Dr. Nesrin Ozalp, ASME Fellow

Professional title

Professor

Bio

Nesrin Ozalp is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at University of Minnesota Duluth. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

Dr. Ozalp specializes in the areas of designing novel solar reactors for emission-free generation of fuels. She is the Lead Principal Investigator of research projects totaling about $4M, the corresponding author of 90+ peer reviewed journal, book chapter, and conference papers, Co-PI of completed Phase I of Solar Carbon Black commercialization with Fraunhofer, supervised 21 graduate students’ theses. She has given 30 invited/keynote talks on her research at institutes including the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Fraunhofer-IWS, NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW), Delft University of Technology, and others. She is an Associate Editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, and the recipient of many research and teaching awards including the Outstanding Reviewer Award by the ASME Heat Transfer Division, and the College-Level Distinguished Teaching Award by the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. Dr. Ozalp is an ASME Fellow.

Year 2017

(This record is limited to year 2017 activities only)

PUBLICATIONS

(Nesrin Ozalp is the corresponding author in all. Student/research engineer co-authors are denoted by *, Postdoctoral researchers are denoted by §, remaining authors are colleagues)

1. Abedini-Najafabadi, H.§, Ozalp, N. (2017). Aperture size adjustment using model based adaptive control strategy to regulate temperature in a solar receiver. Solar Energy, accepted for publication.

2. Ophoff, C.*, Ozalp, N.  (2017). A novel iris mechanism for solar thermal receivers. ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Volume 139, p. 0610041-06100410.

3. Heylen, J.*, Ozalp, N. (2017). Design and experimental testing of a combustion nozzle for use with a solar reactor. Chemical Engineering Transactions, Volume 61, p. 1489-1494.

4. Abedini-Najafabadi, H.§, Ozalp, N. (2017). Development of a control model to regulate temperature in a solar receiver. Renewable Energy, Volume 111, p. 95-104.

5. Shilapuram, V., Ozalp, N. (2017). Hydrogen production via carbon catalyzed methane decomposition. ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, Volume 139, p. 0120051-120058.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

1. Van Belle, L.*, Van Rompay, S.*, Uddin, M.D. §, Ozalp, N., Vleugels, J. (2018).  Design and experimental testing of a carbon feeder for a solar thermal receiver. 3rd Thermal and Fluid Engineering Conference (TFEC-2018). Paper No. TFEC-2018-24512. Submitted for review.

2. Ophoff, C.*, Abedini-Najafabadi, H.§, Bogaerts, J.*, Ozalp, N. (2018).  An overview of variable aperture mechanisms in attempt to control temperature inside solar cavity receivers. 3rd Thermal and Fluid Engineering Conference (TFEC-2018). Paper No. TFEC-2018-22450. Submitted for review.

3. Ophoff, C.*, Korotunov, S.*, Ozalp, N. (2017).  Optimization of design and process parameters for maximized and stable solar receiver efficiency. 2nd Thermal and Fluid Engineering Conference (TFEC-IWHT 2017). Paper No. TFEC-IWHT2017-18225.

Technical Presentations (Abstract submissions only)

1. Abuseada, M. (presenter), Ozalp, N. (2018). A 2D heat transfer model driven process control methodology for robust operation of solar receivers. 3rd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference. Presentation No: TFEC-2018-24515, March 2018.

2. Bauer, A. (presenter), Ozalp, N. (2018). Design of a water cooled iris mechanism for a solar reactor. 3rd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference. Presentation No: TFEC-2018-24514, March 2018.

3. Lucas, S. (presenter), Osten, E., Ozalp, N. (2018). Design of a carbon discharging exit port for a solar reactor. 3rd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference. Presentation No: TFEC-2018-24513, March 2018.

4. Ophoff, C. (presenter), Ozalp, N. (2017). Optimization of design and process parameters for maximized and stable solar receiver efficiency. 2nd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference and 4th International Workshop on Heat Transfer. Presentation No: TFEC-IWHT2017-18225, April 2017.

5. Abedini-Najafabadi, H. (presenter), Ophoff, C., Ozalp, N. (2017). Development of an Optimal Control Strategy to Regulate Temperature in a Solar Receiver. 2nd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference and 4th International Workshop on Heat Transfer. Presentation No: TFEC-IWHT2017-18224, April 2017.

