American Journal of Applied Sciences

Influence of Triethanolamine on the Chemical Bath Deposited NiS Thin Films

Anuar Kassim, Ho Soon Min, Tan Wee Tee and Ngai Chee Fei

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2011.359.361

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 8, Issue 4

Pages 359-361

Abstract

Problem statement: Recently, many scientists looking for new chalcogenide materials for the solar cell applications. Nowadays, silicon-based solar cell became dominant products in the market. Because of expensive silicon-based solar cells, scientists hope replaces it with cheaper chalcogenide materials. Approach: The binary chalcogenide materials were deposited onto microscope glass slide using simple chemical bath deposition method. Here, we study the influence of complexing agent in the preparation of thin films. The structural and morphological of the deposited films have been studied using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. Results: The X-ray diffraction data showed that the films had polycrystalline in nature with hexagonal structure. The films deposited using 0.1 M of triethanolamine showed more NiS peaks and larger grain sizes as compared with 0.05M and 0.2 M triethanolamine based on the X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis, respectively. Conclusion: The complexing agent played important role during the deposition process.

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© 2011 Anuar Kassim, Ho Soon Min, Tan Wee Tee and Ngai Chee Fei. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.