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    Villanova’s Thermal Management Laboratory, NovaTherm, established in 2004, addresses issues of research and development in the thermal-fluids field as applied to both thermal management of electronic devices and to the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies.

    The development and implementation of sustainable energy systems is perhaps one of the most important challenges facing the world. Recent NovaTherm research has focused on sustainable design in data center environments. NovaTherm is proud to partner with the NSF I/UCRC sponsored Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems (ES2) on this work.

     Other ongoing research focuses on the design of nanostructured energy materials for transient thermal management of electronics, and on the development and study of nanostructured thin films for use as thermal interface materials.

     
    nanostructured thin film made from multiwall carbon nanotubes and exfoliated graphite particles

     

    The Novatherm Team

    Dr. Amy Fleischer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the Director of the Novatherm Laboratory. The Novatherm team is comprised of Ph.D. and M.S. candidates assisted by many undergraduate research assistants and works in frequent collaboration with researchers at both Villanova and other renowned institutions.