A team of researchers from Purdue University and the Toyota Research Institute of North America developing a new cooling technology for hybrid and electric vehicles is a finalist for the 2016 R&D 100 award.
The technology has evolved from work originating in the Purdue-based National Science Foundation Cooling Technologies Research Center. The center, formed in 1999, is a consortium of corporations, government laboratories and the university working to overcome heat-generation problems in electronic systems by developing new compact cooling technologies.
“We have worked with 45 companies that have been members of the center in the area of efficient high-performance cooling and miniaturization of cooling technologies,” said Suresh V. Garimella, who founded the center and is Purdue’s executive vice president for research and partnerships and the Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “I think the most satisfying outcome from the work in our center has been the fantastic undergraduate and graduate students who have had enriching experiences by working closely with our member companies.”