The electro-adsorption chiller: A miniaturized cooling cycle with applications to micro-electronics

Jeffrey M. Gordon*, K. C. Ng, H. T. Chua, A. Chakraborty

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A novel modular and miniature chiller is proposed that symbiotically combines adsorption and thermoelectric cooling devices. The seemingly low efficiency of each cycle individually is overcome by an amalgamation with the other. This electro-adsorption chiller incorporates solely existing technologies. It can attain large cooling densities at high efficiency, yet is free of moving parts and comprises harmless materials. The governing physical processes are primarily surface rather than bulk effects, or involve electron rather than fluid flow. This insensitivity to scale creates promising applications in cooling personal computers and other microelectronic appliances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1025-1033
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption system
  • Application
  • Chiller
  • Electronics
  • Hybrid system
  • Miniaturization
  • Thermoelectricity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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