NEWS
Education
  • since 2007 - Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering as a member of the NanoEngineering Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • 2005-2007 - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering as part of the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies (LTNT), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Switzerland
  • 2003-2005 - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with the major in Energy, Flow, and Processes, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Switzerland
  • 2000-2003 - Dipl. Ing. in Process Engineering with the major in Rubber/Plastic Engineering and Energy Engineering, University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Research at MIT
Thermoelectrics, Solar Energy Conversion Technologies, Solar Thermoelectric Power Conversion, Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermionics - Thermoelectric Hybrid Systems, Solar thermoelectric cogeneration, selective surfaces, radiation.
Research at ETH
Energy Technologies, Capture of Carbondioxide, Chemical Reactions between Gases and Solids, Heat and Mass Tranfer, Electro-Active Polymers, Fluid Mechanics
Awards
  • NSF Student Travel Grant for the ASME IMECE 2011 Micro/Nano Poster Forum for scientific strength of the submitted poster (Solar Thermoelectric Power Conversion) and outstanding qualifications (2011).
Patents
Published Papers
Book Chapters
  • D. Kraemer, K. McEnaney, Z.F. Ren, and G. Chen - "Solar Thermoelectric Power Conversion," in D.M. Rowe, editor, Thermoelectrics Handbook, CRC Press, New York (in press).
Published Conference Proceedings
  • G. Chen, D. Kraemer, A. Muto, K. McEnaney, H.P. Feng, W.-S. Liu, Q. Zhang, B. Yu, and Z.F. Ren - Thermoelectric energy conversion using nanostructured materials. Proceedings of SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference, Orlando, 2011.
Conference Presentations
  • D. Kraemer and G. Chen - Simple Method for High Accuracy Direct Measurements of Surface Emittance. ASME - IMECE, Session 2-10-4: Transport Phenomena in Energy Systems, Denver, CO, Nov. 13.-17. 2011
  • D. Kraemer, B. Poudel, H.-P. Feng, J.C. Caylor, B. Yu, X. Yan, Y. Ma, X. Wang, D. Wang, A. Muto, K. McEnaney, M. Chiesa, Z.F. Ren, and G. Chen - Solar Thermoelectric Power Conversion. ASME - IMECE, Session 4-2-1: Nanoengineered Materials for Enhanced Energy Production, Denver, CO, Nov. 13.-17. 2011
  • D. Kraemer, K. McEnaney, and G. Chen - Optimization of Solar Thermoelectric Generators with Large Thermal Concentration. ASME - IMECE, Session 2-5-1: Solar Thermal Systems I, Denver, CO, Nov. 13.-17. 2011
  • D. Kraemer, L. Hu, A. Muto, X. Chen, M. Chiesa, and G. Chen - Optimization Method for a PV-TE Hybrid System. ASME - ENIC, Track 3: Nanotechnology for Efficient Energy Conversion, Jacksonville, Fl, Aug. 11.-14. 2008
Keynote Conference Presentations
  • D. Kraemer, A. Muto, H. Lee, Q. Hao, K. McEnaney, and G. Chen - Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials and Their Potential Applications. ASME - IMECE , Session: Mechanics and Materials in Energy Systems, Lake Buena Vista, Fl, Nov. 13.-19. 2009
Invited Conference Presentations
  • G. Chen, K. Nelson, D. Kraemer, and Members of S3TEC Center - Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center, Phonon Transport and Solar Thermoelectric Energy Conversion. (3rd presenter, Solar Thermoelectric Energy Conversion) EFRC Summit & Forum, Session E: Energy conservation and efficiency, Washington, D.C., May 25.-27. 2011
  • D. Kraemer, A. Muto, K. McEnaney, H.-P. Feng, W.-S. Liu, Q. Zhang, B. Yu, Z.F. Ren, and G. Chen - Thermoelectric Power Conversion using Nanostructured Materials. SPIE - Defense, Security, and Sensing, Session 9: Nanotechnologies for Energy Generation and Storage, Orlando, Fl, Apr. 25.-29. 2011
