Synthesis of Cu2ZnSnSe4 nanocrystals from metal sources using a facile process in isophorondiamine

Pay Yu Lee, Shih Chang Shei, En Hao Hsu, Shoou Jinn Chang, Sheng Po Chang

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This study synthesized CZTSe nanoparticles from metal sources using an isophoronediamine (IPDA) solution for the first time. After reaction of elemental Cu, Zn, Sn and Se powders in an autoclave with IPDA as the solvent at a temperature of 235 °C, spherical CZTSe nanocrystals with diameters in the range of 20-30 nm were obtained. Characterization confirms that the as-synthesized CZTSe has a stannite structure. Optical measurements revealed nanocrystals with a direct band gap of 1.42 eV. This study presents the synthesis of CZTSe nanocrystals applicable to inexpensive thin film solar cells using a relatively simple, low cost, and convenient coordinating solvent route.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-73
Number of pages3
JournalMaterials Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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