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Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube Composite Films

  • Quoc Ngo (a1) (a2), Brett A. Cruden (a2), Alan M. Cassell (a2), Megan D. Walker (a2), Qi Ye (a2), Jessica E. Koehne (a2), M. Meyyappan (a2), Jun Li (a2) and Cary Y. Yang (a1)...

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State-of-the-art ICs for microprocessors routinely dissipate power densities on the order of 50 W/cm2. This large power is due to the localized heating of ICs operating at high frequencies, and must be managed for future high-frequency microelectronic applications. Our approach involves finding new and efficient thermally conductive materials. Exploiting carbon nanotube (CNT) films and composites for their superior axial thermal conductance properties has the potential for such an application requiring efficient heat transfer. In this work, we present thermal contact resistance measurement results for CNT and CNT-Cu composite films. It is shown that Cu-filled CNT arrays enhance thermal conductance when compared to as-grown CNT arrays. Furthermore, the CNT-Cu composite material provides a mechanically robust alternative to current IC packaging technology.

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Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube Composite Films

  • Quoc Ngo (a1) (a2), Brett A. Cruden (a2), Alan M. Cassell (a2), Megan D. Walker (a2), Qi Ye (a2), Jessica E. Koehne (a2), M. Meyyappan (a2), Jun Li (a2) and Cary Y. Yang (a1)...

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