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Photoactive thin silver films by atmospheric pressure CVD

Yates, HM, Brook, LA and Sheel, DW 2008, 'Photoactive thin silver films by atmospheric pressure CVD' , International Journal of Photoenergy, 2008 (870392) .

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We report the visible and UV activity of thin silver films. The films are grown using a CVD process employing aqueous-based silver precursors, flame-assisted chemical vapour deposition. This approach overcomes many of the previously encountered limitations to silver deposition by employing an atmospheric pressure process, low-cost and low-toxicity precursors. The resultant films are assessed for activity using stearic acid destruction as a model compound. We also report on the addition of titania to these silver films to increase the potential functionality. This activity is also demonstrated, where the films appear largely transparent to the eye, further widening the potential application of this work. It is speculated that the nanoparticulate nature, of the CVD silver, is crucial in determining photoactivity.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Energy
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Materials & Physics Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Photoenergy
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1110-662X
Depositing User: HM Yates
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 09:31
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:15

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