Special Issue "Transparent Conducting Oxides"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Solid-State Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Tim Veal

Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and Department of Physics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZF, UK
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Interests: transparent conducting oxides; earth abundant photovoltaic materials; semiconductor physics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), as their name suggests, are both transparent to light and electrically conducting, two normally mutually-exclusive properties. They have diverse applications, including low emissivity coatings for architectural glass and transparent electrodes for solar cells, light emitting diodes and touch screens. Investigations of TCOs spans a range of deposition techniques, including chemical vapour deposition and sputtering, characterization and modelling of optical, transport and defect properties and first principles theoretical approaches. Much progress is being made in optimization and application of the long-established n-type TCOs, ZnO, SnO2 and In2O3. The much poorer performing p-type TCOs are also showing some improvements, as well as benefiting from new materials. The mature field of TCOs is currently enjoying a renaissance with many exciting and varied new developments. New understanding and enhanced properties are being discovered using approaches, such as high-throughput screening, combining metal oxides with nanometer-thick metal films, perovskite oxides, such as BaSnO3, and correlated oxides that are transparent metals. This Special Issue aims to highlight the recent developments in TCOs encompassing progress in novel and established TCO materials and dopants, as well as the broad field of applications.

Dr. Tim Veal
Guest Editor

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  • transparent conducting oxides
  • optical properties
  • transparent electrodes
  • doping
  • defects
  • light emitting diodes
  • photovoltaics
  • low emissivity coatings
  • deposition techniques
  • thin films

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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