In recent years we have therefore focused our efforts in developing ad-hoc APP processes with in mind two main objectives. On one side we have developed processes that could be integrated in the fabrication of application devices so that we could demonstrate direct applicability of APPs to relevant device fabrication steps. In particular we have developed APP-based strategies for solar cell device fabrication . At the same time we have tried to work bottom-up, whereby our materials synthesis approach was dictated by desired materials functionalities.
Here we will exemplify our efforts with a range of semiconducting nanoparticles and metal oxides to include Cu-, Zn-, Ni-, Mo- and Co-oxides. We will show different synthesis mechanisms and how specific properties such as bandgap, quantum confinement and plasmon resonance can be tailored guided by our materials needs. We will then demonstrate the materials functionalities within photovoltaic devices.
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