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perovskite solar cell

Jia Liang, Peiyang Zhao, Caixing Wang, Yanrong Wang, Yi Hu, Guoyin Zhu, Lianbo Ma, Jie Liu, Zhong Jin
The emergence of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has generated enormous interests in the photovoltaic research community. Recently, cesium metal halides (CsMX3, M = Pb or Sn; X = I, Br, Cl or mixed halides) as a class of inorganic perovskites showed great promise for PSCs and other optoelectronic devices. However, CsMX3-based PSCs usually exhibit lower power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) than organic-inorganic hybrid PSCs, due to the unfavorable bandgaps. Herein, a novel mixed-Pb/Sn mixed-halide inorganic perovskite, CsPb0...
September 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Junjie Ma, Guang Yang, Minchao Qin, Xiaolu Zheng, Hongwei Lei, Cong Chen, Zhiliang Chen, Yaxiong Guo, Hongwei Han, Xingzhong Zhao, Guojia Fang
Reducing the energy loss and retarding the carrier recombination at the interface are crucial to improve the performance of the perovskite solar cell (PSCs). However, little is known about the recombination mechanism at the interface of anode and SnO2 electron transfer layer (ETL). In this work, an ultrathin wide bandgap dielectric MgO nanolayer is incorporated between SnO2:F (FTO) electrode and SnO2 ETL of planar PSCs, realizing enhanced electron transporting and hole blocking properties. With the use of this electrode modifier, a power conversion efficiency of 18...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Mingyu Zhang, Jiayu Wang, Liang Li, Guanhaojie Zheng, Kuan Liu, Meng Qin, Huanping Zhou, Xiaowei Zhan
A high-mobility p-type organic semiconductor based on benzodithiophene and diketopyrrolopyrrole with linear alkylthio substituents (BDTS-2DPP) is used as a dual function interfacial layer to modify the interface of perovskite/2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N'-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene in planar perovskite solar cells. The BDTS-2DPP layer can remarkably passivate the surface defects of perovskite through the formation of Lewis adduct between the under-coordinated Pb atoms in perovskite and S atoms in BDTS-2DPP, and also shows efficient hole extraction and transfer properties...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Ahmer A B Baloch, Shahzada P Aly, Mohammad I Hossain, Fedwa El-Mellouhi, Nouar Tabet, Fahhad H Alharbi
Advances in computational materials have paved a way to design efficient solar cells by identifying the optimal properties of the device layers. Conventionally, the device optimization has been governed by single or double descriptors for an individual layer; mostly the absorbing layer. However, the performance of the device depends collectively on all the properties of the material and the geometry of each layer in the cell. To address this issue of multi-property optimization and to avoid the paradigm of reoccurring materials in the solar cell field, a full space material-independent optimization approach is developed and presented in this paper...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xiongfeng Lin, Askhat N Jumabekov, Niraj N Lal, Alexander R Pascoe, Daniel E Gómez, Noel W Duffy, Anthony S R Chesman, Kallista Sears, Maxime Fournier, Yupeng Zhang, Qiaoliang Bao, Yi-Bing Cheng, Leone Spiccia, Udo Bach
Hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites are low-cost solution-processable solar cell materials with photovoltaic properties that rival those of crystalline silicon. The perovskite films are typically sandwiched between thin layers of hole and electron transport materials, which efficiently extract photogenerated charges. This affords high-energy conversion efficiencies but results in significant performance and fabrication challenges. Herein we present a simple charge transport layer-free perovskite solar cell, comprising only a perovskite layer with two interdigitated gold back-contacts...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
Carolin M Sutter-Fella, Yanbo Li, Nicola Cefarin, Aya Buckley, Quynh Phuong Ngo, Ali Javey, Ian D Sharp, Francesca M Toma
Organo-lead halide perovskites have recently attracted great interest for potential applications in thin-film photovoltaics and optoelectronics. Herein, we present a protocol for the fabrication of this material via the low-pressure vapor assisted solution process (LP-VASP) method, which yields ~19% power conversion efficiency in planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells. First, we report the synthesis of methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I) and methylammonium bromide (CH3NH3Br) from methylamine and the corresponding halide acid (HI or HBr)...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Mo-Ran Wang, Xiang-Yang Ren, Xian-Bin Li, Nian-Ke Chen, Hong-Bo Sun
The organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite has become a new type of semiconductor for low cost and highly efficient solar cells. However, the mechanism of interactions between the organic cation and the inorganic framework is still not completely clear under optical electronic excitation. In this work, we employ first-principles molecular dynamics with electronic excitation effects to prove that the hydrogen-bond interaction between the molecular cation and the inorganic lattice can be readily adjusted by several-percentage-valence-electron excitations in cubic CH3NH3PbI3...
