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High temperature thermal management with boron nitride nanosheets

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The rapid development of high power density devices requires more efficient heat dissipation. Recently, two-dimensional layered materials have attracted significant interest due to their superior thermal conductivity, ease of production and chemical stability. Among them, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is electrically insulating, making it a promising thermal management material for next-generation electronics. In this work, we demonstrated that an h-BN thin film composed of layer-by-layer laminated h-BN nanosheets can effectively enhance the lateral heat dissipation on the substrate. We found that by using the BN-coated glass instead of bare glass as the substrate, the highest operating temperature of a reduced graphene oxide (RGO) based device could increase from 700 °C to 1000 °C, and at the same input power, the operating temperature of the RGO device is effectively decreased. The remarkable performance improvement using the BN coating originates from its anisotropic thermal conductivity: a high in-plane thermal conductivity of 14 W m−1 K−1 for spreading and a low cross-plane thermal conductivity of 0.4 W m−1 K−1 to avoid a hot spot right underneath the device. Our results provide an effective approach to improve the heat dissipation in integrated circuits and high power devices.

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21 Sep 2017
14 Nov 2017
First published
15 Nov 2017

Nanoscale, 2018,10, 167-173
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High temperature thermal management with boron nitride nanosheets

Y. Wang, L. Xu, Z. Yang, H. Xie, P. Jiang, J. Dai, W. Luo, Y. Yao, E. Hitz, R. Yang, B. Yang and L. Hu, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 167
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR07058F

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