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  1. Layered structures of organic/inorganic hybrid halide perovskites

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    Huan, Tran Doan; Tuoc, Vu Ngoc; Minh, Nguyen Viet

    2016-03-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid halide perovskites, in which the A cations of an ABX3 perovskite are replaced by organic cations, may be used for photovoltaic and solar thermoelectric applications. In this contribution, we systematically study three lead-free hybrid perovskites, i.e., methylammonium tin iodide CH3NH3SnI3 , ammonium tin iodide NH4SnI3 , and formamidnium tin iodide HC (NH2)2SnI3 by first-principles calculations. We find that in addition to the commonly known motif in which the corner-shared SnI6 octahedra form a three-dimensional network, these materials may also favor a two-dimensional (layered) motif formed by alternating layers of the SnI6 octahedra and the organic cations. These two motifs are nearly equal in free energy and are separated by low barriers. These layered structures features many flat electronic bands near the band edges, making their electronic structures significantly different from those of the structural phases composed of three-dimension networks of SnI6 octahedra. Furthermore, because the electronic structures of HC (NH2)2SnI3 are found to be rather similar to those of CH3NH3SnI3 , formamidnium tin iodide may also be promising for the applications of methylammonium tin iodide.

  2. Research Update: The electronic structure of hybrid perovskite layers and their energetic alignment in devices

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    Olthof, Selina

    2016-09-01

    In recent years, the interest in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites has increased at a rapid pace due to their tremendous success in the field of thin film solar cells. This area closely ties together fundamental solid state research and device application, as it is necessary to understand the basic material properties to optimize the performances and open up new areas of application. In this regard, the energy levels and their respective alignment with adjacent charge transport layers play a crucial role. Currently, we are lacking a detailed understanding about the electronic structure and are struggling to understand what influences the alignment, how it varies, or how it can be intentionally modified. This research update aims at giving an overview over recent results regarding measurements of the electronic structure of hybrid perovskites using photoelectron spectroscopy to summarize the present status.

  3. New hybrid lead iodides: From one-dimensional chain to two-dimensional layered perovskite structure

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    Xiong, Kecai; Liu, Wei; Teat, Simon J.; An, Litao; Wang, Hao; Emge, Thomas J.; Li, Jing

    2015-10-15

    Two new hybrid lead halides (H{sub 2}BDA)[PbI{sub 4}] (1) (H{sub 2}BDA=1,4-butanediammonium dication) and (HNPEIM)[PbI{sub 3}] (2) (HNPEIM=N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation) have been synthesized and structurally characterized. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that compound 1 features a two-dimensional corner-sharing perovskite layer whereas compound 2 contains one-dimensional edge-sharing double chains. The N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation within compound 2 was generated in-situ under solvothermal conditions. The optical absorption spectra collected at room temperature suggest that both compounds are semiconductors having direct band gaps, with estimated values of 2.64 and 2.73 eV for 1 and 2, respectively. Results from the density functional theory (DFT) calculations are consistent with the experimental data. Density of states (DOS) analysis reveals that in both compounds 1 and 2, the energy states in the valence band maximum region are iodine 5p atomic orbitals with a small contribution from lead 6s, while in the region of conduction band minimum, the major contributions are from the inorganic (Pb 6p atomic orbitals) and organic components (C and N 2p atomic orbitals) in compound 1 and 2, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Two new hybrid lead halides built on one-dimensional edge-sharing double chains and two-dimensional corner-sharing perovskite layers are synthesized and their structural and electronic properties are analyzed. - Highlights: • Two new hybrid lead iodides are designed, synthesized, and characterized. • They are closely related to, but different from, perovskite structures. • The electronic properties of both compounds are analyzed by DFT calculations.

  4. Ion-exchangeable oxides with layered perovskite structures as photocatalysts for overall water splitting

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    Takata, T.; Hara, M.; Kondo, J.N.; Domen, K.; Shinohara, K.; Tanaka, A.

    1997-12-31

    A novel series of photocatalysts for an overall water splitting is reported. The catalysts have a layered perovskite type structure with a general formula of A{sub 2{minus}x}La{sub 2}Ti{sub 3{minus}x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 10} (A = K, Rb, Cs; x = 0, 0.5, 1.0). The catalysts, except for the one with x = 1.0, are spontaneously hydrated, and the band gap irradiation induced efficient evolution of H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} in a stoichiometric ratio from an aqueous alkaline solution when a proper amount of Ni loading was made. The reaction mechanism of water splitting on these catalysts is discussed on the bases of the structural study of the catalysts.

  5. A two-layer structured PbI2 thin film for efficient planar perovskite solar cells.

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    Ying, Chao; Shi, Chengwu; Wu, Ni; Zhang, Jincheng; Wang, Mao

    2015-07-28

    In this paper, a two-layer structured PbI2 thin film was constructed by the spin-coating procedure using a 0.80 M PbI2 solution in DMF and subsequent close-spaced vacuum thermal evaporation using PbI2 powder as a source. The bottom PbI2 thin film was compact with a sheet-like appearance, parallel to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a compact perovskite thin film to suppress the charge recombination of the electrons of the TiO2 conduction band and the holes of the spiro-OMeTAD valence band. The top PbI2 thin film was porous with nano-sheet arrays, perpendicular to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a porous perovskite thin film to improve the hole migration from the perovskite to spiro-OMeTAD and the charge separation at the perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD interface. The planar perovskite solar cells based on the two-layer structured PbI2 thin film exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 11.64%, along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 19.29 mA cm(-2) and a fill factor of 0.67. PMID:26118756

  6. A two-layer structured PbI2 thin film for efficient planar perovskite solar cells

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    Ying, Chao; Shi, Chengwu; Wu, Ni; Zhang, Jincheng; Wang, Mao

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, a two-layer structured PbI2 thin film was constructed by the spin-coating procedure using a 0.80 M PbI2 solution in DMF and subsequent close-spaced vacuum thermal evaporation using PbI2 powder as a source. The bottom PbI2 thin film was compact with a sheet-like appearance, parallel to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a compact perovskite thin film to suppress the charge recombination of the electrons of the TiO2 conduction band and the holes of the spiro-OMeTAD valence band. The top PbI2 thin film was porous with nano-sheet arrays, perpendicular to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a porous perovskite thin film to improve the hole migration from the perovskite to spiro-OMeTAD and the charge separation at the perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD interface. The planar perovskite solar cells based on the two-layer structured PbI2 thin film exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 11.64%, along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 19.29 mA cm-2 and a fill factor of 0.67.

  7. New hybrid lead iodides: From one-dimensional chain to two-dimensional layered perovskite structure

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    Xiong, Kecai; Liu, Wei; Teat, Simon J.; An, Litao; Wang, Hao; Emge, Thomas J.; Li, Jing

    2015-10-01

    Two new hybrid lead halides (H2BDA)[PbI4] (1) (H2BDA=1,4-butanediammonium dication) and (HNPEIM)[PbI3] (2) (HNPEIM=N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation) have been synthesized and structurally characterized. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that compound 1 features a two-dimensional corner-sharing perovskite layer whereas compound 2 contains one-dimensional edge-sharing double chains. The N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation within compound 2 was generated in-situ under solvothermal conditions. The optical absorption spectra collected at room temperature suggest that both compounds are semiconductors having direct band gaps, with estimated values of 2.64 and 2.73 eV for 1 and 2, respectively. Results from the density functional theory (DFT) calculations are consistent with the experimental data. Density of states (DOS) analysis reveals that in both compounds 1 and 2, the energy states in the valence band maximum region are iodine 5p atomic orbitals with a small contribution from lead 6s, while in the region of conduction band minimum, the major contributions are from the inorganic (Pb 6p atomic orbitals) and organic components (C and N 2p atomic orbitals) in compound 1 and 2, respectively.

  8. Doped lanthanum nickelates with a layered perovskite structure as bifunctional cathode catalysts for rechargeable metal-air batteries.

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    Jung, Kyu-Nam; Jung, Jong-Hyuk; Im, Won Bin; Yoon, Sukeun; Shin, Kyung-Hee; Lee, Jong-Won

    2013-10-23

    Rechargeable metal-air batteries have attracted a great interest in recent years because of their high energy density. The critical challenges facing these technologies include the sluggish kinetics of the oxygen reduction-evolution reactions on a cathode (air electrode). Here, we report doped lanthanum nickelates (La2NiO4) with a layered perovskite structure that serve as efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution in an aqueous alkaline electrolyte. Rechargeable lithium-air and zinc-air batteries assembled with these catalysts exhibit remarkably reduced discharge-charge voltage gaps (improved round-trip efficiency) as well as high stability during cycling. PMID:24053465

  9. Ion exchange and structural aging in the layered perovskite phases H(1-x)Li(x)LaTiO4.

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    Yip, T W S; Cussen, E J

    2013-06-17

    Grinding together the solid acid HLaTiO4 with stoichiometric quantities of lithium hydroxide monohydrate gives the solid solution H(1-x)Li(x)LaTiO4. The structures of these crystalline phases have been refined against neutron powder diffraction data to show that all of these compounds crystallize in the centrosymmetric space group P4/nmm. The protons and lithium cations occupy sites between the perovskite layers; the former in hydroxide groups that hydrogen-bond to adjacent layers while Li(+) is in four-coordinate sites that bridge the perovskite slabs with a geometry intermediate between square-planar and tetrahedral. The reaction proceeds rapidly, but the unit cell size continues to evolve over the course of days with a gradual compression along the interlayer direction that can be modeled using a power law dependence reminiscent of an Ostwald ripening process. On heating, these materials undergo a mass loss because of dehydration but retain the layered Ruddlesden-Popper structure up to 480 °C before a substantial loss of crystallinity on further heating to 600 °C. Impedance spectroscopy studies of the dehydrated materials shows that Li(+) mobility in these materials is lower than the LiLaTiO4 end member, possibly because of microstructural effects causing large intergrain resistance through the defective phases. PMID:23713950

  10. Hierarchically Structured Hole Transport Layers of Spiro-OMeTAD and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Jiyong; Menamparambath, Mini Mol; Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Baik, Seunghyun

    2015-07-20

    The low electrical conductivity of spiro-OMeTAD hole transport layers impedes further enhancements of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells. We embedded multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in spiro-OMeTAD (spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs) to increase carrier mobility and conductivity. However, direct electrical contact between CH3 NH3 PbI3 and the MWNTs created pathways for undesirable back-electron transfer, owing to the large work function of MWNTs, limiting enhancements of the PCE. A hierarchical structure of pure spiro-OMeTAD and spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs was designed to block back-electron transfer and fully exploit the enhanced charge transport of spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs. The enhanced fill factor, short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, and PCE (15.1 %) were achieved by using this hierarchical hole transport layer structure (MWNT concentration=2 wt %). The perovskite solar cells were fabricated by a low-temperature solution process, further decreasing their per-Watt cost. PMID:26013428

  11. Structure and dehydration of layered perovskite niobate with bilayer hydrates prepared by exfoliation/self-assembly process

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    Chen Yufeng; Zhao Xinhua; Ma Hui; Ma Shulan; Huang Gailing; Makita, Yoji; Bai Xuedong; Yang Xiaojing

    2008-07-15

    The crystals of an H-form niobate of HCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=0.5) being tetragonal symmetry (space group P4/mbm) with unit cell parameters a=5.4521(6) and c=14.414(2) A were exfoliated into nanosheets with the triple-layered perovskite structure. The colloid suspension of the nanosheets was put into dialysis membrane tubing and allowed self-assembly in a dilute KCl solution. By this method, a novel layered K-form niobate KCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=1.3, typically) with bilayer hydrates in the interlayer was produced. The Rieveld refinement and transmission electron microscope (TEM)/selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) observation indicated that the orientations of the a-/b-axis of each nanosheet as well as the c-axis are uniform, and the self-assembled compound had the same symmetry, tetragonal (P4/mbm) with a=5.453(2) and c=16.876(5) A, as the H-form precursor; the exfoliation/self-assembly process does not markedly affect the two-dimensional lattice of the layer. The large basal spacing resulted from the interlayer K{sup +} ions solvated by two layers of water molecules. The interlayer bilayers-water was gradually changed to monolayer when the temperatures higher than 100 deg. C, and all the water molecules lost when over 600 deg. C. Accompanying the dehydration, the crystal structure transformed from tetragonal to orthorhombic symmetry. Water molecules may take an important role for the layer layered compound to adjust the unit cell to tetragonal symmetry. - Graphical abstract: The structure of layered perovskite niobate KCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=1.3) having a bilayers-hydrates interlayer, obtained via the exfoliation of an H-form precursor and the self-assembly of Ca{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}{sup -} nanosheets, was first discussed in detail and determined to be tetragonal symmetry (P4/mbm). The dehydration resulted in the structural transformation to orthorhombic structure.

