Unique Heat Conduction Properties of Graphene – From Fancy Physics of Phonon Transport to Applications in Thermal Management Seminar by Professor Alexander Balandin

ABSTRACT:  The discovery of unique thermal properties of graphene stimulated experimental, theoretical and computational research directed at understanding phonon transport and thermal conduction in two-dimensional material systems [1-3]. In the first part of the talk, I will review the history and recent results in the graphene thermal field, indicating open physics questions, and providing comparison of different experimental and computational approaches. The extremely high thermal conductivity of graphene, its mechanical flexibility and low cost of the liquid-phase-exfoliated graphene have also led to an explosive growth in research focused on thermal management applications of graphene. In the second part of the talk, I will review results pertinent to graphene’s use as fillers in various thermal interface materials. Specifically, I will address the issue of thermal percolation in graphene composites and resent results for graphene-enhanced thermal interface materials and coatings, which meets industry’s requirements for thermal management of advanced electronics [3-4].

[1] A. A. Balandin, et al., Nano Lett., 8, 902 (2008); A. A. Balandin, Nature Mat., 10, 569 (2011); [3] D. L. Nika and A. A. Balandin, Reports on Progress in Physics, 80, 36502 (2017); [4] F. Kargar, et al., ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 10, 37555 (2018).

BIOSKETCH:  Alexander A. Balandin received his MS degree Summa Cum Laude in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Russia. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA. From 1997 till 1999, he worked as a Research Engineer at the Department of Electrical Engineering, UCLA. In 1999 he joined UCR, where he is presently Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Presidential Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of the Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center, Director of UCR’s Nanofabrication Facility, and Associate Director of DOE EFRC Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems (SHINES) Center. Professor Balandin is a Founding Chair of UCR campus-wide Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program. His research interests cover a wide range of nanotechnology, electronics, materials science and thermal fields. Professor Balandin is a recipient of The MRS Medal from the Materials Research Society (MRS) for his experimental discovery and theoretical explanation of the unique heat conduction properties of graphene, and IEEE Pioneer of Nanotechnology Award for his nanotechnology research. He is an elected Fellow of eight professional societies: MRS, APS, IEEE, OSA, SPIE, IOP, IOM3 and AAAS. He is among the Clarivate Analytics and Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers (Physics). His h-index is 82 with the total citations of more than 40,000. He serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Applied Physics Letters.

For more information, visit his group web-site: http://balandingroup.ucr.edu/

Date(s) - May 07, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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