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Portrait of Martin Leijnse; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Martin Leijnse

Professor, Member of NanoLund Management Group

Portrait of Martin Leijnse; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Designing pi-stacked molecular structures to control heat transport through molecular junctions

Author

  • Gediminas Kirsanskas
  • Qian Li
  • Karsten Flensberg
  • Gemma C. Solomon
  • Martin Leijnse

Summary, in English

We propose and analyze a way of using pi stacking to design molecular junctions that either enhance or suppress a phononic heat current, but at the same time remain conductors for an electric current. Such functionality is highly desirable in thermoelectric energy converters, as well as in other electronic components where heat dissipation should be minimized or maximized. We suggest a molecular design consisting of two masses coupled to each other with one mass coupled to each lead. By having a small coupling (spring constant) between the masses, it is possible to either reduce or perhaps more surprisingly enhance the phonon conductance. We investigate a simple model system to identify optimal parameter regimes and then use first principle calculations to extract model parameters for a number of specific molecular realizations, confirming that our proposal can indeed be realized using standard molecular building blocks. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

Department/s

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Solid State Physics
  • NanoLund: Center for Nanoscience

Publishing year

2014

Language

English

Publication/Series

Applied Physics Letters

Volume

105

Issue

23

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Topic

  • Condensed Matter Physics

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0003-6951