Synthesis and structural characterization of Ag2ZnSnS4 crystals

Karolina Pietak , Cezariusz Jastrzębski , Krzysztof Zberecki , Daniel Jastrzebski , W Paszkowicz , Sławomir Podsiadło


In today's battle for the environment, renewable energy sources, including solar energy, plays a significant role. Therefore, it is necessary to develop new materials for solar cells. Ag2ZnSnS4 (AZTS) is a material that makes it possible to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic modules, compared to cells based on Cu2ZnSnS4. AZTS was obtained by several methods, but in these research it was synthesized by Chemical Vapor Transport method (CVT), using zinc chloride as transporting agent, for the first time. X-ray powder diffraction was used in the structural tests, which showed that through the CVT method it is possible to obtain a pure Ag2ZnSnS4 phase with a stannite crystal structure. Raman measurements were conducted to determine the crystal quality of samples and to check their phase homogeneity. Raman spectra were calculated from DFT analysis applying the LDA and GGA approximations. The measured Raman peaks were assigned to calculated ones for AZTS structure.

Author Karolina Pietak (WUT)
Karolina Pietak,,
- Warsaw University of Technology
, Cezariusz Jastrzębski (FP / SRD)
Cezariusz Jastrzębski,,
- Structural Research Division
, Krzysztof Zberecki (FP / SRD)
Krzysztof Zberecki,,
- Structural Research Division
, Daniel Jastrzebski
Daniel Jastrzebski,,
, W Paszkowicz
W Paszkowicz,,
, Sławomir Podsiadło (FC / CofIC)
Sławomir Podsiadło,,
- Chair Of Inorganic Chemistry
Journal seriesJournal of Solid State Chemistry, ISSN 0022-4596, e-ISSN 1095-726X
Issue year2020
ASJC Classification1604 Inorganic Chemistry; 1606 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; 2503 Ceramics and Composites; 2504 Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; 2505 Materials Chemistry; 3104 Condensed Matter Physics
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
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ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 03-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
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