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A gas-templating strategy to synthesize CZTS nanocrystals for environment-friendly solar inks

Chane-Ching, Jean-Yves and Foncrose, Vincent and Zaberca, Oana and Lagarde, Delphine and Balocchi, Andréa and Marie, Xavier and Blon, Thomas and Puech, Pascal and Bodeux, Romain A gas-templating strategy to synthesize CZTS nanocrystals for environment-friendly solar inks. (2015) Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 141. 364-371. ISSN 0927-0248

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2015.06.009


A high-temperature gas-templating strategy is proposed to synthesize Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanocrystals for all-aqueous solar inks. Our gas templating process route involves the in-situ generation and stabilization of nanosized gas bubbles into a molten KSCN-based reaction mixture at 400 °C. Chemical insights of the templating gas process are provided such as the simultaneous formation of gas bubbles and CZTS nuclei highlighting the crucial role of the nucleation stage on the sponge and resulting nanocrystals properties. The high porosity displayed by the resulting CZTS nanocrystals facilitates their further post-fragmentation, yielding individualized nanocrystals. The advantages of our high temperature gas templating route are illustrated by the following: (i) the low defect concentration displayed by the highly crystalline nanocrystals, (ii) the synthesis of CZTS nanocrystals displaying S2− polar surfaces after ligand exchange. The good photoluminescence properties recorded on the pure CZTS nanocrystals reveal potential for exploration of new complex chalcogenide nanocrystals useful for various applications including photovoltaics and water splitting. Here we demonstrate that using these building blocks, a CZTS solar cell can be successfully fabricated from an environment-friendly all-aqueous ink.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > EDF (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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