Routes to tin chalcogenide materials as thin films or nanoparticles: a potentially important class of semiconductor for sustainable solar energy conversion

David Lewis, Punarja Kevin, Osman Bakr, Christopher Muryn, Mohammad Malik, Paul O'Brien

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    Abstract

    Thin films of tin chalcogenides may find use in photovoltaic devices, and nanocrystals of such materials are attractive due to their tuneable band gaps and potential in photovoltaic, photonic and optoelectronic applications. Tin(II) sulfide (SnS) is of particular interest due to its band gap of 1.4 eV, which is similar to that of silicon (1.1 eV). This review seeks to provide an overview of the chemical routes currently known for the synthesis of tin chalcogenides as thin films or in nanocrystalline form, as well as exploring routes to copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) and mesoporous tin chalcogenides.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)577-598
    Number of pages22
    JournalInorganic Chemistry Frontiers
    Volume1
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2014

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