Publications by authors named "Susanne Sandell"

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Enhancement of Thermal Boundary Conductance of Metal-Polymer System.

Nanomaterials (Basel) 2020 Apr 2;10(4). Epub 2020 Apr 2.

NTNU Nanomechanical Lab, Department of Structural Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim 7491, Norway.

In organic electronics, thermal management is a challenge, as most organic materials conduct heat poorly. As these devices become smaller, thermal transport is increasingly limited by organic-inorganic interfaces, for example that between a metal and a polymer. However, the mechanisms of heat transport at these interfaces are not well understood. In this work, we compare three types of metal-polymer interfaces. Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) films of different thicknesses (1-15 nm) were spin-coated on silicon substrates and covered with an 80 nm gold film either directly, or over an interface layer of 2 nm of an adhesion promoting metal-either titanium or nickel. We use the frequency-domain thermoreflectance (FDTR) technique to measure the effective thermal conductivity of the polymer film and then extract the metal-polymer thermal boundary conductance (TBC) with a thermal resistance circuit model. We found that the titanium layer increased the TBC by a factor of 2, from 59 × 10 W·m·K to 115 × 10 W·m·K, while the nickel layer increased TBC to 139 × 10 W·m·K. These results shed light on possible strategies to improve heat transport in organic electronic systems.
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