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Anisotropic Thermal Conduction in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanocomposites with Rough Interfaces

School of Physics, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QL, UK
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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(12), 1054; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8121054
Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 6 December 2018 / Accepted: 7 December 2018 / Published: 15 December 2018
We present a theory of thermal conduction in a transition metal dichalcogenide nanocomposite structure with rough interfaces that accounts for the anisotropic conductivities of the host, the insert and the interface regions. The host and insert conductivities are calculated using a semi ab-initio method. The effects of specularity in phonon interface scattering and the thermal boundary resistance is incorporated through linking a phonon wavevector dependent specular scattering parameter to the average height of surface inhomogeneities, and the conductivity of the composite is calculated by employing an extension of a modified effective medium approach. Our work for spherical inserts of WS 2 in MoS 2 predicts that the effects of specular scattering due to surface roughness is more pronounced for inserts smaller than 100 nm, even at volume fractions of the order of 0.05. View Full-Text
Keywords: effective medium approach; thermal conductivity; anisotropic systems; nanocomposites effective medium approach; thermal conductivity; anisotropic systems; nanocomposites
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Thomas, I.O.; Srivastava, G.P. Anisotropic Thermal Conduction in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanocomposites with Rough Interfaces. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 1054.

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