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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445643/pinhole-free-hybrid-perovskite-film-with-arbitrarily-shaped-micro-patterns-for-functional-optoelectronic-devices
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Jiang Wu, Junyan Chen, Yifei Zhang, Zhaojian Xu, Lichen Zhao, Tanghao Liu, Deying Luo, Wenqiang Yang, Ke Chen, Qin Hu, Fengjun Ye, Pan Wu, Rui Zhu, Qihuang Gong
In many optoelectronic applications, patterning is required for functional and/or aesthetic purposes. However, established photolithographic technique can't be applied directly to the hybrid perovskites, which are considered as promising candidates for optoelectronic applications. In this work, a wettability-assisted photolithography (WAP) process, which employs photolithography and one-step solution process to deposit hybrid perovskite, was developed for fabricating patterned hybrid perovskite films. Uniform pinhole-free hybrid perovskite films with sharp-edged micro-patterns of any shapes can be constructed through the WAP process...
April 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445459/the-effect-of-illumination-on-the-formation-of-metal-halide-perovskite-films
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Amita Ummadisingu, Ludmilla Steier, Ji-Youn Seo, Taisuke Matsui, Antonio Abate, Wolfgang Tress, Michael Grätzel
Optimizing the morphology of metal halide perovskite films is an important way to improve the performance of solar cells when these materials are used as light harvesters, because film homogeneity is correlated with photovoltaic performance. Many device architectures and processing techniques have been explored with the aim of achieving high-performance devices, including single-step deposition, sequential deposition and anti-solvent methods. Earlier studies have looked at the influence of reaction conditions on film quality, such as the concentration of the reactants and the reaction temperature...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440079/pressure-induced-polymorphic-optical-and-electronic-transitions-of-formamidinium-lead-iodide-perovskite
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Pan Wang, Jiwen Guan, Draven T K Galeschuk, Yansun Yao, Cindy Fung He, Shan Jiang, Sijia Zhang, Ying Liu, Meiling Jin, Changqing Jin, Yang Song
Formamidinium lead iodide (FAPbI3) perovskite as a superior solar cell material was investigated in two polymorphs at high pressures using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, electrical conductivity (EC) measurements, and ab initio calculations. We identified two new structures (i.e., Imm2 and Immm) for α-FAPbI3, but only a structural distortion (in C2/c) for δ-FAPbI3 on compression. Pressure-enhanced hydrogen bond plays a prominent role in structural modifications, as corroborated by FTIR spectroscopy...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440072/efficient-bulk-heterojunction-ch3nh3pbi3-tio2-solar-cells-with-tio2-nanoparticles-at-grain-boundaries-of-perovskite-by-multi-cycle-coating-strategy
#4
Jun Shao, Songwang Yang, Yan Liu
A novel bulk heterojunction (BHJ) perovskite solar cell (PSC), where the perovskite grains act as donor and the TiO2 nanoparticles act as acceptor, is reported. This efficient BHJ PSC was simply solution-processed from a mixing precursor of CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) and TiO2 nanoparticles. With dissolution and recrystallization by multi-cycle-coating, a unique composite structure ranging from a MAPbI3-TiO2-dominated layer on the substrate side to a pure perovskite layer on the top side is formed, which is beneficial for the blocking of possible contact between TiO2 and hole transport material on the interface...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439587/a-micron-scale-laminar-mapbbr3-single-crystal-for-an-efficient-and-stable-perovskite-solar-cell
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Hua-Shang Rao, Bai-Xue Chen, Xu-Dong Wang, Dai-Bin Kuang, Cheng-Yong Su
Nowadays, obtaining a thin and large-area perovskite single-crystal (SC) is still challenging. Herein, we report a novel strategy to prepare a laminar MAPbBr3 SC with a controllable thickness of 16 μm and a size of 6 × 8 mm. Additionally, the SC solar cell achieves an intriguing efficiency of 7.11% with an impressive stability, maintaining 93% initial PCE after aging for 1000 h.
