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

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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
  • 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 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

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