Electrochemical deposition of CdTe semiconductor thin films for solar cell application using two-electrode and three-electrode configurations: a comparative study

ECHENDU, O.K., OKEOMA, K.B., ORIAKU, C.I. and DHARMADASA, I.M. (2016). Electrochemical deposition of CdTe semiconductor thin films for solar cell application using two-electrode and three-electrode configurations: a comparative study. Advances in Materials Science and Engineering. (In Press)

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Abstract

Thin films of CdTe semiconductor were electrochemically deposited using two-electrode and three-electrode configurations in potentiostatic mode for comparison. Cadmium sulphate and tellurium dioxide were used as cadmium and tellurium sources respectively. The layers obtained using both configurations exhibit similar structural, optical and electrical properties with no specific dependence on any particular electrode configuration used. These results indicate that electrochemical deposition (electrodeposition) of CdTe, and semiconductors in general, can equally be carried out using two-electrode system as well as the conventional three-electrode system without compromising the essential qualities of the materials produced. The results also highlight the advantages of the two-electrode configuration in process simplification, cost reduction and removal of a possible impurity source in the growth system especially as the reference electrode ages. Keywords: Electrochemical deposition; two-electrode system; three-electrode system; CdTe; thin-films; solar cells.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Thin Films Research Centre > Electronic Materials and Sensors Research Group
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 13:44
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 08:17
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12518

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