Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have recently garnered much interest due to their unique electrical, chemical, and thermal properties. Several studies have focused on thermal transport across solid–SAM junctions, demonstrating that interface conductance is largely insensitive to changes in SAM length. In the present study, we have investigated the vibrational spectra of alkanedithiol-based SAMs as a function of the number of methylene groups forming the molecular backbone via Hartree–Fock methods. In the case of Au–alkanedithiol junctions, it is found that despite the addition of nine new vibrational modes per added methylene group, only one of these modes falls below the maximum phonon frequency of Au. In addition, the alkanedithiol one-dimensional density of normal modes (modes per unit energy per unit length) is nearly constant regardless of chain length, explaining the observed insensitivity. Furthermore, we developed a diffusive transport model intended to predict interface conductance at solid–SAM junctions. It is shown that this predictive model is in an excellent agreement with prior experimental data available in the literature.
Assessment and prediction of thermal transport at solid–self-assembled monolayer junctions
John C. Duda, Christopher B. Saltonstall, Pamela M. Norris, Patrick E. Hopkins; Assessment and prediction of thermal transport at solid–self-assembled monolayer junctions. J. Chem. Phys. 7 March 2011; 134 (9): 094704. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3557823
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