  12. Purple photochromism in Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ with layered perovskite-related structure

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    Kamimura, Sunao; Yamada, Hiroshi; Xu, Chao-Nan

    2013-01-01

    We report photochromism (PC) in Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ with layered perovskite-related structure. The Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ turned purple upon irradiation with UV light (λ < 350 nm), and the colored Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ returned to its initial colorless state when visible light (λ = 400-700 nm) was irradiated. Furthermore, the PC was strongly dependent on the firing temperature; purple color upon UV irradiation can be enhanced by increasing the firing temperature, which was attributed to an increase of the Sr vacancies in the host lattice from the results of crystal structure analysis. This suggests that controlling the lattice defect plays an important role for enhancing the PC performance.

  13. A nano-grid structure made of perovskite SrTiO3 nanowires for efficient electron transport layers in inverted polymer solar cells.

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    Kim, Jeong Won; Suh, Yo-han; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Won Bae

    2015-03-14

    A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ∼32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film. PMID:25684116

  14. Atomic layer growth of oxide thin films with perovskite-type structure by reactive evaporation

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    Iijima, K.; Terashima, T.; Bando, Y.; Kamigaki, K.; Terauchi, H.

    1992-10-01

    Epitaxial growth of BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 films by the reactive evaporation method was investigated using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). The investigations were carried out using two growth methods: coevaporation and alternate evaporation of the metal elements in an oxygen atmosphere. Atomic layer growth was achieved by the alternate supply of Ba or Sr and Ti on the growing surface. In the case of coevaporation, epitaxial growth occurred in a two-dimensional unit-cell-by-unit-cell mode. The surface of each unit cell is terminated by a (TiO2) layer. Artificial superlattices of BaTiO3/SrTiO3 were fabricated by monitoring the film thickness with the RHEED oscillations.

  15. New variant of highly symmetric layered perovskite with coordinated NO3(-) ligand: hydrothermal synthesis, structure, and characterization of Cs2PbCl2(NO3)2.

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    Kim, Min Kyung; Jo, Vinna; Ok, Kang Min

    2009-08-01

    A new highly symmetric layered lead chloride material, Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2) has been synthesized by a hydrothermal reaction method using Pb(NO(3))(2), CsCl, and water at 240 degrees C. The structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2) has a novel two-dimensional layered structure containing PbO(4)Cl(4) polyhedra and NO(3) trigonal planes. Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2) is a novel variant on the layered perovskite theme, of which the structure is closely related to the n = 1 layered perovskite families. Detailed structural analysis, Infrared and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra, thermogravimetric analysis, and ion-exchange reactions of Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2) are reported. Crystal data: Cs(2)PbCl(2)(NO(3))(2), tetragonal, space group I4(1)/amd (No. 141), a = b = 5.6905(6) A, c = 32.946(5) A, V = 1066.9(2) A(3), and Z = 4. PMID:19588958

  16. A nano-grid structure made of perovskite SrTiO3 nanowires for efficient electron transport layers in inverted polymer solar cells

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    Kim, Jeong Won; Suh, Yo-Han; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Won Bae

    2015-02-01

    A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ~32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film.A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ~32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, HR-TEM images with EDX atomic ratio analysis, FE-SEM images, transmittance spectra and light absorbance spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06720g

  17. Synthesis, structure, and electrochemical properties of nano-layered organic-inorganic perovskites containing Fe(CN)6 3- layers and its application for detection of DNA hybridization

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    Wu, Jing; Liu, Hanxing; Lin, Zhidong; Cao, Minghe; Yu, Zhiyong; Hao, Hua; Guo, Linlin

    2009-07-01

    Steady organic-inorganic perovskite hybrids with [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6, [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and [H24- AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 (AMP = aminomethylpyridine) were formed in the air. Each structure shows an unusual layered organic-inorganic structural type. The hybrids enveloped in paraffin, respectively, to prepare hybrid paste electrode (HPE) (HPE-2 with [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6, HPE-3 with [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6, HPE-4 with [H24-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6). Three hybrids in HPEs showed good electrochemical characteristics. The sequence of redox activity is [H24- AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 > [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 > [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and that of electrocatalytical characteristics is [H23- AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 > [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 > [H24-AMP]3/2 Fe(CN)6. Three hybrids have been employed to investigate the interaction between DNA and three hybrids. The results indicate that between [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and DNA is useful and [H23-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 can detect the hybridization of DNA. And the interaction between [H22-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and DNA and between [H24-AMP]3/2Fe(CN)6 and DNA is slender. Three HPEs display remarkable electrochemical sensitivity and stability. The variation coefficients (RSD) of repeatedly successive and interval assays are less than 2.5%. The chemical and physical stability of three hybrids is satisfactory.

  18. p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid structure of highly efficient perovskite solar cells towards improved air stability: synthetic strategies and the role of p-type hole transport layer (HTL) and n-type electron transport layer (ETL) metal oxides.

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    Mali, Sawanta S; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-05-19

    There has been fast recent progress in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) towards low cost photovoltaic technology. Organometal mixed halide (MAPbX or FAPbX) perovskites are the most promising light absorbing material sandwiched between the electron transport layer (ETL) and hole transport layer (HTL). These two layers play a critical role in boosting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and maintaining air stability. However, the device stability is a serious issue in regular as well as p-i-n inverted type perovskite solar cells. This mini-review briefly outlines the state-of-art of p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid perovskite solar cells using MAPbX/FAPbX perovskite absorbing layers. Later, we will focus on recent trends, progress and further opportunities in exploring the air stable hybrid planar structure PSCs. PMID:27161123

  19. p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid structure of highly efficient perovskite solar cells towards improved air stability: synthetic strategies and the role of p-type hole transport layer (HTL) and n-type electron transport layer (ETL) metal oxides

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    Mali, Sawanta S.; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-05-01

    There has been fast recent progress in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) towards low cost photovoltaic technology. Organometal mixed halide (MAPbX or FAPbX) perovskites are the most promising light absorbing material sandwiched between the electron transport layer (ETL) and hole transport layer (HTL). These two layers play a critical role in boosting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and maintaining air stability. However, the device stability is a serious issue in regular as well as p-i-n inverted type perovskite solar cells. This mini-review briefly outlines the state-of-art of p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid perovskite solar cells using MAPbX/FAPbX perovskite absorbing layers. Later, we will focus on recent trends, progress and further opportunities in exploring the air stable hybrid planar structure PSCs.

  20. Enhanced Charge Collection with Passivation Layers in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Yong Hui; Luo, Jingshan; Son, Min-Kyu; Gao, Peng; Cho, Kyung Taek; Seo, Jiyoun; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Grätzel, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja

    2016-05-01

    The Al2 O3 passivation layer is beneficial for mesoporous TiO2 -based perovskite solar cells when it is deposited selectively on the compact TiO2 surface. Such a passivation layer suppressing surface recombination can be formed by thermal decomposition of the perovskite layer during post-annealing. PMID:26928481

  1. Nano-structured electron transporting materials for perovskite solar cells.

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    Liu, Hefei; Huang, Ziru; Wei, Shiyuan; Zheng, Lingling; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-03-17

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells have been developing rapidly in the past several years, and their power conversion efficiency has reached over 20%, nearing that of polycrystalline silicon solar cells. Because the diffusion length of the hole in perovskites is longer than that of the electron, the performance of the device can be improved by using an electron transporting layer, e.g., TiO2, ZnO and TiO2/Al2O3. Nano-structured electron transporting materials facilitate not only electron collection but also morphology control of the perovskites. The properties, morphology and preparation methods of perovskites are reviewed in the present article. A comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the structure and property will benefit the precise control of the electron transporting process and thus further improve the performance of perovskite solar cells. PMID:26457406

  2. Nano-structured electron transporting materials for perovskite solar cells

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    Liu, Hefei; Huang, Ziru; Wei, Shiyuan; Zheng, Lingling; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-03-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells have been developing rapidly in the past several years, and their power conversion efficiency has reached over 20%, nearing that of polycrystalline silicon solar cells. Because the diffusion length of the hole in perovskites is longer than that of the electron, the performance of the device can be improved by using an electron transporting layer, e.g., TiO2, ZnO and TiO2/Al2O3. Nano-structured electron transporting materials facilitate not only electron collection but also morphology control of the perovskites. The properties, morphology and preparation methods of perovskites are reviewed in the present article. A comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the structure and property will benefit the precise control of the electron transporting process and thus further improve the performance of perovskite solar cells.

  3. Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide as Highly Stable Electron Collection Layer for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Zhao, Xingyue; Shen, Heping; Zhang, Ye; Li, Xin; Zhao, Xiaochong; Tai, Meiqian; Li, Jingfeng; Li, Jianbao; Li, Xin; Lin, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Although low-temperature, solution-processed zinc oxide (ZnO) has been widely adopted as the electron collection layer (ECL) in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) because of its simple synthesis and excellent electrical properties such as high charge mobility, the thermal stability of the perovskite films deposited atop ZnO layer remains as a major issue. Herein, we addressed this problem by employing aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) as the ECL and obtained extraordinarily thermally stable perovskite layers. The improvement of the thermal stability was ascribed to diminish of the Lewis acid-base chemical reaction between perovskite and ECL. Notably, the outstanding transmittance and conductivity also render AZO layer as an ideal candidate for transparent conductive electrodes, which enables a simplified cell structure featuring glass/AZO/perovskite/Spiro-OMeTAD/Au. Optimization of the perovskite layer leads to an excellent and repeatable photovoltaic performance, with the champion cell exhibiting an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.94 V, a short-circuit current (Jsc) of 20.2 mA cm(-2), a fill factor (FF) of 0.67, and an overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.6% under standard 1 sun illumination. It was also revealed by steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence that the AZO/perovskite interface resulted in less quenching than that between perovskite and hole transport material. PMID:26960451

  4. Lead-nano-dopings effects on the structural, microstructural, vibrational and thermal properties of Bi 2- xPb xSrV 2O 9 layered perovskite

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    Elsabawy, Khaled M.; Abou Sekkina, Morsy M.; Asker, Mohamed A.; El-Newehy, Mohamed H.

    2010-07-01

    The sample with in the general formula Bi 2-xPb xSrV 2O 9, where x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.6 mol were synthesized by the high temperature solid state reaction and firing method. The X-ray diffractograms confirmed the formation of single phased layered perovskite in all samples. TGA and DTA thermal analyses on the green samples included steps of thermal analysis of strontium carbonate, bismuth carbonate, ammonium vanadate, lead oxide and finally on the high temperature solid state formation. The effect of lead dopings on the sintering, structural and micro-structure, properties of 212BiSrV-ceramics were investigated. The infrared absorption spectra show a series of vibrational modes within the range of 400-1600 cm -1.

  5. {110}-Layered B-cation ordering in the anion-deficient perovskite Pb2.4Ba2.6Fe2Sc2TiO13 with the crystallographic shear structure.

