Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2017, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (2): 314-328.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201611091

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Design and Growth of High-Quality Multifunctional Thin Films by Polymer-Assisted Deposition

Qing-Hua YI1,Jie ZHAO1,Yan-Hui LOU1,Gui-Fu ZOU1,*(),Zhong-Fan LIU2   

  1. 1 College of Physics, Optoelectronicsand Energy, Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006, Jiangsu Province, P. R. China
    2 College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P. R. China
  • Received:2016-09-07 Published:2017-01-12
  • Contact: Gui-Fu ZOU
  • Supported by:
    The project was supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (973)(2015CB358600);Excellent Young Scholar Fund fromNational Natural Science Foundation of China(21422103)


With the development of thin film technology, new methods to grow thin films is emerging. This review introduces one type of polymer-assisted deposition to grow thin films. Polymer-assisted deposition is one of the chemical solution ways to grow high-quality thin films. In this process, metal ions coordinate with a polymer by covalent bonding, hydrogen bonding, or static electricity to form a stable precursor. The controllable viscosity and homogeneous solution system ensure high-quality growth of thin films or nanoparticles. The diverse components of thin film range from a metal-oxides, metal-carbides, metal-nitrides, metal-sulfides/selenides to elementary substance (e.g. metals) even dopant composites. This method provides an alternative strategy to grow thin films. In addition, the prospects and challenges of the polymer-assisted deposition are discussed in the review as well.

Key words: Polymer, Thin film, Semiconductor, Chemical solution method, Multifunctional material