2018 Journal Articles
7. Dynamic optical control of near-field radiative transfer
Junlong Kou and Austin Minnich
Optics Express 26(18), A729-A736 Jul 26, 2018
Dynamic control of radiative heat transfer is of fundamental interest as well as for applications in thermal management and energy conversion. However, realizing high contrast control of heat flow without moving parts and with high temporal frequencies remains a challenge. Here, we propose a thermal modulation scheme based on optical pumping of semiconductors in near-field radiative contact. External photo-excitation of the semiconductor emitters leads to increases in the free carrier concentration that in turn alters the plasma frequency, resulting in modulation of near-field thermal radiation. The temporal frequency of the modulation can reach hundreds of kHz limited only by the recombination lifetime, greatly exceeding the bandwidth of methods based on temperature modulcation. Calculations based on fluctuational electrodynamics show that the heat transfer coefficient between two silicon films can be tuned from near zero to 600 Wm−2K−1 with a gap distance of 100 nm at room temperature.
6. Ultralow Thermal Conductivity and Mechanical Resilience of Architected Nanolattices
Nicholas Dou, Robert Jag, Carlos Portela, Julia Greer, and Austin Minnich
Nano Lett. DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b01191 Jul. 19, 2018
Creating materials that simultaneously possess ultralow thermal conductivity, high stiffness, and damage tolerance is challenging because thermal and mechanical properties are coupled in most fully dense and porous solids. We report that nanolattices composed of 24- to 182-nm-thick hollow alumina beams in the octet-truss architecture possess the same ultralow thermal conductivities as aerogels while attaining specific elastic moduli that are nearly 2 orders of magnitude higher. Our work demonstrates a general route to realizing multifunctional materials that occupy previously unreachable regions within the material property space.
5. Phonon transmission at crystalline-amorphous interfaces studied using mode-resolved atomistic Green's functions
Lina Yang, Benoit Latour, and Austin Minnich
Phys. Rev. B 97, 205306 May 31, 2018
Here, we examine the modal transmission and reflection processes of THz phonons across an amorphous Si region connected to two crystalline Si leads, a model interface for those that occur in nanocrystalline solids, using mode-resolved atomistic Green's functions. We find that the interface acts as a low-pass filter, reflecting modes of frequency greater than around 3 THz while transmitting those below this frequency, in agreement with a recent experimental report [C. Hua et al., Phys. Rev. B 95, 205423 (2017)]. Further, we find that these low frequency modes travel nearly unimpeded through the interface, maintaining their wave vectors on each side of the interface. Our work shows that even completely disordered regions may not be effective at reflecting THz phonons, with implications for efforts to alter thermal conductivity in nanocrystalline solids.
4. Coherent control of thermal phonon transport in van der Waals superlattices
Ruiqiang Guo, Young-Dahl Jho, and Austin Minnich
Nanoscale 10, 14432-14440 May 7, 2018
Here, we report an ab initio study of thermal transport in vdW superlattices consisting of alternating transition metal dichalcogenide atomic layers. Our calculations show that the lattice vibrational spectrum and scattering rates can be precisely manipulated by the choice of each atomically thin layer, resulting in materials with novel properties such as large thermal anisotropies approaching 200 and ultralow cross-plane thermal conductivities comparable to those of amorphous materials. Our work demonstrates how coherent manipulation of phonons in vdW superlattices can expand the property space beyond that occupied by natural materials and suggests an experimental route to realize these properties.
3. Active Radiative Thermal Switching with Graphene Plasmon Resonators
Ognjen Ilic, Nathan Thomas, Thomas Christensen, Michelle Sherrott, Marin Sojacic, Austin Minnich, Owen Miller, and Harry Atwater
ACS Nano 12(3), 2474 Mar. 12, 2018
This work theoretically demonstrates a near-field radiative thermal switch based on thermally excited surface plasmons in graphene resonators. The high tunability of graphene enables substantial modulation of near-field radiative heat transfer, which, when combined with the use of resonant structures, overcomes the intrinsically broadband nature of thermal radiation. Furthermore, we derive shape-agnostic analytical approximations for the resonant heat transfer that provide general scaling laws and allow for direct comparison between different resonator geometries dominated by a single mode. The presented scheme is relevant for active thermal management and energy harvesting as well as probing excited-state dynamics at the nanoscale.