April 25, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438016/highly-oriented-low-dimensional-tin-halide-perovskites-with-enhanced-stability-and-photovoltaic-performance
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Yuqin Liao, Hefei Liu, Wenjia Zhou, Dongwen Yang, Yuequn Shang, Zhifang Shi, Binghan Li, Xianyuan Jiang, Lijun Zhang, Li Na Quan, Rafael Quintero-Bermudez, Brandon R Sutherland, Qixi Mi, Edward H Sargent, Zhijun Ning
The low toxicity and a near-ideal choice of bandgap make tin (Sn) perovskite an attractive alternative to lead perovskite in low cost solar cells. However, the development of Sn perovskite solar cells has been impeded by their extremely poor stability when exposed to oxygen. We report low-dimensional Sn perovskites that exhibit markedly-enhanced air stability in comparison with their 3D counterparts. The reduced degradation under air exposure is attributed to the improved thermodynamic stability after dimensional reduction, the encapsulating organic ligands, and the compact perovskite film preventing oxygen ingress...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437918/modeling-and-designing-multilayer-2d-perovskite-silicon-bifacial-tandem-photovoltaics-for-high-efficiencies-and-long-term-stability
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Haejun Chung, Xingshu Sun, Aditya D Mohite, Rahul Singh, Lokendra Kumar, Muhammad A Alam, Peter Bermel
A key challenge in photovoltaics today is to develop cell technologies with both higher efficiencies and lower fabrication costs than incumbent crystalline silicon (c-Si) single-junction cells. While tandem cells have higher efficiencies than c-Si alone, it is generally challenging to find a low-cost, high-performance material to pair with c-Si. However, the recent emergence of 22% efficient perovskite photovoltaics has created a tremendous opportunity for high-performance, low-cost perovskite / crystalline silicon tandem photovoltaic cells...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437893/ruthenium-acetylacetonate-in-interface-engineering-for-high-performance-planar-hybrid-perovskite-solar-cells
#8
Wei Chen, Shiqiang Luo, Zunyuan Wan, Xiyuan Feng, Xinke Liu, Zhubing He
As it already made huge effect in the commercialization of silicon and other photovoltaics, interface engineering is dispensable in the current and future evolution of hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) techniques. In order to solve carriers' recombination and detention at the cathode side of planar PSCs, in this work, Ruthenium acetylacetonate (RuAcac) was successfully adopted as a reliable and stable cathode interfacial layer (CIL) to improve the inverted planar PSCs. The power conversion efficiency of the optimal devices was enhanced from 12...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437892/high-performance-and-low-cost-transparent-electrodes-based-on-ultrathin-cu-layer
#9
David Ebner, Martin Bauch, Theodoros Dimopoulos
Transparent electrodes based on an ultrathin Cu layer, embedded between two dielectrics, are optimized by simulations and experiments. Different dielectrics are screened in transfer matrix simulations for maximizing the broad-band transmittance. Based on this, sputtered electrodes were developed with the Cu embedded between TiO<sub>X</sub>-coated glass or PET substrate and an Al-doped ZnO (AZO) top layer. It is found that, for ultrathin Cu layers, increased sputter power fosters island coalescence, leading to superior optical and electrical performance compared to previously reported Cu-based electrodes...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436516/a-non-catalytic-vapor-growth-regime-for-organohalide-perovskite-nanowires-using-anodic-aluminum-oxide-templates
#10
Mohammad Mahdi Tavakoli, Aashir Waleed, Leilei Gu, Daquan Zhang, Rouhollah Tavakoli, Bingbing Lei, Wenjun Su, Fang Fang, Zhiyong Fan
In this work, a novel and facile synthesis process to fabricate single crystalline organometal halide perovskite nanowires has been successfully developed. Nanowires were grown in a high density ordered array from metal nanoclusters inside anodic aluminum oxide templates using a non-catalytic chemical vapor deposition method. Specifically, perovskite NWs were grown as a result of the reaction between methylammonium iodide (MAI) and the Pb/Sn (Pb or Sn) metal in anodic aluminum oxide templates under optimal conditions...
