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CHAPTER 12

Copper-based Multinary Materials for Solar Cells

Copper-based multinary compounds (Cu2MSnE4, where M = Zn or Fe and E = S or Se) are semiconducting materials with great potential for solar energy conversion applications. The vast amount of research on these materials is motivated by the fact that they are composed of abundant and cost-effective elements. The primary goal is to develop high-performing solar cell materials with the potential to replace the widely used, but expensive, In-based materials such as CuInGaS2. This chapter provides a comprehensive account of recent advances in the synthesis, characterization and fabrication of solar cell devices based on Cu2MSnE4 using a range of synthetic techniques.

Print publication date: 20 Nov 2017
Copyright year: 2018
Print ISBN: 978-1-78262-458-5
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-674-9
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78801-250-8