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Thermal conductivity of monolayer MoS2, MoSe2, and WS2: interplay of mass effect, interatomic bonding and anharmonicity

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Abstract

Phonons are essential for understanding the thermal properties in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides. We investigate the lattice dynamics and thermodynamic properties of MoS2, MoSe2, and WS2 by first principles calculations. The obtained phonon frequencies and thermal conductivities agree well with the measurements. Our results show that the thermal conductivity of MoS2 is highest among the three materials due to its low average atomic mass. We also discuss the competition between mass effect, interatomic bonding and anharmonic vibrations in determining the thermal conductivity of WS2. Strong covalent W–S bonding and low anharmonicity in WS2 are found to be crucial in understanding its much higher thermal conductivity compared to MoSe2.

Graphical abstract: Thermal conductivity of monolayer MoS2, MoSe2, and WS2: interplay of mass effect, interatomic bonding and anharmonicity

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Submitted
24 Sep 2015
Accepted
23 Dec 2015
First published
13 Jan 2016

RSC Adv., 2016,6, 5767-5773
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Thermal conductivity of monolayer MoS2, MoSe2, and WS2: interplay of mass effect, interatomic bonding and anharmonicity

B. Peng, H. Zhang, H. Shao, Y. Xu, X. Zhang and H. Zhu, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 5767 DOI: 10.1039/C5RA19747C

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