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    Tyablikov, O A; Batuk, D; Tsirlin, A A; Batuk, M; Verchenko, V Yu; Filimonov, D S; Pokholok, K V; Sheptyakov, D V; Rozova, M G; Hadermann, J; Antipov, E V; Abakumov, A M

    2015-06-21

    A novel anion-deficient perovskite-based compound, Pb(2.4)Ba(2.6)Fe(2)Sc(2)TiO(13), was synthesized via the citrate-based route. This compound is an n = 5 member of the AnBnO(3n-2) homologous series with unit-cell parameters related to the perovskite subcell a(p)≈ 4.0 Å as a(p)√2 ×a(p)× 5a(p)√2. The crystal structure of Pb(2.4)Ba(2.6)Fe(2)Sc(2)TiO(13) consists of quasi-2D perovskite blocks with a thickness of three octahedral layers separated by the 1/2[110](1[combining macron]01)(p) crystallographic shear (CS) planes, which are parallel to the {110} plane of the perovskite subcell. The CS planes transform the corner-sharing octahedra into chains of edge-sharing distorted tetragonal pyramids. Using a combination of neutron powder diffraction, (57)Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and atomic resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy we demonstrate that the B-cations in Pb(2.4)Ba(2.6)Fe(2)Sc(2)TiO(13) are ordered along the {110} perovskite layers with Fe(3+) in distorted tetragonal pyramids along the CS planes, Ti(4+) preferentially in the central octahedra of the perovskite blocks and Sc(3+) in the outer octahedra of the perovskite blocks. Magnetic susceptibility and Mössbauer spectroscopy indicate a broadened magnetic transition around T(N)∼ 45 K and the onset of local magnetic fields at low temperatures. The magnetic order is probably reminiscent of that in other AnBnO(3n-2) homologues, where G-type AFM order within the perovskite blocks has been observed. PMID:25695142

  6. New Physical Deposition Approach for Low Cost Inorganic Hole Transport Layer in Normal Architecture of Durable Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Ahmadi, Vahid; Shahverdi, Hamid Reza

    2015-10-01

    In this work we reported sputter deposited NiOx/Ni double layer as an HTM/contact couple in normal architecture of perovskite solar cell. A perovskite solar cell that is durable for more than 60 days was achieved, with increasing efficiency from 1.3% to 7.28% within 6 days. Moreover, low temperature direct deposition of NiOx layer on perovskite layer was introduced as a potential hole transport material for an efficient cost-effective solar cell applicable for various morphologies of perovskite layers, even for perovskite layers containing pinholes, which is a notable challenge in perovskite solar cells. The angular deposition of NiOx layers by dc reactive magnetron sputtering showed uniform and crack-free coverage of the perovskite layer with no negative impact on perovskite structure that is suitable for nickel back contact layer, surface shielding against moisture, and mechanical damages. Replacing the expensive complex materials in previous perovskite solar cells with low cost available materials introduces cost-effective scalable perovskite solar cells. PMID:26402149

  7. Reduced thermal conductivity by nanoscale intergrowths in perovskite like layered structure La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    Khaliq, Jibran; Chen, Kan; Li, Chunchun; Shi, Baogui; Ye, Haitao; Grande, Antonio M.; Yan, Haixue; Reece, Michael J.

    2015-02-21

    The effect of substitution and oxidation-reduction on the thermal conductivity of perovskite-like layered structure (PLS) ceramics was investigated in relation to mass contrast and non-stoichiometry. Sr (acceptor) was substituted on the A site, while Ta (donor) was substituted on the B site of La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}. Substitution in PLS materials creates atomic scale disorders to accommodate the non-stoichiometry. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and X ray diffraction revealed that acceptor substitution in La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} produced nanoscale intergrowths of n = 5 layered phase, while donor substitution produced nanoscale intergrowths of n = 3 layered phase. As a result of these nanoscale intergrowths, the thermal conductivity value reduced by as much as ∼20%. Pure La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} has a thermal conductivity value of ∼1.3 W/m K which dropped to a value of ∼1.12 W/m K for Sr doped La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and ∼0.93 W/m K for Ta doped La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} at 573 K.

  8. Lead-Halide Perovskite Solar Cells by CH3NH3I Dripping on PbI2-CH3NH3I-DMSO Precursor Layer for Planar and Porous Structures Using CuSCN Hole-Transporting Material.

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    Ito, Seigo; Tanaka, Soichiro; Nishino, Hitoshi

    2015-03-01

    The sequential fabrication scheme of the CH3NH3PbI3 layer has been improved to fabricate planar-structure CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells using CuSCN hole-transporting material (HTM). In the PbI2 layer fabricated by the spin-coating method, at first, small amounts of CH3NH3I (MAI) and DMSO were incorporated as the first-drip precursor layer on a flat TiO2 layer. On the first-drip precursor layers, an MAI solution was applied by either soaking (MAI-soaking method) or dripping using successive spin coating (MAI-dripping). The morphology and crystal transformations were observed by SEM and XRD, respectively. Using the normal sequential MAI-soaking method, we were unable to fabricate planar CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells with CuSCN HTM. Using the MAI-dripping method, however, a significant photovoltaic effect has been observed to be planar perovskite/CuSCN> solar cells. PMID:26262667

  9. Ferroelastic switching in a layered-perovskite thin film

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    Wang, Chuanshou; Ke, Xiaoxing; Wang, Jianjun; Liang, Renrong; Luo, Zhenlin; Tian, Yu; Yi, Di; Zhang, Qintong; Wang, Jing; Han, Xiu-Feng; van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Chen, Long-Qing; Nan, Ce-Wen; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Zhang, Jinxing

    2016-02-01

    A controllable ferroelastic switching in ferroelectric/multiferroic oxides is highly desirable due to the non-volatile strain and possible coupling between lattice and other order parameter in heterostructures. However, a substrate clamping usually inhibits their elastic deformation in thin films without micro/nano-patterned structure so that the integration of the non-volatile strain with thin film devices is challenging. Here, we report that reversible in-plane elastic switching with a non-volatile strain of approximately 0.4% can be achieved in layered-perovskite Bi2WO6 thin films, where the ferroelectric polarization rotates by 90° within four in-plane preferred orientations. Phase-field simulation indicates that the energy barrier of ferroelastic switching in orthorhombic Bi2WO6 film is ten times lower than the one in PbTiO3 films, revealing the origin of the switching with negligible substrate constraint. The reversible control of the in-plane strain in this layered-perovskite thin film demonstrates a new pathway to integrate mechanical deformation with nanoscale electronic and/or magnetoelectronic applications.

  10. Ferroelastic switching in a layered-perovskite thin film.

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    Wang, Chuanshou; Ke, Xiaoxing; Wang, Jianjun; Liang, Renrong; Luo, Zhenlin; Tian, Yu; Yi, Di; Zhang, Qintong; Wang, Jing; Han, Xiu-Feng; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Chen, Long-Qing; Nan, Ce-Wen; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Zhang, Jinxing

    2016-01-01

    A controllable ferroelastic switching in ferroelectric/multiferroic oxides is highly desirable due to the non-volatile strain and possible coupling between lattice and other order parameter in heterostructures. However, a substrate clamping usually inhibits their elastic deformation in thin films without micro/nano-patterned structure so that the integration of the non-volatile strain with thin film devices is challenging. Here, we report that reversible in-plane elastic switching with a non-volatile strain of approximately 0.4% can be achieved in layered-perovskite Bi2WO6 thin films, where the ferroelectric polarization rotates by 90° within four in-plane preferred orientations. Phase-field simulation indicates that the energy barrier of ferroelastic switching in orthorhombic Bi2WO6 film is ten times lower than the one in PbTiO3 films, revealing the origin of the switching with negligible substrate constraint. The reversible control of the in-plane strain in this layered-perovskite thin film demonstrates a new pathway to integrate mechanical deformation with nanoscale electronic and/or magnetoelectronic applications. PMID:26838483

  11. Ferroelastic switching in a layered-perovskite thin film

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    Wang, Chuanshou; Ke, Xiaoxing; Wang, Jianjun; Liang, Renrong; Luo, Zhenlin; Tian, Yu; Yi, Di; Zhang, Qintong; Wang, Jing; Han, Xiu-Feng; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Chen, Long-Qing; Nan, Ce-Wen; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Zhang, Jinxing

    2016-01-01

    A controllable ferroelastic switching in ferroelectric/multiferroic oxides is highly desirable due to the non-volatile strain and possible coupling between lattice and other order parameter in heterostructures. However, a substrate clamping usually inhibits their elastic deformation in thin films without micro/nano-patterned structure so that the integration of the non-volatile strain with thin film devices is challenging. Here, we report that reversible in-plane elastic switching with a non-volatile strain of approximately 0.4% can be achieved in layered-perovskite Bi2WO6 thin films, where the ferroelectric polarization rotates by 90° within four in-plane preferred orientations. Phase-field simulation indicates that the energy barrier of ferroelastic switching in orthorhombic Bi2WO6 film is ten times lower than the one in PbTiO3 films, revealing the origin of the switching with negligible substrate constraint. The reversible control of the in-plane strain in this layered-perovskite thin film demonstrates a new pathway to integrate mechanical deformation with nanoscale electronic and/or magnetoelectronic applications. PMID:26838483

  12. Toward Revealing the Critical Role of Perovskite Coverage in Highly Efficient Electron-Transport Layer-Free Perovskite Solar Cells: An Energy Band and Equivalent Circuit Model Perspective.

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    Huang, Like; Xu, Jie; Sun, Xiaoxiang; Du, Yangyang; Cai, Hongkun; Ni, Jian; Li, Juan; Hu, Ziyang; Zhang, Jianjun

    2016-04-20

    Currently, most efficient perovskite solar cells (PVKSCs) with a p-i-n structure require simultaneously electron transport layers (ETLs) and hole transport layers (HTLs) to help collecting photogenerated electrons and holes for obtaining high performance. ETL free planar PVKSC is a relatively new and simple structured solar cell that gets rid of the complex and high temperature required ETL (such as compact and mesoporous TiO2). Here, we demonstrate the critical role of high coverage of perovskite in efficient ETL free PVKSCs from an energy band and equivalent circuit model perspective. From an electrical point of view, we confirmed that the low coverage of perovskite does cause localized short circuit of the device. With coverage optimization, a planar p-i-n(++) device with a power conversion efficiency of over 11% was achieved, implying that the ETL layer may not be necessary for an efficient device as long as the perovskite coverage is approaching 100%. PMID:27020395

  13. [Luminescent properties of Eu3+ doped layered perovskite structure M2TiO4 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) red-emitting phosphors].

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    Lu, Zhou; Le, Zhang; Xu, Nai-Cen; Wang, Li-Xi; Zhang, Qi-Tu

    2012-10-01

    Series of Eu3+ doped layered perovskite structure M2TiO4: Eu3+ (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) red phosphors were prepared by the high-temperature solid state reaction method. Their phase compositions and photoluminescence properties were investigated by XRD, UV-Vis DRS and fluorescence spectra The results indicated that pure Sr2 TiO4 and Ba2 TiO4 powers could be prepared under 1 100 degrees C for 2 hours, but Ca2 TiO4 powers could not be synthesized even raising the calcination temperature and lengthening the calcination time. Ba2TiO4: Eu3+ phosphor emitted 594 nm (5D0 --> 7F1) and 615 nm (5D0 --> 7F2) orange-red light under the excitation of 395 nm. Sr2TiO4 : Eu3+ phosphor gave a unusual and strong orange-red emission of 578 nm (5D0 --> 7F0) and 626 nm (5 D0 --> 7F2) under the excitation of near ultraviolet or blue light, resulting in the better color purity and higher luminescent intensity. In addition, this phosphor had the highest luminous efficiency when excited by the charge migration excitation at 363 nm and it had the great potential to be a red phosphor for N-UV LED and blue light chip. PMID:23285854

  14. Improved air stability of perovskite solar cells via solution-processed metal oxide transport layers

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    You, Jingbi; Meng, Lei; Song, Tze-Bin; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Yang, Yang (Michael); Chang, Wei-Hsuan; Hong, Ziruo; Chen, Huajun; Zhou, Huanping; Chen, Qi; Liu, Yongsheng; De Marco, Nicholas; Yang, Yang

    2016-01-01

    Lead halide perovskite solar cells have recently attracted tremendous attention because of their excellent photovoltaic efficiencies. However, the poor stability of both the perovskite material and the charge transport layers has so far prevented the fabrication of devices that can withstand sustained operation under normal conditions. Here, we report a solution-processed lead halide perovskite solar cell that has p-type NiOx and n-type ZnO nanoparticles as hole and electron transport layers, respectively, and shows improved stability against water and oxygen degradation when compared with devices with organic charge transport layers. Our cells have a p-i-n structure (glass/indium tin oxide/NiOx/perovskite/ZnO/Al), in which the ZnO layer isolates the perovskite and Al layers, thus preventing degradation. After 60 days storage in air at room temperature, our all-metal-oxide devices retain about 90% of their original efficiency, unlike control devices made with organic transport layers, which undergo a complete degradation after just 5 days. The initial power conversion efficiency of our devices is 14.6 ± 1.5%, with an uncertified maximum value of 16.1%.

