Electrostatic spray-deposited CuInGaSe 2 nanoparticles: Effects of precursors' Ohnesorge number, substrate temperature, and flowrate on thin film characteristics

Ji Hoon Woo, Hyun Yoon, Ji Hyun Cha, Duk Young Jung, Suk Goo Yoon

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The effect of precursor viscosity, substrate temperature, and flow rate on CuInGaSe 2 nanoparticle-based thin films deposited by an electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) technique are studied. ESD is superior to pneumatic spraying because it produces nano-scale, self-dispersive (non-agglomerating), highly wettable (electrowetting) and adhesive droplets, which collectively yield a uniform coating on the substrate. The synthesized CuInGaSe 2 nanoparticles were added to 4 different solvents: ethanol (E), butyl carbitol (BC), ethylene glycol (EG), and diethylene glycol (DEG). Subsequently, the solvents were electrostatically sprayed onto a molybdenum-coated soda-lime glass substrate. The solvent that yielded the most uniform surface morphology for the coated materials was identified. The surface roughness of the coated CIGS thin film, which depends on viscosity and the substrate temperature, was studied by AFM characterization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Aerosol Science
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1



  • CIGS thin film
  • Electrostatic spray deposition
  • Nanoparticle
  • Substrate temperature
  • Viscosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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