Solution-Phase Epitaxial Growth of Perovskite Films on 2D Material Flakes for High-Performance Solar Cells

Guanqi Tang, Peng You, Qidong Tai, Anneng Yang, Jiupeng Cao, Fangyuan Zheng, Zhiwen Zhou, Jiong Zhao, Paddy Kwok Leung Chan, Feng Yan

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The quality of perovskite films is critical to the performance of perovskite solar cells. However, it is challenging to control the crystallinity and orientation of solution-processed perovskite films. Here, solution-phase van der Waals epitaxy growth of MAPbI3 perovskite films on MoS2 flakes is reported. Under transmission electron microscopy, in-plane coupling between the perovskite and the MoS2 crystal lattices is observed, leading to perovskite films with larger grain size, lower trap density, and preferential growth orientation along (110) normal to the MoS2 surface. In perovskite solar cells, when perovskite active layers are grown on MoS2 flakes coated on hole-transport layers, the power conversion efficiency is substantially enhanced for 15%, relatively, due to the increased crystallinity of the perovskite layer and the improved hole extraction and transfer rate at the interface. This work paves a way for preparing high-performance perovskite solar cells and other optoelectronic devices by introducing 2D materials as interfacial layers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1807689
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2019


  • 2D materials
  • epitaxial growth
  • perovskite solar cells
  • power conversion efficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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