[TEMP CHECK] Add Atom as Collateral on AAVE through IBC

Agustin Cortes | Tint.eth leads partnerships at Composable Finance. Here is my profile on Twitter.

Date Posted: 2023-11-02

This proposal outlines the process of integrating ATOM as a collateral asset on AAVE. The inclusion of Atom, will potential capture substantial market size and active communities, to attract more liquidity to AAVE. This strategic addition aims to expand AAVE’s user base, promote cross-chain interactions.


  • Attract more liquidity to AAVE’s ecosystem.
  • Foster a broader user base by appealing to the Cosmos communities.
  • Drive cross-chain DeFi innovation.
  • Leverage the substantial market capitalization of ATOM.

Cosmos is a significant blockchain network designed to enhance interoperability and scalability across the blockchain landscape. However, they’ve seen limited DeFi activity compared to Ethereum for several factors. Mainly that these ecosystems have been siloed with limited liquidity coming from established assets.


Atom Stats
Market Cap: $4.4B
Weekly Volume $1.24B
Weekly txs 500k
WAU 40k

We have our IBC bridge that will allow for these assets to become ERC20 tokens in the most secure and trust minimized manner. We are connected with the main hubs from Polkadot and Cosmos and will be advocating to get cross chain community support. Initially we plan on getting support from market makers and community pools to inject the initial liquidity.

The migration of adding ATOM into AAVE as an ERC20 will be facilitated through IBC and Composable Finance. More information on IBC and Composable Finance below.

Detailed IBC Overview
The Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC) is a protocol designed to facilitate the authentication and transportation of data between two blockchains. It operates with a minimal set of functions defined in the Interchain Standards (ICS). Importantly, IBC does not limit the network topology or consensus algorithm of the blockchains it connects, making it versatile and adaptable for use with a wide range of blockchains and state machines. The following features highlight key benefits to utilizing IBC:

i) Permissionless and Secure: IBC offers a permissionless way to relay data packets between blockchains, unlike most trusted bridging technologies. The security of IBC relies on the security of the participating chains.

ii) Modularity and Composability: IBC separates the transport layer (TAO) responsible for secure connections and data authentication from the application layer, which defines how data packets are packaged and interpreted. This modularity enables composability and the ability to design applications on top of IBC.

iii) Light Clients and Relayers: IBC relies on light clients and relayers to ensure the validity of cross-chain transactions. Relayers are responsible for scanning the state of participating chains, constructing datagrams, and executing them on the receiving chain. Light clients efficiently verify the relevant state of the counterparty blockchain.

iv) Security: IBC’s security is based on trusting the consensus of the connected chains. It also implements fault isolation mechanisms to limit damage in case of malicious behavior.

About Composable
Composable was the first company to connect a non Cosmos chain through IBC. This was through a custom mechanism to connect Polkadot and Cosmos. Our goal is to bring IBC everywhere, hence connecting to all chains. Connecting to Ethereum will be a major push in the terms of secure interoperability as we are moving away from centralized solutions and empowering users.

This proposal aims to integrate ATOM into AAVE to enhance liquidity and user engagement. Utilizing the IBC protocol, spearheaded by Composable’s expertise in secure cross-chain connections, it seeks to bridge the interoperability divide between Ethereum, Cosmos, and Polkadot. The outlined strategy, backed by community and market maker support, sets forth a pragmatic pathway towards growing AAVE’s position in the cross-chain DeFi landscape.


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Hey @tint,
Thanks for initiating this temperature check. I’m super enthusiastic about the potential of bringing ATOM into the Ethereum ecosystem through IBC. It seems like a natural fit, and I believe Aave could greatly benefit from the integration with Cosmos tokens.

Could you elaborate on the specific steps we’re looking at for this proposal? Are we focusing on adding IBC enabled ATOM as collateral on Aave V3, or is the goal also to provide liquidity for an ATOM token pair with GHO?

We are looking forward to more details and the progress of this initiative!

Hey @Baer_DAOplomats thank you for submitting your questions.

The main steps for this proposal is to get a sentiment check for adding Atom at collateral on AAVE. Atom is a very interesting token with a relatively big market share and ecosystem but we’d want to hear what AAVE users/governance thinks.

As for GHO plan, we are submitting a proposal in the near future for GHO becoming an interoperable token into Cosmos and Polkadot. Happy to chat further on that if you are curious, would be good to get some thoughts prior to submitting temp check.


Hello! My name is Karel, and I would have absolutely no confidence or desire to engage with any product or service originating from this company. It’s absurd to even consider encountering such baseless claims on aave. Composable ought to be prohibited and prevented from integrating with any other entity due to their previous actions. Omar has deceived each and every one of his investors. He has been dishonest about every aspect. He has initiated numerous fraudulent ventures that have all vanished without a trace. If you come across Composable, it is strongly advised to decline any involvement.

I’m a former Managing Partner at Fundamental Labs and current Executive Director of the Composable Foundation.

Composable already connects 20+ blockchain ecosystems trustlessly and is a pioneer in extending IBC beyond Cosmos. Our entire team is committed to building non-custodial, decentralized technology. We’re excited to work with the Aave community to attract new liquidity and users onto the protocol.

Hello this proposal is non compliant with the [ARFC] ARFC and TEMP CHECK Framework

closing the topic until the proposal is edited and follow the standard framework.