  15. Improved air stability of perovskite solar cells via solution-processed metal oxide transport layers.

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    You, Jingbi; Meng, Lei; Song, Tze-Bin; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Yang, Yang Michael; Chang, Wei-Hsuan; Hong, Ziruo; Chen, Huajun; Zhou, Huanping; Chen, Qi; Liu, Yongsheng; De Marco, Nicholas; Yang, Yang

    2016-01-01

    Lead halide perovskite solar cells have recently attracted tremendous attention because of their excellent photovoltaic efficiencies. However, the poor stability of both the perovskite material and the charge transport layers has so far prevented the fabrication of devices that can withstand sustained operation under normal conditions. Here, we report a solution-processed lead halide perovskite solar cell that has p-type NiO(x) and n-type ZnO nanoparticles as hole and electron transport layers, respectively, and shows improved stability against water and oxygen degradation when compared with devices with organic charge transport layers. Our cells have a p-i-n structure (glass/indium tin oxide/NiO(x)/perovskite/ZnO/Al), in which the ZnO layer isolates the perovskite and Al layers, thus preventing degradation. After 60 days storage in air at room temperature, our all-metal-oxide devices retain about 90% of their original efficiency, unlike control devices made with organic transport layers, which undergo a complete degradation after just 5 days. The initial power conversion efficiency of our devices is 14.6 ± 1.5%, with an uncertified maximum value of 16.1%. PMID:26457966

  16. Ion-exchangeable, electronically conducting layered perovskite oxyfluorides.

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    Kobayashi, Yoji; Tian, Mingliang; Eguchi, Miharu; Mallouk, Thomas E

    2009-07-22

    Cation-exchangeable d(0) layered perovskites are amenable to intercalation, exfoliation, and a variety of topochemical reactions, but they lack the interesting electronic and magnetic functionalities of mixed-valent perovskites. Conversely, electronically and magnetically interesting layered perovskites lack scope in terms of interlayer chemistry. To bridge this gap, the insulating, cation-exchangeable layered perovskites RbLaNb(2)O(7), KCa(2)Nb(3)O(10), and NaYTiO(4) were reacted with poly(tetrafluoroethylene) under inert atmosphere conditions to yield layer perovskites in which some of the oxygen is substituted by fluorine. In the fluorinated materials, the B-site cations are reduced to a mixed-valent state without introducing oxygen vacancies into the anion sublattice. The resulting electronically conducting solids can be exposed to air and water and even ion-exchanged in acid without oxidation of the B-site cations. Electronic transport measurements on the air-stable RbLaNb(2)O(6)F reveal room-temperature conductivity (2-7 x 10(2) ohms x cm) via a variable-range hopping mechanism, which is not substantially changed after aqueous proton exchange to H(1-x)Rb(x)LaNb(2)O(6)F (x approximately = 0.2). PMID:19548670

  17. Effects of hole-transporting layers of perovskite-based solar cells

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    Suzuki, Atsushi; Kida, Tomoyasu; Takagi, Tatsuru; Oku, Takeo

    2016-02-01

    Fabrication and characterization of the photovoltaic and optical properties, and microstructure of perovskite-based solar cells with lead phthalocyanine (PbPc), zinc phthalocyanine, poly[bis(4-phenyl)(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)amine], and copper(I) thiocyanate as hole-transporting layers were investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to identify surface morphologies of the crystal structure and the elemental composition. Introducing PbPc into perovskite solar cells extended the retaining period of photovoltaic activity and performance. The effects of the hole-transporting layer on incident photon-to-current efficiency were investigated. The energy diagram and photovoltaic mechanism of the perovskite solar cells with the hole-transporting layer are discussed.

  18. Effect of Mesostructured Layer upon Crystalline Properties and Device Performance on Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Listorti, Andrea; Juarez-Perez, Emilio J; Frontera, Carlos; Roiati, Vittoria; Garcia-Andrade, Laura; Colella, Silvia; Rizzo, Aurora; Ortiz, Pablo; Mora-Sero, Ivan

    2015-05-01

    One of the most fascinating characteristics of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is the retrieved obtainment of outstanding photovoltaic (PV) performances withstanding important device configuration variations. Here we have analyzed CH3NH3PbI3-xClx in planar or in mesostructured (MS) configurations, employing both titania and alumina scaffolds, fully infiltrated with perovskite material or presenting an overstanding layer. The use of the MS scaffold induces to the perovskite different structural properties, in terms of grain size, preferential orientation, and unit cell volume, in comparison to the ones of the material grown with no constraints, as we have found out by X-ray diffraction analyses. We have studied the effect of the PSC configuration on photoinduced absorption and time-resolved photoluminescence, complementary techniques that allow studying charge photogeneration and recombination. We have estimated electron diffusion length in the considered configurations observing a decrease when the material is confined in the MS scaffold with respect to a planar architecture. However, the presence of perovskite overlayer allows an overall recovering of long diffusion lengths explaining the record PV performances obtained with a device configuration bearing both the mesostructure and a perovskite overlayer. Our results suggest that performance in devices with perovskite overlayer is mainly ruled by the overlayer, whereas the mesoporous layer influences the contact properties. PMID:26263326

  19. Anisotropy of Earth's D'' layer and stacking faults in the MgSiO3 post-perovskite phase.

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    Oganov, Artem R; Martonák, Roman; Laio, Alessandro; Raiteri, Paolo; Parrinello, Michele

    2005-12-22

    The post-perovskite phase of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 is believed to be the main mineral phase of the Earth's lowermost mantle (the D'' layer). Its properties explain numerous geophysical observations associated with this layer-for example, the D'' discontinuity, its topography and seismic anisotropy within the layer. Here we use a novel simulation technique, first-principles metadynamics, to identify a family of low-energy polytypic stacking-fault structures intermediate between the perovskite and post-perovskite phases. Metadynamics trajectories identify plane sliding involving the formation of stacking faults as the most favourable pathway for the phase transition, and as a likely mechanism for plastic deformation of perovskite and post-perovskite. In particular, the predicted slip planes are {010} for perovskite (consistent with experiment) and {110} for post-perovskite (in contrast to the previously expected {010} slip planes). Dominant slip planes define the lattice preferred orientation and elastic anisotropy of the texture. The {110} slip planes in post-perovskite require a much smaller degree of lattice preferred orientation to explain geophysical observations of shear-wave anisotropy in the D'' layer. PMID:16372006

  20. Magnetic coupling at perovskite and rock-salt structured interfaces

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    Matvejeff, M.; Ahvenniemi, E.; Takahashi, R.; Lippmaa, M.

    2015-10-05

    We study magnetic coupling between hole-doped manganite layers separated by either a perovskite or a rock-salt barrier of variable thickness. Both the type and the quality of the interface have a strong impact on the minimum critical barrier thickness where the manganite layers become magnetically decoupled. A rock-salt barrier layer only 1 unit cell (0.5 nm) thick remains insulating and is able to magnetically de-couple the electrode layers. The technique can therefore be used for developing high-performance planar oxide electronic devices such as magnetic tunnel junctions and quantum well structures that depend on magnetically and electronically sharp heterointerfaces.

  1. Autothermal reforming catalyst having perovskite structure

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    Krumpel, Michael; Liu, Di-Jia

    2009-03-24

    The invention addressed two critical issues in fuel processing for fuel cell application, i.e. catalyst cost and operating stability. The existing state-of-the-art fuel reforming catalyst uses Rh and platinum supported over refractory oxide which add significant cost to the fuel cell system. Supported metals agglomerate under elevated temperature during reforming and decrease the catalyst activity. The catalyst is a perovskite oxide or a Ruddlesden-Popper type oxide containing rare-earth elements, catalytically active firs row transition metal elements, and stabilizing elements, such that the catalyst is a single phase in high temperature oxidizing conditions and maintains a primarily perovskite or Ruddlesden-Popper structure under high temperature reducing conditions. The catalyst can also contain alkaline earth dopants, which enhance the catalytic activity of the catalyst, but do not compromise the stability of the perovskite structure.

  2. A new layered nano hybrid perovskite film with enhanced resistance to moisture-induced degradation

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    Jiang, Wenlong; Ying, Jifei; Zhou, Wei; Shen, Kongchao; Liu, Xing; Gao, Xingyu; Guo, Fuqiang; Gao, Yanmin; Yang, Tieying

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, a new layered hybrid perovskite film ((EDA)(MA)2[Pb3I10]) was synthesized through one-step method. Ethylenediamine (EDA) cation was introduced into the perovskite lattice to synthesize a layered structure with improved resistance to degradation by humidity. The effects of humidity and time on crystal structure, composition, morphology and absorption spectra of (EDA)(MA)2[Pb3I10] were analyzed by in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and UV-Vis spectroscope. The results reveal that a (EDA)(MA)2[Pb3I10] film is more moisture resistant than a CH3NH3PbI3 film which is widely used in the perovskite solar cell now. UV-Vis spectroscopy result also shows that the layered structure film is a suitable solar absorber with a bandgap (1.67 eV), which is close to the optimum value for solar photoelectric conversion. Compared to CH3NH3PbI3, the low-cost perovskite structure offers greater tunability on a molecular level for further material optimization and possibility for widely used in the future.

  3. Multifunctional MgO Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Guo, Xudong; Dong, Haopeng; Li, Wenzhe; Li, Nan; Wang, Liduo

    2015-06-01

    A multifunctional magnesium oxide (MgO) layer was successfully introduced into perovskite solar cells (PSCs) to enhance their performance. MgO was coated onto the surface of mesoporous TiO(2) by the decomposition of magnesium acetate and, therefore, could block contact between the perovskite and TiO(2). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy showed that the amount of H(2)O/hydroxyl absorbed on the TiO(2) decreased after MgO modification. The UV/Vis absorption spectra of the perovskite with MgO modification revealed an enhanced photoelectric performance compared with that of unmodified perovskite after UV illumination. In addition to the photocurrent, the photovoltage and fill factor also showed an enhancement after modification, which resulted in an increase in the overall efficiency of the cell from 9.6 to 13.9 %. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) confirmed that MgO acts as an insulating layer to reduce charge recombination. PMID:25851999

  4. Ab initio modeling of 2D layered organohalide lead perovskites.

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    Fraccarollo, Alberto; Cantatore, Valentina; Boschetto, Gabriele; Marchese, Leonardo; Cossi, Maurizio

    2016-04-28

    A number of 2D layered perovskites A2PbI4 and BPbI4, with A and B mono- and divalent ammonium and imidazolium cations, have been modeled with different theoretical methods. The periodic structures have been optimized (both in monoclinic and in triclinic systems, corresponding to eclipsed and staggered arrangements of the inorganic layers) at the DFT level, with hybrid functionals, Gaussian-type orbitals and dispersion energy corrections. With the same methods, the various contributions to the solid stabilization energy have been discussed, separating electrostatic and dispersion energies, organic-organic intralayer interactions and H-bonding effects, when applicable. Then the electronic band gaps have been computed with plane waves, at the DFT level with scalar and full relativistic potentials, and including the correlation energy through the GW approximation. Spin orbit coupling and GW effects have been combined in an additive scheme, validated by comparing the computed gap with well known experimental and theoretical results for a model system. Finally, various contributions to the computed band gaps have been discussed on some of the studied systems, by varying some geometrical parameters and by substituting one cation in another's place. PMID:27131557

  5. Ab initio modeling of 2D layered organohalide lead perovskites

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    Fraccarollo, Alberto; Cantatore, Valentina; Boschetto, Gabriele; Marchese, Leonardo; Cossi, Maurizio

    2016-04-01

    A number of 2D layered perovskites A2PbI4 and BPbI4, with A and B mono- and divalent ammonium and imidazolium cations, have been modeled with different theoretical methods. The periodic structures have been optimized (both in monoclinic and in triclinic systems, corresponding to eclipsed and staggered arrangements of the inorganic layers) at the DFT level, with hybrid functionals, Gaussian-type orbitals and dispersion energy corrections. With the same methods, the various contributions to the solid stabilization energy have been discussed, separating electrostatic and dispersion energies, organic-organic intralayer interactions and H-bonding effects, when applicable. Then the electronic band gaps have been computed with plane waves, at the DFT level with scalar and full relativistic potentials, and including the correlation energy through the GW approximation. Spin orbit coupling and GW effects have been combined in an additive scheme, validated by comparing the computed gap with well known experimental and theoretical results for a model system. Finally, various contributions to the computed band gaps have been discussed on some of the studied systems, by varying some geometrical parameters and by substituting one cation in another's place.