April 24, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436227/it-takes-two-to-tango-double-layer-selective-contacts-in-perovskite-solar-cells-for-improved-device-performance-and-reduced-hysteresis
#11
Lukas Kegelmann, Christian M Wolff, Celline Awino Omondi, Felix Lang, Eva Lisa Unger, Lars Korte, Thomas Dittrich, Dieter Neher, Bernd Rech, Steve Albrecht
Solar cells made from inorganic-organic perovskites gradually approach market requirements as efficiency and stability improved tremendously in recent years. Planar low-temperature processed perovskite solar cells are advantageous for a possible large-scale production but are more prone to exhibit photocurrent hysteresis, especially in the regular n-i-p structure. Here, a systematic characterization of different electron selective contacts with a variety of chemical and electrical properties in planar n-i-p devices processed below 180 °C is presented...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435781/carbon-nanotubes-in-tio2-nanofiber-photoelectrodes-for-high-performance-perovskite-solar-cells
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Munkhbayar Batmunkh, Thomas J Macdonald, Cameron J Shearer, Munkhjargal Bat-Erdene, Yun Wang, Mark J Biggs, Ivan P Parkin, Thomas Nann, Joseph G Shapter
1D semiconducting oxides are unique structures that have been widely used for photovoltaic (PV) devices due to their capability to provide a direct pathway for charge transport. In addition, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have played multifunctional roles in a range of PV cells because of their fascinating properties. Herein, the influence of CNTs on the PV performance of 1D titanium dioxide nanofiber (TiO2 NF) photoelectrode perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is systematically explored. Among the different types of CNTs, single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) incorporated in the TiO2 NF photoelectrode PSCs show a significant enhancement (≈40%) in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) as compared to control cells...
April 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435185/influence-of-rb-cs-cation-exchange-on-inorganic-sn-halide-perovskites-from-chemical-structure-to-physical-properties
#13
Young-Kwang Jung, Ji-Hwan Lee, Aron Walsh, Aloysius Soon
CsSnI3 is a potential lead-free inorganic perovskite for solar energy applications due to its nontoxicity and attractive optoelectronic properties. Despite these advantages, photovoltaic cells using CsSnI3 have not been successful to date, in part due to low stability. We demonstrate how gradual substitution of Rb for Cs influences the structural, thermodynamic, and electronic properties on the basis of first-principles density functional theory calculations. By examining the effect of the Rb:Cs ratio, we reveal a correlation between octahedral distortion and band gap, including spin-orbit coupling...
April 11, 2017: Chemistry of Materials: a Publication of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430418/effects-of-small-polar-molecules-ma-and-h2o-on-degradation-processes-of-perovskite-solar-cells
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Chunqing Ma, Dong Shen, Jian Qing, Hrisheekesh Thachoth Chandran, Ming-Fai Lo, Chun-Sing Lee
Degradation mechanisms of methylammonium lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have drawn much attention recently. Herein, the bulk and surface degradation processes of the perovskite were differentiated for the first time by employing combinational studies using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), capacitance frequency (CF), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies with particular attention on the roles of small polar molecules (MA(+) and H2O). CF study shows that short-circuit current density of the PSCs is increased by H2O at the beginning of the degradation process coupled with an increased surface capacitance...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429762/annealing-induced-re-crystallization-in-ch3nh3pbi3-xclx-for-high-performance-perovskite-solar-cells
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Yingguo Yang, Shanglei Feng, Meng Li, Weidong Xu, Guangzhi Yin, Zhaokui Wang, Baoquan Sun, Xingyu Gao
