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Alex Dymshits, Alex Henning, Gideon Segev, Yossi Rosenwaks, and Etgar Lioz. 3/3/2015. “The electronic structure of metal oxide/organo metal halide perovskite junctionsin perovskite based solar cells.” Nature Scientific Reports, 2015, 5, Pp. 8704.
Cross-sections of a hole-conductor-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell were characterized with Kelvin probe force microscopy. A depletion region width of about 45 nm was determined from the measured potential profiles at the interface between CH3NH3PbI3 and nanocrystalline TiO2, whereas a negligible depletion was measured at the CH3NH3PbI3/Al2O3 interface. A complete solar cell can be realized with the CH3NH3PbI3 that functions both as light harvester and hole conductor in combination with a metal oxide. The band diagrams were estimated from the measured potential profile at the interfaces, and are critical findings for a better understanding and further improvement of perovskite based solar cells.