoff Haynes


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Liliana de Lillo

Company Director

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Mark Johnson