Low-Temperature Pre-Synthesized Crystalline Tin Oxide for Efficient Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells and Modules.

Research paper by Tongle T Bu, Shengwei S Shi, Jing J Li, Yifan Y Liu, Jielin J Shi, Li L Chen, Xueping X Liu, Junhao J Qiu, Zhiliang Z Ku, Yong Y Peng, Jie J Zhong, Yi-Bing YB Cheng, Fuzhi F Huang

Indexed on: 11 Apr '18Published on: 11 Apr '18Published in: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces


Organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have been emerging as one of the most promising next generation photovoltaic technologies with a breakthrough power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 22%. However, aiming for commercialization, it still encounters challenges for the large-scale module fabrication, especially for flexible devices which have attracted intensive attention recently. Low-temperature processed high-performance electron transporting layers (ETLs) are still difficult. Herein, we present a facile low-temperature synthesis of crystalline SnO2 nanocrystals (NCs) as efficient electron transporting layers (ETLs) for flexible PSCs including modules. Through thermal and UV-Ozone treatments of the SnO2 ETLs, the electron transporting resistance of the ETLs and the charge recombination at the interface of ETL/perovskite were decreased. Thus, the hysteresis-free highly efficient rigid and flexible PSCs were obtained with PCEs of 19.20% and 16.47%, respectively. Finally, a 5 × 5 cm2 flexible PSC module with a PCE of 12.31% (12.22% for forward scan and 12.40% for reverse scan) was fabricated with the optimized perovskite/ETL interface. Thus, employing pre-synthesized SnO2 NCs to fabricate ETLs has showed promising for future manufacturing.