NovaTherm: The Villanova Thermal Management

Villanova’s Thermal Management Laboratory, NovaTherm, established in 2004, addresses issues of research and development in the thermal-fluids field as applied to both thermal management of electronic devices and to the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies.

The development and implementation of sustainable energy systems is perhaps one of the most important challenges facing the world. Recent NovaTherm research has focused on sustainable design in data center environments. NovaTherm is proud to partner with the NSF I/UCRC sponsored Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems (ES2) on this work.

Other ongoing research focuses on the design of nanostructured energy materials for transient thermal management of electronics, and on the development and study of nanostructured thin films for use as thermal interface materials.


nanostructured thin film made from multiwall carbon nanotubes and exfoliated graphite particles

The Novatherm Team

Dr. Amy Fleischer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the Director of the Novatherm Laboratory. The Novatherm team is comprised of Ph.D. and M.S. candidates assisted by many undergraduate research assistants and works in frequent collaboration with researchers at both Villanova and other renowned institutions.

Drs. Fleischer and Ortega Speak to WHYY about Data Center Thermal Management - Oct 3rd, 2014

Image (c) WHYY 2014

Drs. Fleischer and Ortega spoke to WHYY Reporter  Zack Seward about NovaTherm's ongoing research on the recovery and reuse of data center waste heat that is being conducted through the NSF I/UCRC sponsored Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems .  The interview was broadcast by WHYY-FM, the Philadelphia regions's NPR station. The interview aired on The Pulse, a weekly program that focuses on issues of health, science, and innovation.

A print article and a link to the interview "At Villanova, working to slim the power-hungry ‘cloud’ ", can be found on WHYY's website located here. The interview originally aired on Oct 3rd, 2014 and was rebroadcast on Oct 5th.