Low-Temperature Solution-Processed CuCrO2 Hole-Transporting Layer for Efficient and Photostable Perovskite Solar Cells

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

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Author(s)

  • Hua Zhang
  • Huan Wang
  • Hongmei Zhu
  • Chu-Chen Chueh
  • Wei Chen
  • Shihe Yang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number1702762
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Energy Materials
Volume8
Issue number13
Early online date22 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018

Abstract

Organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) have become the front-running photovoltaic technology nowadays and are expected to profoundly impact society in the near future. However, their practical applications are currently hampered by the challenges of realizing high performance and long-term stability simultaneously. Herein, the development of inverted PVSCs is reported based on low temperature solution-processed CuCrO2 nanocrystals as a hole-transporting layer (HTL), to replace the extensively studied NiOx counterpart due to its suitable electronic structure and charge carrier transporting properties. A ≈45 nm thick compact CuCrO2 layer is incorporated into an inverted planar configuration of indium tin oxides (ITO)/c-CuCrO2/perovskite/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM)/bathocuproine (BCP)/Ag, to result in the high steady-state power conversion efficiency of 19.0% versus 17.1% for the typical low temperature solution-processed NiOx-based devices. More importantly, the optimized CuCrO2-based device exhibits a much enhanced photostability than the reference device due to the greater UV light-harvesting of the CuCrO2 layer, which can efficiently prevent the perovskite film from intense UV light exposure to avoid associated degradation. The results demonstrate the promising potential of CuCrO2 nanocrystals as an efficient HTL for realizing high-performance and photostable inverted PVSCs.

Research Area(s)

  • CuCrO2, low-temperature solution process, p-type semiconductors, perovskite solar cells, photostability

Citation Format(s)

Low-Temperature Solution-Processed CuCrO2 Hole-Transporting Layer for Efficient and Photostable Perovskite Solar Cells. / Zhang, Hua; Wang, Huan; Zhu, Hongmei; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Chen, Wei; Yang, Shihe; Jen, Alex K.-Y.

In: Advanced Energy Materials, Vol. 8, No. 13, 1702762, 04.05.2018.

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