2. Heat dissipation in the quasiballistic regime studied using the Boltzmann equation in the spatial frequency domain
Chengyun Hua, Austin Minnich
Phys. Rev. B 97, 014307 Jan. 10, 2018
In this work, we examine how thermal resistance depends on the heater geometry using analytical solutions of the Boltzmann equation. We show that the spatial frequencies of the heater pattern play the key role in setting the thermal resistance rather than any single geometric parameter, and that for many geometries the thermal resistance in the quasiballistic regime is no different than the Fourier prediction.
1. Propagating elastic vibrations dominate thermal conduction in amorphous silicon
Jaeyun Moon, Benoit Latour, Austin Minnich
Phys. Rev. B 97, 024201, Jan. 10, 2018
In a-Si, prior works concluded that non-propagating waves are the dominant contributors to heat transport, while propagating waves are restricted to frequencies less than a few THz and are scattered by anharmonicity. Here, we present a lattice and molecular dynamics analysis of vibrations in a-Si that supports a qualitatively different picture in which propagating elastic waves dominate the thermal conduction and are scattered by elastic fluctuations rather than anharmonicity. Our work suggests that most heat is carried by propagating elastic waves in a-Si and demonstrates a route to achieve extreme thermal properties in amorphous materials by manipulating elastic fluctuations.
2017 Journal Articles
10. Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Polyethylene Molecular Crystals from First-Principles Including Nuclear Quantum Effects
Nina Shulumba, Olle Hellman, and Austin J. Minnich
Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 185901 Oct. 31, 2017
In this cover article for PRL, we report a study of the vibrational properties and lattice thermal conductivity of a polyethylene molecular crystal using an ab initio approach that rigorously incorporates nuclear quantum motion and finite temperature effects. We obtain a thermal conductivity along the chain direction of around 160 W/m/K at room temperature, providing a firm upper bound for the thermal conductivity of this molecular crystal.
9. Ab initio study of mode-resolved phonon transmission at Si/Ge interfaces using atomistic Green's functions
Benoit Latour, Nina Shulumba, and Austin J. Minnich
Phys. Rev. B 96, 104310 Sept 25, 2017
We report an ab initio based study of phonon transmission at Si/Ge interfaces using a recent extension of the atomistic Green's function method that resolves transmission coefficients by mode. These results provide a detailed framework to investigate the precise transmission and reflection processes that lead to thermal resistance and how they depend on phonon frequency as well as incident angle.
8. Photo-excited hot carrier dynamics in hydrogenated amorphous silicon imaged by 4D electron microscopy
Bolin Liao, Ebrahim Najafi, Heng Li, Austin J. Minnich, and Ahmed H. Zewail
Nature Nano. 12, 871–876 Jul 3, 2017
In this work, carrier dynamics in hydrogenated amorphous silicon is imaged in space and time using scanning ultrafast electron microscopy (SUEM). An unexpected regime of fast diffusion immediately after photoexcitation, together with spontaneous electron-hole separation and charge trapping induced by atomic disorder, is observed.
7. Experimental metrology to obtain thermal phonon transmission coefficients at solid interfaces
Chengyun Hua*, Xiangwen Chen*, Navaneetha K. Ravichandran and Austin J. Minnich
Phys. Rev. B, 95(20) May 15, 2017
This work reports the first measurement of the Fresnel transmission coefficients for thermal phonons at a metal-semiconductor interface using ab-initio phonon transport modeling and a thermal characterization technique.
