Special Issue "Novel Thin Films: Electrical and Optical Properties"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Andre Pasa
Guest Editor
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil
Interests: electrodeposition; thin films; nanostructures; biomimetic membranes; spintronics; sensors and biosensors; actuating devices (transistors, etc.)
Dr. Milton André Tumelero
Guest Editor
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Interests: condensed matter physics; thin films; electrical and magnetoelectric transport; magnetic properties; thermoelectric; semiconductor and semiconductor system optics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thin films developments have been fundamental in several technologies, such as microelectronics, energy harvesting, magnetic data storage, and processing, as well as general coatings. The continuous advances in these technologies and the rise of new possibilities lie in the discovery and understanding of novel thin films materials and properties. In this Special Issue, we are focused on electrical and optical properties of novel thin film compounds and heterostructures. We are interested in publishing models, results, and discussions relying on electrical and optical phenomena related to thin films, allowing technological and scientific progresses. Full papers, communications, and reviews are welcome in experimental, computational, and theoretical science.

Among the main topics related to this Special Issue are:

- Electrical transport in thin films and heterostructures;

- Electrical and optical effect driven by nanoscaling;

- Thermoelectrical properties of alloys, semimetal, and narrow gap semiconductors;

- Magnetoelectrical properties of novel compound thin films;

- Thin films of novel electronic phases of matter, such as topological materials and spin textured materials;

- Ion electrical transport in organic and inorganic systems;

- Doping and defects in semiconductors thin films;

- Optoelectrical phenomena in thin films and heterostructures;

- Optical absorption and bandgap engineering in novel compound and heterostructures;

- Photoluminescence and point defect optical properties;

- Optical properties of novel compounds thin films.

Prof. Dr. Andre Pasa
Dr. Milton André Tumelero
Guest Editors

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  • thin films
  • optical
  • electrical
  • thermoelectrical
  • optoelectrical
  • Semiconductors
  • organic and inorganic
  • heterostructures
  • magnetoelectrical

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Structural and Optical Characterization of ZnS Ultrathin Films Prepared by Low-Temperature ALD from Diethylzinc and 1.5-Pentanedithiol after Various Annealing Treatments
Materials 2019, 12(19), 3212; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12193212 - 30 Sep 2019
The structural and optical evolution of the ZnS thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) from the diethylzinc (DEZ) and 1,5-pentanedithiol (PDT) as zinc and sulfur precursors was studied. A deposited ZnS layer (of about 60 nm) is amorphous, with a significant [...] Read more.
The structural and optical evolution of the ZnS thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) from the diethylzinc (DEZ) and 1,5-pentanedithiol (PDT) as zinc and sulfur precursors was studied. A deposited ZnS layer (of about 60 nm) is amorphous, with a significant S excess. After annealing, the stoichiometry improved for annealing temperatures ≥400 °C and annealing time ≥2 h, and 1:1 stoichiometry was obtained when annealed at 500 °C for 4 h. ZnS crystallized into small crystallites (1–7 nm) with cubic sphalerite structure, which remained stable under the applied annealing conditions. The size of the crystallites (D) tended to decrease with annealing temperature, in agreement with the EDS data (decreased content of both S and Zn with annealing temperature); the D for samples annealed at 600 °C (for the time ≤2 h) was always the smallest. Both reflectivity and ellipsometric spectra showed characteristics typical for quantum confinement (distinct dips/peaks in UV spectral region). It can thus be concluded that the amorphous ZnS layer obtained at a relatively low temperature (150 °C) from organic S precursor transformed into the layers built of small ZnS nanocrystals of cubic structure after annealing at a temperature range of 300–600 °C under Ar atmosphere. Full article
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