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Title: W:Al 2O 3 nanocomposite thin films with tunable optical properties prepared by atomic layer deposition

Here, a systematic alteration in the optical properties of W:Al 2O 3 nanocomposite films is demonstrated by precisely varying the W cycle percentage (W%) from 0 to 100% in Al 2O 3 during atomic layer deposition. The direct and indirect band energies of the nanocomposite materials decrease from 5.2 to 4.2 eV and from 3.3 to 1.8 eV, respectively, by increasing the W% from 10 to 40. X-ray absorption spectroscopy reveals that, for W% < 50, W is present in both metallic and suboxide states, whereas, for W% ≥ 50, only metallic W is seen. This transition from dielectric to metallic character at W% ~ 50 is accompanied by an increase in the electrical and thermal conductivity and the disappearance of a clear band gap in the absorption spectrum. The density of the films increases monotonically from 3.1 g/cm 3 for pure Al 2O 3 to 17.1 g/cm 3 for pure W, whereas the surface roughness is greatest for the W% = 50 films. The W:Al 2O 3 nanocomposite films are thermally stable and show little change in optical properties upon annealing in air at 500 °C. These W:Al 2O 3 nanocomposite films show promise as selective solar absorption coatingsmore » for concentrated solar power applications.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  2. Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physical Chemistry. C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 120; Journal Issue: 27; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-7447
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
OSTI Identifier:
1332989