10.6% Certified Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells via Solvent Polarity-Engineered Halide Passivation

Xinzheng Lan, Oleksandr Voznyy, F. Pelayo Garcia de Arquer, Mengxia Liu, Jixian Xu, Andrew H. Proppe, Grant Walters, Fengjia Fan, Hairen Tan, Min Liu, Zhenyu Yang, Sjoerd Hoogland, Edward H. Sargent

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Colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solar cells are solution-processed photovoltaics with broad spectral absorption tunability. Major advances in their efficiency have been made via improved CQD surface passivation and device architectures with enhanced charge carrier collection. Herein, we demonstrate a new strategy to improve further the passivation of CQDs starting from the solution phase. A cosolvent system is employed to tune the solvent polarity in order to achieve the solvation of methylammonium iodide (MAI) and the dispersion of hydrophobic PbS CQDs simultaneously in a homogeneous phase, otherwise not achieved in a single solvent. This process enables MAI to access the CQDs to confer improved passivation. This, in turn, allows for efficient charge extraction from a thicker photoactive layer device, leading to a certified solar cell power conversion efficiency of 10.6%, a new certified record in CQD photovoltaics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4630-4634
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 28 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-11-009-21
Acknowledgements: This publication is based in part on work supported by Award KUS-11-009-21, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), by the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Program, and by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and by the International Cooperation of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korea govenment Ministry of Knowledge Economy (2012T100100740). The authors thank E. Palmiano, R. Wolowiec, D. Kopilovic, R. Comin, R. Sabatini, X. Gong, J. Fan, and L. Levina, for their help over the course of this study.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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