Thermal conductivity of two-dimensional BC3: a comparative study with two-dimensional C3N

JR Song and ZH Xu and XD He and YJ Bai and LL Miao and CC Cai and RG Wang, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 21, 12977-12985 (2019).

DOI: 10.1039/c9cp01943j

The thermal conductivities of single-layer BC3 (SLBC) sheets and their responses to environmental temperature, vacancy defects and external strain have been studied and compared with those of single-layer C3N (SLCN) sheets by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We found that SLBC and SLCN are isotropic in the basal plane and that their predicted thermal conductivities for infinite length sheets are 488.54 W m(-1) K-1 and 799.87 W m(-1) K-1, respectively. Despite many similar features in the structures of these materials, SLBC exhibits a lower thermal conductivity than SLCN due to stronger flexural acoustic phonon-defect scattering rates and weaker interatomic bonding stiffnesses. The vibrational density of states (VDOS) are calculated in both structures to elucidate their thermal conductivity differences. SLBC exhibits a more substantial redshift phenomenon in the high- and low-frequency domains than SLCN. In addition, the thermal conductivities of these materials exhibit decreasing trends in response to increases in temperature and defect ratio, and the temperature effect in SLBC is more substantial than that in SLCN, while the defect effect in SLBC is less substantial than that in SLCN. The influences of uniaxial compressive and tensile strains on the thermal conductivities of these materials are analysed separately. These two deformation modes cause different effects on the thermal transport behaviours of SLBC and SLCN: the effect of uniaxial compressive strain is slightly negative, while the effect of uniaxial tensile strain is initially positive and then negative. Moreover, the biaxial strains result in a more severe reduction in thermal conductivity than the uniaxial strains. Remarkably, the impact of uniaxial and biaxial tensile strains on thermal transport was stronger in SLBC than in SLCN. We propose that SLBC nanomembranes are promising candidates for various thermal applications.

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