Formation and study of copper and indium selenides layers on glass using selenopolythionate acids

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00
Dissertation Defence Hall (K. Donelaičio St. 73- 403 room)

Author, Institution: Algimantas Ivanauskas, Kaunas University of Technology

Science Area, Field of Science: Physical Sciences, Chemistry – 03P

Summary of the Doctoral Thesis: Summary

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ingrida Ancutienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry – 03P).

Dissertation Defence Board of Chemistry Science Field:

Prof. Dr. Habil. Algirdas Šačkus (Kaunas University of Technology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry – 03P), chairman
Prof. Dr. Jonas Baltrušaitis (Lehigh University, Technological Sciences, Chemical Engineering – 05T)
Prof. Dr. Vytautas Getautis (Kaunas University of Technology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry – 03P)
Prof. Dr. Vytas Martynaitis (Kaunas University of Technology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry – 03P)
Prof. Dr. Habil. Eugenijus Norkus (Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry – 03P).


The doctoral dissertation is available on the internet and at the library of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio g. 20,Kaunas)

Solar cells are one of the most prominent and promising energy technologies today. It is sustainable, renewable, clean, completely noise-free, scalable, requires minimal amount of maintenance and produces zero emissions.
The ternary compound (I–III–VI2) semi-conductor CuInSe2 is one of the leading materials for large-scale solar applications. It has a direct band gap, a high absorption coefficient, stability against photodegradation and good thermal stability. Copper selenide is a semi-conducting material, which exhibits electrical and optical properties suitable for photovoltaic application.
This thesis is related to the search of new effective methods to obtain copper and indium selenide layers. Copper and indium selenide layers were obtained on glass using a low cost, simple successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. This method produces homogeneous layers and allows for easy scalability for large surface area coatings.