Point defects and electrical properties of Sn-doped In-based transparent conducting oxides

J. H. Hwang, D. D. Edwards, D. R. Kammler, Thomas O Mason

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In-based transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) share the prevailing defect structure of indium-tin oxide (ITO), i.e. electrons, isolated SnIn donors, and neutral associates, believed to be (2SnInO″i)x. The present work reviews the state of the literature, presents calculated Brouwer diagrams vs. oxygen partial pressure and vs. dopant concentration, and reports intermediate temperature electrical property data (thermopower, conductivity) vs. pO2 and Sn concentration for three systems - polycrystalline bulk ITO, nanocrystalline ITO, and the recently reported ternary cation TCO, Ga3-xIn5+xSn2O16. The influence of non-reduceable tin-oxygen complexes at high doping levels is identified for ITO. Ramifications for In-based TCO properties are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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