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Title: Capturing anharmonicity in a lattice thermal conductivity model for high-throughput predictions

High-throughput, low-cost, and accurate predictions of thermal properties of new materials would be beneficial in fields ranging from thermal barrier coatings and thermoelectrics to integrated circuits. To date, computational efforts for predicting lattice thermal conductivity (κ L) have been hampered by the complexity associated with computing multiple phonon interactions. In this work, we develop and validate a semiempirical model for κ L by fitting density functional theory calculations to experimental data. Experimental values for κ L come from new measurements on SrIn 2O 4, Ba 2SnO 4, Cu 2ZnSiTe 4, MoTe 2, Ba 3In 2O 6, Cu 3TaTe 4, SnO, and InI as well as 55 compounds from across the published literature. Here, to capture the anharmonicity in phonon interactions, we incorporate a structural parameter that allows the model to predict κ L within a factor of 1.5 of the experimental value across 4 orders of magnitude in κ L values and over a diverse chemical and structural phase space, with accuracy similar to or better than that of computationally more expensive models.
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  1. Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)
  3. Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)
  4. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0897-4756
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Chemistry of Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 29; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0897-4756
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); NREL Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; thermal properties; lattice thermal conductivity
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