In Situ Grain Boundary Modification via Two-Dimensional Nanoplates to Remarkably Improve Stability and Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells

Xuejie Zhu, Shengnan Zuo, Zhou Yang, Jiangshan Feng, Ziyu Wang, Xiaorong Zhang, Shashank Priya, Shengzhong Frank Liu, Dong Yang

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Abstract

Even though a record efficiency of 23.3% has been achieved in organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, their stability remains a critical issue, which greatly depends on the morphology of perovskite absorbers. Herein, we report a practical grain boundary modification to remarkably improve the humidity and thermal stability by gradually growing in situ two-dimensional nanoplates between the grain boundaries of perovskite films using phenylethylammonium iodide (PEAI). The experimental results show that PEAI nanoplates play a critical role in stabilizing perovskite thin films by reducing the moisture sensitivity and suppressing phase transition at the grain boundaries. In addition to the significant improved ambient stability, the grain boundary modification by PEAI can effectively suppress the nonradiative charge recombination at grain boundaries. As a result, the efficiency of perovskite solar cells is up to 20.34% with significant humidity and thermal stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39802-39808
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume10
Issue number46
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 21 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)

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