Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Thermoelectric Studies of Graphene Antidot Lattices and Nanoporous Thin Films


Prof. Qing Hao


University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Friday, October 18, 2019 at 1:00:00 PM


Love Building, Room 210


Dr. Satish Kumar


The transport properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials can be dramatically changed by introducing nano- to atomic-scale porous patterns, such as regularly spaced pores (antidots). For gapless graphene, such so-called graphene antidot lattices (GALs) can open a geometry-dependent band gap to benefit the applications of graphene in field effect transistors, optoelectronic devices, and thermoelectrics. Despite many studies, the electron and phonon transport processes in such a periodic porous structure are still not fully understood, which hinders the future development of these metamaterials. In this work, systematic studies have been carried out on GALs with a hexagonal or square array of antidots. As a new attempt, the maximum and minimum Seebeck coefficients under an applied gate voltage are used to infer the dominant scattering mechanism of charge carriers. It is found that the dominant electron scattering mechanism is associated with the pore-edge-trapped charges. To better understand the electrical properties of a GAL or general nanoporous thin films, analytical modeling and electron Monte Carlo simulations are carried out and compared. For phonon transport, thermal measurements on comparable periodic nanoporous Si films and In0.1Ga0.9N films can be fully explained assuming diffusive pore-edge phonon scattering for patterns with ~100 nm pitches. Other than periodic nanopores, equally spaced nanoslots can also be patterned across a Si film to change its thermoelectric properties. By tuning the neck width between adjacent nanoslots, the thermal conductivity can be adjusted and its dependence on the neck width can be used to reconstruct the phonon mean free path distribution within the solid film.


Qing Hao is an Associate Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arizona. He received his B.E. degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 2001. He then obtained his M.S. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, and his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2010, both in Mechanical Engineering. After his PhD, he spent a year as a postdoctoral research associate at MIT, primarily working on novel Na-ion batteries. He joined the University of Arizona in Aug. 2011. His current research efforts include high-power electronics, thermoelectrics, and two-dimensional materials. He received the 2008 R&D 100 Award as a team member, 2015 AFOSR YIP Award, and 2017 NSF CAREER Award.


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