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CZTS thin film solar cells

The science behind the research

Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) materials have direct band gap energies (ranging from 1.0 eV to 1.5 eV) and high absorption co-efficient (>104 cm−1), which makes it a feasible option for photovoltaic thin film technologies. Compared with CIGS, CZTSSe-based materials consist of earth abundant elements; therefore it is a very promising candidate for low-cost and high-efficiency earth abundant thin film solar cells. 

A cutting edge Electrostatic Assisted Vapour Deposition (ESAVD) method has been developed that can deposit high efficiency CZTS thin films using non-vacuum conditions, that have high uniformity (≤ ±5%), with no secondary phase.

Ongoing research

Our most recent results show ESAVD produced CZTS solar cells with efficiency of 6.5%. This was achieved by improving the processing steps and alkaline metal ion incorporation.

 Fig 1. SEM cross section of CZTS solar cell

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 Fig 2. IV curve for CZTS solar cells

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Recent publications

Conference presentations

  • G. Altamura, M. Wang, K. Choy  "Environmentally friendly and non-vacuum Electrostatic Spray Assisted Vapor Deposited Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 using different non-toxic solvents "EMRS Spring meeting 2015.Lille,France
 

 For further information contact Prof Kwang-Leong Choy
+44 (0)20 7679 3855 | k.choy@ucl.ac.uk