The production of thin films of materials has become the attention of a great deal of research throughout academia and industry worldwide owing to the array of applications which utilise them, including electronic devices, gas sensors, solar cells, window coatings and catalytic systems. Whilst a number of deposition techniques are in common use, chemical vapour deposition (CVD) is an attractive process for the production of a wide range of materials due to the control it offers over film composition, coverage and uniformity, even on large scales. Conventional CVD processes can be limited, however, by the need for suitably volatile precursors. Aerosol-assisted (AA)CVD is a solution-based process which relies on the solubility of the precursor, rather than its volatility and thus vastly extends the range of potentially applicable precursors. In addition, AACVD offers extra means to control film morphology and concurrently the properties of the deposited materials. In this perspective we discuss the AACVD process, the influence of deposition conditions on film characteristics and a number of materials and applications to which AACVD has been found beneficial.
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