Thermal nanotransistor can conduct heat away from electronic components

Nanowerk  November 14, 2018 An international team of researchers (USA – Stanford University, Rice University, UC Davis, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Germany) bathed a thin layer of molybdenum disulfide that is made up of layered sheets of atoms in a liquid with lots of lithium ions to make it into a transistor-like switch. When a small electrical current is applied to the system, the lithium atoms begin to infuse into the layers of the crystal, changing its heat-conducting characteristics. As the lithium concentration increases, the thermal transistor switches off. Besides enabling dynamic heat control, the team’s results provide new insights […]