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Perovskite solar cells

Daniel A Jacobs, Yiliang Wu, Heping Shen, Chog Barugkin, Fiona J Beck, Thomas P White, Klaus Weber, Kylie R Catchpole
The issue of hysteresis in perovskite solar cells has now been convincingly linked to the presence of mobile ions within the perovskite layer. Here we test the limits of the ionic theory by attempting to account for a number of exotic characterization results using a detailed numerical device model that incorporates ionic charge accumulation at the perovskite interfaces. Our experimental observations include a temporary enhancement in open-circuit voltage following prolonged periods of negative bias, dramatically S-shaped current-voltage sweeps, decreased current extraction following positive biasing or "inverted hysteresis", and non-monotonic transient behaviours in the dark and the light...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Xuhui Zhang, Jiajiu Ye, Liangzheng Zhu, Haiying Zheng, Guozhen Liu, Xuepeng Liu, Bin Duan, Xu Pan, Songyuan Dai
Two-step deposition has been widely used in the perovskite layer preparation for perovskite solar cells due to its attractive morphology controllability. However, the limited diffusivity of CH3NH3I (MAI) might cause some PbI2 to remain in the perovskite film. The residual PbI2 in the perovskite film would lead to inferior performance of devices, such as, low power conversion efficiency (PCE), poor reproducibility and weak air stability. In this work, we developed a sandwich structure MAI-PbI2-MAI precursor film to prepare a PbI2-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite film...
January 11, 2017: Nanoscale
Aibin Huang, Lei Lei, Jingting Zhu, Yu Yu, Yan Liu, Songwang Yang, Shanhu Bao, Xun Cao, Ping Jin
The short circuit current density of perovskite solar cell (PSC) was boosted by modulating the dominated plane facets of TiO2 electron transport layer (ETL). Under optimized condition, TiO2 with dominant {001} facets showed (i) low incident light loss, (ii) highly smooth surface and excellent wettability for precursor solution, (iii) efficient electron extraction and (iv) high conductivity in perovskite photovoltaic application. A current density of 24.19 mA•cm-2 was achieved as a value near the maximum limit...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xiaoming Li, Fei Cao, Dejian Yu, Jun Chen, Zhiguo Sun, Yalong Shen, Ying Zhu, Lin Wang, Yi Wei, Ye Wu, Haibo Zeng
The recent success of organometallic halide perovskites (OHPs) in photovoltaic devices has triggered lots of corresponding research and many perovskite analogues have been developed to look for devices with comparable performance but better stability. Upon the preparation of all inorganic halide perovskite nanocrystals (IHP NCs), research activities have soared due to their better stability, ultrahigh photoluminescence quantum yield (PL QY), and composition dependent luminescence covering the whole visible region with narrow line-width...
January 9, 2017: Small
Holly F Zarick, Abdelaziz Boulesbaa, Alexander A Puretzky, Eric M Talbert, Zachary R DeBra, Naiya Soetan, David B Geohegan, Rizia Bardhan
In this work, we examine the impact of hybrid bimetallic Au/Ag core/shell nanostructures on the carrier dynamics of methylammonium lead tribromide (MAPbBr3) mesoporous perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Plasmon-enhanced PSCs incorporated with Au/Ag nanostructures demonstrated improved light harvesting and increased power conversion efficiency by 26% relative to reference devices. Two complementary spectral techniques, transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS) and time-resolved photoluminescence (trPL), were employed to gain a mechanistic understanding of plasmonic enhancement processes...
January 9, 2017: Nanoscale
K O Brinkmann, J Zhao, N Pourdavoud, T Becker, T Hu, S Olthof, K Meerholz, L Hoffmann, T Gahlmann, R Heiderhoff, M F Oszajca, N A Luechinger, D Rogalla, Y Chen, B Cheng, T Riedl
The area of thin-film photovoltaics has been overwhelmed by organometal halide perovskites. Unfortunately, serious stability concerns arise with perovskite solar cells. For example, methyl-ammonium lead iodide is known to decompose in the presence of water and, more severely, even under inert conditions at elevated temperatures. Here, we demonstrate inverted perovskite solar cells, in which the decomposition of the perovskite is significantly mitigated even at elevated temperatures. Specifically, we introduce a bilayered electron-extraction interlayer consisting of aluminium-doped zinc oxide and tin oxide...
