Microwave-hydrothermal/solvothermal synthesis of kesterite, an emerging photovoltaic material

Xinlong Yan, Elizabeth Michael, Sridhar Komarneni, Jeffrey Brownson, Zi Feng Yan

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Abstract

Rapid synthesis of kesterite (Cu2ZnSnS4), an emerging photovoltaic material was achieved by microwave-hydrothermal/solvothermal (M-H/S) process. Conventional-hydrothermal (C-H) process was also used for comparison with M-H/S process. The synthesized kesterite samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron diffraction and UV-vis spectroscopy. Nanophase kesterite, which is potentially suitable for coating was synthesized in ethylene glycol. Band gap values were calculated from UV-vis spectra of several synthetic kesterites and these values are close to the reported values for kesterite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1985-1992
Number of pages8
JournalCeramics International
Volume40
Issue number1 PART B
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Hydrothermal synthesis
Microwaves
Ethylene Glycol
Ethylene glycol
Ultraviolet spectroscopy
Electron diffraction
X ray powder diffraction
Energy gap
Transmission electron microscopy
Coatings
Scanning electron microscopy
Cu2ZnSnS4

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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Yan, Xinlong ; Michael, Elizabeth ; Komarneni, Sridhar ; Brownson, Jeffrey ; Yan, Zi Feng. / Microwave-hydrothermal/solvothermal synthesis of kesterite, an emerging photovoltaic material. In: Ceramics International. 2014 ; Vol. 40, No. 1 PART B. pp. 1985-1992.
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Microwave-hydrothermal/solvothermal synthesis of kesterite, an emerging photovoltaic material. / Yan, Xinlong; Michael, Elizabeth; Komarneni, Sridhar; Brownson, Jeffrey; Yan, Zi Feng.

In: Ceramics International, Vol. 40, No. 1 PART B, 01.01.2014, p. 1985-1992.

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