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Nanostructured ZnO as a Solution-Processable Transparent Electrode Material for Low-Cost Photovoltaics

Investigator

Alberto Salleo, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Objective

This study explores innovative approaches for using zinc-based oxide materials as transparent conductive films in photovoltaic devices. The proposed strategy consists of depositing a planar network of doped ZnO nanowires from solution and annealing it by laser to form a continuous film. This approach promises better conductivity and transparency properties than in unannealed nanowire networks, in addition to the advantages associated with solution processing. Laser annealing of highly-doped ZnO nanowires is a novel technique that will be investigated for the first time in this project.