INVITED TALKS

1. “Design and experimental testing of a combustion nozzle for use with a solar reactor”, Keynote Speech, 20th International Conference on Process Integration, Modeling and Optimization for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2017), August 2017, Tianjin, China.

2. “Challenges in design and control of solar reactors”, Invited talk, Xi'an Jiaotong University, School of Energy and Power Engineering, August 2017, Xi’an, China.

3. Hydrogen Speedup Conference 2017, Opening Speech, Delft University of Technology, Process and Energy Department, June 2017, Delft, Nederland.

4. “Is hydrogen economy within our reach”, Panelist, Delft University of Technology, Process and Energy Department, Hydrogen Speedup Conference 2017, June 2017, Delft, Nederland.

5. “A novel hybrid solar reactor technology for clean production of hydrogen on 24/7 basis”, Invited talk, Delft University of Technology, Process and Energy Department, Departmental seminar, June 2017, Delft, Nederland.

SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Editorial boards

1. Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications. May 2017 –  present.

2. Associate Editor, Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. Responsible for Thermal and Mass Transport. April 2016 – present.

Scientific advisory boards

1. Executive board member, International Advisory Board Directory of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy, June 2012 – present.

2. Committee Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Hydrogen Energy Conference (EHEC 2018), Malaga-Spain, March 2018.

3. Committee Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee of the 20th International Conference on Process Integration, Modeling and Optimization for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2017), Tianjin-China, August 2017.

4. Committee Member, International Scientific Committee of the 4th International Workshop on Heat Transfer (IWHT) co-located with the 2nd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (TFEC), Las Vegas, April 2017.

ASME and ASTFE leadership roles and activities

1. Conference Technical Program Chair, ASTFE 2018, 3rd American Society of Thermal Fluids Engineers conference (ASTFE 2018), March 2018.

2. Conference Technical Program Chair, ASME 2017 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, July 2017.

3. Vice-Chair, ASTFE “Fundamental and Methodology” technical committee, April 2017 – present.

4. Chair, ASME “K-21 Heat Transfer and Thermal Sciences Education” technical committee, July 2017 – present.

5. Chair, ASME “K-6 Heat Transfer in Energy Systems” technical committee, July 2016 – present.

Panel organization:

1. Panel chair, “Panel on Advances in Heat Transfer Education”, 2017 ASME-IMECE, November 2017.

Panelists                                     

Dr. S.A. Sherif, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida

Dr. Patrick Oosthuizen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University

Dr. Tim Fisher, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UCLA

Dr. Kyle Daun, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Track organization:

1. Track co-Chair, “Track 1: Heat Transfer in Energy Systems”, ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, SHTC2017, Bellevue, July 2017.

2.Track Chair, “Track 2: Thermophysical properties”, ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, SHTC2017, Bellevue, July 2017.

Topic organization:

1. Topic organizer, “10-1 Heat Transfer in Energy Systems”, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), November 2017.

Session organization:

1. Session chair, “10-1-1 Heat Exchangers and Heat Recovery Systems”, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition IMECE 2017, Tampa, FL, November 2017.

Other conference activities

1. Session chair, “Integration of Renewables”, 20th International Conference on Process Integration, Modeling and Optimization for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2015), Tianjin-China, August 2017.

2. Session co-chair, “Heat and mass transfer in porous media”, American Society of Thermal Fluids Engineers (ASTFE), Las Vegas, April 2017.

3. Session chair, “Computational Methods/Tools in Thermal-fluid Systems II”, American Society of Thermal Fluids Engineers (ASTFE), Las Vegas, April 2017.

