Understanding the mechanism of heat conductivity in carbon nanostructures

Problem Title

Understanding the mechanism of heat conductivity in carbon nanostructures

Scientific Title

Thermal Conductivity of Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Thin Films

Student: 
Gabriela Correa
Major(s): 
Mathematics (Applied Mathematics concentration)
Electrical Engineering
iCons Concentration: 
Renewable Energy
iCons Class Year: 
Class of 2015
Executive Summary 

Thermal transport in single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) thin films is simulated in order to determine if the level of SWCNT organization affects thermal transport within the thin films. Stochastic Monte Carlo simulations of optical and acoustic phonon branches are used to calculate the thermal conductivity of our thin films. While randomly oriented and dispersed SWCNT thin films are relatively easy to fabricate, recent work has demonstrated fabrication of aligned SWCNTs films is also possible. The goal of this work is to determine the ideal material parameter for electronic and renewable energy applications.

Problem Keywords: 
conductivity
nanotechnology
Scientific Keywords: 
Monte Carlo
single walled carbon nanotube