Enhancing transparent copper iodide, available dopants?

In our most recent work, the zinc blende phase of copper iodide (CuI) was investigated using a computational high-throughput approach. This material notably holds the record hole conductivity for intrinsic transparent p-type semiconductor. In our study, eight impurities suitable for n-type doping were discovered. Unfortunately, the work reveals that donor doping is hindered by compensating native defects, making ambipolar doping unlikely.

Atomic and electronic structure of CuI. Left: Atomic structure of the 64 atom CuI supercell used in calculations. The different defect sites are indicated by bright blue spheres, copper atoms are shown in light green, and iodine atoms in red. Right: Electronic band structure (calculated using PBE0) on selected high-symmetry directions and the corresponding partial density of states. Red points around G indicate the shift in energy due to spin-orbit coupling contribution. The resultant change in the bandgap is also indicated.

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