January 9, 2017: Nature Communications
Christopher N Savory, Aron Walsh, David O Scanlon
The methylammonium lead halides have become champion photoactive semiconductors for solar cell applications; however, issues still remain with respect to chemical instability and potential toxicity. Recently, the Cs2AgBiX6 (X = Cl, Br) double perovskite family has been synthesized and investigated as stable nontoxic replacements. We probe the chemical bonding, physical properties, and cation anti-site disorder of Cs2AgBiX6 and related compounds from first-principles. We demonstrate that the combination of Ag(I) and Bi(III) leads to the wide indirect band gaps with large carrier effective masses owing to a mismatch in angular momentum of the frontier atomic orbitals...
November 11, 2016: ACS Energy Lett
S Carretero-Palacios, A Jiménez-Solano, H Míguez
In this Perspective we discuss the implications of employing metal particles of different shape, size, and composition as absorption enhancers in methylammonium lead iodide perovskite solar cells, with the aim of establishing some guidelines for the future development of plasmonic resonance-based photovoltaic devices. Hybrid perovskites present an extraordinarily high absorption coefficient which, as we show here, makes it difficult to extrapolate concepts and designs that are applied to other solution-processed photovoltaic materials...
July 8, 2016: ACS Energy Lett
Junwen Li, Paul M Haney
We study the circular photogalvanic effect in the organometal halide perovskite solar cell absorber CH3NH3PbI3. The calculated photocurrent density for a system with broken inversion symmetry is about 10(-9) A/W, comparable to the previously studied quantum well and bulk Rashba systems. The circular photogalvanic effect relies on inversion symmetry breaking, so that by tuning the optical penetration depth, the degree of inversion symmetry breaking can be probed at different depths from the sample surface. We propose that measurements of this effect may clarify the presence or absence of inversion symmetry, which remains a controversial issue and has been argued to play an important role in the high conversion efficiency of this material...
November 2016: Applied Physics Letters
Guang Yang, Hongwei Lei, Hong Tao, Xiaolu Zheng, Junjie Ma, Qin Liu, Weijun Ke, Zhiliang Chen, Liangbin Xiong, Pingli Qin, Zhao Chen, Minchao Qin, Xinhui Lu, Yanfa Yan, Guojia Fang
Despite the rapid increase of efficiency, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) still face some challenges, one of which is the current-voltage hysteresis. Herein, it is reported that yttrium-doped tin dioxide (Y-SnO2 ) electron selective layer (ESL) synthesized by an in situ hydrothermal growth process at 95 °C can significantly reduce the hysteresis and improve the performance of PSCs. Comparison studies reveal two main effects of Y doping of SnO2 ESLs: (1) it promotes the formation of well-aligned and more homogeneous distribution of SnO2 nanosheet arrays (NSAs), which allows better perovskite infiltration, better contacts of perovskite with SnO2 nanosheets, and improves electron transfer from perovskite to ESL; (2) it enlarges the band gap and upshifts the band energy levels, resulting in better energy level alignment with perovskite and reduced charge recombination at NSA/perovskite interfaces...
January 2017: Small
Guohua Dong, Debin Xia, Yulin Yang, Li Shenga, Tengling Ye, Ruiqing Fan
The conventional perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-dimethoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD) as a hole transporting material commonly suffer from poor stability and reproducibility mainly due to the process of placing the devices in air and illumination for oxidizing the spiro-OMeTAD. Herein, Keggin-type polyoxometalates (POMs)-phosphovanadomolybdate (H4PMo11V·nH2O, denoted as PMo11V) is for the first time employed as a p-type dopant for promoting the oxidation of spiro-OMeTAD...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xin Yan, Chen Zhang, Jiamin Wang, Xia Zhang, Xiaomin Ren
A low-cost Si nanowire array/perovskite hybrid solar cell is proposed and simulated. The solar cell consists of a Si p-i-n nanowire array filled with CH3NH3PbI3, in which both the nanowires and perovskite absorb the incident light while the nanowires act as the channels for transporting photo-generated electrons and holes. The hybrid structure has a high absorption efficiency in a broad wavelength range of 300~800 nm. A large short-circuit current density of 28.8 mA/cm(2) and remarkable conversion efficiency of 13...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Jing Chen, Jia Xu, Li Xiao, Bing Zhang, Songyuan Dai, Jianxi Yao
Compared to that of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite (MAPbI3), formamidinium lead iodide perovskite (FAPbI3) has a smaller energy band gap and greater potential efficiency. To prevent the transformation of α-FAPbI3 to δ-FAPbI3, preparation of (FA)x(MA)1-xPbI3 was regarded as an effective route. Usually, the planar (FA)x(MA)1-xPbI3 perovskite solar cells are fabricated by a solution process. Herein, we report a low-pressure vapor-assisted solution process (LP-VASP) for the growth of (FA)x(MA)1-xPbI3 perovskite solar cells that features improved electron transportation, uniform morphology, high power conversion efficiency (PCE), and better crystal stability...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jiang Liu, Gang Wang, Kun Luo, Xulin He, Qinyan Ye, Cheng Liao, Jun Mei
Solar cells based on perovskite absorbers are rapidly emerging as attractive candidates for photovoltaic development. Understanding the role of electron transport layer is very important to obtain highly efficient and long-term stable solar cells. In this work, we investigated in detail the effects of electron transport layer on device performance in planar perovskite solar cells, and discussed the band bending under different situations. We show the electron transport barrier is responsible for the poor fill factor of J-V curves...