6. Elastic and thermal properties of free-standing Molybdenum Disulfide Membranes measured using Ultrafast Transient Grating Spectroscopy
Taeyong Kim, Ding Ding, Jong-Hyuk Yim, Young-Dahl Jho, and Austin J. Minnich
APL Materials, 5(086105) Aug 21, 2017
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is of intense interest due to its unique electronic and thermoelectric properties. However, reports of its in-plane thermal conductivity vary due to the difficulty of in-plane thermal conductivity measurements on thin films. Here, we use time-resolved transient grating spectroscopy to simultaneously measure the in-plane elastic and thermal properties of free-standing MoS2 membranes at room temperature. Our measurements provide useful insights into the elastic and thermal properties of MoS2 and demonstrate the capability of transient grating spectroscopy to investigate the in-plane vibrational properties of van der Waals materials.
5. Thermal response of materials to extreme temperature gradients and the role of the spatial frequency
Xiangwen Chen*, Chengyun Hua*, Hang Zhang, Navaneetha K. Ravichandran, and Austin J. Minnich
The thermal response of materials to extreme temperature gradients has recently become of intense interest both scientifically and for applications. Here, we probe the thermal response of crystals to large thermal gradients generated by optical heating of nanoline arrays. We demonstrate that the ballistic thermal resistance associated with nanoscale heat sources can be nearly eliminated by rationally engineering the spatial arrangement of individual heaters, a finding that could impact strategies for heat dissipation in electronics and other applications.
4. Semiconductor-based Multilayer Selective Solar Absorber for Unconcentrated Solar Thermal Energy Conversion
Nate Thomas*, Zhen Chen, Shanhui Fan, and Austin J. Minnich
Scientific Reports 7, 5362 July 13, 2017
We report a semiconductor-based multilayer selective absorber that exploits the sharp drop in optical absorption at the band gap energy achieve a measured absorptance of 76% at solar wavelengths and a low emittance of 5% at thermal wavelengths. In field tests we obtain a peak temperature of 225°C. With straightforward optimization, our work will allow unconcentrated solar thermal systems to reach stagnation temperatures exceeding 300°C, thereby eliminating the need for solar concentrators for mid-temperature solar applications.
3. The role of low energy phonons in nanocrystalline Si and SiGe: an ab-initio based study
Lina Yang and Austin J. Minnich
Scientific Reports 7, 44254, March 14, 2017
Using a variance-reduced Monte Carlo method with the full phonon dispersion and intrinsic lifetimes from first-principles as input, we examine phonon transport in nanocrystalline SiGe alloys with ab-initio electronphonon scattering rates. Our calculations show that low energy phonons still transport substantial amounts of heat in these materials, and thus improvements in ZT are still possible by disrupting these modes.
2. Daytime Radiative Cooling Using Infrared Black Bodies
Jun-long Kou, Zoila Jurado, Zhen Chen, Shanhui Fan, and Austin J. Minnich
ACS Photonics, February 3, 2017
We demonstrate that a polymer-coated fused silica mirror, as a near-ideal blackbody in the mid-infrared and near-ideal reflector in the solar spectrum, achieves radiative cooling below ambient air temperature under direct sunlight by 8.2 degrees. Our work demonstrates that abundant materials and straight-forward fabrication can be used to achieve daytime radiative cooling, advancing applications such as dry cooling of thermal power plants.
1. Intrinsic localized mode and low thermal conductivity of PbSe
Nina Shulumba, Olle Hellman, and Austin J. Minnich
Physical Review B, 95, 014302, January 4, 2017
In this work, we use ab-initio calculations that explicitly account for strong anharmonicity to identify the origin of the low thermal conductivity in PbSe as an anomalously large anharmonic interaction, exceeding in strength that in PbTe, between the transverse optic and longitudinal acoustic branches.
2016 Journal Articles
8. Sub-amorphous thermal conductivity in amorphous heterogeneous nanocomposites
Jaeyun Moon and Austin J. Minnich
RSC Advances, 105154-105160 , Oct 31, 2016
This work employs equilibrium molecular dynamics to show an amorphous SiGe nanocomposite possesses thermal conductivity substantially lower than those of the amorphous Si and Ge constituents.
7. Active Thermal Extraction and Temperature Sensing of Near-field Thermal Radiation
Ding Ding, Taeyong Kim, and Austin J. Minnich
Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 32744, Sep 06, 2016
This works reports a theoretical framework for active extraction of near field radiation in the context of laser cooling of solids with the direct application of temperature sensing.
