Understanding and exploiting thermal transport phenomena at the nanometer scale can lead to improved thermoelectric energy conversion, novel NEMs-based sensors and facilitate the scaling of semiconductor devices to atomistic scales. The increased surface area to volume ratio in micro- and nano-structures leads to the dominance of boundary scattering. Recent experimental work suggests that the impact is even more than previously understood. This paper reviews recent progress in modeling phonon scattering at rough surfaces.

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