  • D. Kraemer, A. Muto, K. McEnaney, H.-P. Feng, and G. Chen - Power from Temperature Difference: Thermoelectric Technology for Energy Harvesting. IDTechEx, Energy Harvesting & Storage USA, Track 1: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesters, Cambridge, MA, Nov. 16.-17. 2010
Conference Poster Presentations
  • D. Kraemer, K. McEnaney, B. Poudel, J. C. Caylor, H.-P.Feng, Y. Ma, B. Yu, X. Yan, X. Wang, D. Wang, A. Muto, M. Chiesa, Z. F. Ren, and G. Chen - High-Performance Solar Thermoelectric Power Conversion: Modeling, Optimization, and Experimental Demonstration, ASME - IMECE, Micro/Nano Poster Forum, Denver, CO, Nov. 13.-17. 2011
  • D. Kraemer, K. McEnaney, B. Poudel, J. C. Caylor, H.-P.Feng, Y. Ma, B. Yu, X. Yan, X. Wang, D. Wang, A. Muto, M. Chiesa, Z. F. Ren, and G. Chen - High-Performance Solar Thermoelectric Power Conversion: Modeling, Optimization, and Experimental Demonstration, International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT), Traverse City, Michigan, July 17.-21. 2011
Academic Scholarship
  • D. Kraemer - Research on the Solar Application of Thermoelectric Generators. Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, CH (research performed in the NanoEngineering Group at MIT, USA), Advisors: Prof. Dr. D. Poulikakos (LTNT-ETHZ) and Prof. Dr. G. Chen (NanoEngineering Group-MIT), June 2007.
  • D. Kraemer - Study about the Aerodynamics of a deformable Blimp. Student Research Project, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, CH in collaboration with EMPA - Department of Materials and Engineering, CH (research performed at the Institute of Fluid Dynamics (IFD) at ETHZ), Advisors: Prof. Dr. L. Kleiser (IFD) and Prof. Dr. D. Poulikakos (LTNT), Spring 2006.
  • D. Kraemer - Thermogravimeter study of the carbonation reaction Ca(OH)2 + CO2 = CaCO3 + H2O. Bachelor's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, CH (research performed at the Institute of Energy Technology (IET) at ETHZ), Advisor: Prof. Dr. A. Steinfeld (IET), June 2005.
  • D. Kraemer - Fluid Mechanics in Fluidized Bed Reactors. Diploma Thesis, Department of Process Engineering, University of Applied Sciences/Frankfurt, GER (research performed at BASF AG, GER), June 2003.
Teaching
  • 2.997: Direct Solar/Thermal to Electrical Energy Conversion Technologies. Teaching Assistant, Fall 2009.
Supervising/Mentoring
  • UROP: Hassan Mohamed (S.B. '09, ME, MIT), Development of a test setup for thermoelectric modules (cooling mode), Fall 2008.
  • UROP: Noah S. Caplan (S.B. '11, EECS, MIT), Direct measurement of the emissivity of selective surfaces, Fall 2009.
  • Thesis: Katherine Ray (S.B. '10, ME, MIT), Measurements of photovoltaic cell efficiencies at elevated temperatures, Spring 2010.
  • UROP: Kevin G. Kleinguetl (Class of '12, ME, MIT), Development of a Spot/Spark-welding station for Thermocouples, Fall 2010.
  • UROP: Emily Tow (Class of '12, ME, MIT), Development of a setup for thermoelectric unicouple generator characterization under vacuum, Spring 2011.
Work Experience
  • 07/18/05-10/14/05 - Internship at BASF AG in Louisiana, USA: Analysis of chemical processes to find and evaluate energy/cost saving potentials in different chemical plants.
  • 02/03/03-09/01/03 - Research Student at BASF AG in, Germany: Study of the fluid dynamics in fluidized bed reactors (Diploma Thesis), Drying experiments on a vacuum paddle dryer.
  • 08/01/-10/11/2002 - Internship at Enova Energieanlagen GmbH, Germany: Planning of wind parks ( on- and offshore ) and Energy Management
  • 08/01/-09/30/2001 - Internship at Ticona, Germany
  • 10/04/-12/10/1999 - Internship at Infracor ( Degussa AG ), Germany
  • 2000-2003 - Teacher for Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at a private coaching school (Lerntreff), Germany