6. Exploring the extremes of heat conduction in anisotropic materials.
Austin J. Minnich
Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, Vol. 20, No. 1, 1-21, March 30, 2016
Anisotropic solids possess thermal conductivities ranging from among the highest found in nature, as in the in-plane thermal conductivity of graphite, to the lowest, as in the cross-plane thermal conductivity of disordered layered crystals. In this review article, we discuss the recent advances in our understanding of thermal phonon transport in anisotropic solids obtained using new theoretical, computational, and experimental tools.
5. Thermal Characterization of Substrate Options for High-Power THz Multipliers Over a Broad Temperature Range
Tero Kiuru, Goutam Chattopadhyay, Theodore J. Reck, Austin J. Minnich, Robert Lin, Erich Schlecht, Jose V. Siles, Choonsup Lee, and Imran Mehdi
IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 328-335, March 2016
This paper presents thermal characterization results for three high-power THz Schottky frequency multipliers in the temperature range of 20–380 K. At temperatures below 125 K, the GaAs membrane is on par, or even has lower thermal resistance than the membrane on diamond.
4. Temperature Dependent Mean Free Path Spectra of Thermal Phonons Along the c-axis of Graphite
Hang Zhang, Xiangwen Chen, Young-Dahl Jho, Austin J. Minnich
Nano Letters, 2016, 16 (3), pp 1643–1649
This work reports the first quantitative measurements of c-axis phonon MFP spectra in graphite at a variety of temperatures using time-domain thermoreflectance measurements of graphite flakes with variable thickness. Our results indicate that c-axis phonon MFPs have values of a few hundred nanometers at room temperature and a much narrower distribution than in isotropic crystals. At low temperatures, phonon scattering is dominated by grain boundaries separating crystalline regions of different rotational orientation.
3. Active Thermal Extraction of Near-field Thermal Radiation
D. Ding, T. Kim, and A. J. Minnich
Physical Review B, 93, 081402(R), February 2, 2016
This work proposes and numerically demonstrates an active scheme to extract near-field surface modes to the far-field. This approach exploits the monochromatic nature of near-field thermal radiation to drive a transition in a laser gain medium, which, when coupled with external optical pumping, allows the resonant surface mode to be emitted into the far-field.
2. The Role of Thermalizing and Non-thermalizing Walls in Phonon Heat Conduction along Thin Films
Navaneetha K. Ravichandran, Austin J. Minnich
Physical Review B, 93, 035314, January 28, 2016
Here we examine thermal transport along thin films with both thermalizing and non-thermalizing walls by solving the spectral Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) for steady state and transient transport. Our results provide insights into the boundary scattering process of thermal phonons over a range of heating length scales that are useful for interpreting thermal measurements on nanostructures.
1. Heat conduction in multifunctional nanotrusses studied using
Boltzmann transport equation
Nicholas G. Dou, Austin J. Minnich
Applied Physics Letters, 108, 011902, January 4, 2016
Nanotrusses consisting of hollow nanoscale beams architected into a periodic truss structure can potentially achieve low density, low thermal conductivity yet also high stiffness due to their lattice architecture and nanoscale features. In this work, we study heat conduction in the exact nanotruss geometry by solving the frequency-dependent Boltzmann transport equation using a variance-reduced Monte Carlo algorithm.
2015 Journal Articles
9. Crystalline Polymers with Exceptionally Low Thermal Conductivity Studied using Molecular Dynamics
Andrew B. Robbins, Austin J. Minnich
Applied Physics Letters, 107, 201908, November 19, 2015
In this paper, we use molecular dynamics simulations to study heat transport in polynorbornene, a polymer that can be synthesized in semi-crystalline form using solution processing. We demonstrate that even perfectly crystalline polynorbornene has an exceptionally low thermal conductivity near the amorphous limit due to extremely strong anharmonic scattering. This scattering is sufficiently strong to prevent the formation of propagating phonons, with heat being instead carried by non-propagating, delocalized vibrational modes known as diffusons.
