Thermal transport across few-layer boron nitride encased by silica

YX Ni and JC Jiang and E Meletis and T Dumitrica, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 107, 031603 (2015).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4927240

Two dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) attracted attention for use in applications. Using equilibrium molecular dynamics, we examine the phonon transport in few-layer h-BN encased by silica (SiO2). We report large interfacial thermal resistances, of about 2.2 x 10(-8) m(2) K W-1, which are not sensitive to the number of h-BN layers or the SiO2 crystallinity. The h-BN/SiO2 superlattices exhibit ultra-low thermal conductivities across layers, as low as 0.3 W/m K. They are structurally stable up to 2000 K while retaining the low-thermal conductivity attributes. Our simulations indicate that incorporation of h-BN layers and nanoparticles in silica could establish thermal barriers and heat spreading paths, useful for high performance coatings and electronic device applications. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

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