Neural Network Boosts Google Data Center Efficiency

June 9th, 2014

 In its quest for ever-greater energy efficiency, Google is now employing a new technique that adds a bit of artificial intelligence to its data centers: machine learning. The web giant is using what it calls…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

New Thermal Interface Protocol Standard for 3D-ICs

May 27th, 2014

The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) has announced the release of a new chip thermal interface protocol (CTIP) standard for three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D-IC) under the auspices of the Open3D Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The Open3D…read more

New Thermoelectric Material May Boost Development of Green Technologies

May 23rd, 2014

New material properties discovered by researchers at the University of Miami may impact ongoing research into thermoelectric materials, which are useful in power generation, energy detection and refrigeration and cooling. Lead author Joshua Cohn, professor…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

Electronics Cooling June 2014 Issue Now Online

May 21st, 2014

Don’t miss out on the June 2014  issue of Electronics Cooling, which includes feature articles on Solder Joint Lifetime of Rapidly Cycled LED Components; Advances in Vapor Compression Electronics Cooling; Challenges in Measuring Theta jc…read more

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High-Performing Thermoelectric Material May Improve Clean Energy Research

May 12th, 2014

Researchers at the University of Houston have discovered a new thermoelectric material capable of high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 300 degrees Celsius (573 degrees Fahrenheit) and possibly higher. The material is…read more

New Research Shows Unlimited Heat Conduction Potential in Graphene

May 12th, 2014

An international team of scientists has found the thermal conductivity of graphene changes depending on the size of the material sample, a discovery they say challenges the fundamental laws of heat conduction for extended materials.…read more

Solving the Thermoelectric Mystery

May 5th, 2014

Thermoelectric materials—substances that exhibit the so-called thermoelectric effect, in which a temperature difference creates an electric potential or vice versa—have been known for decades and employed in applications including power generation and refrigeration. Despite their…read more

Waste Sulfur May Improve Thermal Imaging Lenses

May 1st, 2014

The discovery of a new use for waste material left over refining fossil fuels could lead to benefits for the thermal imaging industry. A University of Arizona-led international team has found that the sulfur left…read more

Diamond-Mineral Oil Mix May Be Best Heat Transfer Nanofluid, Say Researchers

April 17th, 2014

A mixture of diamond nanoparticles and mineral oil may be the most effective nanofluid for heat transfer applications, according to new research from Rice University. Thermal fluids are used in a variety of applications, from…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

Microchips Tolerate Extreme Temperatures in Industrial Applications

April 4th, 2014

German scientists have successfully fabricated compact microchips able to tolerate temperatures up to 300°C in an achievement that could have significant implications for the geothermal and oil production industries. Drill bits and borehole probes employed…read more

Polymer-Based Thermal Interface Material Cools Devices at 200°C

April 3rd, 2014

Scientists have developed a new polymer-based thermal interface material (TIM) capable of conducing heat 20 times better than conventional polymer. Reliable in temperatures of up to 200°C, the modified material can be fabricated on heat…read more