Impact of surface processing on the fabrication and performance of thin-film, multilayer solar collectors

R. Nuzzo, C. Duke, K. Chaffee, M. Kassner, R. Pitts

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The national goals for collecting solar energy or conserving energy use from other sources will be reached in part by using thin-film multilayer devices. Surface processing impacts the performance, i.e., function, cost, and lifetime of a device that may have an electrically active or inactive functionality. Electrochromic windows and photovoltaic (PV) devices have electrically active components. Reflecting mirrors, encapsulants, windows, and lens are electrically inactive but may also be part of the overall assembly of an electrically active device. Pertinent classes of phenomena are identified and discussed briefly as background. Research needs and opportunities for applying surface processing to device fabrication are discussed for the following: interface modification, pattern/selective deposition, electrochromic windows, novel reflector materials, enhanced stabilization of polymers for solar energy applications, surface processes of active PV components, novel materials for solar power applications, mechanical stability of solar multilayers, in situ diagnostics for manufacturing processes, and accelerated life testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
JournalCritical Reviews in Surface Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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