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Thin film electronic devices with conductive and transparent gas and moisture permeation barriers

United States Patent

9,093,661
July 28, 2015
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Thin Film Electronic Devices with Conductive and Transparent Gas and Moisture Permeation Barriers
Thin film electronic devices (or stacks integrated with a substrate) that include a permeation barrier formed of a thin layer of metal that provides a light transmitting and electrically conductive layer, wherein the electrical conductive layer is formed on a surface of the substrate or device layer such as a transparent conducting material layer with pin holes or defects caused by manufacturing and the thin layer of metal is deposited on the conductive layer and formed from a self-healing metal that forms self-terminating oxides. A permeation plug or block is formed in or adjacent to the thin film of metal at or proximate to the pin holes to block further permeation of contaminants through the pin holes.
Simpson; Lin Jay (Lakewood, CO)
Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
14/ 077,544
20140065358
November 12, 2013
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.