TEAM DIRECTORY BY LAB/GROUP
STATIONS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Stuart Chambers is the manager of R&D, Investigation & Consulting, as well as a lead for the polymer and materials investigation facility in Powertech’s Stations Research & Development lab under the Substations Technology & Testing group. His areas of research and development include transformer diagnostics, insulating paper degradation, ageing properties of insulating oils, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) decontamination. He has completed substantial research into insulating solids, fluids and gases for Canadian Electrical Association (CEATI), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), BC Hydro and other research organizations.
Dr. Chambers is a materials/analytical chemist with 15 years of experience and training. His areas of expertise and interest include materials preparation, alteration and characterization, and chromatography/purification.
Dr. Terry Gordon is a Scientist for Substation Services and Applied Chemistry within the Substations sector. He is responsible for SF6 unit testing, SF6 field testing services, and measuring SF6 gas compositions focusing on decomposition by-products and other impurities such as moisture. Terry’s research activities include investigations associated with SF6 capture and sequestering, as well as, degradation and failure of materials through lab-scale examinations.
Dr. Mukul Jain (Mike) is currently Sr. Scientist & Product Manager with Substation Technology and Testing Business Unit at Powertech Labs Inc. His areas of responsibility include project management and commercialization of the Powertech Labs Transformer Online Oil Decontamination Technology. He has several years of experience in developing newer insulating materials. He is also the Manager for Polymers and responsible for research, testing, characterization, failure analysis/investigation of different types of polymers. Since 1994, Mike has developed many unique polymers based on different chemistries including Thermoplastics, Thermosets, and Elastomers for different applications. One of the key projects he is managing is the hydrogen and oxygen ageing test of polymeric components for automotive applications in accordance with international standards.
As a chemist in Powertech’s Stations Research & Development lab, Mr. Weili Kang is responsible for projects and tests on insulating and lubricating oils, as well as laboratory and field tests for moisture and sulfur hexafluoride decomposition products in in-service sulfur hexafluoride-insulated equipment.