The Synthesis of Precursors for the Deposition of Photovoltaic Thin Films

  • Anna Sudlow

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Abstract

The work in the thesis describes attempts to synthesise precursors for the deposition of thin films for use in thin-film photovoltaic cells.Chapter One – Introduction provides a brief background to photovoltaic cells with specific detail given to thin-film photovoltaic cells. The concepts of chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and precursor design are discussed with relevant precursors are highlighted.Chapter Two – Xanthates provides details of the synthesis and characterisation of a series of metal xanthates. The materials chemistry of the xanthates is then discussed.Chapter Three – Dithiocarbamates provides details of the synthesis and characterisation of a series of metal dithiocarbamates. The materials chemistry of the dithiocarbamates is then discussed.Chapter Four – Materials Work on Cu2ZnSnS2 and CuSbS2 provides a discussion of attempts to deposit thin films of Cu2ZnSnS4 and CuSbS2 from the precursors discussed in chapters two and three.Chapter Five – Heterobimetallic precursors provides details of the synthesis and characterisation of a series of heterobimetallic precursors liked by chlorine bridges and subsequent attempts to replace the chlorine atoms with thiolate ligands.Chapter Six – Precursors for ZnO:F provides details of the synthesis and characterisation of a series of single source precursors designed for the deposition of ZnO:F thin films. The materials chemistry and subsequent CVD trials are then discussed.
Date of Award30 Jun 2012
LanguageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorKieran Molloy (Supervisor)

Keywords

  • CND

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The Synthesis of Precursors for the Deposition of Photovoltaic Thin Films
Sudlow, A. (Author). 30 Jun 2012

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD