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Special Issue "Thermodynamics and Thermal Transport Properties in Nanomaterials"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Claudio Melis

Universita’ degli studi di Cagliari, Department of Physics, Cagliari, Italy
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Interests: nanoscale thermal transport; Aanomalous heat transport in low dimensions; polymer-based hybrids for thermoelectrics and photovoltaics; atomistic simulations (classical molecular dynamics, density functional theory)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last decade, the progress obtained in the synthesis and manufacture of nanomaterials has generated the need of a deeper theoretical and experimental elucidation of thermal transport at the nanoscale. From a technological point of view, thermal management has become one of the main limitations preventing a further reduction in the size of nanodevices. Moreover, nanoscale thermal transport plays a crucial role for many classes of devices, such as thermoelectrics and thermal diodes.

In the last few years a lot of progress has been made in theoretical and experimental understanding of thermal transport across a variety of interfaces, systems of reduced dimensionalities and collective phonons. However, there are still many issues that need to be further elucidated, such as anomalous heat transport in low dimensions and phonon hydrodynamics.

This Special Issue will present the most recent advances in this field with the aim of deepening our understanding in the mechanisms ruling thermal transport properties of different nanoscale materials. This includes, atomistic modeling of phonon transport, phonon–phonon interactions, and manipulation of tailored nanoscale materials.

Dr. Claudio Melis
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Theoretical methods for phonon dispersions and phonon transport
  • Thermoelectrics
  • Anomalous thermal transport in low dimensions
  • Thermal transport in organic/inorganic composites
  • Phonon hydrodynamics
  • Thermal transport in two-dimensional materials
  • Novel simulation protocols and methods
  • Nanoscale heat transfer around nanoparticles for biomedical use

Published Papers

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