Publications/Patents

2014
Sigalit Aharon, Shany Gamliel, Bat El Cohen, and lioz etgar. 2014. “Depletion region effect of highly efficient holeconductor free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells.” Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys., 2014, 16: 10512-10518.Abstract

The inorganic–organic perovskite is currently attracting a lot of attention due to its use as a light harvester in solar cells. The large absorption coefficients, high carrier mobility and good stability of organo-lead halide perovskites present good potential for their use as light harvesters in mesoscopic heterojunction solar cells. This work concentrated on a unique property of the lead halide perovskite, its function simultaneously as a light harvester and a hole conductor in the solar cell. A two-step deposition technique was used to optimize the perovskite deposition and to enhance the solar cell efficiency. It was revealed that the photovoltaic performance of the hole conductor free perovskite solar cell is strongly dependent on the depletion layer width which was created at the TiO2–CH3NH3PbI3 junction. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that there were no changes in the crystallographic structure of the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite over time, which supports the high stability of these hole conductor free perovskite solar cells. Furthermore, the power conversion efficiency of the best cells reached 10.85% with a fill factor of 68%, a Voc of 0.84 V, and a Jsc of 19 mA cm2, the highest efficiency to date of a hole conductor free perovskite solar cell.

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lioz etgar, Peng Gao, Peng Qin, Michael Graetzel, and Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin. 2014. “A hybrid lead iodide perovskite and lead sulfide QD heterojunction solar cell to obtain a panchromatic response.” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2: 11586–11590.Abstract

We report for the first time on co-sensitization between CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite and PbS quantum dots (QDs) in a heterojunction solar cell to obtain a panchromatic response from the visible to near IR regions. Following the deposition of the sensitizers on a TiO2 film, an Au thin layer is evaporated on top as a back contact. Importantly, the CH3NH3PbI3 nanoparticles and the PbS QDs used here simultaneously play both the role of a light harvester and a hole conductor, rendering superfluous the use of an additional hole transporting material. The mesoscopic CH3NH3PbI3 (perovskite)–PbS (QD)/TiO2 heterojunction solar cell shows an impressive short circuit photocurrent (Jsc) of 24.63mA cm2, much higher than those of the individual CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite and the PbS QD solar cells. The advent of such co-sensitization mesoscopic heterojunction solar cells paves the way to extend the absorbance region of the promising low cost, high-efficiency perovskite based solar cells.

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lioz etgar, Md K. Nazeeruddin, and Michael Grätzel. 2014. “Organo Metal Halide Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cell and Fabrication Thereof.” WIPO (World Intellectual Prop Org) WO 2014/020499 Al.
Shany Gamliel and lioz etgar. 2014. “Organo-metal perovskite based solar cells:sensitized versus planar architecture.” RSC Adv., 2014, 4: 29012-29021.Abstract

Organo-metal halide perovskites are composed of an ABX3 structure in which A represents a cation, B a divalent metal cation and X a halide. The organo-metal perovskite shows very good potential to be used as a light harvester in solar cells due to its direct band gap, large absorption coefficient, high carrier mobility and good stability. However, there is an important question in the photovoltaic field regarding the most advantageous architecture for perovskite based solar cells. Several studies showed sensitized perovskite solar cells achieving high performance, while high efficiency was also observed with the planar architecture. Consequently, it is still an open question regarding which operation mechanism and which architecture offers better results. This review describes both architectures, based on studies in the field. In the case of the sensitized structure, there are more difficulties in pore filling, naturally more recombination, and the possibility to use thicker metal oxide films. In the planar structure, thin metal oxide films are used, less recombination was observed and there are no infiltration problems. Both architectures exhibit long-range diffusion length and meet the demand for excellent coverage of the perovskite film.

