Nanocoolant Alternative for Cooling Elements by UMP Researchers

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The Advanced Nano Lab for Coolant and Lubricant in the Faculty of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Technology Universiti Malaysia Pahang led by Associate Professor Ts. Ir. Dr. Kumaran Kadirgama and Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Devarajan Ramasamy has come out with a nanocellulose-engineered coolant for the cooling system.

Nanocellulose is an abundant organic material from plants that reduces the use of harmful coolants in the market. This coolant can be an alternative way to overcome heating problems in manufacturing, automotive, and heating parts in electric vehicles. This coolant can extend a car engine’s life by around 35% and cutting tools by around 25%.

In the 2018 and 2018 International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX), this product bagged a gold medal. Also, it won platinum and gold medals in the British Invention Show 2018. The work regarding this product has been published in various reputed international journals and conferences.

The product has already been applied for a patent on manufacturing and automotive usage. The research team is currently approached by one of the local industries to help in commercializing the product and for a joint application on the commercialization grant.

The Advanced Nano Lab for Coolant and Lubricant has managed to secure RM 800,000 from national and international agencies. The lab works with the Automotive Excellence Center (AEC) of Universiti Malaysia Pahang to solve the heating problem and expand the engine’s life with a new solution and components machining.

Currently, seven students are pursuing their master’s or PhD degrees in this laboratory. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to learn new technology and data using the current technology. This lets them learn in theory and practice, where they need to understand the skills of preparing the liquid and running the experimental test rig. Engine lubrication is another focus of the lab. It can be further enhanced with the new nanomaterials.

The current research will focus on the new advancement of nanomaterials to solve the heating problem in the manufacturing, solar, and automotive sectors.