Thermoelectric response of bulk and monolayer MoSe2 and WSe2

S. R. Sarath Kumar, Udo Schwingenschlögl

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We study the thermoelectric properties of bulk and monolayer MoSe2 and WSe2 by first-principles calculations and semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. The lattice thermal conductivity is calculated using the self-consistent iterative approach as well as the single-mode relaxation time approximation. The acoustical and optical contributions to the lattice thermal conductivity are evaluated along with the influence of the phonon mean free path. The employed methodology enables a quantitative comparison of the thermoelectric properties of transition-metal dichalcogenides. In particular, WSe2 is found to be superior to MoSe2 for thermoelectric applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1278-1284
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 5 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)


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