8. Thermal phonon boundary scattering in anisotropic thin films
A. J. Minnich
Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 107, Issue 18, November 3, 2015
In this paper, we derive a generalization of the Fuchs-Sondheimer equation for solids with arbitrary dispersion relations and examine its predictions for graphite. We find that the isotropic equation vastly over-estimates the boundary scattering that occurs in thin graphite films due to the highly anisotropic group velocity, and that graphite can maintain its high in-plane thermal conductivity even in thin films with thicknesses as small as ten nanometers.
7. Multidimensional quasiballistic thermal transport in transient grating spectroscopy
A. J. Minnich
Physical Review B, 92, 085203, August 13, 2015
This paper analyzes quasiballistic transport in a two-dimensional transient grating experiment, in which heat conduction can occur both in- and cross-plane. Using an analytic Green's function of the Boltzmann equation, we demonstrate a method by which phonon MFPs can be extracted from these measurements, thereby extending the MFP spectroscopy technique using transient grating to opaque bulk materials.
6. Semi-analytical solution to the frequency-dependent Boltzmann transport
equation for cross-plane heat conduction in thin films
C. Hua and A. J. Minnich
J. Appl. Phys. 117, 175306 (2015)
This work presents a semi-analytical series expansion method to solve the transient frequency-dependent Boltzmann transport equation in a finite domain, which enables us to obtain solutions for the cross-plane heat transport in thin films.
5. Length dependent thermal conductivity measurements yield phonon mean free path spectra in nanostructures
H. Zhang, C. Hua, D. Ding and A. J. Minnich
Scientific Reports, 5, Article Number: 9121, March 13, 2015
This work develops a reconstruction method to obtain mean free path spectra of nanostructures from variable-length thermal conductivity measurements. Using this method, we investigate recently reported length-dependent thermal conductivity measurements on SiGe alloy nanowires and suspended graphene ribbons.
4. Selective radiative heating of nanostructures using hyperbolic metamaterials
D. Ding, and A. J. Minnich
Optics Express, Vol. 23, Issue 7, pp. A299-A308, 2015
This work demonstrates the concept of using hyperbolic metamaterials (HMM) to enable selective heating of a sub-wavelength plasmonic nanowire by controlling the angular mode number of a plasmonic resonance.
3. The best nanoparticle size distribution for minimum thermal conductivity
H. Zhang and A. J. Minnich
Scientific Reports, 5, Article Number: 8995, March 11, 2015
This work demonstrates the best size distribution of nanoparticles embedded in a crystalline solid, which can yield the lowest thermal conductivity. Counterintuitively, nanoparticles with several well-chosen discrete sizes can most effectively scatter the continuous broad thermal phonon spectrum.
2. Phonon heat conduction in layered anisotropic crystals
A. J. Minnich
Physical Review B, 91, 085206, February 17, 2015
The work extends an analytical solution of the Boltzmann transport equation to highly anisotropic solids and demonstrates a method to reconstruct the anisotropic mean free path spectrum of crystals with arbitrary dispersion relations without any prior knowledge of their harmonic or anharmonic properties using observations of quasiballistic heat conduction.
1. Advances in the measurement and computation of thermal phonon transport properties
A. J. Minnich
J. Phys. Cond. Matt., 27, 053202, January 21, 2015
In this topical review, the author provides an overview of the methods in both computation and experiment, which enable an unprecedented microscopic view of thermal transport by phonons, as well as the insights they are providing and their impact on the science and engineering of heat conduction.
2014 Journal Articles
7. Analytical Green's function of the multidimensional frequency-dependent phonon Boltzmann equation
C. Hua and A. J. Minnich
Physical Review B, 90,214306, December 31, 2014
This paper presents an analytical Green's function for the frequency-dependent, multidimensional Boltzmann equation and provides simple closed-form solutions for a number of multidimensional problems for which the only prior solution methods have been computationally expensive numerical simulations.
6. Phonon blackbody radiation limit for heat dissipation in electronics
J. Schleeh, J. Mateos, I. Iniguez-de-la-Torre, N. Wadefalk, P. A. Nilsson, J. Grahn, and A. J. Minnich
Nature Materials, 14, 187-192, November 10, 2014
This paper shows that the origin of the noise saturation in cryogenic amplifiers is due to ballistic thermal phonon transport near the transistor and demonstrates that the lowest noise that can be achieved in these transistors at cryogenic temperatures is largely governed by the heat dissipation in the device.
