Effects of formamidinium and bromide ion substitution in methylammonium lead triiodide toward high-performance perovskite solar cells

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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Author(s)

  • Zhibin Yang
  • Chu-Chen Chueh
  • Po-Wei Liang
  • Michael Crump
  • Francis Lin
  • Zonglong Zhu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-337
Journal / PublicationNano Energy
Volume22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Compositional engineering of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite has attracted great research interests recently for seeking a better perovskite system to address existed challenges, such as the thermal and moisture instability, anomalous hysteresis, and toxic lead contamination, etc. In this study, we systematically investigated the structural, optophysical, and photovoltaic properties of the compositional MAxFA1-xPb(IyBr1-y)3 perovskite by sequentially introducing FA+ and Br- ions into the parental MAPbI3 to elucidate their respective roles when they were inserted into the perovskite lattice. We unraveled that such dual compositional tuning in perovskite can improve the crystallinity of the resultant film and thus reduce its density of defect states as evidenced by admittance spectroscopy, resulting in a prolonged carrier lifetime over 500 ns. As a result, a promising average PCE (PCEAVG) of 17.34% was realized in the optimized MA0.7FA0.3Pb(I0.9Br0.1)3-based PVSC with little hysteresis and stable photocurrent output. More significantly, another compositional MA0.7FA0.3Pb(I0.8Br0.2)3 perovskite with a large bandgap of 1.69 eV can yield an impressively high PCEAVG over 15%. To the best of our knowledge, this performance is among the state-of-the-art large bandgap (~1.7 eV) PVSCs reported so far, which paves the way for the development of high-performance tandem cells using efficient large bandgap PVSCs as the top subcells. This study not only manifests the pivotal roles of dual compositional tuning in MAxFA1-xPb(IyBr1-y)3 perovskites but also highlights the importance of compositional engineering for developing an even more efficient perovskite.

Research Area(s)

  • Bromine, Composition, Formamidinium, Nickel oxide, Perovskite solar cells

Citation Format(s)

Effects of formamidinium and bromide ion substitution in methylammonium lead triiodide toward high-performance perovskite solar cells. / Yang, Zhibin; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Liang, Po-Wei; Crump, Michael; Lin, Francis; Zhu, Zonglong; Jen, Alex K.-Y.

In: Nano Energy, Vol. 22, 01.04.2016, p. 328-337.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review