Transparent Conducting Oxide Films with High Refractive Index

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-02ER83498
Agency Tracking Number:
70330S02-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Microcoating Technologies
5315 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, GA, 30341
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Zhiyong Zhao
(678) 287-3944
zzhao@microcoating.com
Business Contact:
David Motley
70330
(678) 287-2445
dmotley@microcoating.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
70330 Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) films have been an essential component in various thin film solar cells. However, the film¿s low refractive index (e.g., ZnO film has a refractive index <2.0 at 632.8 nm), sometimes limits the performance of these devices. This project will develop highly refractive index TCO films using a Combustion Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) process. CCVD enables fabrication of thin film materials with desired optical, electrical, and structural properties at low cost. Phase I will address fundamental issues in a multifunctional material having considerable technical and commercial relevance. Phase II will further optimize the films¿ properties, improve uniformity and repeatability, conduct computer modeling, and build electro-optical devices. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new films should lead to a new class of optoelectronic and photonic materials and devices and improve device performance in amorphous silicon solar cells (e.g., as front electrode and antireflection layer).

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