Date of Award

Fall 9-2015

Embargo Period

4-20-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor(s)

Alan McGaughey

Abstract

The objective of this work is to study thermal transport in bulk, nano-structured, and two-dimensional semiconductors, and metals. While phonons (i.e., atomic vibrations) dominate the thermal transport in crystalline semiconductors, electrons are the major thermal and charge carriers in metals.

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