Dr. Amir Natan, TAU
Metal oxides offer a rich set of materials that are abundant, cheap, easy to produce and stable. They hence attract high interest with applications for catalysis, sensors, photovoltaics and many others. The number of possible combinations of binary and ternary oxides is enormous and only small fraction of them is known. While many photovoltaic cells include metal oxides as part of the system, producing a cell that is made solely of oxides is still a very difficult task. This is due to stringent requirements from the materials, e.g. - band gap, conductivity, excited states life time, band alignment and more, to establish efficient solar cell. In this talk I will describe the theoretical methods we utilize to find and theoretically characterize new oxide materials.