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Methods for producing complex films, and films produced thereby

United States Patent

November 24, 2015
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A method for producing a film, the method comprising melting a layer of precursor particles on a substrate until at least a portion of the melted particles are planarized and merged to produce the film. The invention is also directed to a method for producing a photovoltaic film, the method comprising depositing particles having a photovoltaic or other property onto a substrate, and affixing the particles to the substrate, wherein the particles may or may not be subsequently melted. Also described herein are films produced by these methods, methods for producing a patterned film on a substrate, and methods for producing a multilayer structure.
Duty; Chad E. (Loudon, TN), Bennett; Charlee J C (Knoxville, TN), Moon; Ji-Won (Oak Ridge, TN), Phelps; Tommy J. (Knoxville, TN), Blue; Craig A. (Knoxville, TN), Dai; Quanqin (Knoxville, TN), Hu; Michael Z. (Knoxville, TN), Ivanov; Ilia N. (Knoxville, TN), Jellison, Jr.; Gerald E. (Oak Ridge, TN), Love; Lonnie J. (Knoxville, TN), Ott; Ronald D. (Knoxville, TN), Parish; Chad M. (Knoxville, TN), Walker; Steven (Memphis, TN)
14/ 110,222
March 22, 2012
This invention was made with government support under Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.