A Simulation Study of Defect Engineering on the Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Thermoelectric Materials


Mr. Cheng Ruihuan

PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Dept.

Date & Time

Thursday, 28 April 2022

6:30 am


Via Zoom


Reducing the lattice thermal conductivity (κL) is one of the effective means to improve the figure of merit (ZT) of thermoelectric materials. Defect engineering, including point defects (0D), dislocations (1D), interfaces (2D), inclusions, and pores (3D) in terms of dimensions, gives the avenue to achieve this intervention strategy by introducing additional phonon scattering. In this seminar, brief concepts of phonon scattering mechanisms of different defects based on the Debye–Callaway model are first summarized.

To further reveal the phonon scattering mechanisms from a microscopic perspective, we perform large scale molecular dynamic simulations, based on machine learning potential and GPU-acceleration. Preliminary results of thermal transport in PbSe-doped PbTe will be discussed.

Research Areas:

Advanced Materials

Contact for


Dr. Y. Chen

+(852) 3917 7095

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