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The synthesis of various morphologies of copper zinc tin sulfide (Cu2ZnSnS4) and copper tin sulfide (Cu2SnS3) nanocrystals were explored to find a more energy efficient synthesis. Reactions were all carried out at 220°C under either inert atmospheres or normal conditions. Variations in synthetic methods included reaction time and solvents used. Products were analyzed with powder X-Ray diffraction and compared to simulated powder patterns of zincblende and wurtzite nanocrystals. The synthesis of CTS nanocrystals required the reaction to be heated to 220°C overnight under an inert atmosphere. The reaction used for the synthesis of CZTS nanocrystals required less energy and only required the reaction to be heated to 220°C for four hours. The effects of solvents were found to be that 1-octadecene (ODE) yielded predominantly a zincblende morphology, oleylamine (OAm) yielded predominantly a Wurtzite morphology, and the use of 1-dodecanethiol (DDT) as the only solvent yielded a mixture of zincblende and Wurtzite nanocrystals. The various nanocrystals produced assisted in achieving our overall goal by narrowing down an energy efficient and effective synthesis of CZTS and CTS nanocrystals using earth-abundant and low cost reagents.

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University of Minnesota, Morris


Morris, MN


Semiconductor nanocrystals--Research; Solar energy


Materials Chemistry

Synthetic Methods of CTS and CZTS Nanocrystals