5. Heat under the microscope
I. Maasilta and A. J. Minnich
Physics Today (invited, peer-reviewed), August, 2014
In this article, the authors review recent advances in computational and spectroscopic tools which offer new insights into the nature of thermal conduction at ever-finer length scale and ways to control it.
4. Importance of frequency-dependent grain boundary scattering in nanocrystalline silicon and silicon-germanium thermoelectrics
C. Hua and A. J. Minnich
Special invited issue of Semiconductor Science and Technology, 29 (2014) 124004, Nov 15, 2014
This work examines the impact of frequency-dependent grain boundary scattering in nanocrystalline silicon and silicon-germanium alloys in a realistic 3D geometry using frequency-dependent variance-reduced Monte Carlo simulations.
3. Radial quasiballistic transport in time-domain thermoreflectance studied using Monte Carlo simulations
D. Ding, X. Chen and A. J. Minnich
Applied Physics Letters 104, 143104, April 8, 2014
This paper presents a numerical study to identify the radial suppression function that allows the mean free path spectrum to be quantitatively reconstructed from variable pump-size measurements in time-domain thermoreflectance.
2. Coherent and incoherent thermal transport in nanomeshes
N. K. Ravichandran and A. J. Minnich
Physical Review B, 89, 205432, May 27, 2014
This paper demonstrates that thermal transport in nanosctructures that can be created with available lithographic techniques is dominated by incoherent boundary scattering at room temperature.
1. Transport regimes in quasiballistic heat conduction
C. Hua and A. J. Minnich
Physical Review B, 89,094302, March 14, 2014
This work presents a new analytical solution of the frequency-dependent Boltzmann transport equation in transient grating decay, which leads to a more accurate measurement of phonon mean free path spectrum.
2013 Journal Articles
2. Thermal transport: Naturally glassy crystals
A. J. Minnich
Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 8 pp. 392-393, June 05, 2013
This News and Views article describes a recent work (See [Delaire et al]) that reports the origin of a glass-like thermal conductivity in a perfectly crystalline semiconductor.
1. Direct Measurement of Room-Temperature Nondiffusive Thermal Transport Over Micron Distances in a Silicon Membrane
J. A. Johnson, A. A. Maznev, J. Cuffe, John, J. K. Eliason, A. J. Minnich, T. Kehoe, C. M. Torres, G. Chen and K. A. Nelson.
Physical Review Letter Vol. 110, 025901, January 08, 2013
This work presents a simple experiment demonstrating that room-temperature thermal transport in Si significantly deviates from the diffusion model already at micron distances.
2012 Journal Articles
2. Coherent Phonon Heat Conduction in Superlattices
Maria N. Luckyanova, Jivtesh Garg, Keivan Esfarjani, Adam Jandl, Mayank T. Bulsara, Aaron J. Schmidt, Austin J. Minnich, Shuo Chen, Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Zhifeng Ren, Eugene A. Fitzgerald, Gang Chen
Science, Vol. 338 no. 6109 pp. 936-939, November16, 2012
This paper describes the first observation of coherent heat conduction, in which thermal phonons travel as waves rather than particles, in a GaAs/AlAs superlattice.
1. Determining Phonon Mean Free Paths from Observations of Quasiballistic Thermal Transport
A. J. Minnich
Physical Review Letters, 109, 205901 (2012)
This work demonstrates how the phonon mean free path distribution may be reconstructed from quasiballistic thermal measurements by solving a common inverse problem.
2011 Journal Articles
3. Power Factor Enhancement by Modulation Doping in Bulk Nanocomposites
Mona Zebarjadi, Giri Joshi, Gaohua Zhu, Bo Yu, Austin Minnich, Yucheng Lan, Xiaowei Wang, Mildred Dresselhaus, Zhifeng Ren, and Gang Chen
Nano Lett., 2011, 11 (6), pp 2225–2230
2. Quasiballistic heat transfer studied using the frequency-dependent boltzmann transport equation
A. J. Minnich, G. Chen, S. Mansoor, and B. S. Yilbas
Physical Review B, 84(23):235207, December 2011
This paper presents a computational study of one-dimensional quasiballistic in a metal/semiconductor structure.
