Influence of chemisorption on the thermal conductivity of graphene nanoribbons
SK Chien and YT Yang and CK Chen, CARBON, 50, 421-428 (2012).
The thermal conductivity of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) functionalized by the chemical attachment of methyl and phenyl groups at random positions is calculated using reverse nonequilibrium molecular dynamics. The GNRs exhibit a rapid drop in thermal conductivity with increasing degree of functionalization; a functional group coverage regime of as little as 1.25% of GNR atoms reduces the thermal conductivity by about 50%. The thermal conductivity of nanoribbons with zigzag edges is more sensitive in the degree of functionalization than nanoribbons with armchair edges. The simulation results indicate that the rapid drop in thermal conductivity is a consequence of the higher angular momentum of functional groups, which rotate the unsupported sp(3) bonds and thus reduce the phonon mean free paths. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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