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2013
lioz etgar, Diana Yanover, Richard Karel Cˇapek, Roman Vaxenburg, Zhaosheng Xue, Bin Liu, Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin, Efrat Lifshitz, and Michael Grätzel. 2013. “Core/Shell PbSe/PbS QDs TiO2 Heterojunction Solar Cell.” Adv. Funct. Mater., 2013, 23: 2736–2741. coreshell_pbsepbs_qds_tio2_heterojunction_solar_cell.pdf
lioz etgar, Guillaume Schuchardt, Daniele Costenaro, Fabio Carniato, Chiara Bisio, Shaik M. Zakeeruddin, Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin, Leonardo Marchese, and Michael Graetzel. 2013. “Enhancing the open circuit voltage of dye sensitizedsolar cells by surface engineering of silica particles in agel electrolyte.” J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1: 10142–10147.Abstract

We prepared a quasi-solid electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that consist of ionic liquid and modified silica particles. Commercial bare silica F5 particles and modified silica F5 by NH2 and NH3groups were prepared, and fully characterized. The best photovoltaic performance was observed using the NH2 modified silica particles giving an open circuit voltage (Voc) of 815 mV, a short-circuit current (Jsc) of 11.23 mA cm-2, and a fill factor (FF) of 0.75 corresponding to an overall power conversion efficiency of 7.04% at 100 mW cm-2 AM 1.5. The modification of the silica particles by NH2 groups increases the Voc of DSSCs by around 60 mV compared to pure ionic liquid electrolyte based DSSCs.

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lioz etgar. 2013. “Semiconductor Nanocrystals as Light Harvesters in Solar Cells.” Materials, 2013, 6: 445-459.Abstract

Photovoltaic cells use semiconductors to convert sunlight into electrical current
and are regarded as a key technology for a sustainable energy supply. Quantum dot-based
solar cells have shown great potential as next generation, high performance, low-cost
photovoltaics due to the outstanding optoelectronic properties of quantum dots and their
multiple exciton generation (MEG) capability. This review focuses on QDs as light
harvesters in solar cells, including different structures of QD-based solar cells, such as QD
heterojunction solar cells, QD-Schottky solar cells, QD-sensitized solar cells and the recent
development in organic-inorganic perovskite heterojunction solar cells. Mechanisms,
procedures, advantages, disadvantages and the latest results obtained in the field are
described. To summarize, a future perspective is offered.

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2013. “Thin Film Solar Cells based on Quantum Dots.” In Light Energy Conversion . Wiley-Inter science Series on Nanotechnology.
Waleed Abu Laban and lioz etgar. 2013. “Depleted hole conductor-free lead halide iodideheterojunction solar cells.” Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6: 3249–3253.Abstract

Lead halide perovskite is an excellent candidate for use as a light harvester in solar cells. Our work presents a depleted hole conductor free CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 heterojunction solar cell using a thick CH3NH3PbI3 film. The CH3NH3PbI3 formed large crystals which function
simultaneously as light harvesters and as hole transportmaterials. We performed capacitance voltage measurements, which show a depletion regionwhich extends to both n and p sides. The built-in field of the depletion region assists in the charge separation and suppresses the back reaction of electrons from the TiO2 film to the CH3NH3PbI3 film. This depleted hole conductor free CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 heterojunction solar cell provides a power conversion efficiency of 8% with a current density of 18.8 mA cm2, the highest efficiency achieved to date for perovskite based solar cells without a hole conductor.

