Defect Passivation in Perovskite Solar Cells by Cyano-Based π-Conjugated Molecules for Improved Performance and Stability

Kai Wang, Jiang Liu, Jun Yin, Erkan Aydin, George T. Harrison, Wenzhu Liu, Shanyong Chen, Omar F. Mohammed, Stefaan De Wolf

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Abstract

Defects at the surface and grain boundaries of metal–halide perovskite films lead to performance losses of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Here, organic cyano-based π-conjugated molecules composed of indacenodithieno[3,2-b]thiophene (IDTT) are reported and it is found that their cyano group can effectively passivate such defects. To achieve a homogeneous distribution, these molecules are dissolved in the antisolvent, used to initiate the perovskite crystallization. It is found that these molecules are self-anchored at the grain boundaries due to their strong binding to undercoordinated Pb2+. On a device level, this passivation scheme enhances the charge separation and transport at the grain boundaries due to the well-matched energetic levels between the passivant and the perovskite. Consequently, these benefits contribute directly to the achievement of power conversion efficiencies as high as 21.2%, as well as the improved environmental and thermal stability of the PSCs. The surface treatment provides a new strategy to simultaneously passivate defects and enhance charge extraction/transport at the device interface by manipulating the anchoring groups of the molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2002861
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume30
Issue number35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • conjugated molecules
  • defect passivation
  • increased stability
  • perovskite solar cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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