Novel Evaporation Process for Deposition of Kesterite Thin Films Synthesized by Solvothermal Method

J. A. Estrada-Ayub, L. Álvarez Contreras, M. Román Aguirre, J. G. Murillo Ramírez, M. T. Ochoa-Lara, P. Pizá-Ruiz, A. Aguilar Elguezabal
2017 Advances in Materials Science and Engineering  
Kesterite, a quaternary compound of Cu2ZnSnS4, is a promising option as a material absorber to reduce the cost of photovoltaic solar cells. The solvothermal method is a way to synthesize nanoparticles of this material. In this work, once synthesized, particles were deposited on a substrate through evaporation, and their morphological, structural, and optical properties were studied. Results show that changes of precursor ratios during solvothermal synthesis result in a modification of particle
more » ... cation of particle morphology but not on its size. The deposition of already synthesized kesterite through evaporation preserves kesterite structure and permits the formation of a homogenous film on a substrate. Optical reflectance and transmittance measurements allowed estimating the band-gap energy between 1.41 and 1.46 eV for representative samples, which is near the optimum for the absorber material.
doi:10.1155/2017/7905343 fatcat:hc6jgby2qbe2tmfrogs6vbm5hm