Birce Dikici

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

<br>Monday 1.00-2.00 PM<br>Friday 12.45-2.00 PM

Areas of Expertise

Combustion, Energy generation from nanocomposite energetic materials, Aluminum nanoparticle combustion

Dr. Dikici obtained both her MSME (2006) and Ph.D.(2010) from Texas Tech University upon receiving her BSME from Gazi University, Turkey (2005).  Dr. Dikici’s masters study was on ‘Free pendulum vibration absorbers for flexible structures’ and her Ph.D. specialization is on combustion of nanoparticle thermites which includes both experimental and analytical investigations. Dr. Dikici has numerous journal and conference proceedings on energy generation from nanocomposite energetic materials. She designed various experimental systems and developed several diognastic methods for characterization of Aluminum nanoparticle burning and brought a number of analytical approaches to model energy propagation.

After graduation from Texas Tech University, Dr. Dikici worked as a visiting assistant professor at University of North Florida for a year. Dr. Dikici’s research interests include nanomaterials, combustion, heat diffusion, energy conversion, boiling, solar energy and engineering education.

Dr. Dikici is also ASME student section advisor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She encourages mechanical engineering students to become involved in their ASME student section by arranging activities to stimulate interest in the mechanical engineering profession.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University

  • ME 499: Special Topics in Mech. Eng.
  • ES 309: Fluid Dynamics


ME 206 FLUID MECHANICS
ME 500 CLEAN ENERGY SYSTEMS



(a) Journal papers
[1]   Levitas, V.I., Pantoya M.L., and Dikici B. “Melt dispersion versus diffusive oxidation      mechanism for aluminum nanoparticles: Critical Experiments and controlling parameters.’’  -Applied Physics Letters, pp 011921-011921-3, Vol.92, Issue 1 [DOI:10.1063/1.2824392], June 2009
[2]  Dikici B., Dean S.W., Pantoya M.L., Levitas, V.I., and Jouet R.J., “The influence of Aluminum Passivation on the Reaction Mechanism: Flame Propagation Studies’’. Energy&Fuels, , Vol.23, No:9, pp.4231-4235, [DOI:10.1021/ef801116X], June 2009
[3] Dikici B., Pantoya M.L., Levitas V.I. “The Effect of Pre-heating on Flame Propagation in Nanocomposite   Thermites”, Combustion&Flame, Vol.157, Issue:8, August 2010,  pp1581-1588 [DOI:10.1016/j.combustflame.2010.04.014]
[4]  Levitas V.I., Dikici B., and Pantoya M.L., “Toward Design of the Pre-Stressed Nano- and Microscale Aluminum Particles Covered by Oxide Shell” , Combustion and Flame. pp 1413-1417, Vol 158, Issue 7, July 2011, [DOI:1016/j.combustflame.2010.12.002]
[5]  Datta S., Dikici B., and Pantoya M.L., Ekwaro-Osire S.,“Reaction Dynamics and Probability Study of Aluminum-Viton-Acetone Droplets”, Journal of Propulsion & Power, pp396-401, Vol.27, No.2, March-April2011, [DOI:10.2514/1.50408]
[6]  Dikici B., Pantoya M.L.,and Shaw B.D., “Analysis of the Influence of Nanometric Aluminum Particle Vaporization on Flame Propagation in Bulk Powder Media”  Combustion Theory and Modelling, October 2011, DOI: 10.1080/13647830.2011.636840
[7]  Shaw, Pantoya, and Dikici  “Detonation Models of Fast Combustion Waves in Nanoscale Al-MoO3 Bulk Powder Media”, Combustion Theory and Modelling November  2012, DOI:10.1080/13647830.2012.721898
[8] Dikici B. Edidiong E., and Compere M. “Pool boiling enhancement with environmentally friendly surfactants”, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, February 2014, DOI 10.1007/s10973-013-3634-x


(b) Conference Proceedings
[1]  Dikici B., Pantoya M.L., “The Effects of Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylic Acid Coating of Al Particles to Flame Propagation”, presented at 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 13-19 November 2009, IMECE 2009-10078,  Lake Buena Vista, Florida
[2] Dikici B., Pantoya M.L., “The influence of Aluminum Passivation on the Reaction Mechanism: Flame Propagation Studies”, presented at 37th Annual North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) Conference, 21-23 September 2009, Lubbock, Texas
[3] Dikici B., “Progress on the Melt Dispersion Mechanism for Nano-Energetic Material Combustion”, Invited Seminar, Office of Naval Research, Advanced Reactive and Energetic Materials (AREM) Program Review and Planning Meeting, 16-17 September 2009, Arlington, Virginia
[4] Dikici B., Pantoya M.L., “The influence of Aluminum Passivation on the Reaction Mechanism”,  presented at 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace  Exposition, 2-5 August 2009, Denver, Colorado
[5] Dikici B., Pantoya M.L., “The Effect of Pre-heating on Flame Propagation in Nanocomposite  Thermites”, presented at 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and  Aerospace Exposition, Paper No: AIAA-2009-1626, 5-8 January 2009, Orlando, Florida
[6] Dikici B., Pantoya M.L., and Shaw B.D. “Analysis of the Influence of Nanometric Aluminum   Vaporization on Flame Propagation in Bulk Powder”, presented at 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Paper No:AIAA-2010-1598, 4-7 January 2010, Orlando, Florida
[7] Dikici B., Pantoya M.L., “The Effect of Pre-heating on Flame Propagation in Nanocomposite  Thermites”, ASME Banquet, Poster presentation, 22 April 2010, Lubbock,Texas
[8] S.Datta, M.L. Pantoya, B. Dikici, S.Ekwaro, ‘Reaction Dynamics and probability Study of Aluminum-Viton-Acetone Droplets’, 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Nashville, TN, July 2010
[9] Shaw B.D., Dikici B., Pantoya M.L. ‘Models for fast combustion waves in nanocomposites thermite powders’, 23rd International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (ICDERS), Universityof California, Irvine, CA July 24-29, 2011.Proceedings #43.
[10] Toro X., Compere M., Van Wie B., Dikici B., “A solar-powered direct steam generation boiler for  an educational desktop Rankine Cycle’, ‘ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress& Exposition’, Paper No: IMECE2011/MECH-63699, 11-17 November,2011, Denver,  Colorado
[11] Dikici B., Pantoya M., “Deflagration analysis of Aluminum Droplet Combustion Reaction”, ‘ASME 2012   Summer Heat Transfer Conference”, Paper No: HT2012-58553   8-12 July,2012  Puerto Rico,USA
[12] Dikici B., Eno E., “Environmentally Friendly Surfactant Additives for Nucleate Pool Boiling Enhancement”, 41st Annual NATAS Conference, August 4-7,2013, Bowling Green, KY
[13] Dikici B., Eno E. Compere M., “Nucleate Pool Boiling Enhancement Experiments for Heat Transfer Laboratory”, ‘ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition’, Paper no: IMECE2013-63680, November 15-21, 2013 San Diego, CA