September 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Qi Luo, Chenxi Zhang, Xueshuang Deng, Hongbing Zhu, Zhiqiang Li, Zengbo Wang, Xiaohong Chen, Sumei Huang
We report the systematic design and formation of plasmonic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by integrating Au@TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) into porous TiO2 and/or perovskite semiconductor capping layers. The plasmonic effects in the formed PSCs are examined. The most efficient configuration is obtained by incorporating Au@TiO2 NPs into both the porous TiO2 and the perovskite capping layers, which increases the power conversion efficiency (PCE) from 12.59 % to 18.24 %, demonstrating over 44% enhancement, compared with the reference device without the metal NPs...
September 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Takahito Nakajima, Keisuke Sawada
We performed a systematic high-throughput simulation with density functional theory for 11 025 compositions of hybrid organic-inorganic halide compounds in ABX3 and A2BB'X6 forms, where A is an organic or inorganic component, B/B' is a metal atom, and X is a halogen atom. The computational results were compiled as a materials database. We performed massive computational simulation by using the K computer, which is a massively parallel many-core supercomputer in Japan. By applying the screening procedure to all the compounds in the materials database, we discovered novel candidates for environmentally friendly lead-free perovskite solar cells and propose 51 low-toxic halide single and double perovskites, most of which are newly proposed in this study...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Yajun Zhang, Jie Wang, M P K Sahoo, Takahiro Shimada, Takayuki Kitamura
Perovskite stannates such as BaSnO3 and SrSnO3 exhibit promising photovoltaic properties, and hold promise for application in solar cell devices. However, the lack of ferroelectricity and the wide band gap in these materials limit their potential for photovoltaic applications. Here, by first-principles calculations, we demonstrate the realization of a primary ferroelectric polarization in non-ferroelectric BaSnO3 and SrSnO3 through strain engineering. In addition to the appearance of polarization, the band gaps of the materials are greatly narrowed when the paraelectric to ferroelectric phase transition takes place under compressive strain...
September 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Chengxue Huo, Xuhai Liu, Xiufeng Song, Ziming Wang, Haibo Zeng
Nowadays, the research on perovskite transistors is still in its infancy, despite the fact that perovskite-based solar cells and light-emitting diodes have been widely investigated. Two major hurdles exist before obtaining reliable perovskite-based transistors: the processing difficulty for their sensitivity to polar solvents and unsatisfactory perovskite quality on the transistor platform. Here, for the first time, we report on high-performance all-inorganic perovskite FETs profiting from both van der Waals epitaxial boundary-free ultrathin single crystals and completely dry-processed transfer technique without chemical contaminant...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Ute B Cappel, Sebastian Svanström, Valeria Lanzilotto, Fredrik Oskar Lars Johansson, Kerttu Aitola, Bertrand Philippe, Erika Giangrisostomi, Ruslan Ovsyannikov, Torsten Leitner, Alexander Foehlisch, Svante Svensson, Nils Mårtensson, Gerrit Boschloo, Andreas Lindblad, Håkan Rensmo
Metal halide perovskites have emerged as materials of high interest for solar energy to electricity conversion and in particular the use of mixed ion structures has led to high power conversion efficiencies and improved stability. For this reason, it is important develop means to obtain atomic level understanding of the photo-induced behaviour of these materials including processes such as photo-induced phase separation and ion migration. In this paper, we implement a new methodology combining visible laser illumination of a mixed-ion perovskite ((FAPbI3)0...
