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Composition- and Band-Gap-Tunable Synthesis of Wurtzite-Derived Cu2ZnSn(S1–xSex)4 Nanocrystals: Theoretical and Experimental Insights

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posted on 19.02.2016, 21:37 authored by Feng-Jia Fan, Liang Wu, Ming Gong, Guangyao Liu, Yi-Xiu Wang, Shu-Hong Yu, Shiyou Chen, Lin-Wang Wang, Xin-Gao Gong
The wurtzite-derived Cu2ZnSn(S1–xSex)4 alloys are studied for the first time through combining theoretical calculations and experimental characterizations. Ab initio calculations predict that wurtzite-derived Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 are highly miscible, and the band gaps of the mixed-anion alloys can be linearly tuned from 1.0 to 1.5 eV through changing the composition parameter x from 0 to 1. A synthetic procedure for the wurtzite-derived Cu2ZnSn(S1–xSex)4 alloy nanocrystals with tunable compositions has been developed. A linear tunable band-gap range of 0.5 eV is observed in the synthesized alloy nanocrystals, which shows good agreement with the ab initio calculations.

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