  6. Enhancement of Exciton Emission in Lead Halide-Based Layered Perovskites by Cation Mixing.

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    Era, Masanao; Komatsu, Yumeko; Sakamoto, Naotaka

    2016-04-01

    Spin-coated films of a lead halide, PbX: X = I and Br, layered perovskites having cyclohexenylethyl ammonium molecule as an organic layer, which were mixed with other metal halide-based layered perovskites consisting of various divalent metal halides (for example, Ca2, Cdl2, FeI2, SnBr2 and so on), were prepared. The results of X-ray diffraction measurements exhibited that solid solution formation between PbX-based layered perovskite and other divalent metal halide-based layered perovskites was observed up to very high molar concentration of 50 molar% in the mixed film samples when divalent cations having ionic radius close to that of Pb2+ were employed. In the solid solution films, the exciton emission was much enhanced at room temperature. Exciton emission intensity of Pbl-based layered perovskite mixed with Cal-based layered perovskite (20 molar%) is about 5 times large that of the pristine Pbl-based layered perovskite, and that of PbBr-based layered perovskite mixed with SnBr-based layered perovskite (20 molar%) was also about 5 times large that of the pristine PbBr-based layered perovskite at room temperature. PMID:27451628

  7. Compact layer free perovskite solar cells with 13.5% efficiency.

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    Liu, Dianyi; Yang, Jinli; Kelly, Timothy L

    2014-12-10

    The recent breakthrough of organometal halide perovskites as the light harvesting layer in photovoltaic devices has led to power conversion efficiencies of over 16%. To date, most perovskite solar cells have adopted a structure in which the perovskite light absorber is placed between carrier-selective electron- and hole-transport layers (ETLs and HTLs). Here we report a new type of compact layer free bilayer perovskite solar cell and conclusively demonstrate that the ETL is not a prerequisite for obtaining excellent device efficiencies. We obtained power conversion efficiencies of up to 11.6% and 13.5% when using poly(3-hexylthiophene) and 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di(4-methoxyphenyl)amino)-9,9'-spirobifluorene, respectively, as the hole-transport material. This performance is very comparable to that obtained with the use of a ZnO ETL. Impedance spectroscopy suggests that while eliminating the ZnO leads to an increase in contact resistance, this is offset by a substantial decrease in surface recombination. PMID:25405271

  8. Layering fabrication, structure, and electromagnetic properties of perovskite phases by hybrid process: self-propagated high-temperature synthesis and selective laser sintering

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    Shishkovsky, I.; Morozov, Yu.; Kuznetsov, M.

    2013-11-01

    The paper discusses the fundamentals and the requirements for layer-by-layer manufacturing of three-dimensional porous parts from complex metal oxide systems (piezoceramics PbTi1-xZrxO3; hexaferrites - BaFe12-xCrxO19 and SrFe12O19; spinels - Li0.5Fe2.5-xCrxO4 and high-temperature superconducting ceramics (HTSC) - YBa2Cu3O7-y) and examines the main aspects of the overlapped processes associated with the self-propagated high-temperature synthesis (SHS) and selective laser sintering (SLS). These two techniques presently offered are joined as the original solutions in this external magnetic field. The perovskite phase compositions, morphology, and element distribution of the fabricated samples were analyzed by the X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped the EDX analysis. Optimal regimes for the three-dimensional (3D) parts laser synthesis and some of their electro physical properties were estimated for conducting the concurrent SHS-SLS reactions, both for the case with the applied dc magnetic field and without it.

  9. Ferroelastic switching in a layered-perovskite thin film

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    Wang, Chuanshou; Ke, Xiaoxing; Wang, Jianjun; Liang, Renrong; Luo, Zhenlin; Tian, Yu; Yi, Di; Zhang, Qintong; Wang, Jing; Han, Xiu -Feng; et al

    2016-02-03

    Here, a controllable ferroelastic switching in ferroelectric/multiferroic oxides is highly desirable due to the non-volatile strain and possible coupling between lattice and other order parameter in heterostructures. However, a substrate clamping usually inhibits their elastic deformation in thin films without micro/nano-patterned structure so that the integration of the non-volatile strain with thin film devices is challenging. Here, we report that reversible in-plane elastic switching with a non-volatile strain of approximately 0.4% can be achieved in layeredperovskite Bi2WO6 thin films, where the ferroelectric polarization rotates by 90 within four in-plane preferred orientations. Phase-field simulation indicates that the energy barrier of ferroelasticmore » switching in orthorhombic Bi2WO6 film is ten times lower than the one in PbTiO3 films, revealing the origin of the switching with negligible substrate constraint. The reversible control of the in-plane strain in this layered-perovskite thin film demonstrates a new pathway to integrate mechanical deformation with nanoscale electronic and/or magnetoelectronic applications.« less

  10. Efficient methylammonium lead iodide perovskite solar cells with active layers from 300 to 900 nm

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    Momblona, C.; Malinkiewicz, O.; Soriano, A.; Gil-Escrig, L.; Bandiello, E.; Scheepers, M.; Bolink, H. J.; Edri, E.

    2014-08-01

    Efficient methylammonium lead iodide perovskite-based solar cells have been prepared in which the perovskite layer is sandwiched in between two organic charge transporting layers that block holes and electrons, respectively. This configuration leads to stable and reproducible devices that do not suffer from strong hysteresis effects and when optimized lead to efficiencies close to 15%. The perovskite layer is formed by using a dual-source thermal evaporation method, whereas the organic layers are processed from solution. The dual-source thermal evaporation method leads to smooth films and allows for high precision thickness variations. Devices were prepared with perovskite layer thicknesses ranging from 160 to 900 nm. The short-circuit current observed for these devices increased with increasing perovskite layer thickness. The main parameter that decreases with increasing perovskite layer thickness is the fill factor and as a result optimum device performance is obtained for perovskite layer thickness around 300 nm. However, here we demonstrate that with a slightly oxidized electron blocking layer the fill factor for the solar cells with a perovskite layer thickness of 900 nm increases to the same values as for the devices with thin perovskite layers. As a result the power conversion efficiencies for the cells with 300 and 900 nm are very similar, 12.7% and 12%, respectively.

  11. Dominant factors limiting the optical gain in layered two-dimensional halide perovskite thin films.

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    Chong, Wee Kiang; Thirumal, Krishnamoorthy; Giovanni, David; Goh, Teck Wee; Liu, Xinfeng; Mathews, Nripan; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Sum, Tze Chien

    2016-05-25

    Semiconductors are ubiquitous gain media for coherent light sources. Solution-processed three-dimensional (3D) halide perovskites (e.g., CH3NH3PbI3) with their outstanding room temperature optical gain properties are the latest members of this family. Their two-dimensional (2D) layered perovskite counterparts with natural multiple quantum well structures exhibit strong light-matter interactions and intense excitonic luminescence. However, despite such promising traits, there have been no reports on room temperature optical gain in 2D layered perovskites. Herein, we reveal the challenges towards achieving amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) in the archetypal (C6H5C2H4NH3)2PbI4 (or PEPI) system. Temperature-dependent transient spectroscopy uncovers the dominant free exciton trapping and bound biexciton formation pathways that compete effectively with biexcitonic gain. Phenomenological rate equation modeling predicts a large biexciton ASE threshold of ∼1.4 mJ cm(-2), which is beyond the damage threshold of these materials. Importantly, these findings would rationalize the difficulties in achieving optical gain in 2D perovskites and provide new insights and suggestions for overcoming these challenges. PMID:27184073

  12. Fine control of perovskite-layered morphology and composition via sequential deposition crystallization process towards improved perovskite solar cells

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    Luo, Yi; Meng, Fanli; Zhao, Erfei; Zheng, Yan-Zhen; Zhou, Yali; Tao, Xia

    2016-04-01

    The ability to prepare high coverage and compact perovskite films via solution-based crystallization manipulation processes still represents a vital issue towards improving the ultimate photoelectric conversion efficiency of devices. In this work, we prepare the active perovskite layer by means of sequential deposition crystallization process i.e. dipping PbI2-infiltrated TiO2 film within CH3NH3I solution from 20s to 60s. The morphology and thickness of the as-prepared perovskite layer, and its overall performance superiority are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals that a maximum conversion of PbI2 to perovskite is completed upon applying a sequential deposition crystallization process of 40s. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) demonstrates that the coverage of the perovskite capping layer exhibits a trend from rise to decline in the whole dipping time from 20s to 60s. By fine control of the dipping time, a 620 nm-thickness compact perovskite active layer is obtained at the optimized dipping time of 40s and is verified to possess strong light absorption and high electron extraction efficiency, leading to a higher photocurrent. By further optimizing the mesoporous TiO2 film thickness, a high photocurrent of 23.98 mA cm-2 and an efficiency of 13.47% are achieved.

  13. Atomically thin two-dimensional materials as hole extraction layers in organolead halide perovskite photovoltaic cells

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    Kim, Yu Geun; Kwon, Ki Chang; Le, Quyet Van; Hong, Kootak; Jang, Ho Won; Kim, Soo Young

    2016-07-01

    Atomically thin two-dimensional materials such as MoS2, WS2, and graphene oxide (GO) are used as hole extraction layers (HEL) in organolead halide perovskites solar cells (PSCs) instead of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) HEL. MoS2 and WS2 layers with a polycrystalline structure were synthesized by a chemical deposition method using a uniformly spin-coated (NH4)MoS4 and (NH4)WS4 precursor solution. GO was synthesized by the oxidation of natural graphite powder using Hummers' method. The work functions of MoS2, WS2, and GO are measured to be 5.0, 4.95, and 5.1 eV, respectively. The X-ray diffraction spectrum indicated that the synthesized perovskite material is CH3NH3PbI3-xClx. The PSCs with the p-n junction structure were fabricated based on the CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite layer. The power conversion efficiencies of the MoS2, WS2, and GO-based PSCs were 9.53%, 8.02%, and 9.62%, respectively, which are comparable to those obtained from PEDOT:PSS-based devices (9.93%). These results suggest that two-dimensional materials such as MoS2, WS2, and GO can be promising candidates for the formation of HELs in the PSCs.

  14. Structural, electrochemical and magnetic characterization of the layered-type PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} perovskite

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    Azad, Abul K.; Kim, Jung H.; Irvine, John T.S.

    2014-05-01

    Structural, electrical and magnetic properties of the layered cobaltite PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} have been investigated by means of neutron diffraction, electron diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and SQUID magnetometry. Rietveld analysis of neutron diffraction data shows the ordered distribution of oxygen vacancies in [PrO{sub δ}] planes which doubles the lattice parameters from the simple perovskite cell parameter as a≈2a{sub p} and c≈2a{sub p} (a{sub p} is the cell parameter of the simple Perovskite) yielding tetragonal symmetry in the P4/mmm space group. On heating, above 573 K in air, structural rearrangement takes place and the structure can be defined as a≈a{sub p} and c≈2a{sub p} in the same space group. Oxygen occupancies have been determined as a function of temperature from neutron diffraction results. Initially (≥373 K), oxygen occupancy was increased and then decreased with increasing temperature. It was found that at 973 K the total oxygen loss is calculated about 0.265 oxygen/formula unit. Oxygen vacancy ordering was observed below 573 K, and the oxygen occupancy decreases as cell volume increases with increasing temperature. Area specific resistance (ASR) measurements show a resistance of 0.153 Ωcm{sup 2} and 0.286 Ωcm{sup 2} at 973 K and 923 K, respectively. On cooling, paramagnetic to ferromagnetic and an incomplete ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition takes place. Different behaviours in field cooled and zero-field-cooled measurements leads to a coexistence of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic order. - Graphical abstract: Structural phase changes in PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} at elevated temperatures determined by neutron powder diffraction. Depending on oxygen occupancy it form different phases at different temperatures. This pictures show the schematic 3D diagram of PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} at 295 K (a), 373 K (b) and 573 K (c). Co atoms are inside the

  15. Recent Advances in the Inverted Planar Structure of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Meng, Lei; You, Jingbi; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Yang, Yang

