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Inorganic thin-film combinatorial studies for rapidly optimising functional properties

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Abstract

Combinatorial chemistry is now commonplace in the pharmaceutical industry and applied rigorously in the discovery of drugs. Within materials science, combinatorial methods have been widely applied in investigating thin-films and since its re-introduction in the mid 90's more than 20 new families of materials have been discovered. Yet, given the high diversity of states that can be produced in a single deposition, such methods are now being used more prominently to optimise functional properties of existing materials; having been applied in a variety of fields. In this review we will cover the key developments in bandgap, ferro/di-electric, fuel cell anode/ cathode, H2storage, hardness, Li battery electrodes, luminescence, transparent ferro-magnetic, photocatalytic, photovoltaic, shape-memory, transparent conducting oxide and thermo-electric materials optimisation. The critical review focuses on how functional-property relationships have been derived from combinatorial studies (217 references).

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The article was received on 01 Jul 2011 and first published on 21 Sep 2011


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15178A
Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012,41, 738-781

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    Inorganic thin-film combinatorial studies for rapidly optimising functional properties

    A. Kafizas and I. P. Parkin, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 738
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15178A

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