Un-melty plastic for cooling

This invention is pretty cool (literally): it’s a plastic that cools when an electic current is passed through it.

The electrical current changes the arrangment of the molecules in the plastic, altering its thermal characteristics. This is called the electorcaloric effect.

Possible applications include small electronic devices that require cooling but which are too small to accommodate traditional fans or heat sinks.

Via Gizmodo


One Comment on “Un-melty plastic for cooling”

  1. […] draws heat energy from its surroundings and creates electricity. Sounds a bit like a reverse of the earlier post on electrocaloric materials, doesn’t […]

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