September 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ludmila Cojocaru, Satoshi Uchida, Koichi Tamaki, Piyankarage V V Jayaweera, Shoji Kaneko, Jotaro Nakazaki, Takaya Kubo, Hiroshi Segawa
Energy harvesting at low light intensities has recently attracted a great deal of attention of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which are regarded as promising candidate for indoor application. Anomalous hysteresis of the PSCs a complex issue for reliable evaluation of the cell performance. In order to address these challenges, we constructed two new evaluation methods to determinate the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of PSCs. The first setup is a solar simulator based on light emitting diodes (LEDs) allowing evaluation of the solar cells at wider range of light intensities, ranging from 10(2) to 10(-3) mW·cm(-2)...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
Zhilong Zhang, Zihan Chen, Lin Yuan, Weijian Chen, Jianfeng Yang, Bo Wang, Xiaoming Wen, Jianbing Zhang, Long Hu, John A Stride, Gavin J Conibeer, Robert J Patterson, Shujuan Huang
Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are promising candidate materials for photovoltaics (PV) owing to the tunable bandgap and low-cost solution processability. Lead selenide (PbSe) QDs are particularly attractive to PV applications due to the efficient multiple-exciton generation and carrier transportation. However, surface defects arising from the oxidation of the PbSe QDs have been the major limitation for their development in PV. Here, a new passivation method for chlorinated PbSe QDs via ion exchange with cesium lead halide (Br, I) perovskite nanocrystals is reported...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
Arif D Sheikh, Rahim Munir, Md Azimul Haque, Ashok Bera, Weijin Hu, Parvez Shaikh, Aram Amassian, Tom Wu
In this work, we investigated the effects of high operating temperature and thermal cycling on the photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with a typical mesostructured (m)-TiO2-CH3NH3PbI3-xClx-spiro-OMeTAD architecture. After carrying out temperature-dependent grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS), in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical absorption experiments, thermal durability of PSCs was tested by subjecting the devices to repetitive heating to 70 °C and cooling to room temperature (20 °C)...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xin Li, Feng Hao, Xingyue Zhao, Xuewen Yin, Zhibo Yao, Ying Guo, Heping Shen, Hong Lin
Electron extraction layer (EEL) plays a critical role in organometal-halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by determining the charge extraction and ultimately their power conversion efficiencies. Here, Ti-Fe-O ternary oxide was firstly demonstrated as an efficient EEL candidate in the planar PSC, showing superiority in multiple aspects including the intrinsic precursor stability, coverage on the substrates, electrical properties, and energy levels compared to the widely used TiOx and the pure FeOx. By varying Fe content from 0% to 100% in the Ti-Fe-O composite, the conductivities of the resultant compact layers were markedly improved, according to consistent results from conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM) and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) measurements...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kyu-Tae Lee, Ji-Yun Jang, Sang Jin Park, Song Ah Ok, Hui Joon Park
See-through perovskite solar cells with high efficiency and iridescent colors are demonstrated by employing a multilayer dielectric mirror. A certain amount of visible light is used for wide color gamut semitransparent color generation, which can be easily tuned by changing an angle of incidence, and a wide range of visible light is efficiently reflected back toward a photoactive layer of the perovskite solar cells by the dielectric mirror for highly efficient light-harvesting performance, thus achieving 10...
September 18, 2017: Nanoscale
Chong Liu, Wenzhe Li, Hongliang Li, Cuiling Zhang, Jiandong Fan, Yaohua Mai
The development of hybrid tin (Sn)-lead (Pb) perovskite solar cells likely tackles the toxic problem with the power conversion efficiency (PCE) exceeding 17%. However, the stability problems, e.g. hysteresis effect, degeneration and oxidation, appear to be the bottleneck that limit its further development. Here, we innovatively introduced C60 at the grain boundaries throughout the CH3NH3Pb0.75Sn0.25I3 (MAPb0.75Sn0.25I3) thin film, playing a role not only in in situ passivating the interfaces and reducing the pinholes of perovskite thin films, but also in preventing the penetration of moisture and oxygen from ambient atmosphere...
September 18, 2017: Nanoscale
Moritz H Futscher, Bruno Ehrler
Perovskite/Si tandem solar cells have the potential to considerably out-perform conventional solar cells. Under standard test conditions, perovskite/Si tandem solar cells already outperform the Si single junction. Under realistic conditions, however, as we show, tandem solar cells made from current record cells are hardly more efficient than the Si cell alone. We model the performance of realistic perovskite/Si tandem solar cells under real-world climate conditions, by incorporating parasitic cell resistances, nonradiative recombination, and optical losses into the detailed-balance limit...
September 8, 2017: ACS Energy Letters
Paola Vivo, Jagadish K Salunke, Arri Priimagi
Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) represent undoubtedly the most significant breakthrough in photovoltaic technology since the 1970s, with an increase in their power conversion efficiency from less than 5% to over 22% in just a few years. Hole-transporting materials (HTMs) are an essential building block of PSC architectures. Currently, 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N'-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene), better known as spiro-OMeTAD, is the most widely-used HTM to obtain high-efficiency devices. However, it is a tremendously expensive material with mediocre hole carrier mobility...
September 15, 2017: Materials
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