Phonon Thermal Conductivity of Scandium Nitride for Thermoelectric Applications from First-Principles Calculations
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The knowledge of lattice thermal conductivity of materials under realistic conditions is vitally important since most technologies either require either high or low thermal conductivity. Here, we propose a theoretical model for determining lattice thermal conductivity with the effect of microstructure. This is based on ab initio description that includes the temperature dependence of the interatomic force constants, and treats anharmonic lattice vibrations. We choose ScN as a model system, comparing the computational predictions with the experimental data by Time Domain Thermoreflectance (TDTR). Our results show a trend of reduction in lattice thermal conductivity with decreasing grain size, with good agreement between the theoretical model and experimental data. There results suggest a possibility to control thermal conductivity by tailoring the microstructure of ScN. More importantly, we provide a predictive tool for the effect of the microstructure on the lattice thermal conductivity of materials based on first-principles calculations.
Thermal conductivity, Scandium nitride, Thermoelectrics, First-principles calculations, Anharmonic approximation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117756DiVA: diva2:810730