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Takafumi Fukumoto, Thomas Moehl, Yusuke Niwa, Md. K. Nazeeruddin, Michael Grätzel, and lioz etgar. 2013. “Effect of Interfacial Engineering in Solid-State Nanostructured Sb2S3 Heterojunction Solar Cells.” Adv. Energy Mater, 2013, 3: 29–33. effect_of_interfacial_engineering_in_solid-state_nanostructured_sb2s3_heterojunction_solar_cells.pdf
Etgar Lioz, HyoJoong Lee, Md K. Nazeeruddin, and Grätzel Michael. 2013. “Semiconductor quantum dot sensitized TiO2 mesoporous solar cells.” In Colloidal Quantum Dot Optoelectronics and Photovoltaics, 292-309. Cambridge University Press.
2012
lioz etgar, Jinhyung Park, Claudia Barolo, Vladimir Lesnyak, Subhendu K. Panda, Pierluigi Quagliotto, Stephen G. Hickey, Md. K. Nazeeruddin, Alexander Eychmu¨ ller, Guido Viscardi, and Michael Gra¨ tzel. 2012. “Enhancing the efficiency of a dye sensitized solar cell due to the energytransfer between CdSe quantum dots and a designed squaraine dye.” RSC Adv., 2012, 2: 2748–2752. enhancing_the_efficiency_of_a_dye_sensitized_solar_cell_due_to_the_energy_transfer_between_cdse_quantum_dots_and_a_designed_squaraine_dye.pdf
lioz etgar, Wei Zhang, Stefanie Gabriel, Stephen G. Hickey, Md K. Nazeeruddin, Alexander Eychmüller, Bin Liu, and Michael Grätzel. 2012. “High Efficiency Quantum Dot Heterojunction Solar CellUsing Anatase (001) TiO2 Nanosheets.” Adv. Mater., 2012, 24: 2202–2206. high_efficiency_quantum_dot_heterojunction_solar_cell_using_anatase_001_tio2_nanosheets.pdf
lioz etgar, Thomas Moehl, Stefanie Gabriel, Stephen G. Hickey, Alexander Eychmu¨ ller, and Michael Gra¨ tzel. 2012. “Light Energy Conversion by Mesoscopic PbS Quantum Dots/TiO2 Heterojunction Solar Cells.” ACS Nano, 2012, 4: 3092–3099. light_energy_conversion_by_mesoscopic_pbs_quantum_dots_tio2_heterojunction_solar_cells.pdf
lioz etgar, Peng Gao, Zhaosheng Xue, Qin Peng, Aravind Kumar Chandiran, Bin Liu, Md. K. Nazeeruddin, and Michael Grätzel. 2012. “Mesoscopic CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 Heterojunction Solar Cells.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134: 17396−17399. mesoscopic_ch3nh3pbi3_tio2_heterojunction_solar_cells.pdf
lioz etgar, James S. Bendall, Vincent Laporte, Mark E. Welland, and Michael Graetzel. 2012. “Reducing recombination in ZnO photoanodes for dye sensitised solar cellsthrough simple chemical synthesis.” J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22: 24463–24468. reducing_recombination_in_zno_photoanodes_for_dye_sensitised_solar_cells_through_simple_chemical_synthesis.pdf
lioz etgar and Michael Grätzel. 2012. “Solid state PbS Quantum dots /TiO2 Nanoparticles heterojunction solar cell.” MRS Proceedings, 2012, 1390.
2011
D. Aaron R. Barkhouse, Ratan Debnath, Illan J. Kramer, David Zhitomirsky, Andras G. Pattantyus-Abraham, Larissa Levina, lioz etgar, Michael Grätzel, and Edward H. Sargent. 2011. “Depleted Bulk Heterojunction Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaics.” Adv. Mater., 2011, 23: 3134–3138. depleted_bulk_heterojunction_colloidal_quantum_dot_photovoltaics.pdf
lioz etgar, Jinhyung Park, Claudia Barolo, Md. K. Nazeeruddin, Guido Viscardi, and Michael Graetzel. 2011. “Design and Development of Novel Linker for PbS Quantum Dots/TiO2 Mesoscopic Solar cell.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3: 3264–3267. design_and_development_of_novel_linker_for_pbs_quantum_dots_tio2_mesoscopic_solar_cell.pdf
James S. Bendall, lioz etgar, Swee Ching Tan, Ning Cai, Peng Wang, Shaik M. Zakeeruddin, Michael Grätzel, and Mark E. Welland. 2011. “An efficient DSSC based on ZnO nanowire photo-anodes and a new D-p-Aorganic dye.” Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4: 2903–2908. an_efficient_dssc_based_on_zno_nanowire_photo-anodes_and_a_new_d-p-a_organic_dye.pdf

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