Effect of substrate modes on thermal transport in supported graphene

ZY Ong and E Pop, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 84, 075471 (2011).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.075471

We examine thermal transport in graphene supported on SiO2 using molecular dynamics simulations. Coupling to the substrate reduces the thermal conductivity (TC) of supported graphene by an order of magnitude, due to damping of the flexural acoustic (ZA) phonons. However, increasing the strength of the graphene-substrate interaction enhances the heat flow and effective TC along supported graphene, contrary to expectations. The enhancement is due to the coupling of graphene ZA modes to the substrate Rayleigh waves, which linearizes the dispersion and increases the group velocity of the hybridized modes. These findings suggest that the TC of two-dimensional supported graphene is tunable through surface interactions, providing an interesting route for controlled energy flow in nanomaterials.

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