Ultrahigh thermal conductivity and strength in direct-gap semiconducting graphene-like BC6N: A first-principles and classical investigation

B Mortazavi, CARBON, 182, 373-383 (2021).

DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2021.06.038

In recent years, graphene-like boron carbide and carbon nitride nanosheets have attracted remarkable attentions, owing to their semiconducting electronic nature and outstanding mechanical and heat transport properties. Graphene-like BC6N is an experimentally realized layered material and most recently has been the focus of numerous theoretical studies. Interestingly, the most stable form of BC6N monolayer remains unexplored and limited information are known concerning its intrinsic physical properties. Herein, on the basis of density functional theory (DFT) calculations we confirm that the most stable form of BC6N nanosheet shows a rectangular unitcell, in accordance with an overlooked experimental finding. We found that BC6N monolayer is a semiconductor with 1.19 eV HSE06-based direct gap and yields anisotropic and excellent absorption of visible light. First- principles results highlight that BC6N nanosheet exhibits anisotropic and ultrahigh tensile strength and lattice thermal conductivity, outperforming all other fabricated 2D semiconductors. We moreover develop classical molecular dynamic models for the evaluation of heat transport and mechanical properties of BC6N nanomembranes. The presented results in this work not only shed light on the most stable configuration of BC6N nano sheet, but also confirm its outstandingly appealing electronic, optical, heat conduction and mechanical properties, extremely motivating for further theoretical and experimental endeavors. (C) 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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