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Study of iron-disilicide thin films for photovoltaic applications (ideal)

One of the main aims in the development of photovoltaic materials is to achieve the most effective energy conversion at the lowest possible cost. This project investigated the feasibility of reducing costs using iron-disilicide as a photovoltaic material on a cheap substrate such as glass or ceramics.

The testing of new materials is a fundamental component of the development of photovoltaic systems, particularly where this will lead to manufacturing cost reductions. The objective of this project was to carry out a fundamental material feasibility study of the inherent possibility for using semi-conducting iron-disilicide as a photovoltaic material. The main goal was to select the most appropriate synthesis technique, for example molecular beam epitaxy, co-evaporation of Fe or Si, or reaction with Fe with an underlying layer of Si, and then, through the preparation of epitaxial and non-epitaxial thin films of b-FeSi2, study their basic structural, optical and electrical properties.

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Kapeldreef 75 RES_OG_PCD 3001
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