New Start-Up Company Arises from POETS-Developed Technologies

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A company is pursuing markets in mobile electronics and high-performance computing with cooling technologies developed at the University of Illinois-based Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal System (POETS), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC).


A completed exploratory project helped develop technology that can improve the efficiency of heat transfer and cool electronics by immersing them in water. That a startup company has embraced the technology illustrates how POETS’ explorations can lead to translational research and commercialization.


The technology was born from an exploratory POETS project, Next Generation of Immersion Cooling for Power Electronics. The research required a fundamental understanding of thermal transport, nanomanufacturing methods, and integration schemes to cool electronics by immersing them in water. It involved fundamental research into nanoscale coatings and surfaces along with applied research and testing on wide-band-gap semiconductor devices.

Formed in 2020, AquaQuant Laboratories licensed the POETS-developed technology. The company was founded by a POETS researcher in mechanical engineering and a graduate student in electrical engineering.