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Nico Hotz, assistant professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Nico Hotz joined the Pratt School of Engineering as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in July 2011. His 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 his research. Hotz's 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 theme of his research is the energetic and exergetic analysis of complex energy conversion and storage systems, especially including renewable and sustainable energy solutions.