In this paper, by employing the previously developed two-body interatomic potentials for bismuth telluride, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to describe the thermoelectric properties, namely the lattice thermal conductivity, of Bi2Te3 nanowires. Cylindrical nanowires with both smooth surface and sawtooth surface roughness are studied, aiming at revealing the effects of phonon confinement in 1-D structures, phonon boundary scatterings and surface roughness on the lattice thermal conductivity of Bi2Te3 nanowires. In the end, the influence of various phonon scattering mechanisms on the nanostructures under study are summarized, possible paths to reduce lattice thermal conductivity in nanostructured Bi2Te3, which is favorable for enhancing thermoelectric performance, are pointed out.

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