Imperial College London

DrJorgeVarela Barreras

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate



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Dr. Jorge Varela Barreras is a senior researcher at Imperial College London in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he works with Greg Offer and Billy Wu. He is also a Joint Chairman of the IEEE UK & Ireland Education Chapter, and a research fellow of The Faraday Institution, involved in the Multi-scale Modelling project.

Motto: bring academic knowledge into industry and policymakers

Jorge has 10 years of battery research experience and has co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific papers and a book chapter on battery technology.

His current research focus is on:

- Lithium-ion batteries
- Battery management systems (BMS)
- Electric vehicles (EV)
- Stationary Energy storage systems (ESS)

Before joining Imperial College, Jorge was:

- Postdoc in battery management at the University of Oxford (2016-2018)
Co-chairman of the Oxford Research Staff Society (2018)
Major teacher in engineering of Oxbridge academic programs (2017-18)
- Co-founder of an engineering consulting company (2010)

Jorge received his PhD in Battery Management Systems from Aalborg University (2017), his degree in electrical engineering (BSc MSc) from the University of Vigo, and his MSc in power electronics and drives also from Aalborg.



Schimpe M, Varela Barreras J, Wu B, et al., 2021, Battery degradation-aware current derating: an effective method to prolong lifetime and ease thermal management, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:168, ISSN:0013-4651, Pages:1-13

Luo X, Varela Barreras J, Chambon C, et al., 2021, Hybridizing Lead-Acid Batteries with Supercapacitors: A Methodology, Energies, Vol:14, ISSN:1996-1073

Bravo Diaz L, He X, Hu Z, et al., 2020, Review—meta-review of fire safety of lithium-ion batteries: industry challenges and research contributions, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol:167, ISSN:0013-4651, Pages:1-14

de Castro R, Pinto C, Varela Barreras J, et al., 2019, Smart and hybrid balancing system: design, modeling, and experimental demonstration, Ieee Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol:68, ISSN:0018-9545, Pages:11449-11461


Schimpe M, Barreras JV, Wu B, et al., 2020, Novel Degradation Model-Based Current Derating Strategy for Lithium-Ion-Batteries, The Electrochemical Society, Pages:3808-3808

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