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Nanodiamonds Boost Thermal Conductivity of Thermoplastics

July 18th, 2014

Carbodeon has announced the release of new nanodiamond-enhanced thermoplastics, which offer a 20-100 percent improvement in thermal conductivity compared to traditional materials. The new uDiamond® products can achieve a 20 percent increase in polymer thermal…read more

Micro Motors, Fans and Blowers Cool Medical and Commercial Devices

July 17th, 2014

Pelonis Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of axial AC and brushless C fans and motors, has announced a new line of micro motors, fans and blowers for cooling medical devices and compact commercial electronic devices. The…read more

High-Pressure Torsion Method Could Yield More Efficient Thermoelectric Devices

July 14th, 2014

Scientists at Kyushu University in Japan have developed a novel way of reducing the thermoconductivity of crystalline silicon using high-pressure torsion that could result in a more efficient thermoelectric device. Thermoelectric energy devices, which rely…read more

New Magnetocaloric Material Could Lead to Greener Refrigerators

June 26th, 2014

The recent discovery of a new magnetocaloric material with intriguing characteristics could lead to a greener method of cooling, potentially providing a more environmentally-friendly alternative to standard refrigeration. A joint team of researchers from Canada…read more

Rugged Circuit Functions at Temperatures Greater than 350 Degrees Celsius

June 13th, 2014

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed integrated circuits capable of surviving at temperatures greater than 350 degrees Celsius, or approximately 660 degrees Fahrenheit. Created using silicon carbide, a semiconducting material that is more…read more

Controlling Thermal Conductivity to Improve Energy Storage

June 4th, 2014

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have experimentally shown for the first time that the thermal conductivity of lithium cobalt oxide (LixCoO2), a material used in the cathodes of lithium-ion batteries, can be reversibly electrochemically…read more

Solder Joint Lifetime of Rapidly Cycled LED Components

May 29th, 2014

Wendy Luiten Philips Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands INTRODUCTION Active LEDs in a consumer TV product are boosted and dimmed with the video picture content. Boosting and dimming of the LEDs is a powerful means to…read more

New Plastic Helps Prevent Phones from Overheating

May 21st, 2014

A new plastic material could significantly reduce problems associated with overheating mobile phones, say researchers from Loughborough University in England. Known as ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), the new plastic, unlike the ones currently used in…read more

Thermal Material Provides Both Compressibility and Conformability with Phase-Change Ability

April 17th, 2014

AI Technology, Inc. has released COOL-PAD™ CPR7154, a thermal interface material that dispenses like a thermal pad but exhibits characteristics like that of a grease or gel when device temperatures increase to above 45°C. Ideal…read more

Flexible Thermoelectric Generator Could Power Wearable Devices Using Body Heat

April 11th, 2014

Researchers have developed a new thermoelectric generator that could replace batteries as a more versatile power source. As interest grows in wearable electronics like Google Glass, smartwatches and fitness trackers, finding a suitable, long-lasting reliable…read more

Gummy Electrolyte Could Reduce Battery Fire Hazard

March 10th, 2014

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new conductive gum-like material that could improve the safety of lithium ion batteries. Used in laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices, lithium ion batteries are capable of…read more

Nanoscale Pillars May Improve Thermoelectric Materials

March 10th, 2014

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder say a new method of improving thermoelectric materials could lead to the development of better solar panels, more energy-efficient cooling equipment and effective devices that could turn waste…read more

Magnetic Refrigeration Could Replace Compressor Systems

March 7th, 2014

Researchers working in GE labs have used special magnetic materials to generate temperatures cold enough to freeze water in a breakthrough that could find its way into commercial refrigerators by the end of the decade.…read more

Researchers Eye Passive Cooling System for Microelectronics

March 6th, 2014

Researchers at San Diego State University in California are examining an alternative to traditional heat pipes they say could help increase cooling efficiency in laptops and other portable electronic devices. Known as pulsating or oscillating…read more