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Cooling Systems To Be 25 Per Cent More Efficient

Electronic cooling systems may be revamped in the future, as researchers have discovered a new thermal technology, based on graphene. This can increase conductive efficiency, while lowering the cost of fabrication.

Studies have been performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, who report they've developed a new compound based on copper and grapheme - which can bring a 25 per cent improvement in thermal conduction, compared to copper alone.

This new technology can replace both copper-graphene and indium-graphene compounds, states Dr. Jag Kasichainula, NC State Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Experiments were conducted using interface films and they've proved that a major increase in efficiency can come, without the cost of profits. According to researchers, the process used to manufacture the copper-graphene composite is said to be "low-cost" and "easy to be done".

This majorly relies on the fact that copper is an expensive material and replacing some of it with graphene, actually lowers the overall cost, making it an ideal candidate for cooling systems found on netbooks, laptops, smartphones, tablets and even computers.

Pairing the technology with recent discovers regarding battery life, the mobile world could advance even further. Earlier this week, research revealed that by switching to silicon, batteries would have their life extended even by 40 per cent.

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