Electrochemical deposition of CZTS thin films on flexible substrate

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Solar cells based on semiconductor thin films are emerging as alternative to silicon;however,the materials giving the highest efficiency,CdTe and CuInGaSe,contain toxic (Cd) and rare (In) elements.In this field,the challenge is to substitute In and Cd with abundant and non-toxic elements without lowering the high efficiency achieved with these technologies.Compounds based on copper,zinc,tin and sulfur (CZTS) arepotentially promising materials,because they present all the above listed features.Among the different methods to obtain CZTS,the electrochemical route appears of great interest because easy to conduct.Up to date,the literature shows that non-uniformity in composition and/or the presence ofsecondary phases prevent the obtainment of electrochemical CZTS thin-film of high quality.In this paper,we present the principal results of an extensive investigations conducted in order to find suitable conditions for growing CZTS thin films with good performance through the simultaneous electrodeposition of elements having different standard electrochemicalpotentials.Thin films were obtained on a flexible substrate by potentiostaticdeposition from aqueous baths by changing different deposition parameters(bath composition and temperature,deposition time).Chemicalcomposition and structure of the electrodeposited films were evaluated byEDS,SEM,RAMAN and XRD.Preliminary results on the photoelectrochemical behaviour of the films will be also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages0
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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