Research & Development

Researching and developing two-phase thermal control technologies was ACT’s primary focus at inception. As the company has successfully transitioned those early R&D efforts into commercial product offerings, the R&D group has maintained strength in two-phase thermal control while helping to expand the company into many other areas of thermal management. ACT’s R&D team currently has approximately 40 team members, including 17 PhD, 4 MS, 4 BS level engineers.

Technology Advancements

Our R&D team prides itself in developing new thermal technologies and transitioning them to the market. As a result, ACT was awarded a Tibbetts Award in 2011. The Small Business Association (SBA) presents the Tibbetts awards nationally to small companies that have advanced technical innovation and economic growth through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. In 2021, ACT surpassed $100M in revenues resulting from technologies that were originated from SBIR-seeded programs.

What’s new in R&D?

  • We’re hiring! View the full list of employment opportunities here.
  • We’re growing- our new offices, ITAR lab and technicians spaces are almost complete.
  • See which conferences we’re presenting at here.


See what’s new from ACT’s R&D group, from technical papers presented at conferences to new and exciting emerging technologies that are working their way through commercialization.

Technical Papers
Read the latest publications on technologies and advancements from ACT’s R&D team.
Technical Papers
Emerging Technology
Explore the technologies R&D is developing.
Find Out What’s New
Other Research Interests
Technologies being developed outside of emerging technologies.
Other Research Interests
Meet the Team
Read the bios of R&D leadership.
Team & Value Add


Read the latest news pertaining to ACT’s R&D department.

ACT Reaches $100 Million in Product Sales from SBIR/STTR Seeded Technologies
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ACT Supports Lehigh University in Thermal Energy Storage Device
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NASA Awards Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. $3.7M Contract for VIPER Mission
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ACT Awarded SBIR Phase II funding for MIDS JTRS Thermal Management System
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