Thermal-electric model for piezoelectric ZnO nanowires

Rodolfo Araneo, Fabiano Bini, Antonio Rinaldi, Andrea Notargiacomo, Marialilia Pea, Salvatore Celozzi

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The behavior of ZnO nanowires under uniaxial loading is characterized by means of a numerical model that accounts for all coupled mechanical, electrical, and thermal effects. The paper shows that thermal effects in the nanowires may greatly impact the predicted performance of piezoelectric and piezotronic nanodevices. The pyroelectric effect introduces new equivalent volumic charge in the body of the nanowire and surface charges at the boundaries, where Kapitza resistances are located, that act together with the piezoelectric charges to improve the predicted performance. It is shown that the proposed model is able to reproduce several effects experimentally observed by other research groups, and is a promising tool for the design of ultra-high efficient nanodevices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number265402
Pages (from-to)-
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Araneo, R., Bini, F., Rinaldi, A., Notargiacomo, A., Pea, M., & Celozzi, S. (2015). Thermal-electric model for piezoelectric ZnO nanowires. Nanotechnology, 26(26), -. [265402].