Enhanced performance and light soaking stability of planar perovskite solar cells using an amine-based fullerene interfacial modifier

Research paper by Yunhai Zhang, Peng Wang, Xuegong Yu, Jiangsheng Xie, Xuan Sun, Huanhuan Wang, Jiabin Huang, Lingbo Xu, Can Cui, Ming Lei, Deren Yang

Indexed on: 18 Nov '16Published on: 27 Oct '16Published in: Journal of Materials Chemistry A


Organic–inorganic lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with TiO2-based architectures have emerged for highly efficient photovoltaic conversion in recent years, while their serious light soaking instability limits their practical applications. Here, we have successfully introduced fullerene [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid 2-((2-(dimethylamino)ethyl)(methyl)-amino)-ethyl ester (PCBDAN) as an interfacial modifier for the TiO2 electron transport layer (ETL) in planar PSCs, which can significantly improve the photovoltaic conversion efficiency and light soaking stability of the devices. The quality of the perovskite film and electron extraction efficiency between the perovskite and ETL are both improved by introducing the PCBDAN interfacial layer. An improved power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 16.78% can be obtained for the device with PCBDAN under AM 1.5G illumination (100 mW cm−2). And the light soaking stability of the planar device is greatly improved after modification. This work provides a feasible way by interfacial modification for the realization of highly efficient devices without light-soaking degradation.

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