ZnO thin films

The most potential semiconductor material as buffer layers in thin film solar cells

Nowshad Amin, Jamilah Husna, Mohammad Mezbaul Alam

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Abstract

Zinc Oxide (ZnO) is a prominent photovoltaic material used as either buffer or window layers in Copper-Indium-Gallium-Sulfide (CIGS) or Cadmium-Telluride (CdTe) thin film solar cells. In this chapter, ZnO will be explored from the material point of view to the thin film growth and characterization, leading to application to thin film solar cell devices. Here, zinc oxide thin films were deposited by Radio Frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at optimized conditions. Then, the effects of annealing on the structural, optical and electrical properties of the ZnO films have been discussed. Chronological investigation will show how the post deposition annealing possesses a positive effect in terms of film quality, roughness and crystalline property that can be utilized in the CIGS or CdTe thin film solar cells as window or buffer layers. Finally, initial implementation as solar cell buffer layers has been demonstrated through CIGS and CdTe thin film solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTwo-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy-Related Applications
PublisherCRC Press
Pages212-239
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781498732949
ISBN (Print)9781498732932
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Zinc Oxide
Buffer layers
Zinc oxide
Cadmium telluride
zinc oxides
Gallium
Indium
Oxide films
buffers
solar cells
Semiconductor materials
Copper
Thin films
cadmium tellurides
Sulfides
thin films
gallium
indium
sulfides
Annealing

Keywords

  • buffer layers
  • II-VI compounds
  • solar cells
  • sputtering growth
  • ZnO thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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Amin, N., Husna, J., & Alam, M. M. (2017). ZnO thin films: The most potential semiconductor material as buffer layers in thin film solar cells. In Two-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy-Related Applications (pp. 212-239). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315369877

ZnO thin films : The most potential semiconductor material as buffer layers in thin film solar cells. / Amin, Nowshad; Husna, Jamilah; Alam, Mohammad Mezbaul.

Two-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy-Related Applications. CRC Press, 2017. p. 212-239.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Amin, N, Husna, J & Alam, MM 2017, ZnO thin films: The most potential semiconductor material as buffer layers in thin film solar cells. in Two-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy-Related Applications. CRC Press, pp. 212-239. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315369877
Amin N, Husna J, Alam MM. ZnO thin films: The most potential semiconductor material as buffer layers in thin film solar cells. In Two-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy-Related Applications. CRC Press. 2017. p. 212-239 https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315369877
Amin, Nowshad ; Husna, Jamilah ; Alam, Mohammad Mezbaul. / ZnO thin films : The most potential semiconductor material as buffer layers in thin film solar cells. Two-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy-Related Applications. CRC Press, 2017. pp. 212-239
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