Electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy deposition of SnTe ultrathin films


Batista RJC, Manhabosco TM, Aloni S, Kuykendall TR, Manhabosco SM, Batista AB, Soares JS, Barboza APM, de Oliveira AB, Urban JJ. Electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy deposition of SnTe ultrathin films. Recent Progress in Materials [Internet]. 2019;1(4).


Tin telluride (SnTe) ultrathin films were deposited electrochemically on polycrystalline and monocrystalline gold substrates using the electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy (ECALE) method. The electrochemical behaviors of Sn and Te were studied systematically by means of cyclic voltammetry. Cyclic voltammetry curves for Sn displayed a broad peak in the region between -0.15 V and -0.35 V, which was related to the under-potential deposition (UPD), while the curves for Te displayed a peak at 0.3 V for Te UPD. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were employed for the characterization of the ultrathin SnTe films. XRD and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the deposition of a single SnTe phase, while SEM revealed that the deposits were composed of nanocrystallites.

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