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Todd Otanicar, PhD

Todd Otanicar, PhD
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
918-631-3148 Website Stephenson Hall Room 2100

Education

PhD – Arizona State University MS – University of Cincinnati BS – University of Kansas

Research Interests

Heat Transfer
Nanoparticles
Optics
Solar Energy
Building Energy

Teaching Interests

Heat Transfer
Thermodynamics
Alternative Energy
Heating and Refrigeration
Building systems

Publications

Journal Articles

Conference Proceedings

  • Dowd, W., R. Sears, M. Carlone, J. Hoyt, and T. Otanicar. “Behavioral and Biophysical Contributors to Variation in Body Temperatures of Intertidal Mussels and Their Role in Micro-Scale Physiological Variation”. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, Vol. 54, 2014, pp. E52–E52.
  • Otanicar, T., and R. Smith. Controllable Nanoparticle Radiative Properties for High-Turndown Ratio Heat Rejection. AIAA, 2014.
  • Mittal, T., S. Saroha, V. Bhalla, V. Khullar, H. Tyagi, R. Taylor, and T. Otanicar. “Numerical Study of Solar photovoltaic/Thermal (PV/T) Hybrid Collector Using Nanofluids”. ASME 2013 4th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer, 2013, pp. V001T02A007–V001T02A007.
  • Taylor, R., S. Coulombe, T. Otanicar, P. Phelan, A. Gunawan, W. Lv, G. Rosengarten, R. Prasher, and H. Tyagi. “Critical Review of the Novel Applications and Uses of Nanofluids”. ASME 2012 Third International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer, 2012, pp. 219–234.
  • Lv, W., T. Otanicar, P. Phelan, R. Taylor, R. Swaminathan, and R. Prasher. “Plasmon-Enhanced Properties of Metallic Nanostructures and Their Application to Direct Solar Absorption Receivers”. ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference Collocated With the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, 2012, pp. 135–143.
  • Vishwakarma, V., N. Singhal, V. Khullar, H. Tyagi, R. Taylor, T. Otanicar, and A. Jain. “Space Cooling Using the Concept of Nanofluids-Based Direct Absorption Solar Collectors”. ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2012, pp. 2769–2777.
  • Lv, W., T. Otanicar, P. Phelan, L. Dai, R. Taylor, and R. Swaminathan. “Surface Plasmon Resonance Shifts of a Dispersion of Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Efficient Solar Absorption”. ASME 2012 Third International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer, 2012, pp. 191–199.
  • Otanicar, T., B. Higgins, S. Brunter, P. Phelan, L. Dai, and R. Swaminathan. “Temperature Dependent Optical Properties of Nanoparticle Suspensions”. ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference Collocated With the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, 2012, pp. 145–150.
  • Taylor, R., T. Otanicar, G. Rosengarten, E. Hawkes, and S. Coulombe. “Tunable Optical Filtration Using Liquid Nanofluids”. ICNFA 2012, 2012, pp. 249–1.
  • Taylor, R., P. Phelan, R. Adrian, A. Gunawan, and T. Otanicar. “Characterization of a Nanofluid Volumetric Solar absorber/Steam Generator”. ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, 2011, pp. 1927–1936.
  • Otanicar, T. “Enhancing the Heat Transfer in Energy Systems from a Volumetric Approach”. ASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, 2011, pp. T30074–T30074.
  • Taylor, R., P. Phelan, R. Adrian, R. Prasher, and T. Otanicar. “Nanofluid Extinction Coefficients for Photothermal Energy Conversion”. ASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, 2011, pp. T30073–T30073.
  • Taylor, R., P. Phelan, T. Otanicar, H. Tyagi, and S. Trimble. “Applicability of Nanofluids in Concentrated Solar Energy Harvesting”. ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, 2010, pp. 825–832.
  • Chowdhury, I., T. Otanicar, R. Prasher, J. Sherbeck, P. Phelan, and M. Burrell. “Enhanced Efficiency in a Coupled Photovoltaic/Thermal Concentrating Solar Collector”. ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, 2010, pp. 529–536.
  • Phelan, P., R. Taylor, R. Adrian, R. Prasher, and T. Otanicar. “Photothermal Energy Conversion in Liquid Nanoparticle Suspensions”. ASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels Collocated With 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, 2010, pp. 781–787.
  • Otanicar, T., P. Phelan, R. Taylor, and H. Tyagi. “Tuning the Extinction Coefficient for Direct Absorption Solar Thermal Collector Optimization”. ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, 2010, pp. 819–824.
  • Taylor, R., P. Phelan, R. Adrian, T. Otanicar, and R. Prasher. “Experimental Results for Light-Induced Boiling in Water-Based Graphite Nanoparticle Suspensions”. ASME 2009 Heat Transfer Summer Conference Collocated With the InterPACK09 and 3rd Energy Sustainability Conferences, 2009, pp. 155–163.
  • Otanicar, T., R. Taylor, P. Phelan, and R. Prasher. “Impact of Size and Scattering Mode on the Optimal Solar Absorbing Nanofluid”. ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability Collocated With the Heat Transfer and InterPACK09 Conferences, 2009, pp. 791–796.

Courses Taught

  • Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Research and Thesis
  • Independent Study

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers

Awards & Honors

  • Most Proposals in a Single Year
  • First Place Graduate Division
  • Zelimir Schmidt Award for Outstanding Research