Cross-plane thermal properties of transition metal dichalcogenides Academic Article uri icon


  • In this work, we explore the thermal properties of hexagonal transition metal dichalcogenide compounds with different average atomic masses but equivalent microstructures. Thermal conductivity values of sputtered thin films were compared to bulk crystals. The comparison revealed a >10 fold reduction in thin film thermal conductivity. Structural analysis of the films revealed a turbostratic structure with domain sizes on the order of 5-10 nm. Estimates of phonon scattering lengths at domain boundaries based on computationally derived group velocities were consistent with the observed film microstructure, and accounted for the reduction in thermal conductivity compared to values for bulk crystals. © 2013 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Muratore, C., Varshney, V., Gengler, J. J., Hu, J. J., Bultman, J. E., Smith, T. M., ... Voevodin, A. A.

citation count

  • 64

publication date

  • February 2013