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Title: Effects of sintering temperature and duration on the structural and electrical properties of CuBiS{sub 2} bulks

CuBiS{sub 2} bulks were prepared by reactive sintering the mixture of Cu{sub 2}S and Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} at 300, 350, 400, and 450 °C for 2 h and at the sintering temperature of 400 °C for 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, and 3 h under a compensation disc of CuS for atmospheric control. Composition, structure, morphology, and electrical properties of the sintered bulks were analyzed. The compositions of Cu, Bi, and S did not change until the temperature reached at 450 °C.The highest electrical conductivity of 4.3 S cm{sup −1} and the highest Hall mobility of 11.1 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} were obtained for CuBiS{sub 2} sintered at 400 °C for 2 h. The deviation in the S/(Cu+Bi) ration caused the degradation of electrical properties, though the CuBiS{sub 2} remained as a single phase. Therefore, CuBiS{sub 2}, a less studied ternary copper based sulfide, is the p-type semiconductor for potential energy-related application and needs to have a good control in composition. - Graphical abstract: CuBiS{sub 2}, a less studied ternary copper based sulfide, is the p-type semiconductor and needs to have a good control in composition to achieve the optimal electrical properties. - Highlights: • CuBiS{sub 2}, a lessmore » studied copper-based sulfide, is a p-type semiconductor. • Electrical properties of CuBiS{sub 2} are important for its photovoltaic applications. • Deviation in composition leads a change in the electrical properties of CuBiS{sub 2}. • n of 2.4×10{sup 18} cm{sup −3}, μ of 11.1 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}, and σ of 4.3 S cm{sup −1} were obtained. • The process control in CuSbS{sub 2} is critical to achieve consistent performance.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22486812
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 230; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; BISMUTH SULFIDES; COPPER; COPPER SULFIDES; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; HALL EFFECT; MICROSTRUCTURE; MORPHOLOGY; PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT; POTENTIAL ENERGY; P-TYPE CONDUCTORS; SINTERING; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TIME DEPENDENCE