    2016-01-19

    Inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells research could be traced back to 2009, and initially showed 3.8% efficiency. After 6 years of efforts, the efficiency has been pushed to 20.1%. The pace of development was much faster than that of any type of solar cell technology. In addition to high efficiency, the device fabrication is a low-cost solution process. Due to these advantages, a large number of scientists have been immersed into this promising area. In the past 6 years, much of the research on perovskite solar cells has been focused on planar and mesoporous device structures employing an n-type TiO2 layer as the bottom electron transport layer. These architectures have achieved champion device efficiencies. However, they still possess unwanted features. Mesoporous structures require a high temperature (>450 °C) sintering process for the TiO2 scaffold, which will increase the cost and also not be compatible with flexible substrates. While the planar structures based on TiO2 (regular structure) usually suffer from a large degree of J-V hysteresis. Recently, another emerging structure, referred to as an "inverted" planar device structure (i.e., p-i-n), uses p-type and n-type materials as bottom and top charge transport layers, respectively. This structure derived from organic solar cells, and the charge transport layers used in organic photovoltaics were successfully transferred into perovskite solar cells. The p-i-n structure of perovskite solar cells has shown efficiencies as high as 18%, lower temperature processing, flexibility, and, furthermore, negligible J-V hysteresis effects. In this Account, we will provide a comprehensive comparison of the mesoporous and planar structures, and also the regular and inverted of planar structures. Later, we will focus the discussion on the development of the inverted planar structure of perovskite solar cells, including film growth, band alignment, stability, and hysteresis. In the film growth part, several

  16. Perovskite solar cell based on network nanoporous layer consisted of TiO2 nanowires and its interface optimization

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    Tao, Hong; Ke, Weijun; Wang, Jing; Liu, Qin; Wan, Jiawei; Yang, Guang; Fang, Guojia

    2015-09-01

    Anatase TiO2 film with 3D network nanoporous structure consisted of 1D nanowires is obtained on SnO2:F (FTO) glass substrate by in-situ hydrothermal synthesis and applied in mesoporous perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) solar cell. A thin Ti film is deposited on FTO substrate by magnetron sputtering before the hydrothermal treatment with sodium hydroxide solution. Then, a layer of network nanoporous TiO2 (NT) film is formed. The efficiency of perovskite solar cell based on this 3D structure with one-step sintering can be optimized to 9.19%. The NT film consisted of 1D TiO2 nanowires is beneficial to the transmission of charge carriers and the infiltration of hole transport material. And this one-step sintering process can reduce the interface defects and enhance the fill factor of the device. Then, we further optimize the surface of NT layer through TiCl4 post-treatment. The post-treatment can optimize the carrier separation and the deposition of perovskite layer, thus improving the open-circuit voltage (Voc) and short-circuit current density (Jsc) of perovskite solar cell. As a result, the value of Jsc gets an enhancement of 45.63% and the efficiency of perovskite solar cell reaches up to 12.78%.

  17. PbBr-Based Layered Perovskite Organic-Inorganic Superlattice Having Carbazole Chromophore; Hole-Mobility and Quantum Mechanical Calculation.

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    Era, Masanao; Yasuda, Takeshi; Mori, Kento; Tomotsu, Norio; Kawano, Naoki; Koshimizu, Masanori; Asai, Keisuke

    2016-04-01

    We have successfully evaluated hole mobility in a spin-coated film of a lead-bromide based layered perovskite having carbazole chromophore-linked ammonium molecules as organic layer by using FET measurement. The values of hole mobility, threshold voltage and on/off ratio at room temperature were evaluated.to.be 1.7 x 10(-6) cm2 V-1 s-1, 27 V and 28 V, respectively. However, the spin-coated films on Si substrates were not so uniform compared with those on fused quartz substrates. To improve the film uniformity, we examined the relationship between substrate temperature during spin-coating and film morphology in the layered perovskite spin-coated films. The mean roughness of the spin-coated films on Si substrates was dependent on the substrate temperature. At 353 K, the mean roughness was minimized and the carrier mobility was enhanced by one order of magnitude; the values of hole mobility and threshold voltage were .estimated to be 3.4 x 10(-5) cm2 V-1 s-1, and 22 V at room temperature in a preliminary FET evaluation, respectively. In addition, we determined a crystal structure of the layered perovskite by X-ray diffraction analysis. To gain a better understanding of the observed hole transports, we conducted quantum mechanical calculations using the obtained crystal structure information. The calculated band structure of the layered organic perovskite showed that the valence band is composed of the organic carbazole layer, which confirms that.the measured hole mobility is mainly derived from the organic part of the layered perovskite. Band and hopping transport mechanisms were discussed by calculating the effective masses and transfer integrals for the 2D periodic system of the organic layer in isolation. PMID:27451598

  18. Perovskite oxides: Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, Ernest

    1987-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  19. Efficient Planar Perovskite Solar Cells with Reduced Hysteresis and Enhanced Open Circuit Voltage by Using PW12-TiO2 as Electron Transport Layer.

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    Huang, Chun; Liu, Canjun; Di, Yunxiang; Li, Wenzhang; Liu, Fangyang; Jiang, Liangxing; Li, Jie; Hao, Xiaojing; Huang, Haitao

    2016-04-01

    An electron transport layer is essential for effective operation of planar perovskite solar cells. In this Article, PW12-TiO2 composite was used as the electron transport layer for the planar perovskite solar cell in the device structure of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-glass/PW12-TiO2/perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD/Au. A proper downward shift of the conduction band minimum (CBM) enhanced electron extraction from the perovskite layer to the PW12-TiO2 composite layer. Consequently, the common hysteresis effect in TiO2-based planar perovskite solar cells was significantly reduced and the open circuit voltage was greatly increased to about 1.1 V. Perovskite solar cells using the PW12-TiO2 compact layer showed an efficiency of 15.45%. This work can contribute to the studies on the electron transport layer and interface engineering for the further development of perovskite solar cells. PMID:26954448

  20. Influence of void-free perovskite capping layer on the charge recombination process in high performance CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells

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    Fu, Kunwu; Nelson, Christopher T.; Scott, Mary Cooper; Minor, Andrew; Mathews, Nripan; Wong, Lydia Helena

    2016-02-01

    The stunning rise of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite material as a light harvesting material in recent years has drawn much attention in the photovoltaic community. Here, we investigated in detail the uniform and void-free perovskite capping layer in the mesoscopic perovskite devices and found it to play a critical role in determining device performance and charge recombination process. Compared to the rough surface with voids of the perovskite layer, surface of the perovskite capping layer obtained from sequential deposition process is much more uniform with less void formation and distribution within the TiO2 mesoscopic scaffold is more homogeneous, leading to much improved photovoltaic parameters of the devices. The impact of void free perovskite capping layer surface on the charge recombination processes within the mesoscopic perovskite solar cells is further scrutinized via charge extraction measurement. Modulation of precursor solution concentrations in order to further improve the perovskite layer surface morphology leads to higher efficiency and lower charge recombination rates. Inhibited charge recombination in these solar cells also matches with the higher charge density and slower photovoltage decay profiles measured.The stunning rise of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite material as a light harvesting material in recent years has drawn much attention in the photovoltaic community. Here, we investigated in detail the uniform and void-free perovskite capping layer in the mesoscopic perovskite devices and found it to play a critical role in determining device performance and charge recombination process. Compared to the rough surface with voids of the perovskite layer, surface of the perovskite capping layer obtained from sequential deposition process is much more uniform with less void formation and distribution within the TiO2 mesoscopic scaffold is more homogeneous, leading to much improved photovoltaic parameters of the devices. The impact of

  1. Magnetic and electrical properties of quadruple perovskites with 12 layer structures Ba{sub 4}LnM{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ln=rare earths; M=Ru, Ir): The role of metal-metal bonding in perovskite-related oxides

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    Shimoda, Yuki; Doi, Yoshihiro; Wakeshima, Makoto; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2010-09-15

    Structures and magnetic and electrical properties of quadruple perovskites containing rare earths Ba{sub 4}LnM{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ln=rare earths; M=Ru, Ir) were investigated. They crystallize in the 12L-perovskite-type structure. Three MO{sub 6} octahedra are connected to each other by face-sharing and form a M{sub 3}O{sub 12} trimer. The M{sub 3}O{sub 12} trimers and LnO{sub 6} octahedra are alternately linked by corner-sharing, forming the perovskite-type structure with 12 layers. For Ln=Ce, Pr, and Tb, both the Ln and M ions are in the tetravalent state (Ba{sub 4}Ln{sup 4+}M{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12}), and for other Ln ions, Ln ions are in the trivalent state and the mean oxidation state of M ions is +4.33 (Ba{sub 4}Ln{sup 3+}M{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12}). All the Ba{sub 4}Ln{sup 3+}Ru{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} compounds show magnetic ordering at low temperatures, while any of the corresponding iridium-containing compounds Ba{sub 4}Ln{sup 3+}Ir{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} is paramagnetic down to 1.8 K. Ba{sub 4}Ce{sup 4+}Ir{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} orders antiferromagnetically at 10.5 K, while the corresponding ruthenium-containing compound Ba{sub 4}Ce{sup 4+}Ru{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} is paramagnetic. These magnetic results were well understood by the magnetic behavior of M{sub 3}O{sub 12}. The effective magnetic moments and the entropy change for the magnetic ordering show that the trimers Ru{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} and Ir{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} have the S=1/2 ground state, and in other cases there is no magnetic contribution from the trimers Ru{sup 4+}{sub 3}O{sub 12} or Ir{sup 4.33+}{sub 3}O{sub 12}. Measurements of the electrical resistivity of Ba{sub 4}LnM{sub 3}O{sub 12} and its analysis show that these compounds demonstrate two-dimensional Mott-variable range hopping behavior. - Graphical abstract: Structures and magnetic and electrical properties of quadruple perovskites containing rare earths Ba{sub 4}LnM{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Ln=rare earths; M = Ru, Ir

  2. Substantial improvement of perovskite solar cells stability by pinhole-free hole transport layer with doping engineering

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    Jung, Min-Cherl; Raga, Sonia R.; Ono, Luis K.; Qi, Yabing

    2015-01-01

    We fabricated perovskite solar cells using a triple-layer of n-type doped, intrinsic, and p-type doped 2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N′-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9′-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD) (n-i-p) as hole transport layer (HTL) by vacuum evaporation. The doping concentration for n-type doped spiro-OMeTAD was optimized to adjust the highest occupied molecular orbital of spiro-OMeTAD to match the valence band maximum of perovskite for efficient hole extraction while maintaining a high open circuit voltage. Time-dependent solar cell performance measurements revealed significantly improved air stability for perovskite solar cells with the n-i-p structured spiro-OMeTAD HTL showing sustained efficiencies even after 840 h of air exposure. PMID:25985417

  3. Epitaxial Structure of (001)- and (111)-Oriented Perovskite Ferrate Films Grown by Pulsed-Laser Deposition.

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    Chakraverty, Suvankar; Ohtomo, Akira; Okude, Masaki; Ueno, Kazunori; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2010-04-01

    The epitaxial structures of SrFeO(2.5) films grown on SrTiO(3) (001) and (111) substrates by PLD are reported. A layer-by-layer growth mode was achieved in the initial stage on both substrates. The films were stabilized with a monoclinic structure, where we identified the in-plane domain structures and orientation relationship. Our study presents a guide to control the heteroepitaxy of (111)-oriented noncubic perovskites. PMID:20383295

  4. Laser-induced microstructuring of two-dimensional layered inorganic-organic perovskites.

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    Kanaujia, Pawan K; Vijaya Prakash, G

    2016-04-14

    Non-contact bi-directional micropatterning of two-dimensional (2D) layered inorganic-organic (IO) perovskite [(R-NH3)2PbI4, R = organic moiety] thin films by direct laser writing (DLW) has been reported. These 2D materials are in the form of natural multiple quantum well (MQW) structures and show excitonic luminescence at room temperature because of quantum and dielectric confinement effects. Systematic optical and structural analyses of these laser processed hybrid systems provide an insight into laser-matter interaction and a pathway to develop technology to define complex 2D material based devices with new functionalities. These laser-matter interaction studies reveal several concurrent processes: single photon absorption, material ablation, melting and agglomeration of nanostructures and chemical/physical modifications. This study also provides an insight into chemical and optical changes in laser processed 2D perovskites which subsequently can be recovered by chemical processing. Apart from controllable feature sizes, the prolonged laser exposure results in material agglomeration in the form of nano-pillars at the laser track boundaries. Low-cost micro/nano-scaffolding of IO perovskites may have several important advantages in scalable optoelectronic devices, the realisation of luminescent photonic architectures (photonic crystals and waveguides), and light harvesting elements for IO LEDs and solar cells. PMID:26996747

  5. Toward tailorable surfaces: A combined theoretical and experimental study of lanthanum niobate layered perovskites

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    Di Tommaso, Stefania E-mail: frederic.labat@chimie-paristech.fr; Giannici, Francesco; Mossuto Marculescu, Adriana; Martorana, Antonino; Adamo, Carlo; Labat, Frédèric E-mail: frederic.labat@chimie-paristech.fr

    2014-07-14

    A comprehensive theoretical investigation of the MLaNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} (M = H, Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs) series of ion-exchangeable layered perovskite is presented. These perovskites are in particular interesting in view of their potential applications as inorganic supports for the design of new hybrid inorganic-organic proton conductors. In particular, their structural and electronic properties have been investigated by periodic calculations in the framework of Density Functional Theory, using different exchange-correlation functionals. A general very good agreement with the available experimental (XRD, NPD, and EXAFS) data has been found. The structure of the protonated HLaNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} form has also been further clarified and a new tetragonal space group is proposed for this compound, better reproducing the experimental cell parameters and yielding to a more realistic picture of the system. The electronic investigation highlighted that all the compounds considered are very similar to each other and that the interaction between interlayer cations and perovskite slabs is purely ionic, except for the proton that is, instead, covalently bound.

