Stabilization of Component-Pure α-FAPbI3 via Volatile Additives for Stable Photovoltaics

Dianxi Wang, Muyang Chen, Xuecong Zhang, Lingfeng Chao, Tingting Niu, Yifan Lv, Guichuan Xing, Yingdong Xia, Mingjie Li, Hui Zhang, Yonghua Chen

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State-of-the-art high-performance perovskite solar cells are mainly based on formamidinium (FA)-dominated perovskites because of their narrow band gap and remarkable thermal resistance. However, photoactive α-FAPbI3 is prone to transit to the photoinactive phase, and pioneering phase stabilization strategies can induce undesirable band gap broadening or phase segregation, seriously restricting the efficiency and long-term stability of the resultant photovoltaics. Herein, a small molecule of ammonium acetate (NH4Ac) was introduced as an additive in a modified ripening method to fabricate component-pure α-FAPbI3. Owing to the strong interaction between NH4Ac and PbI2, FAI via Pb-O coordination, and N-H···N hydrogen bonding, vertically oriented perovskites with relaxed crystal strain were first generated, which were fully converted to α-FAPbI3 in a further ripening process. The NH4Ac was fully volatized after the perovskite formation, resulting in component-pure α-FAPbI3 with a band gap of 1.48 eV and remarkable stability under light illumination. Ultimately, a champion device efficiency of above 21% was obtained based on the component-pure α-FAPbI3 and over 95% of the initial efficiency can be maintained after 1000 h of aging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16818-16827
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • ammonium acetate
  • perovskite solar cells
  • phase stability
  • volatile additives
  • α-FAPbI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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