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Abstract: This Master's Thesis researched thermal transport at the nanoscale level in n-alkanes, and specifically focused on the effect of length of long chain n-alkane molecules on the thermal conductivity. A combination of transient measurements using the Hot Disk TPS and molecular dynamics simulations were used in this research. The Hot Disk TPS measured the thermal conductivity of three solid n-alkanes. Overall, the author concluded that there was an increase in thermal conductivity as the length of the n-alkane molecule increased. The effects of anisotropy were investigated and found to be negligible. The experimental data obtained by the Hot Disk TPS agreed well with previous values in the literature.

Reference: Masters Thesis, Auburn University (2014)