Nanoparticle Colloids as Spray Deposition Precursors to CIGS Photovoltaic Materials

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    Cu-In-Ga-Se nanoparticle colloids have been used as precursors in the spray deposition of photovoltaic films. Precursor colloid was prepared by reaction of the metal iodides in pyridine with sodium selenide in methanol at reduced temperature according to one of two routes: synthesis of each of the component binary selenides (Type I) followed by physical mixing of the isolated particles; or aone-pot synthesis with all the metal iodides reacting together in one flask to form a mixed-metal Cu-In-Ga-Se colloid (Type II). The constituent nanoparticles in these colloids were analyzed by TEM and XRD and were determined to be amorphous assynthesized. Crystalline phase formation of these nanoparticles was observed by XRD after a thermal treatment. These precursor colloids were sprayed ontoMo-coated glass substrates at elevated temperatures. The nanoparticle-derived Cu-In-Ga-Se films were characterized by SEM and XRD prior to being finished into CIGS solar cell devices according to standard NREL protocol. I-V characterization of these CIGS solar cells showed these devices are limited by a large series resistance.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages9
    StatePublished - 1997
    EventNREL/SNL Photovoltaics Program Review: 14th Conference - Lakewood, Colorado
    Duration: 18 Nov 199622 Nov 1996


    ConferenceNREL/SNL Photovoltaics Program Review: 14th Conference
    CityLakewood, Colorado

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-23746


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