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Chin. Phys. B, 2018, Vol. 27(3): 036801    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/27/3/036801
Special Issue: TOPICAL REVIEW — Thermal and thermoelectric properties of nano materials
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Surface effects on the thermal conductivity of silicon nanowires

Hai-Peng Li(李海鹏)1, Rui-Qin Zhang(张瑞勤)2
1 School of Physical Science and Technology, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China;
2 Department of Physics, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Abstract  Thermal transport in silicon nanowires (SiNWs) has recently attracted considerable attention due to their potential applications in energy harvesting and generation and thermal management. The adjustment of the thermal conductivity of SiNWs through surface effects is a topic worthy of focus. In this paper, we briefly review the recent progress made in this field through theoretical calculations and experiments. We come to the conclusion that surface engineering methods are feasible and effective methods for adjusting nanoscale thermal transport and may foster further advancements in this field.
Keywords:  silicon nanowires      thermal conductivity      phonon transport      surface effect  
Received:  08 October 2017      Revised:  23 November 2017      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  68.65.-k (Low-dimensional, mesoscopic, nanoscale and other related systems: structure and nonelectronic properties)  
  44.10.+i (Heat conduction)  
  63.22.-m (Phonons or vibrational states in low-dimensional structures and nanoscale materials)  
  65.80.-g (Thermal properties of small particles, nanocrystals, nanotubes, and other related systems)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11504418), China Scholarship Council (Grant No. 201706425053), Basic Research Program in Shenzhen, China (Grant No. JCYJ20160229165210666), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (Grant No. 2015XKMS075).
Corresponding Authors:  Hai-Peng Li, Rui-Qin Zhang     E-mail:;

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Hai-Peng Li(李海鹏), Rui-Qin Zhang(张瑞勤) Surface effects on the thermal conductivity of silicon nanowires 2018 Chin. Phys. B 27 036801

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