Suppression of atomic vacancies via incorporation of isovalent small ions to increase the stability of halide perovskite solar cells in ambient air

Makhsud I. Saidaminov, Junghwan Kim, Ankit Jain, Rafael Quintero-Bermudez, Hairen Tan, Guankui Long, Furui Tan, Andrew Johnston, Yicheng Zhao, Oleksandr Voznyy, E. Sargent

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The degradation of perovskite solar cells in the presence of trace water and oxygen poses a challenge for their commercial impact given the appreciable permeability of cost-effective encapsulants. Point defects were recently shown to be a major source of decomposition due to their high affinity for water and oxygen molecules. Here, we report that, in single-cation/halide perovskites, local lattice strain facilitates the formation of vacancies and that cation/halide mixing suppresses their formation via strain relaxation. We then show that judiciously selected dopants can maximize the formation energy of defects responsible for degradation. Cd-containing cells show an order of magnitude enhanced unencapsulated stability compared to state-of-art mixed perovskite solar cells, for both shelf storage and maximum power point operation in ambient air at a relative humidity of 50%. We conclude by testing the generalizability of the defect engineering concept, demonstrating both vacancy-formation suppressors (such as Zn) and promoters (such as Hg).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-654
Number of pages7
JournalNature Energy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 16 2018
Externally publishedYes

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