Nico Hotz

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Nico Hotz specializes in interfacial transport phenomena and thermodynamics in energy technology.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: 303 Hudson Hall, Mems Department, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5118
  • Email Address: nico.hotz@duke.edu
  • Web Page:
Education:

  • Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 2008

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests:

My 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.

Specialties:

Thermodynamics
Alternative Energy
Heat and mass transfer
Solar Energy Materials

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • - 2012 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), June, 2012
  • - Best Paper Award in the ASME Energy Sustainability Conference (ES2010), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, August, 2011

Courses Taught:
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 431L: Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Real, D; Johnston, R; Lauer, J; Schicho, A; Hotz, N, Novel non-concentrating solar collector for intermediate-temperature energy capture, Solar Energy, vol 108 (2014), pp. 421-431 [10.1016/j.solener.2014.07.014] [abs].
    • Real, D; Hotz, N, Novel non-concentrated solar collector for solar-powered chemical reactions, ASME 2013 7th Int. Conf. on Energy Sustainability Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. and the ASME 2013 11th Int. Conf. on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, ES 2013 (2013) [10.1115/ES2013-18382] [abs].
    • Lim, E; Visutipol, T; Peng, W; Hotz, N, Flame-made CuO/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst for methanol steam reforming, ASME 2013 7th Int. Conf. on Energy Sustainability Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. and the ASME 2013 11th Int. Conf. on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, ES 2013 (2013) [10.1115/ES2013-18388] [abs].
    • Shodiya, T; Peng, W; Hotz, N, Novel nano-scale Au/α-Fe2O3 catalyst for the preferential oxidation of CO in biofuel reformate gas, ASME 2013 7th Int. Conf. on Energy Sustainability Collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conf. and the ASME 2013 11th Int. Conf. on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, ES 2013 (2013) [10.1115/ES2013-18387] [abs].
    • Hotz, N, Non-concentrated solar collector for solarthermal chemical reactions, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE), vol 6 A (2013) [10.1115/IMECE2013-65433] [abs].