Greg F. Naterer

Greg F. Naterer, Ph.D. (Waterloo), P.Eng.
Associate Dean, Canada Research Chair Professor,
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science,
University of Ontario Institute of Technology,
2000 Simcoe Street North,
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, L1H 7K4,
Phone: (905) 721-8668 ext. 2810,

Professor Naterer is a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Energy Systems, Tier 1. He conducts research on clean energy systems, hydrogen production, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. He is currently leading an international team on development of the copper-chlorine cycle of thermochemical water splitting for hydrogen production by nuclear or solar energy. Dr. Naterer is a Fellow of CSME (Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering), EIC (Engineering Institute of Canada) and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1995.

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List of Publications


  1. Naterer, G. F., Heat Transfer in Single and Multiphase Systems, CRC Press, 2003
  2. Naterer, G. F., Camberos, J. A., Entropy Based Analysis and Design of Fluids Engineering Systems, CRC Press, 2008


  1. Clean Hydrogen Production by Water Splitting Technologies
  2. Hydrogen is a clean energy carrier and potentially major solution to the problems of climate change and depleting fossil fiels. However, most of the world's hydrogen (about 97%) is currently generated from fossil fuels, thereby emitting greenhouse gases. The key challenge facing a rapidly growing hydrogen market is to develop a sustainable, lower cost alternative to fossil fuel methods of hydrogen production. The thermochemical copper-chlorine cycle and solar photocatalysis are emerging new technologies that promise to achieve higher efficiencies, lower environmental impact and lower costs of hydrogen production than existing methods. Current research is focusing on the analysis, equipment development, system integration and scale-up of these technologies for commercial adoption, as well as their industrial applications.

  3. Entropy Based Design of Thermal / Fluid Processes for Improved Energy Utilization
  4. Entropy is a key parameter in achieving the upper limits of energy efficiency in fluid engineering systems. For example, the Second Law and exergy have crucial importance in the effective thermal and power management of hybrid electric vehicles. This research focuses on minimizing entropy production to reduce power consumption at both component and system levels. New methods of accurately predicting (with CFD; Computational Fluid Dynamics) and measuring local entropy production in various applications are developed and applied, particularly for electric vehicles and heat exchangers.

  5. Micro and Nano Energy Systems
  6. Advanced miniaturization involving micro energy systems has vast potential in the development of new power sources (such as micro heat engines), sensors, waste heat recovery, fluid control and advanced insulation materials. For example, micro power sources may surpass the present capabilities of conventional batteries. This research investigates energy conversion and flow control in micro and nano energy systems. These micro scale processes become appreciably different than large-scale systems, due to surface, electromagnetic and thermocapillary effects. Experimental and theoretical studies of these transport processes are conducted in this research.


Acknowledgements - Research Funding and Industry Collaborations

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