Special Issue "Advances in Transparent Conducting Oxides"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Bruce Van Dover
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 227 Bard Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-1501, USA
Website: http://people.ccmr.cornell.edu/~vandover/Home.htm
E-Mail: rbv2@cornell.edu
Phone: +1 607 255 3228
Fax: +1 607 255 2365
Interests: high-throughput experimentation; thin films; complex oxides; fuel cell catalysts, support materials, and solid electrolytes; dielectrics; magnetic materials; magnetic devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) play an essential role in technologies ranging from low emissivity windows to photovoltaic energy systems to a wide variety of electronic display technologies. A tremendous range of oxides are transparent, but engineering these to also exhibit useful electronic conductivity is rarely straightforward. Developing materials that meet all of the performance characteristics demanded by a given application is profoundly challenging, and is the focus of worldwide research. Tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) sets the standard for many performance metrics, but has the drawback of high expense associated with indium. Alternatives such as Al-doped tin oxide and indium-doped cadmium oxide have been widely investigated but have not replaced ITO in most applications. Many other multication oxides have been investigated, along with transparent conducting polymers and related systems.

Desirable characteristics include

  • low thermal budget (synthesis and processing require T < 100 ºC)
  • high mobility
  • high conductivity
  • low cost
  • chemical compatibility with other functional layers
  • high transmittance over targeted wavelength range
  • mechanical stability and flexibility

New and improved materials are needed because existing materials are not anticipated to meet the performance, cost, and availability demands of emerging consumer technologies. In this special issue we aim to cover recent progress in achieving high performance in transparent conductors as well as in understanding the mechanisms and issues that limit performance, along with new approaches to developing transparent conductors  including rational design and incorporation of novel materials.

Prof. Dr. Robert Bruce van Dover
Guest Editor


  • oxides
  • transparent conductors
  • LCD display
  • low emissivity
  • transparent electronics
  • oxide transistors
  • amorphous oxide conductors
  • transparent conducting film
  • transparent electrode

Published Papers (4 papers)

Materials 2012, 5(8), 1404-1412; doi:10.3390/ma5081404
Received: 21 March 2012; in revised form: 29 June 2012 / Accepted: 24 July 2012 / Published: 16 August 2012
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Materials 2012, 5(5), 818-850; doi:10.3390/ma5050818
Received: 31 March 2012; Accepted: 4 May 2012 / Published: 11 May 2012
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Materials 2012, 5(4), 661-683; doi:10.3390/ma5040661
Received: 20 January 2012; in revised form: 9 March 2012 / Accepted: 28 March 2012 / Published: 19 April 2012
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Materials 2012, 5(3), 432-442; doi:10.3390/ma5030432
Received: 5 January 2012; in revised form: 10 February 2012 / Accepted: 29 February 2012 / Published: 12 March 2012
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