Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials ScienceNico Hotz specializes in interfacial transport phenomena and thermodynamics in energy technology. His research focuses on heat, mass, and charge transfer on nano-scale surfaces for solar thermal applications, catalytic fuel reforming, hydrogen generation, fuel cells, and electrolysis.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Office Location: 303 Hudson Hall, Mems Department, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5118
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 2008
Research InterestsMy research interests are in the area of interfacial transport phenomena and thermodynamics in energy technology including phenomena at the micro- and nanoscale. Thermodynamics aspects of photovoltaics, novel sustainable energy conversion technologies, and chemical reactions are an essential part of my research. My main focus in research is the combination of ideas, insights and results from traditional energy technology such as thermal power plants with novel and innovative technologies such a fuel cells and photovoltaic cells based on micro- and nanostructured materials. An essential topi of my research interests is the energetic and exergetic analysis of complex energy conversion and storage systems, especially including renewable and sustainable energy solutions.
Heat and mass transfer
Solar Energy Materials
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Excellence in Teaching Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2015
- Alfred M. Hunt Faculty Scholar. Pratt School of Engineering. 2014
- 2013 New Investigator Award . North Carolina Space Grant. 2013
- 2012 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award . Oak Ridge Associated Universities. 2012
- Best Paper Award in the ASME Energy Sustainability Conference 2010. Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME . 2011
- Fellowship for Prospective Research 2009. Swiss National Science Foundation. 2009
- Georg A. Fischer Award 2009 . ETH Zurich. 2009
- EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
- ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
- ENRGYEGR 490: Special Topics in Energy Engineering
- ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
- ME 431L: Heat and Mass Transfer
- ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
- ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
In the News
- Energy Initiative Awards Seven New Seed Grants (Apr 28, 2017)
- Energy Initiative Provides First Round of Research Seed Funding (Apr 16, 2014)
- Duke Labs Produce 2 Intel Talent Search Finalists (Feb 10, 2014 | Duke Research Blog )
- New Method for Producing Clean Hydrogen (May 21, 2013)
- Real, D; Dumanyan, I; Hotz, N, Renewable hydrogen production by solar-powered methanol reforming, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol 41 no. 28 (2016), pp. 11914-11924 [10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.02.086] [abs].
- Hotz, N, Hierarchical nanostructures for fuel cells and fuel reforming, vol 2015-January (2015), pp. 84-106 [abs].
- Hotz, N; Mohanty, AK; Misra, M, Investigating operating conditions and mechanical performance of co-injected polylactic acid and polycaprolactone, Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings (2015) [abs].
- Real, D; Dumanyan, I; Hotz, N, Hydrogen production by solar-powered methanol reforming (2015) [abs].
- Shodiya, T; Barnes, J; Xiong, G; Dumanyan, I; Ngo, H; Fales, A; VoDinh, T; Hotz, N, Plasmon-assisted photothermal catalytic reactor for hydrogen generation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA (2015) [abs].