Spray Deposition of High Quality CuInSe2 and CdTe Films: Preprint

Calvin Curtis

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A number of different ink and deposition approaches have been used for the deposition of CuInSe2 (CIS), Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS), and CdTe films. For CIS and CIGS, soluble precursors containing Cu, In, and Ga have been developed and used in two ways to produce CIS films. In the first, In-containing precursor films were sprayed on Mo-coated glass substrates and converted by rapid thermal processing(RTP) to In2Se3. Then a Cu-containing film was sprayed down on top of the In2Se3 and the stacked films were again thermally processed to give CIS. In the second approach, the Cu-, In-, and Ga-containing inks were combined in the proper ratio to produce a mixed Cu-In-Ga ink that was sprayed on substrates and thermally processed to give CIGS films directly. For CdTe deposition, ink consisting ofCdTe nanoparticles dispersed in methanol was prepared and used to spray precursor films. Annealing these precursor films in the presence of CdCl2 produced large-grained CdTe films. The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Optimized spray and processing conditions are crucial to obtain dense, crystalline films.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2008
Event33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - San Diego, California
Duration: 11 May 200816 May 2008


Conference33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
CitySan Diego, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-42538


  • CIGS
  • crystalline film
  • ink-based precursors
  • large grain
  • scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • spray deposition
  • X-ray diffraction


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