1. A thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique to measure phonon mean free paths
A. J. Minnich, , J. A. Johnson, A. J. Schmidt, K. Esfarjani, M. S. Dresselhaus, K. A. Nelson, and G. Chen
Physical Review Letters, 107:095901, Aug 2011. Chosen as Editor's suggestion
This paper introduces the first experimental technique that is able to measure thermal phonon mean free paths over a wide range of length scales and materials.
2011 Conference Papers
Quasi-ballistic heat transfer from metal nanostructures on sapphire
Austin Minnich and Gang Chen
In Proceedings of the 8th ASME/JSME Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, page 44094, 2011
2010 Journal Articles
2. Theoretical studies on the thermoelectric figure of merit of nanograined bulk silicon
Qing Hao, Gaohua Zhu, Giri Joshi, Xiaowei Wang, Austin Minnich, Zhifeng Ren, and Gang Chen
Applied Physics Letters, 97(6):063109, 2010
1. Thermal conductance and phonon transmissivity of metal-graphite interfaces
Aaron J. Schmidt, Kimberlee C. Collins, Austin J. Minnich, and Gang Chen
Journal of Applied Physics, 107(10):104907, 2010
2009 Journal Articles
4. Modeling study of thermoelectric SiGe nanocomposites
A. J. Minnich, H. Lee, X. W. Wang, G. Joshi, M. S. Dresselhaus, Z. F. Ren, G. Chen, and D. Vashaee
Physical Review B, 80(15):155327, October 2009
3. Bulk nanostructured thermoelectric materials: Current research and future prospects
A. J. Minnich, M. S. Dresselhaus, Z. F. Ren, and G. Chen
Energy & Environmental Science, 2(5):466 - 479, 2009 (Invited, peer-reviewed. Among the top 10 downloaded articles in EES for July, August, December 2009, January-May, July-December 2010, January 2011)
2. Enhancement of thermoelectric figure-of-merit by a bulk nanostructuring approach
Yucheng Lan, Austin Minnich, Gang Chen, and Zhifeng Ren
Advanced Functional Materials, 20:357 - 376, 2009
1. Solubility study of Yb in n-type skutterudites YbxCo4Sb12 and their enhanced thermoelectric properties
J. Yang, Q. Hao, H. Wang, Y. C. Lan, Q. Y. He, A. J. Minnich, D. Z. Wang, J. A. Harriman, V. M. Varki, M. S. Dresselhaus, G. Chen, and Z. F. Ren
Physical Review B, 80(11):115329, 2009
2008 Journal Papers
High-thermoelectric performance of nanostructured bismuth antimony telluride bulk alloys
Bed Poudel, Qing Hao, Yi Ma, Yucheng Lan, Austin Minnich, Bo Yu, Xiao Yan, Dezhi Wang, Andrew Muto, Daryoosh Vashaee, Xiaoyuan Chen, Junming Liu, Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Gang Chen, and Zhifeng Ren
Science, 320(5876):634-638, 2008
2008 Conference Papers
2. Modeling grain boundary scattering in nanocomposites
A. Minnich, D. Vashaee, and G. Chen
In Proceedings of the 2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, pages IMECE2008-67385, Boston, November 2008
1. Modeling the thermoelectric properties of nanocomposites
A. Minnich and G. Chen
In Proceedings of the 3rd ASME Energy Nanotechnology International Conference, Jacksonville, August 2008
2007 Journal Articles
Modified effective medium formulation for the thermal conductivity of nanocomposites
Austin Minnich and Gang Chen
Applied Physics Letters, 91(7):073105, 2007 (also in August 27, 2007 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology)
Measuring phonon mean free paths using thermal conductivity spectroscopy
Austin J. Minnich
Annual Review of Heat Transfer, Belsevere 2012.