A theoretical study on thermoelectric properties of graphene nanoribbons

Yijian Ouyang; Jing Guo
June 2009
Applied Physics Letters;6/29/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 26, p263107
Academic Journal
We investigate the thermoelectric properties of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) by solving atomistic electron and phonon transport equations in the nonequilibrium Green’s function formalism. The dependence of thermopower on temperature and chemical potential is compared to that of graphene, which shows the important role of quasi-one-dimensional geometry in determining the thermoelectric properties of a GNR. The edge roughness and lattice vacancy are found to increase the thermopower but decrease the thermoelectric ZT factor because the decrease in the electronic conductance outweighs the decrease in the thermal conductance and the increase in the thermopower.


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