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Emerging Binary Chalcogenide Light Absorbers: Material Specific Promises and Challenges


Yang, Wooseok; Zhang, Xi; Tilley, S David (2021). Emerging Binary Chalcogenide Light Absorbers: Material Specific Promises and Challenges. Chemistry of Materials, 33(10):3467-3489.

Abstract

In the quest for higher efficiency and lower cost solar energy conversion devices, new light absorber materials are being intensively researched. With their attractive optical and electrical properties, metal chalcogenide materials have emerged as promising candidates for these next-generation light absorbers. In this review, we survey studies on chalcogenide light absorbers having a simple binary composition, namely, Cu2S, SnS, GeSe, WSe2, Sb2S3, and Sb2Se3. Each material has its own unique strengths and weaknesses in terms of cost, abundance, optoelectronic properties, secondary phase formation, anisotropic carrier transport, and defect properties. After critical consideration of the unique properties, we scrutinize recently developed strategies for overcoming the material specific challenges while presenting future perspectives on each material.

Abstract

In the quest for higher efficiency and lower cost solar energy conversion devices, new light absorber materials are being intensively researched. With their attractive optical and electrical properties, metal chalcogenide materials have emerged as promising candidates for these next-generation light absorbers. In this review, we survey studies on chalcogenide light absorbers having a simple binary composition, namely, Cu2S, SnS, GeSe, WSe2, Sb2S3, and Sb2Se3. Each material has its own unique strengths and weaknesses in terms of cost, abundance, optoelectronic properties, secondary phase formation, anisotropic carrier transport, and defect properties. After critical consideration of the unique properties, we scrutinize recently developed strategies for overcoming the material specific challenges while presenting future perspectives on each material.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
08 Research Priority Programs > Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > General Chemistry
Physical Sciences > General Chemical Engineering
Physical Sciences > Materials Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords:Materials Chemistry, General Chemistry, General Chemical Engineering
Language:English
Date:25 May 2021
Deposited On:29 Jun 2021 14:30
Last Modified:25 Feb 2024 02:40
Publisher:American Chemical Society (ACS)
ISSN:0897-4756
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c00741
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID200020_184737
  • : Project TitlePhotoelectrochemical Synthesis of Hydrogen and Value-Added Chemicals for a Sustainable Chemical Industry
  • : FunderUZH
  • : Grant IDFK-19-117
  • : Project TitleForschungskredit
  • Content: Accepted Version