January 4, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Ramireddy Rajeswari, Madoori Mrinalini, Seelam Prasanthkumar, Lingamallu Giribabu
Hole transporting material (HTM) is a significant component to achieve the high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Over the years, inorganic, organic and hybrid (organic-inorganic) material based HTMs have been developed and investigated successfully. Today, perovskite solar cells achieved the efficiency of 22.1 % with with 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine) 9,9-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD) as HTM. Nevertheless, synthesis and cost of organic HTMs is a major challenging issue and therefore alternative materials are required...
January 4, 2017: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
Ahmed Esmail Shalan, Tomoya Oshikiri, Hiroki Sawayanagi, Keisuke Nakamura, Kosei Ueno, Quan Sun, Hui-Ping Wu, Eric Wei-Guang Diau, Hiroaki Misawa
Plasmonics is a highly promising approach to enhancing the light-harvesting properties of hybrid organic/inorganic perovskite solar cells. In the present work, our cells have a p-i-n inverted planar structure. An ultrathin NiO film with two different thicknesses of 5 and 10 nm prepared by a pulsed laser deposition process on an ITO substrate with a faceted and furrowed surface enabled the formation of a continuous and compact layer of well-crystallized CH3NH3PbI3via an anti-solvent chlorobenzene process. The coverage mechanism of the NiO film on the ITO was clearly demonstrated through the J-V and external quantum efficiency (EQE) curves...
January 4, 2017: Nanoscale
Eric Singh, Ki Seok Kim, Geun-Young Yeom, Hari S Nalwa
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are becoming significant, due to their interesting semiconducting and photonic properties. In particular, TMDs such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2), tungsten disulfide (WS2), tungsten diselenide (WSe2), titanium disulfide (TiS2), tantalum sulfide (TaS2), and niobium selenide (NbSe2) are increasingly attracting attention for their applications in solar cell devices. In this review, we give a brief introduction to TMDs with a focus on MoS2; and thereafter, emphasize the role of atomically thin MoS2 layers in fabricating solar cell devices, including bulk-heterojunction, organic, and perovskites-based solar cells...
January 3, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jiangjian Shi, Dongmei Li, Yanhong Luo, Huijue Wu, Qingbo Meng
An opto-electro-modulated transient photovoltage/photocurrent system has been developed to probe microscopic charge processes of a solar cell in its adjustable operating conditions. The reliability of this system is carefully determined by electric circuit simulations and experimental measurements. Using this system, the charge transport, recombination and storage properties of a conventional multicrystalline silicon solar cell under different steady-state bias voltages, and light illumination intensities are investigated...
December 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Vijayakumar C Nair, Chinnadurai Muthu, Andrey L Rogach, Reiko Kohara, Vasudevanpillai Biju
Hydrophobically capped nanocrystals of formamidinium lead bromide (FAPbBr3 ) perovskite (PNC) show bright and stable fluorescence in solution and thin-film states. When compared with isolated PNCs in a solution, close-packed PNCs in a thin film show extended fluorescence lifetime (ca. 4.2 μs), which is due to hopping or migration of photogenerated excitons among PNCs. Both fluorescence quantum efficiency and lifetime decrease in a PNC thin film doped with fullerene (C60 ), which is attributed to channeling of exciton migration into electron transfer to C60 ...
December 30, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Yu-Hsien Chiang, Ming-Hsien Li, Hsin-Min Cheng, Po-Shen Shen, Peter Chen
Novel organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite compounds composed of mixed A-site cation (Formamidinium and Cesium) and pseudohalides (SCN and I) ions are successfully synthesized. These new classes of hybrid perovskites photovoltaics exhibited remarkable power conversion efficiency of more than 16% with excellent stability against moisture in ambient environment and under low-light storage condition. The existence of SCN(-) ion inclusion is confirmed by secondary ion mass spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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