Preface: Thin Solid Films Topical Special Issue on ZnO Related Transparent Conductive Oxides

David Ginley, Timothy Gessert, Jinn Chu, Tamio Endo, Klaus Ellmer

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World-wide research activities on ZnO and related transparent conductive oxides (TCO) in thin film, nanostructured, and multilayered forms are driven by the vast potential of these materials for optoelectronic, microelectronic, and photovoltaic applications. Renewed interest in ZnO applications is partly stimulated by cost reduction in material processing and device development. One of the most important issues is doping and alloying with Al, Ga, In, Sn, etc. in order to tune properties. When highly doped, these materials are used as transparent-conducting contacts on solar cells, as well as in catalytic, spintronic, and surface acoustic wave devices. Film growth conditions, including substrate type and orientation, growth temperature, deposition rate, and ambient atmosphere, all play important roles in determining structural, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages1
JournalThin Solid Films
StatePublished - 30 Apr 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5F00-66417


  • multilayer
  • nanostructure
  • thin film
  • transparent conductive oxides
  • ZnO


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