Graphene Thermal Properties: Applications in Thermal Management and Energy Storage

Jackie Renteria, Denis Nika, Alexander Balandin
2014 Applied Sciences  
We review the thermal properties of graphene, few-layer graphene and graphene nanoribbons, and discuss practical applications of graphene in thermal management and energy storage. The first part of the review describes the state-of-the-art in the graphene thermal field focusing on recently reported experimental and theoretical data for heat conduction in graphene and graphene nanoribbons. The effects of the sample size, shape, quality, strain distribution, isotope composition, and point-defect
more » ... , and point-defect concentration are included in the summary. The second part of the review outlines thermal properties of graphene-enhanced phase change materials used in energy storage. It is shown that the use of liquid-phase-exfoliated graphene as filler material in phase change materials is promising for thermal management of high-power-density battery parks. The reported experimental and modeling results indicate that graphene has the potential to outperform metal nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, and other carbon allotropes as filler in thermal management materials. OPEN ACCESS Appl. Sci. 2014, 4 526 In this paper, we review thermal properties of graphene, few-layer graphene (FLG), and graphene nanoribbons (GNR) and provide an example of a graphene application in thermal phase change materials (PCM). In many cases, when discussing graphene thermal applications, we use the term graphene even when the actual material consists of a mixture of single layer graphene (SLG), bilayer graphene (BLG), and FLG. The latter is because for thermal applications the difference between SLG and FLG is not as important as for electronic applications. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between FLG and graphite films or between FLG and graphite nano-platelets (GnP) used in composite materials. The definition of SLG-a single atomic plane of sp 2 -bound carbon-is strict. The distinction between FLG and thin film of graphite or bulk graphite depends on the context. Investigating electrical properties one can consider the material to be FLG rather than graphite as long as it is thin enough for changing its carrier density via the electrostatic gating. In the thermal field, one can consider the film to be FLG as long as its Raman spectrum is different from that of bulk graphite. Acoustic phonons determine the thermal properties of graphene and graphite at room temperature (RT) T = 300 K, while the optical phonons define their Raman spectrum [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] . In both cases, the crystal lattice dynamics is essential for the distinction between FLG and graphite. The Raman spectrum of FLG differs from that of graphite for the thickness H less than seven to 10 atomic planes [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] . In this review, we consider the materials to be FLG when its phonon properties are different from those of graphite (H ≤ 10 ≈ 3.5 nm). In most of cases, FLG flakes have larger lateral sizes (up to a few micrometers) than their thickness H. The initial interest in the thermal properties of graphene and FLG was driven by the exotic physics of two-dimensional (2D) phonon transport [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] . Recently, the studies turned to thermal properties of graphene and related composite materials from the position of practical applications. In this review, we briefly outline the state-of-the-art and new developments in the field of thermal properties of graphene. In addition, as an example of a practical application of graphene in thermal management, we will describe graphene-enhanced phase-change materials (PCMs). Readers interested in details of the phonon thermal transport in graphene and FLG are referred to other recent reviewers [1-3,12,13]. Motivations for Graphene Applications in Thermal Management Development of high-power-density batteries, e.g., Li-ion batteries, enabled progress in mobile communications, consumer electronics, and automotive industries [14] [15] [16] . Temperature rise beyond the normal operating range negatively affects Li-ion battery performance. If overheated, the battery can suffer thermal runaway, cell rupture or explosion [17] [18] [19] . A conventional approach for thermal management of high-power-density-ion battery packs is based on the utilization of thermal PCMs. They reduce the temperature rise in the battery due to the latent heat storing and phase changes over a small temperature range [20] [21] [22] .
doi:10.3390/app4040525 fatcat:pfwimce5m5hthclbqt2iqbvr6u