Annealing effect on the thermal conductivity of thermoelectric ZnTe nanowires
M. Shaygan, N. Kheirabi, K. Davami, B. Mortazavi, Jeong-Soo Lee, G. Cuniberti, M. Meyyappan
Materials Letters 135, 87-91 (2014)
We report here the effect of thermal annealing on the thermal conductivity of ZnTe nanowires measured on a microfabricated suspended device. Molecular dynamics simulation was used to calculate the effect of contacts on the measurements at different temperatures and to estimate the intrinsic nanowire thermal conductivity values. A decrease in thermal conductivity was observed after each thermal annealing step at all the measured temperatures. Thermal annealing can be a potential method to improve the thermoelectric efficiency of nanowires, not only by enhancing the electrical conduction as demonstrated before, but also by suppressing the thermal transport at the same time.