Triarylphosphine Oxide as Cathode Interfacial Material for Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells

Kai Wang, Marios Neophytou, Erkan Aydin, Mingcong Wang, Thomas Laurent, George T. Harrison, Jiang Liu, Wenzhu Liu, Michele de Bastiani, Jafar Iqbal Khan, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Frédéric Laquai, Stefaan De Wolf

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Metal halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) in the inverted planar p-i-n configuration often employ phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) as electron transport layer, onto which Ag is deposited as outer electrode. However, the energy offset between PC61BM and Ag imposes an energy barrier for electron extraction. In this work, to improve the contact quality of this stack, a small organic molecule (2-(1,10-phenanthrolin-3-yl)naphth-6-yl)diphenylphosphine oxide (DPO) as a cathode interfacial material (CIM), inserted between PC61BM and Ag, is introduced. In devices with the indium tin oxide (ITO)/NiOx/methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3)/PC61BM/CIM/Ag configuration, it is found that this results in fill factor (FF) and short-circuit current density values (JSC) that are up to ≈34% and ≈1 mA cm−2 higher, respectively, compared to DPO-free devices. Inserting additional thin ZnO nanoparticle layers further improves the contact quality, leading to a power conversion efficiency of 18.2%. Semitransparent PSCs, utilizing DPO as an interlayer buffer layer are also realised. Resultant devices exhibit improved performance compared to DPO-free devices. This proves that DPO withstands the sputtering of ITO, and may thus find application in perovskite-based tandem devices. It is concluded that DPO acts as an excellent cathode modifier, opening new device-engineering opportunities for p-i-n PSCs, especially in their semitransparent implementation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1900434
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
Issue number12
StatePublished - May 8 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-CARF URF/1/3079-33-01, URF/1/3079-35-01, URF/1/3079-36-01, URF/1/3079-37-01
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under Award No. OSR-CARF URF/1/3079-33-01, URF/1/3079-35-01, URF/1/3079-36-01, and URF/1/3079-37-01.


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