Thesis Title

Electrodeposition and Characterization of Copper Oxide Thin Films

Date of Graduation

Summer 2002

Degree

Master of Science in Materials Science

Department

Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science

Committee Chair

Robert Mayanovic

Subject Categories

Materials Science and Engineering

Abstract

Cuprous oxide is a low cost semiconductor with applications in solar energy conversion and oxygen sensing devices. Fabrication of these films by electrodeposition offers a simple and cost effective method for producing large-area thin films in mass quantities. An interesting phenomenon associated with this material is the variation of the conduction type with fabrication technique and/or annealing conditions. This study investigates cupper oxide films grown on Indium Tin Ocide (ITO) coated glass substrates via reduction of Copper (II) Lactate at room temperature. Current- Voltage (I-V) characterization is used as well as x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and temperature dependant resistance in the analysis of selected films. The construction of the equipment used to produce these films is also discussed. Both a constant current source and constant voltage source have been built and are controlled from a data acquisition board (CIO-DAS1600) installed in a desktop computer. The data acquisition board is controlled by a program created in LabVIEW.

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© Stuart Bogatko

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