Using poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) as hole conductor, a series of inverted planar CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite solar cells (PSCs) were fabricated based on perovskite annealed by an improved time-temperature dependent (TTD) procedure in a flowing nitrogen atmosphere for different time. Only after an optimum annealing time, an optimized power conversion efficiency of 14.36% could be achieved. To understand their performance dependence on annealing time, an in situ real-time synchrotron-based grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) was used to monitor a step-by-step gradual structure transformation from distinct mainly organic-inorganic hybrid materials into highly ordered CH3NH3PbI3 crystal during annealing...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429682/refractive-index-and-extinction-coefficient-of-nh2ch-nh2pbi3-perovskite-photovoltaic-material
#16
Ziang Xie, Shuren Sun, Yu Yan, Lili Zhang, Ruixiang Hou, Fuyang Tian, Guogang Qin
Very recently, the NH2CH=NH2PbI3 (FAPbI3) perovskite material has attracted much attention in fabricating solar cells (SCs). For a photovoltaic material, its refractive index and extinction coefficient, n(λ) and k(λ), as functions of λ, are important to study its optical properties and to estimate the power conversion efficiency potential for the SCs made of it. As far as we know, so far there is no reporting of n(λ) and k(λ) for the FAPbI3 material. In this article, with spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements, the n(λ) and k(λ), as well as Eg = 1...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428998/pbi2-heterogeneous-cap-induced-crystallization-for-an-efficient-ch3nh3pbi3-layer-in-perovskite-solar-cells
#17
Yangrunqian Wang, Jiawei Li, Qian Li, Weidong Zhu, Tao Yu, Xingyu Chen, Lu'an Yin, Yong Zhou, Xiaoyong Wang, Zhigang Zou
PbI2 heterogeneous-cap-induced crystallization with a face-to-face configuration is proposed to obtain efficient CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films during thermal annealing. The films with large-size and dominative (110)-oriented grains can effectively boost the photovoltaic performance of the perovskite solar cells.
April 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426040/enhancement-of-the-hole-conducting-effect-of-nio-by-a-n2-blow-drying-method-in-printable-perovskite-solar-cells-with-low-temperature-carbon-as-the-counter-electrode
#18
T A Nirmal Peiris, Ajay K Baranwal, Hiroyuki Kanda, Shota Fukumoto, Shusaku Kanaya, Ludmila Cojocaru, Takeru Bessho, Tsutomu Miyasaka, Hiroshi Segawa, Seigo Ito
In this article, we demonstrate for the first time a mesoscopic printable perovskite solar cell (PSC) using NiO as the hole transporting material and low-temperature processed carbon as the counter electrode. A single deposition method assisted by N2 blow drying was used for the deposition of MAPbI3 on a TiO2/ZrO2/NiO screen-printed electrode. As the final step a low-temperature processing (i.e. 75 °C) carbon counter layer was fabricated on MAPbI3 by a blade coating method. It is found that the capping layer thickness of MAPbI3 has a significant effect on the device efficiency, especially when NiO is introduced as a hole transporting material into the structure...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422510/halide-perovskites-for-tandem-solar-cells
#19
Jin-Wook Lee, Yao-Tsung Hsieh, Nicholas De Marco, Sang-Hoon Bae, Qifeng Han, Yang Yang
Perovskite solar cells have become one of the strongest candidates for next-generation solar energy technologies. A myriad of beneficial optoelectronic properties of the perovskite materials have enabled superb power conversion efficiencies (PCE) exceeding 22% for a single-junction device. The high PCE achievable via low processing costs and relatively high variability in optical properties have opened new possibilities for perovskites in tandem solar cells. In this Perspective, we will discuss current research trends in fabricating tandem perovskite-based solar cells in combination with a variety of mature photovoltaic devices such as organic, silicon, and Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 (CIGS) solar cells...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421678/synergetic-effect-of-chloride-doping-and-ch3nh3pbcl3-on-ch3nh3pbi3-xclx-perovskite-based-solar-cells
#20
Feng Xu, Taiyang Zhang, Ge Li, Yixin Zhao
The chloride doped CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite had attracted great attention due to obvious performance enhancement with using of Cl additive and the controversial arguments on Cl function and mechanism behind it. Herein, we fabricated a series of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskites with various Cl content via a gas/solid reaction between CH3NH2 gas with HPbI3-xClx (x=0-1). It is found that once the Cl content x>0.1, there is CH3NH3PbCl3 formed coexisted with CH3NH3PbI3-xClx(x=0.05-01). The small amount of Cl doping in CH3NH3PbI3-xClx(x=0...
April 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
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