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Development of ZnSnON as a Potential Earth Abundant Solar Cell Material

This work focuses on growing ZnSnON via deposition from zinc oxide and tin oxide targets in a reactive nitrogen environment as a potential inexpensive solar material. The deposition chamber growth conditions, primarily the temperature and nitrogen content, were varied to optimize the optical and electrical properties for use as a solar absorber. These targets produced films with minimal nitrogen content and considerable oxygen content, which have a characteristic wider band gap, thus making it a potential material for tandem application. The tunable properties, as well as the material’s inexpensive and recyclable nature make it attractive for multiple optoelectronic applications.

Symposium Participant

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Nicholas Theut

Project Details

Symposium Date: Spring 2018

Research Theme: Energy

Presentation Type: FURI

Faculty Mentors

  • Mariana Bertoni