Publication Date

2-16-2018

Department

Ames Laboratory; Chemistry

Campus Units

Ames Laboratory, Chemistry

OSTI ID+

1722888

Report Number

IS-J 10346

DOI

10.1021/jacs.7b12873

Journal Title

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Volume Number

140

Issue Number

10

First Page

3736

Last Page

3742

Abstract

Many technologically relevant semiconductors contain toxic, heavily regulated (Cd, Pb, As), or relatively scarce (Li, In) elements and often require high manufacturing costs. We report a facile, general, low-temperature, and size tunable (4–28 nm) solution phase synthesis of ternary APnE2 semiconductors based on Earth-abundant and biocompatible elements (A = Na, Pn = Bi, E = S or Se). The observed experimental band gaps (1.20–1.45 eV) fall within the ideal range for solar cells. Computational investigation of the lowest energy superstructures that result from “coloring”, caused by mixed cation sites present in their rock salt lattice, agrees with other better-known members of this family of materials. Our synthesis unlocks a new class of low cost and environmentally friendly ternary semiconductors that show properties of interest for applications in energy conversion.

DOE Contract Number(s)

AC02-07CH11358

Language

en

Department of Energy Subject Categories

37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Publisher

Iowa State University Digital Repository, Ames IA (United States)

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