Zinc oxide possesses many interesting properties, such as modifiable conductivity, wide band gap, high excitonic binding energy, piezo-electric polarisation and cathodoluminiscence. In this study transparent conducting aluminium doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) thin films were deposited on float glass substrates by tailor made spray pyrolysis with adaptation for measuring the actual temperature of the substrate surface during deposition. The films were characterised and the effect of aluminium doping concentration [Al/Zn] on their optical, electrical and structural properties was investigated as a function of aluminium doping between 0 and 10 at.%. There was widening of optical band gap with increasing doping concentration. ZnO:Al films with low resistivity of 2.8 × 10-2 Ω cm and high transmittance of over 85% at 550 nm which are crucial for opto-electrical applications were obtained at a doping ratio of 2 at.%.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Process Chemistry and Technology
- Ceramics and Composites
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Materials Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films