A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas, Dallas used boron arsenide crystals to cool electronic devices more effectively than current methods.
The researchers say boron arsenide crystals possess "excellent" thermal properties and can "effectively dissipate the heat generated in electronic devices."
After synthesizing the crystals, which do not occur naturally, the researchers tested dozens of batches of crystal, and found their thermal conductivity potential topped that of current electronics cooling materials by as much as threefold.
Future studies will seek to improve the process for creating the crystals, as well as exploring their use in potential large-scale applications.
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