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Nicholas Roberts

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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, (Thermal and Material Sciences), Vanderbilt University, 2010
Thermal Rectification in Nanostructured Boundaries and Interfaces
BS, Mechanical Engineering, (Thermal/Fluids Sciences), Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006


Expertise

My research is focused on direct energy conversion and storage. I have a combined experimental and computational approach to studying electrical, optical and thermal properties of nanostructured materials for applications in thin film photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, hybrid thermoelectric photovoltaic systems and paraffin based phase change materials for thermal energy storage.


Biography

Dr. Roberts received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2006 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2010.


Teaching Interests

Thermodynamics, Materials Science, Heat Transfer, Nanotechnology

Research Interests

Thermal energy conversion, Thermal energy storage, Thin film solar cells, Phase change materials, nanofluids, nanofabrication

Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Advisor, 2015

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, 2014

ORAU

ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011

ASEE/NSF

Teaching as Research Fellow, 2009

CIRTL

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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              Publications - Technical Reports

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                Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                  Publications - Other

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                    Scheduled Teaching

                    MAE 2160 - Material Science, Spring 2017

                    MAE 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2016

                    MAE 2160 - Material Science, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2016

                    MAE 6450 - Thermodynamics, Fall 2015

                    MAE 2160 - Material Science, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2015

                    MAE 6450 - Thermodynamics, Fall 2014

                    MAE 2160 - Material Science, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014

                    MAE 2165 - Material Science Laboratory, Spring 2014


                    Graduate Students Mentored

                    Bhumika Nautiyal, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
                    James Moughamian, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
                    Amir Behbahanian, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
                    Emmaline Davis, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
                    William Yorgason, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
                    Daxi Zhang, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
                    Dallin Parkinson, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2017
                    Jacob Walker, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2017
                    Preston Ford, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2017
                    Aarthi Ramesh, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2016
                    Benjamin White, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2016
                    Matthew Ralphs, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2016
                    Praveen Medisetti, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2016
                    ChangJin Choi, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2016