Thermal conductivity of molybdenum disulfide nanotube from molecular dynamics simulations

H Meng and DK Ma and XX Yu and LF Zhang and ZJ Sun and N Yang, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER, 145, 118719 (2019).

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2019.118719

Single layer molybdenum disulfide (SLMoS2), a semiconductor possesses intrinsic bandgap and high electron mobility, has attracted great attention due to its unique electronic, optical, mechanical and thermal properties. Although thermal conductivity of SLMoS2 has been widely investigated recently, less studies focus on molybdenum disulfide nanotube (MoS2NT). Here, the comprehensive temperature, size and strain effect on thermal conductivity of MoS2NT are investigated. Thermal conductivity is obtained as 16 Wm(-1) K-1 at room temperature, and it has a similar to T-1 dependence on temperature from 200 to 400 K and a similar to L-beta dependence on length from 10 to 320 nm. Interestingly, a chirality-dependent strain effect is identified in thermal conductivity of zigzag nanotube, in which the phonon group velocity can be significantly reduced by strain. This work not only provides feasible strategies to modulate the thermal conductivity-of MoS2NT, but also offers useful insights into the fundamental mechanisms that govern the thermal conductivity, which can be used for the thermal management of low dimensional materials in optical, electronic and thermoelectrical devices. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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