Tuning thermoelectric properties of graphene/boron nitride heterostructures

Algharagholy, Laith A. and Al-Galiby, Qusiy and Marhoon, Haider A. and Sadeghi, Hatef and Abduljalil, Hayder M. and Lambert, Colin J. (2015) Tuning thermoelectric properties of graphene/boron nitride heterostructures. Nanotechnology, 26 (47): 475401. ISSN 0957-4484

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Using density functional theory combined with a Green's function scattering approach, we examine the thermoelectric properties of hetero-nanoribbons formed from alternating lengths of graphene and boron nitride. In such structures, the boron nitride acts as a tunnel barrier, which weakly couples states in the graphene, to form mini-bands. In un-doped nanoribbons, the mini bands are symmetrically positioned relative to the Fermi energy and do not enhance thermoelectric performance significantly. In contrast, when the ribbons are doped by electron donating or electron accepting adsorbates, the thermopower S and electronic figure of merit are enhanced and either positive or negative thermopowers can be obtained. In the most favourable case, doping with the electron donor tetrathiafulvalene increases the room-temperature thermopower to -284 μv K(-1) and doping by the electron acceptor tetracyanoethylene increases S to 210 μv K(-1). After including both electron and phonon contributions to the thermal conductance, figures of merit ZT up to of order 0.9 are obtained.

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