Reviewer activities (Reviewer to 26 journals and 37 conferences)

Journals:

1. Applied Thermal Engineering: May’17; Jul’17.

2. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer: Oct’17; Apr’17; Mar’17

3. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer: Apr’17

Conferences:

1. ASTFE 3rd 3rd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (ASTFE 2018)

2. ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference (SHTC 2017)

3. ASME Power & Energy 2017 Conference and Exhibition

4. 20th International Conference on Process Integration, Modeling and Optimization for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2017)

STUDENT / RESEARCHER SUPERVISING

Post-doctoral researcher

1. Matthew Lindemer, May 2017 – present. (UMD)

2. Helal Uddin, March 2017 – present. (UMD)

3. Hamed Abedini Najafabadi, April 2016 – August 2017 (postdoc at KU Leuven whom I continued supervising from UMD per courtesy of KU Leuven. He started to work as tenure-track assistant professor at Iran University of Science and Technology in September 2017. We are continuing working on the same research topic as collaborators and having regular weekly meetings). (KU Leuven)

PhD Student

1. Cédric Ophoff, September 2015 – present. (KU Leuven)

Thesis title: Experimental testing and heat transfer analysis of chemically reacting flow in a novel solar reactor.

(Prof. David Moens took the supervisor position when I left and I remain as the co-supervisor officially per KU Leuven permission)

MSc Students

1. Mostafa Abouseada (student at UMD who was my former student and undergraduate researcher at Texas A&M Qatar), August 2017 – present. (UMD)

2. Basil Imad Mahfouz (student at Imperial College London now who was at Qatar Foundation and working in my commercialization promotion campaign), May 2017 – present. (Imperial College London)

Thesis title: Solar pyrolysis of methane: “A pollution-free technology for unlocking stranded assets, enabling the hydrogen economy & adapting the carbon black industry”.

Supervisor: Prof. Zen Makuch, Co-Supervisor: Prof.  Nesrin Ozalp

3. Drilon Kllokoqi (student at KU Leuven), July 2017 – present. (KU Leuven)

Thesis title: Design, manufacturing and experimental testing of a mechanism for a solar reactor.

Supervisor: Prof. David Moens, Co-Supervisor: Prof.  Nesrin Ozalp

4. Jens Verschoren (student at KU Leuven), July 2017 – present. (KU Leuven)

Thesis title: Design, manufacturing and experimental testing of a mechanism for a solar reactor. (co-working on this thesis with Joppe Rutten)

Supervisor: Prof. David Moens, Co-Supervisor: Prof.  Nesrin Ozalp

5. Joppe Rutten (student at KU Leuven), July 2017 – present. (KU Leuven)

Thesis title: Design, manufacturing and experimental testing of a mechanism for a solar reactor. (co-working on this thesis with Jens Verschoren)

Supervisor: Prof. David Moens, Co-Supervisor: Prof.  Nesrin Ozalp

6. Pieter Peeraer (student at KU Leuven), July 2017 – present. (KU Leuven)

Thesis title: Numerical and experimental analysis of a heat exchanger coupled iris mechanism for a solar reactor. (co-working on this thesis with Tom Sluyts)

Supervisor: Prof. David Moens, Co-Supervisor: Prof.  Nesrin Ozalp

7. Tom Sluyts (student at KU Leuven), July 2017 – present. (KU Leuven)

Thesis title: Numerical and experimental analysis of a heat exchanger coupled iris mechanism for a solar reactor. (co-working on this thesis with Pieter Peeraer)

Supervisor: Prof. David Moens, Co-Supervisor: Prof.  Nesrin Ozalp

8. Koba Van Loo (student at KU Leuven), September 2016 – June 2017. (KU Leuven)

Thesis title: Materials for concentrated solar power technologies.

Supervisor: Prof. Jef Vleugels, Co-Supervisor: Prof.  Nesrin Ozalp

Undergraduate Researchers

1. Andrew Bauer. June 2017 – August 2017. (Now enrolled in Independent Study).

2. Samuel Lucas. June 2017 – August 2017. (Now enrolled in Independent Study).

3. Erick Osten. May 2017 – August 2017. (Now enrolled in Independent Study).

4. Samuel Wick. May 2017 – August 2017.

5. Noah Hawkes. May 2017 – July 2017.

PhD Student Committee Served

1. Raffaele Capuano, graduated in May 2017 with PhD in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Thesis title: Design of advanced porous geometry for open volumetric solar receiver based on numerical predictions.

Supervisor: Prof. Bernard Hoffschmidt of RWTH Aachen University and German Aerospace Center (DLR) Cologne, Co-supervisor: Dr. Thomas Fend of German Aerospace Center (DLR) Cologne