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II-IV compound semiconductors such as CdTe and Hg1–x CdxTe are important in a wide range of optoelectronics applications ranging from solar cells and infrared detectors to „smart” goggles. An alternative to the cost-intensive vacuum-based production techniques is electrodeposition which allows large-area deposition, close control of the deposition conditions, and obviates the need for toxic, organometallic precursors. The advantages and disadvantages of the method are discussed.