Effects of Zn precursors on solvothermal synthesis of Cu 2ZnSnSe 4 nanocrystals

Ming Hung Chiang, Yaw Shyan Fu, Tzung Fang Guo, Hsiang Lin Liu, Wen Tai Lin*

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Cu 2ZnSnSe 4 (CZTSe) has potential applications in thin film solar cells and thermoelectric devices. The synthesis of stoichiometric CZTSe nanocrystals by the solvothermal process is still a challenge. In this work, the effects of different Zn precursors on the synthesis of pure and stoichiometric CZTSe nanocrystals via a facile solvothermal process were explored. The products were characterized using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and UV-vis spectroscopy. The present study showed that with the Zn(CH 3COO) 2 precursor pure and stoichiometric CZTSe nanocrystals were readily synthesized, while with the ZnCl 2 precursor the synthesized nanocrystals were Zn-deficient and composed of CZTSe and Cu 2SnSe 3 phases. This result can be attributed to the chelating effect of the acetate anion in the solvothermal reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-194
Number of pages3
JournalMaterials Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept 15


  • Crystal growth
  • Nanocrystalline materials
  • Solar energy materials
  • Spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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