Carbon Nanotube Review Paper Published in Reviews of Modern Physics

Author: Amy Marconnet, Matthew Panzer, and Ken Goodson
Event Date: August 16, 2013
Schematic rendering of photothermal characterization methods for CNT forest.
The rendering illustrates that a metal film is typically deposited on the top surface for heat absorption and thermoreflectance thermometry, and suggests the importance of tube alignment, tube-tube interactions, defects within tubes for transport in the film-normal direction. This rendering also illustrates that the quality of contact between the tubes and the metal film influences the extent to which heat penetrates into the film and can yield lateral nonhomogeneities in the temperature of nanotubes at a given height from the substrate, which can influence the experimentally observed effective heat capacity and complicate data extraction. (Artwork by Alex Jerez)
Our comprehensive review of thermal transport in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and CNT-based materials has been published in Reviews of Modern Physics.

Our review describes the physics governing the unusual heat conduction capabilities of carbon nanotubes and nanotube films and highlights the revolutionary experimental and theoretical strategies that have been developed to investigate these material systems.  We analyze the large volume of data and predictions obtained over the past fifteen years and attempt to separate the settled issues from the open questions. The time is right for a review of carbon nanotube thermal conduction.  This contribution fills an important gap in the literature, which at present lacks a current review dedicated to the extensive heat conduction research on this material system. Although several articles have previously reviewed thermal transport in carbon nanotubes, our review uniquely synthesizes the data from experimental, analytical, and modeling efforts for both individual nanotubes and thin film nanotube based materials. 

This review extends from Prof. Marconnet's PhD thesis research in the NanoHeat Lab at Stanford University.

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