Our research interests are in the area of the thin film synthesis. Deposition
techniques include plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD),
CVD, sputtering, and electrodeposition. A central theme is developing
novel processing techniques that impart nanoscale control while retaining
high rate for the efficient synthesis of mesoscale structures (50 - 1000
nm). Thin films are ubiquitous in advanced technology, and the materials
we synthesize serve as integral components in photovoltaics, membranes,
opto-electronics, electrochromics, thin film batteries, functional coatings,
and catalysis. Investigation of these deposition processes is guided by
detailed reactive flow modeling and experimental measures of both gas-phase
and surface kinetics. In-situ process diagnostics and ex-situ materials
characterization are used to gain a fundamental understanding of the process–structure–performance
relationships in these systems.
Visit our lab page for a more information on current projects in the lab.
C. A. Wolden, A. Abbas, J. Li, D. R. Diercks, D. M. Meysing, T. R. Ohno, J. D. Beach, T. M. Barnes and J. M. Walls, "The roles of ZnTe buffer layers on CdTe solar cell performance", Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 147, 203-210 (2016)
T. F. Fuerst, M. O. Reese and C. A. Wolden, "PECVD Synthesis of Flexible Optical Coatings for Renewable Energy Applications", Plasma Processes and Polymers 13, 184-190 (2016).
A. W. Welch, L. L. Baranowski, P. Zawadzki, C. DeHart, S. Johnston, S. Lany, C. A. Wolden and A. Zakutayev, "Accelerated development of CuSbS2 thin film photovoltaic device prototypes", Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 24, 929-939 (2016).
X. Li, C. A. Wolden, C. Ban and Y. Yang, "Facile synthesis of lithium sulfide nanocrystals for use in advanced rechargeable batteries", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, 28444-28451 (2015).
D. A. Cooney, J. D. Way, and C. A. Wolden, "A comparison of the performance and stability of Pd/BCC metal composite membranes for hydrogen purification", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39, 19009 (2014)