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Nanoscale Thermal Transport: Advances in Theory and Simulations

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Thermal transport in nanosystems is an expanding research field at the cutting edge of physics, material science and engineering. The rationale behind this novel research field consists in the significant differences of the thermal properties observed in the systems when their dimensions are scaled to the nanometer regime.

From a technological point of view, thermal management has become one of the main issues preventing a further reduction in the size of nanodevices. Moreover, nanoscale thermal transport plays a crucial role in several types of devices, such as thermoelectrics and thermal diodes.
In the last few years outstanding advancements have been achieved both in the experimental and theoretical understanding of thermal transport across a variety of interfaces, systems of reduced dimensions, crystalline and disordered, and collective phonons. However, there are still many issues that need to be further explored.

This Research Topic will present the most recent advances in this field with the aim of strengthening our understanding of heat transport both from a theoretical and experimental perspective. In particular, focus on the microscopic mechanisms governing thermal properties of different materials will be presented. This includes atomistic modeling of phonon transport, phonon–phonon interactions, and manipulation of tailored nanoscale materials. From the experimental point of view, we will present results on experimental characterization of thermal properties in real systems and impact of real materials on device perfomances.

We seek for contributions covering recent progress on fundamental aspects, applications and development of novel metrology tools relevant to the thermal properties of nanosystems. Experimental and theoretical contributions are equally encouraged. Both original research articles, in the form of full papers or communications, and reviews are welcome.

This Research Topic intends to cover a broad range of subjects. A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

• Nanothermics of nano-objects
• Novel simulation protocols and methods;
• Theoretical methods for phonon dispersion and phonon transport;
• Nanoscale heat transfer around nanoparticles for biomedical applications;
• Systems of discontinuous (granular and porous) matter
• Heat transport regimes occurring at the nanoscale (ballistic, wave-like regime, etc)
• Thermal transport in two-dimensional materials
• Nanoscale heat transfer around nanoparticles for biomedical use
• Material design involving nano and meso-scale aimed at novel thermal management strategies,
• Thermal transport in organic/inorganic composites


Keywords: Thermal Transport in Low-dimensional Materials, Thermal Transport in Organic / Inorganic Composites, Theoretical Methods for Phonon Dispersions and Phonon Transport, Phonon Hydrodynamics


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Thermal transport in nanosystems is an expanding research field at the cutting edge of physics, material science and engineering. The rationale behind this novel research field consists in the significant differences of the thermal properties observed in the systems when their dimensions are scaled to the nanometer regime.

From a technological point of view, thermal management has become one of the main issues preventing a further reduction in the size of nanodevices. Moreover, nanoscale thermal transport plays a crucial role in several types of devices, such as thermoelectrics and thermal diodes.
In the last few years outstanding advancements have been achieved both in the experimental and theoretical understanding of thermal transport across a variety of interfaces, systems of reduced dimensions, crystalline and disordered, and collective phonons. However, there are still many issues that need to be further explored.

This Research Topic will present the most recent advances in this field with the aim of strengthening our understanding of heat transport both from a theoretical and experimental perspective. In particular, focus on the microscopic mechanisms governing thermal properties of different materials will be presented. This includes atomistic modeling of phonon transport, phonon–phonon interactions, and manipulation of tailored nanoscale materials. From the experimental point of view, we will present results on experimental characterization of thermal properties in real systems and impact of real materials on device perfomances.

We seek for contributions covering recent progress on fundamental aspects, applications and development of novel metrology tools relevant to the thermal properties of nanosystems. Experimental and theoretical contributions are equally encouraged. Both original research articles, in the form of full papers or communications, and reviews are welcome.

This Research Topic intends to cover a broad range of subjects. A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

• Nanothermics of nano-objects
• Novel simulation protocols and methods;
• Theoretical methods for phonon dispersion and phonon transport;
• Nanoscale heat transfer around nanoparticles for biomedical applications;
• Systems of discontinuous (granular and porous) matter
• Heat transport regimes occurring at the nanoscale (ballistic, wave-like regime, etc)
• Thermal transport in two-dimensional materials
• Nanoscale heat transfer around nanoparticles for biomedical use
• Material design involving nano and meso-scale aimed at novel thermal management strategies,
• Thermal transport in organic/inorganic composites


Keywords: Thermal Transport in Low-dimensional Materials, Thermal Transport in Organic / Inorganic Composites, Theoretical Methods for Phonon Dispersions and Phonon Transport, Phonon Hydrodynamics


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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25 March 2021 Manuscript
30 April 2021 Manuscript Extension

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30 April 2021 Manuscript Extension

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