Novel Semiconducting Alloys in Energy Technology (SALIENT)
About the project
Materials with radically enhanced performance for harvesting, conversion and transmission of energy are essential for a sustainable planet, where semiconducting oxides offer an attractive and wide span of functional properties. SALIENT explores such new environmentally friendly materials for harvesting, conversion and transmission of energy. Oxide semiconductors have become a vibrant field of research and development . This holdsespecially for zinc oxide (ZnO) which has undergone a spectacular revival during the past 15 years, being for a period since 2007 the second most studied semiconductor after silicon. However, for oxide semiconductors in general, and for ZnO in particular, it is challenging to exploit all their attractive inherent properties and full use in solid state devices. On the other hand, combined with a more mature technology, like gallium nitride (GaN), ZnO can overcome several of its major challenges, like a stable p-type material. In fact, the tuning possibility of functional properties may exceed that of the parent semiconductors by unconventional alloying. Hence, the research proposal SALIENT aims at investigating the physics of unconventional alloying of ZnO (ZnO-X), for enhanced functional properties.
The work will be closely connected to the activity within FOXHOUND
The project is financed by the Research Council of Norway.
The relevant research infrastructure for this project is located at MiNaLab.