Andrey A. Voevodin

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In this work, we grow thin MoS2 films (50-150 nm) uniformly over large areas (>1 cm(2)) with strong basal plane (002) or edge plane (100) orientations to characterize thermal anisotropy. Measurement results are correlated with molecular dynamics simulations of thermal transport for perfect and defective MoS2 crystals. The correlation between predicted(More)
In this work, we explore the thermal properties of hexagonal transition metal dichalcogenide compounds with different average atomic masses but equivalent microstructures. Thermal conductivity values of sputtered thin films were compared to bulk crystals. The comparison revealed a >10 fold reduction in thin film thermal conductivity. Structural analysis of(More)
Submonolayer coatings of noble-metal nanoparticle liquids (NPLs) are shown to provide replenishable surfaces with robust asperities and metallic conductivity that extends the durability of electrical relays by 10 to 100 times (depending on the current driven through the contact) as compared to alternative approaches. NPLs are single-component materials(More)
Field-induced phonon tunneling, a previously unknown mechanism of interfacial thermal transport, has been revealed by ultrahigh vacuum inelastic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Using thermally broadened Fermi-Dirac distribution in the STM tip as in situ atomic-scale thermometer we found that thermal vibrations of the last tip atom are effectively(More)
Controlling coalescence events in a heterogeneous ensemble of condensing droplets on a surface is an outstanding fundamental challenge in surface and interfacial sciences, with a broad practical importance in applications ranging from thermal management of high-performance electronic devices to moisture management in high-humidity environments.(More)
Solid lubricants (SLs) characterized by low coefficients of friction (mu) and wear rates (w) drastically improve the life span of instruments that undergo extreme frictional wear. However, the performance of SLs such as sputtered or nanoparticulate molybdenum disulfide (MoS(2)), tungsten disulfide (WS(2)), or graphite deteriorates heavily under extreme(More)
Measured friction coefficients of carbon nanotubes vary widely from l<0.1–l>1.0 [1–6], while theoretical studies suggest intrinsically high friction coefficients, approaching unity [7]. Here we report that measured friction coefficients of MWNT films are strong functions of surface chemistry and temperature, but are not dependent on the presence of water(More)