Multiscale modelling of heat conduction in all-MoS2 single-layer heterostructures

Bohayra Mortazavi, Timon Rabczuk

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Successful isolation of atom thick molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) films has opened promising routes toward its practical applications in nanoelectronics. Recently, experimental fabrication of single-layer MoS2 membranes made from semiconducting (2H) and metallic (1T) phases was successfully accomplished in order to reach advanced MoS2 heterostructures with tunable electronic properties. A comprehensive understanding of the heat conduction properties of these heterostructures plays a crucial role not only for the overheating concerns in nanoelectronics but also for the design of specific systems such as thermoelectric nanodevices. In this investigation, we accordingly explore the thermal conductivity along all-MoS2 heterostructures by developing a combined atomistic-continuum multiscale model. In this approach, molecular dynamics simulations were employed to compute the thermal conductivity of pristine 2H and 1T phases and also the thermal contact conductance between 1T and 2H phases. Properties obtained from the atomistic simulations were finally used to construct macroscopic samples of MoS2 heterostructures using the finite element method. Our investigation confirms the possibility of finely tuning the heat transport along MoS2 heterostructures by controlling the domain size and the concentration of different phases. Findings from our multiscale model provide useful insight regarding the thermal conduction response of all-MoS2 heterostructures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11135-11141
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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