Issue 29, 2016

n-Type doped transparent conducting binary oxides: an overview


This article focuses on n-type doped transparent conducting binary oxides – namely, those with the general formula MxOy:D, where MxOy is the host oxide material and D is the dopant element. Such materials are of great industrial importance in modern materials chemistry. In particular, there is a focus on the search for alternatives to indium-based materials, prompted by indium's problematic supply risk as well as a number of functional factors. The important relationship between computational study and experimental observation is explored, and an extensive comparison is made between the electrical properties of a number of the most interesting experimentally-prepared materials. In writing this article, we aim to provide both an accessible tutorial of the physical descriptions of transparent conducting oxides, and an up-to-date overview of the field, with a brief history, some key accomplishments from the past few decades, the current state of the field as well as postulation on some likely future developments.

Graphical abstract: n-Type doped transparent conducting binary oxides: an overview

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Article type
Review Article
08 May 2016
22 Jun 2016
First published
29 Jun 2016
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016,4, 6946-6961

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n-Type doped transparent conducting binary oxides: an overview

S. C. Dixon, D. O. Scanlon, C. J. Carmalt and I. P. Parkin, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 6946 DOI: 10.1039/C6TC01881E

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