  6. Toward tailorable surfaces: A combined theoretical and experimental study of lanthanum niobate layered perovskites

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    Di Tommaso, Stefania; Giannici, Francesco; Mossuto Marculescu, Adriana; Martorana, Antonino; Adamo, Carlo; Labat, Frédèric

    2014-07-01

    A comprehensive theoretical investigation of the MLaNb2O7 (M = H, Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs) series of ion-exchangeable layered perovskite is presented. These perovskites are in particular interesting in view of their potential applications as inorganic supports for the design of new hybrid inorganic-organic proton conductors. In particular, their structural and electronic properties have been investigated by periodic calculations in the framework of Density Functional Theory, using different exchange-correlation functionals. A general very good agreement with the available experimental (XRD, NPD, and EXAFS) data has been found. The structure of the protonated HLaNb2O7 form has also been further clarified and a new tetragonal space group is proposed for this compound, better reproducing the experimental cell parameters and yielding to a more realistic picture of the system. The electronic investigation highlighted that all the compounds considered are very similar to each other and that the interaction between interlayer cations and perovskite slabs is purely ionic, except for the proton that is, instead, covalently bound.

  7. Kinetics of Ion Transport in Perovskite Active Layers and Its Implications for Active Layer Stability.

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    Bag, Monojit; Renna, Lawrence A; Adhikari, Ramesh Y; Karak, Supravat; Liu, Feng; Lahti, Paul M; Russell, Thomas P; Tuominen, Mark T; Venkataraman, D

    2015-10-14

    Solar cells fabricated using alkyl ammonium metal halides as light absorbers have the right combination of high power conversion efficiency and ease of fabrication to realize inexpensive but efficient thin film solar cells. However, they degrade under prolonged exposure to sunlight. Herein, we show that this degradation is quasi-reversible, and that it can be greatly lessened by simple modifications of the solar cell operating conditions. We studied perovskite devices using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) with methylammonium (MA)-, formamidinium (FA)-, and MA(x)FA(1-x) lead triiodide as active layers. From variable temperature EIS studies, we found that the diffusion coefficient using MA ions was greater than when using FA ions. Structural studies using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) show that for MAPbI3 a structural change and lattice expansion occurs at device operating temperatures. On the basis of EIS and PXRD studies, we postulate that in MAPbI3 the predominant mechanism of accelerated device degradation under sunlight involves thermally activated fast ion transport coupled with a lattice-expanding phase transition, both of which are facilitated by absorption of the infrared component of the solar spectrum. Using these findings, we show that the devices show greatly improved operation lifetimes and stability under white-light emitting diodes, or under a solar simulator with an infrared cutoff filter or with cooling. PMID:26414066

  8. Structure and local structure of perovskite based materials

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    Rossell Abrodos, Marta Dacil

    Perovskites, with general formula ABX3, where A and B are cations and X is an anion, form a very important class of inorganic crystals whose physical properties are extensively used in many technological applications. The basic, so-called aristotype structure, consists of an infinite array of corner-linked anion octahedra, with the A cations in the spaces between the octahedra and a B cation at the center of each octahedron. Interesting physical properties are often related to the flexibility of the perovskite structure to deform or to form non-stoichiometric compositions. In this thesis, four perovskite-related systems are studied. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is of prime interest to analyze the influence of the structure and microstructure on the physical properties of these systems. (1) The anion-deficient Sr4Fe6O12+delta (delta < 1) derivatives. These materials are mixed conducting oxides with high oxygen and electronic conductivity. A complete characterization of the structure of these anion-deficient compounds is deduced from electron diffraction and high-resolution TEM. The presence of anion vacancies in the Sr4Fe6O12+delta (delta < 1) structure is suggested to have an influence on the transport properties. (2) The CaRMnSnO6 (R = La, Pr, Nd, Sm-Dy) double perovskites. A random distribution of the Ca and R cations over the A positions and Mn and Sn cations over the B positions is found. Due to a random distribution of the Mn 3+ and Sn4+ cations, a spin glass behavior was found for CaLaMnSnO6. (3) The K3AlF6 elpasolite-type (or ordered double perovskite) structure. This compound is of high technological importance since it is a basic component of the melts for low temperature electrolysis in aluminum smelting. A sequence of phase transitions at different temperatures in K3AlF6 along with the data on unit cell dimensions and space symmetry of three major polymorphs is reported. (4) Ca 2Fe2O5 brownmillerite-type thin films deposited on three different

  9. Performance enhancement of planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells by n-doping of the electron transporting layer.

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    Kim, Shin Sung; Bae, Seunghwan; Jo, Won Ho

    2015-12-21

    Herein we report a simple n-doping method to enhance the performance of perovskite solar cells with a planar heterojunction structure. Devices with an n-doped PCBM electron transporting layer exhibit a power conversion efficiency of 13.8% with a remarkably enhanced short-circuit current of 22.0 mA cm(-2) as compared to the devices with an un-doped PCBM layer. PMID:26466302

  10. In situ intercalation dynamics in inorganic-organic layered perovskite thin films.

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    Ahmad, Shahab; Kanaujia, Pawan K; Niu, Wendy; Baumberg, Jeremy J; Vijaya Prakash, G

    2014-07-01

    The properties of layered inorganic semiconductors can be manipulated by the insertion of foreign molecular species via a process known as intercalation. In the present study, we investigate the phenomenon of organic moiety (R-NH3I) intercalation in layered metal-halide (PbI2)-based inorganic semiconductors, leading to the formation of inorganic-organic (IO) perovskites [(R-NH3)2PbI4]. During this intercalation strong resonant exciton optical transitions are created, enabling study of the dynamics of this process. Simultaneous in situ photoluminescence (PL) and transmission measurements are used to track the structural and exciton evolution. On the basis of the experimental observations, a model is proposed which explains the process of IO perovskite formation during intercalation of the organic moiety through the inorganic semiconductor layers. The interplay between precursor film thickness and organic solution concentration/solvent highlights the role of van der Waals interactions between the layers, as well as the need for maintaining stoichiometry during intercalation. Nucleation and growth occurring during intercalation matches a Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov model, with results fitting both ideal and nonideal cases. PMID:24905435

  11. In Situ Intercalation Dynamics in Inorganic–Organic Layered Perovskite Thin Films

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    2014-01-01

    The properties of layered inorganic semiconductors can be manipulated by the insertion of foreign molecular species via a process known as intercalation. In the present study, we investigate the phenomenon of organic moiety (R-NH3I) intercalation in layered metal-halide (PbI2)-based inorganic semiconductors, leading to the formation of inorganic–organic (IO) perovskites [(R-NH3)2PbI4]. During this intercalation strong resonant exciton optical transitions are created, enabling study of the dynamics of this process. Simultaneous in situ photoluminescence (PL) and transmission measurements are used to track the structural and exciton evolution. On the basis of the experimental observations, a model is proposed which explains the process of IO perovskite formation during intercalation of the organic moiety through the inorganic semiconductor layers. The interplay between precursor film thickness and organic solution concentration/solvent highlights the role of van der Waals interactions between the layers, as well as the need for maintaining stoichiometry during intercalation. Nucleation and growth occurring during intercalation matches a Johnson–Mehl–Avrami–Kolmogorov model, with results fitting both ideal and nonideal cases. PMID:24905435

  12. Highly Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Tunable Structural Color

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    2015-01-01

    The performance of perovskite solar cells has been progressing over the past few years and efficiency is likely to continue to increase. However, a negative aspect for the integration of perovskite solar cells in the built environment is that the color gamut available in these materials is very limited and does not cover the green-to-blue region of the visible spectrum, which has been a big selling point for organic photovoltaics. Here, we integrate a porous photonic crystal (PC) scaffold within the photoactive layer of an opaque perovskite solar cell following a bottom-up approach employing inexpensive and scalable liquid processing techniques. The photovoltaic devices presented herein show high efficiency with tunable color across the visible spectrum. This now imbues the perovskite solar cells with highly desirable properties for cladding in the built environment and encourages design of sustainable colorful buildings and iridescent electric vehicles as future power generation sources. PMID:25650872

  13. Highly efficient perovskite solar cells with tunable structural color.

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    Zhang, Wei; Anaya, Miguel; Lozano, Gabriel; Calvo, Mauricio E; Johnston, Michael B; Míguez, Hernán; Snaith, Henry J

    2015-03-11

    The performance of perovskite solar cells has been progressing over the past few years and efficiency is likely to continue to increase. However, a negative aspect for the integration of perovskite solar cells in the built environment is that the color gamut available in these materials is very limited and does not cover the green-to-blue region of the visible spectrum, which has been a big selling point for organic photovoltaics. Here, we integrate a porous photonic crystal (PC) scaffold within the photoactive layer of an opaque perovskite solar cell following a bottom-up approach employing inexpensive and scalable liquid processing techniques. The photovoltaic devices presented herein show high efficiency with tunable color across the visible spectrum. This now imbues the perovskite solar cells with highly desirable properties for cladding in the built environment and encourages design of sustainable colorful buildings and iridescent electric vehicles as future power generation sources. PMID:25650872

  14. Mesoporous BaSnO3 layer based perovskite solar cells.

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    Zhu, Liangzheng; Shao, Zhipeng; Ye, Jiajiu; Zhang, Xuhui; Pan, Xu; Dai, Songyuan

    2016-01-18

    One of the limitations of TiO2 based perovskite solar cells is the poor electron mobility of TiO2. Here, perovskite oxide BaSnO3 is used as a replacement. It has a higher electron mobility and the same perovskite structure as the light harvesting materials. After optimization, devices based on BaSnO3 showed the best performance of 12.3% vs. 11.1% for TiO2. PMID:26587570

  15. Structured Organic-Inorganic Perovskite toward a Distributed Feedback Laser.

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    Saliba, Michael; Wood, Simon M; Patel, Jay B; Nayak, Pabitra K; Huang, Jian; Alexander-Webber, Jack A; Wenger, Bernard; Stranks, Samuel D; Hörantner, Maximilian T; Wang, Jacob Tse-Wei; Nicholas, Robin J; Herz, Laura M; Johnston, Michael B; Morris, Stephen M; Snaith, Henry J; Riede, Moritz K

    2016-02-01

    A general strategy for the in-plane structuring of organic-inorganic perovskite films is presented. The method is used to fabricate an industrially relevant distributed feedback (DFB) cavity, which is a critical step toward all-electrially pumped injection laser diodes. This approach opens the prospects of perovskite materials for much improved optical control in LEDs, solar cells, and also toward applications as optical devices. PMID:26630410

  16. Solid-state NMR characterization of the structure and thermal stability of hybrid organic-inorganic compounds based on a HLaNb2O7 Dion-Jacobson layered perovskite.

