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Directional Management of Interface Defects Achieved in Perovskite Solar Cells

Nov 24, 2021 | By LIU Guozhen

Organic-inorganic halide perovskite materials have excellent optical capture capacity and carrier conductivity. Perovskite solar cells, with amazing power conversion efficiency, show great application prospects.

However, a large number of unfavorable defects, growing up after or during annealing process due to their ionic nature, would lead to sites of nonradiative recombination and accelerate degradation of device efficiency and stability.

A research team lead by PAN Xu from Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS), cooperated with ZHENG Haiying from Anhui University, achieved high-efficiency perovskite solar cells by passivating interface defects using new-type low-dimensional perovskite.

Related work has been published on ACS Energy Letters.

This team passivated and stabilized the perovskite light absorbing layer with amphoteric heterocyclic cation, and designed a new-type low-dimensional perovskite passivation layer. This novel perovskite could deal with different surface-terminating ends at the interface and show multiple passivation effects owing to its amphoteric nature and strong molecular interaction.

According to the theoretical calculation of defect formation energy, the formation of lead-based defect was effectively inhibited. The modified perovskite solar cells displayed reduced defect density and lowered nonradiative recombination, thereby leading to the power conversion efficiency exceeded 24%. Besides, the long-term stability against humidity, high temperature and light was improved.

This work indicated a direction for the directional management of interface Pb-based defects during the practical application of perovskite photovoltaic devices.

The research was supported by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, Anhui Province Natural Science Foundation, CASHIPS Director’s Foundation, and et al.

Figure. (a) Theoretical calculation model and (b) the formation energy (△Hα) of interface defects. (c,d) Defect density calculation and photovoltaic performance test of perovskite solar cells. (Image by LIU Guozhen)

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