Effect of substrate temperature on growth and properties of Cu2MnSnS4 thin films prepared by chemical spray pyrolysis

  • Longying NieEmail author
  • Jiandong Yang
  • Doudou Yang
  • Sheng LiuEmail author


Homogeneous Cu2MnSnS4 (CMTS) thin films have been deposited onto glass substrates via the chemical spray pyrolysis approach. The influence of substrate temperature on growth and properties of the as-prepared CMTS thin films has been carefully studied by the X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, UV–Vis-NIR absorption spectroscopy, and Hall effect measurement. As a result, the substrate temperature of 360 °C becomes most suitable for depositing the high-quality CMTS thin films, which exhibit the typical band gap of 1.19 eV, carrier concentration of 9.58 × 1020 cm−3, carrier mobility of 4.26 cm2 (V s)−1, and electrical resistivity of 1.89 × 10−3 Ω cm. Thus, the present CMTS films have a great potential to become the promising candidate of photovoltaic absorber materials.



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51402242) and Natural science foundation of Gansu province (Grant No. 17JR5RK008).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Longnan Teachers College, School of Agriculture and Forestry TechnologyLongnanChina
  2. 2.Sichuan Research Center of New MaterialsInstitute of Chemical Materials, China Academy of Engineering PhysicsChengduChina

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