Formation of Cu3BiS3 thin films via sulfurization of Bi-Cu metal precursors

Diego Colombara, Laurence M Peter, K Hutchings, K D Rogers, S Schäfer, Jesse T R Dufton, M Saiful Islam

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Thin films of Cu 3BiS 3 have been produced by conversion of stacked and co-electroplated Bi-Cu metal precursors in the presence of elemental sulfur vapor. The roles of sulfurization temperature and heating rate in achieving single-phase good quality layers have been explored. The potential loss of Bi during the treatments has been investigated, and no appreciable compositional difference was found between films sulfurized at 550 °C for up to 16 h. The structural, morphological and photoelectrochemical properties of the layers were investigated in order to evaluate the potentials of the compound for application in thin film photovoltaics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5165-5171
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


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