Abstract The influence of the Schottky contact is studied for hole transport material (HTM) free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells (PSCs), by using drift-diffusion and small signal models. The basic current-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics are simulated in reasonable agreement with experimental data. The build in potential of the finite CH3NH3PbI3 layer is extracted from a Mott-Schottky capacitance analysis. Furthermore, hole collector conductors with work-functions of more than 5.5 eV are proposed as solutions for high efficiency HTM-free CH3NH3PbI3 PSCs.
We report here the discovery of a fancy interaction between cesium iodide (CsI) and methylamine (CH3NH2) due to the presence of the hydrogen bond. The formed CsI$xCH3NH2 is a liquid phase, which facilitates the large scale fabrication of highly uniform cesium-containing perovskite films with strong (110) preferred orientation by the CH3NH2 gas healing process. With this method, at most 10% nonpolar Cs cations could fully dope into the crystal lattice and extremely enhance the interaction of the inorganic framework with a more symmetrical PbI6 octahedron, resulting in obvious improvement in moisture stability under continuous illumination.
An important property of hybrid layered perovskite is the possibility to reduce its dimensionality to provide wider band gap and better stability. In this work, 2D perovskite of the structure (PEA)2(MA)n–1PbnBr3n+1 has been sensitized, where PEA is phenyl ethyl-ammonium, MA is methyl-ammonium, and using only bromide as the halide. The number of the perovskite layers has been varied (n) from n = 1 through n = ∞. Optical and physical characterization verify the layered structure and the increase in the band gap. The photovoltaic performance shows higher open circuit voltage (Voc) for the quasi 2D perovskite (i.e., n = 40, 50, 60) compared to the 3D perovskite. Voc of 1.3 V without hole transport material (HTM) and Voc of 1.46 V using HTM have been demonstrated, with corresponding efficiency of 6.3% and 8.5%, among the highest reported. The lower mobility and transport in the quasi 2D perovskites have been proved effective to gain high Voc with high efficiency, further supported by ab initio calculations and charge extraction measurements. Bromide is the only halide used in these quasi 2D perovskites, as mixing halides have recently revealed instability of the perovskite structure. These quasi 2D materials are promising candidates for use in optoelectronic applications that simultaneously require high voltage and high efficiency.
Perovskite nanostructures, both hybrid organo−metal and fully inorganic perovskites, have gained a lot of interest in the past few years for their intriguing optical properties in the visible region. We report on inorganic cesium lead bromide (CsPbBr3) nanowires (NWs) having quantum confined dimensions corresponding to 5 unit cells. The addition of various hydrohalic acids (HX, X = Cl, Br, I) was found to highly affect the NW length, composition, and optical properties. Hydrochloric (HCl) and hydroiodic (HI) acids mixed in the reaction solution influence the crystal structure and optical properties and shorten the NWs, while the hydrobromic acid (HBr) addition results solely in shorter NWs, without any structural change. The addition of HX increases the acidity of the reaction solution, resulting in protonation of the oleylamine ligands from oleylamine into oleyl-ammonium cations that behave similarly to Cs+ during crystallization. Therefore, the positions of the Cs+ at the growing surface of the NWs are taken by the oleyl-ammonium cations, thus blocking further growth in the favored direction. The emission of the NWs is tunable between ∼423−505 nm and possesses a potential in the optoelectronic field. Moreover, electrical conductivity measurements