Nico Hotz

Hotz

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Nico 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

Contact Information:

  • Office Location: 303 Hudson Hall, Mems Department, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5118
  • Email Address: nico.hotz@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education:

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

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

Courses Taught:

  • 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:

Representative Publications:

  • 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].