Scaling-up perovskite solar cells on hydrophobic surfaces

Furkan Halis Isikgor, Anand Selvin Subbiah, Mathan Kumar Eswaran, Calvyn Travis Howells, Aslihan Babayigit, Michele de Bastiani, Emre Yengel, Jiang Liu, Francesco Furlan, George T. Harrison, Shynggys Zhumagali, Jafar Iqbal Khan, Frédéric Laquai, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Iain McCulloch, Udo Schwingenschlögl, Stefaan De Wolf

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Despite impressive power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) reported for lab-scale perovskite solar cells (PSCs), obtaining large-area devices with similar performance remains challenging. Fundamentally, this can largely be attributed to a polarity mismatch between the perovskite-precursor solution and the underlying hydrophobic contact materials, resulting in perovskite films of insufficient quality for scaled devices. Specifically, for p-i-n devices, the commonly used DMF/DMSO co-solvent has a significant polarity mismatch with its underlying hole-transporting layer, PTAA. Here, the role of MAPbI3•solvent adduct interaction with the PTAA surface towards the formation of micro- and nano-scale pinholes is elucidated in detail. Replacing DMSO with NMP in the co-solvent system changes the binding energy profoundly, enabling uniform and dense films over large areas. The PCE of DMF/NMP ink-based devices drops slightly with increasing active device area, from 21.5% (0.1 cm2) to 19.8% (6.8 cm2), in comparison with conventional DMF/DMSO ink. This work opens a pathway towards the scalability of solution-processed perovskite optoelectronic devices.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105633
JournalNano Energy
StatePublished - Nov 25 2020

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-01-11
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2019-CARF/CCF-3097.
Acknowledgements: This publication is based upon work supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) under Award No. OSR-2019-CARF/CCF-3097.


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