Heat flow diversion in supported graphene nanomesh

AY Nobakht and S Shin and KD Kihm and DC Marable and W Lee, CARBON, 123, 45-53 (2017).

DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.07.025

Redirection of energy carrier propagation by geometric confinement is studied through the analysis of in-plane and cross-plane thermal transport within various graphene nanomesh (GNM) configurations using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. As the transport channel width decreases with an increase in porosity, the effect of redirection increases; thus, the in-plane thermal conductivity of large-porosity GNM is more dependent on hole arrangement. Since higher porosities weaken the GNM structure due to a larger population of broken bonds, carbon atoms within the graphene structures are more easily influenced by interactions with the substrate silicon (Si) block. Subsequently, increase in porosity leads to the decrease of interfacial thermal resistance. At higher porosities, lower interfacial resistance and in- plane thermal conductivity cause diversions (and redirections) in heat flow from the GNM to the underlying Si substrate. Our study suggests that this method of heat flow redirection can be applied as an effective means to control and manage heat transfer within numerous applications; extension to the improved conductivity calculation accuracy can also be achieved through the inclusion of this diversion analysis. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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