Cambridge Nanotherm, a producer of nanoceramic thermal management technology, has been named as a finalist in the R&D 100 Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars of Invention”. Since 1963 the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Previous winners have been as diverse as the photo flashcube, the ATM and High Definition TV.
The Haverhill-based team was selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine for its Nanotherm DM technology in the ‘Mechanical Devices and Materials’ category. Cambridge Nanotherm are the only British company to be named in this category and are competing against some of the biggest names in tech, with the likes of MIT, The Dow Chemical Company and Toyota Motor Corporation all in the running.
Making the finals of the R&D 100 Awards highlights the radical shift in thermal management technology that has been achieved by Cambridge Nanotherm. Using a patented process, the surface of aluminium is converted to form a nanoceramic dielectric with exceptional thermal properties. The nanoceramic is circuitised using thin-film techniques to produce Nanotherm DM, a material with properties that rival exotic ceramics but at a fraction of the price. Initially targeted at the Chip-on-Board and LED packaging markets Nanotherm DM allows LED manufacturers to make significant cost savings without impacting the performance of their products.
“We are proud to have been recognised as leading material innovators for this prestigious R&D award. The nomination is testament to the hard work and dedication of Cambridge Nanotherm’s product development team.” Ralph Weir, CEO of Cambridge Nanotherm commented. “The unique characteristics Nanotherm DM brings to the market are truly groundbreaking. It has the potential to transform thermal management in the LED and wider electronics industry.”
The nomination arrives at a time when the LED market is undergoing fundamental changes. Advances in packaging technologies are enabling companies to pack more power into smaller form factors and this is driving up the temperature of LEDs. Thermal management is becoming one of the major challenges for the industry to overcome. The opportunity for Cambridge Nanotherm’s technology in this market is enormous, as improved thermal efficiency has the potential to offer a major competitive advantage.
The winners of the 2015 R&D 100 Awards will be announced on the 13th November at the R&D gala banquet at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.