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    Cattaneo, Alice S; Ferrara, Chiara; Marculescu, Adriana Mossuto; Giannici, Francesco; Martorana, Antonino; Mustarelli, Piercarlo; Tealdi, Cristina

    2016-08-01

    Dion-Jacobson phases, like MLaNb2O7, are an interesting class of ion-exchangeable layered perovskites possessing electronic and photocatalytic properties. Their protonated and organo-modified homologues, in particular, have already been indicated as promising catalysts. However, the structural analysis of these highly tailorable materials is still incomplete, and both the intercalation process and thermal stability of the included organic moieties are far from being completely understood. In this study, we present a thorough solid-state NMR characterization of HLaNb2O7·xH2O intercalated with different amounts of octylamine, or with decylamine. Samples were analyzed as prepared, and after thermal treatment at different temperatures up to 220 °C. The substitution of pristine proton ions was followed via(1)H MAS NMR spectroscopy, whereas the alkyl chains were monitored through (13)C((1)H) CP MAS experiments. The interactions in the interlayer space were explored using (13)C((1)H) 2D heteronuclear correlation experiments. We demonstrate that some of the protons are involved in the functionalization reaction, and some of them are in close proximity to the alkyl ammonium chains. Heating of the hybrid materials leads first to a rearrangement of the alkyl chains and then to their degradation. The spatial arrangement of the chains, their interactions and the thermal behavior of the materials depend on the extent of the functionalization, and on the nature of the intercalated alkyl ammonium ions. PMID:27440133

  17. Layered-structural monoclinic–orthorhombic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} to orthorhombic LaTiO{sub 3} phase transition and their microstructure characterization

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    Herrera, G.; Jiménez-Mier, J.; Chavira, E.

    2014-03-01

    The layered-structural ceramics, such as lanthanum titanate (La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}), have been known for their good temperature and low dielectric loss at microwave frequencies that make them good candidate materials for high frequency applications. However, few studies have been conducted on the synthesis optimization by sol gel reaction, in particular by acrylamide polymerization route. The interest in La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} ceramic has been greatly increased recently due to the effect of oriented grains. This anisotropy of the microstructure leads to anisotropy in dielectric, electrical and mechanical properties. In this study, grain oriented lanthanum titanate was produced by the sol–gel acrylamide polymerization route. The characterizations of the samples were achieved by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction indicates that the formation of monoclinic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanocrystals is a necessary first step to obtain orthorhombic LaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites (with space group Pbnm). In this work we identified that the monoclinic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} with space group P2{sub 1} transforms its structure into one with the orthorhombic space group Cmc2{sub 1} at approximately 1073 K. The microstructure associated consisted of flaky monoclinic La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanocomposites in comparison with round-shaped LaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites. - Highlights: • The flaky-like La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} compound was synthesized by sol–gel acrylamide route. • Simultaneous monitoring of the DTA and XRD with temperature was performed. • Phase transformation characterization of La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been carried out. • The variation of the La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and LaTiO{sub 3} grain morphology has been compared.

  18. High Efficiency Tandem Thin-Perovskite/Polymer Solar Cells with a Graded Recombination Layer.

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    Liu, Yao; Renna, Lawrence A; Bag, Monojit; Page, Zachariah A; Kim, Paul; Choi, Jaewon; Emrick, Todd; Venkataraman, D; Russell, Thomas P

    2016-03-23

    Perovskite-containing tandem solar cells are attracting attention for their potential to achieve high efficiencies. We demonstrate a series connection of a ∼90 nm thick perovskite front subcell and a ∼100 nm thick polymer:fullerene blend back subcell that benefits from an efficient graded recombination layer containing a zwitterionic fullerene, silver (Ag), and molybdenum trioxide (MoO3). This methodology eliminates the adverse effects of thermal annealing or chemical treatment that occurs during perovskite fabrication on polymer-based front subcells. The record tandem perovskite/polymer solar cell efficiency of 16.0%, with low hysteresis, is 75% greater than that of the corresponding ∼90 nm thick perovskite single-junction device and 65% greater than that of the polymer single-junction device. The high efficiency of this hybrid tandem device, achieved using only a ∼90 nm thick perovskite layer, provides an opportunity to substantially reduce the lead content in the device, while maintaining the high performance derived from perovskites. PMID:26918708

  19. Double-layered ZnO nanostructures for efficient perovskite solar cells

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    Mahmood, Khalid; S. Swain, Bhabani; Amassian, Aram

    2014-11-01

    To date, a single layer of TiO2 or ZnO has been the most successful implementations of any electron transport layer (ETL) in solution-processed perovskite solar cells. In a quest to improve the ETL, we explore a new nanostructured double-layer ZnO film for mesoscopic perovskite-based thin film photovoltaics. This approach yields a maximum power conversion efficiency of 10.35%, which we attribute to the morphology of oxide layer and to faster electron transport. The successful implementation of the low-temperature hydrothermally processed double-layer ZnO film as ETL in perovskite solar cells highlights the opportunities to further improve the efficiencies by focusing on the ETL in this rapidly developing field.

  20. Double-layered ZnO nanostructures for efficient perovskite solar cells.

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    Mahmood, Khalid; S Swain, Bhabani; Amassian, Aram

    2014-12-21

    To date, a single layer of TiO2 or ZnO has been the most successful implementations of any electron transport layer (ETL) in solution-processed perovskite solar cells. In a quest to improve the ETL, we explore a new nanostructured double-layer ZnO film for mesoscopic perovskite-based thin film photovoltaics. This approach yields a maximum power conversion efficiency of 10.35%, which we attribute to the morphology of oxide layer and to faster electron transport. The successful implementation of the low-temperature hydrothermally processed double-layer ZnO film as ETL in perovskite solar cells highlights the opportunities to further improve the efficiencies by focusing on the ETL in this rapidly developing field. PMID:25373624

  1. Epitaxial Growth of Perovskite Strontium Titanate on Germanium via Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Lin, Edward L; Edmondson, Bryce I; Hu, Shen; Ekerdt, John G

    2016-01-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a commercially utilized deposition method for electronic materials. ALD growth of thin films offers thickness control and conformality by taking advantage of self-limiting reactions between vapor-phase precursors and the growing film. Perovskite oxides present potential for next-generation electronic materials, but to-date have mostly been deposited by physical methods. This work outlines a method for depositing SrTiO3 (STO) on germanium using ALD. Germanium has higher carrier mobilities than silicon and therefore offers an alternative semiconductor material with faster device operation. This method takes advantage of the instability of germanium's native oxide by using thermal deoxidation to clean and reconstruct the Ge (001) surface to the 2×1 structure. 2-nm thick, amorphous STO is then deposited by ALD. The STO film is annealed under ultra-high vacuum and crystallizes on the reconstructed Ge surface. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) is used during this annealing step to monitor the STO crystallization. The thin, crystalline layer of STO acts as a template for subsequent growth of STO that is crystalline as-grown, as confirmed by RHEED. In situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is used to verify film stoichiometry before and after the annealing step, as well as after subsequent STO growth. This procedure provides framework for additional perovskite oxides to be deposited on semiconductors via chemical methods in addition to the integration of more sophisticated heterostructures already achievable by physical methods. PMID:27501462

  2. Flexible perovskite solar cells based on the metal-insulator-semiconductor structure.

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    Wei, Jing; Li, Heng; Zhao, Yicheng; Zhou, Wenke; Fu, Rui; Pan, Huiyue; Zhao, Qing

    2016-09-14

    The metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure is applied to perovskite solar cells, in which the traditional compact layer TiO2 is replaced by Al2O3 as the hole blocking material to realize an all-low-temperature process. Flexible devices based on this structure are also realized with excellent flexibility, which hold 85% of their initial efficiency after bending 100 times. PMID:27524362

  3. Photoconductive properties of organic-inorganic hybrid films of layered perovskite-type niobate.

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    Saruwatari, Kazuko; Sato, Hisako; Idei, Tomochika; Kameda, Jun; Yamagishi, Akihiko; Takagaki, Atsushi; Domen, Kazunari

    2005-06-30

    A hybrid film of layered niobate and an organic amphiphile was prepared by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Trimethylammonium-exchanged perovskite-type niobates ((CH(3))(3)NHSr(2)Nb(3)O(10)) were exfoliative to form an aqueous suspension. A monolayer of octadecylamine was produced on such an aqueous dispersion as a template for a hybrid film. A hybrid film was transferred as a Y-type LB film onto a hydrophilic glass plate or an ITO substrate. The structure of a deposited film was investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements, indicating a layer-by-layer structure with a single or double sheet of niobate as an inorganic composite. From the cyclic voltammogram on an ITO electrode modified with the Y-type 10 layered film, the lower edge of the conduction band of a niobate layer was determined to be - 0.6 V (vs Ag/AgCl). ac impedance and dc measurements were carried out on 1, 5, and 10-layered LB films (2 mm (electrode spacing) x 8 mm (width)) with aluminum electrodes. The freshly deposited samples behaved as an insulator under the illumination of 280 nm light (2.04 x 10(16) quanta s(-1)). Photoconductivities appeared, however, when they were preirradiated with a 150 W Xe lamp (ca. 2 x 10(18) quanta s(-1)) for 0.5-8.5 h. The process was denoted as photomodification. From the FT-IR and XRD results, it was deduced that the photomodification of LB films caused the decomposition of organic templates (octadecylammonium) accompanied by the collapse of layer-by-layer structures. dc analyses on the 5- and 10-layered films after photomodification also showed that they behaved as a photosemiconductor under UV light illumination. PMID:16852536

  4. Highly stable perovskite solar cells with an all-carbon hole transport layer.

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    Wang, Feijiu; Endo, Masaru; Mouri, Shinichiro; Miyauchi, Yuhei; Ohno, Yutaka; Wakamiya, Atsushi; Murata, Yasujiro; Matsuda, Kazunari

    2016-06-01

    Nano-carbon materials (carbon nanotubes, graphene, and graphene oxide) have potential application for photovoltaics because of their excellent optical and electronic properties. Here, we demonstrate that a single-walled carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide buffer layer greatly improves the photovoltaic performance of organo-lead iodide perovskite solar cells. The carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide buffer layer works as an efficient hole transport/electron blocking layer. The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 13.3% was achieved in the organo-lead iodide perovskite solar cell due to the complementary properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide. Furthermore, the great improvement of photovoltaic performance stability in the perovskite solar cells using carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide/polymethyl methacrylate was demonstrated in comparison with that using a typical organic hole transport layer of 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-4-methoxyphenylamino)-9,9'-spirobifluorene. PMID:27232674

  5. High-pressure stability relations, crystal structures, and physical properties of perovskite and post-perovskite of NaNiF{sub 3}

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    Shirako, Y.; Shi, Y.G.; Aimi, A.; Mori, D.; Kojitani, H.; Yamaura, K.; Inaguma, Y.; Akaogi, M.

    2012-07-15

    NaNiF{sub 3} perovskite was found to transform to post-perovskite at 16-18 GPa and 1273-1473 K. The equilibrium transition boundary is expressed as P (GPa)=-2.0+0.014 Multiplication-Sign T (K). Structure refinements indicated that NaNiF{sub 3} perovskite and post-perovskite have almost regular NiF{sub 6} octahedra consistent with absence of the first-order Jahn-Teller active ions. Both NaNiF{sub 3} perovskite and post-perovskite are insulators. The perovskite underwent a canted antiferromagnetic transition at 156 K, and the post-perovskite antiferromagnetic transition at 22 K. Magnetic exchange interaction of NaNiF{sub 3} post-perovskite is smaller than that of perovskite, reflecting larger distortion of Ni-F-Ni network and lower dimension of octahedral arrangement in post-perovskite than those in perovskite. - Graphical abstract: Perovskite-post-perovskite transition in NaNiF{sub 3} at high pressure Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NaNiF{sub 3} perovskite (Pv) transforms to post-perovskite (pPv) at 16 GPa and 1300 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The equilibrium transition boundary is expressed as P (GPa)=-2.0+0.014 T (K). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Antiferromagnetic transition occurs at 156 K in Pv and 22 K in pPv.

  6. Highly stable perovskite solar cells with an all-carbon hole transport layer

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    Wang, Feijiu; Endo, Masaru; Mouri, Shinichiro; Miyauchi, Yuhei; Ohno, Yutaka; Wakamiya, Atsushi; Murata, Yasujiro; Matsuda, Kazunari

    2016-06-01

    Nano-carbon materials (carbon nanotubes, graphene, and graphene oxide) have potential application for photovoltaics because of their excellent optical and electronic properties. Here, we demonstrate that a single-walled carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide buffer layer greatly improves the photovoltaic performance of organo-lead iodide perovskite solar cells. The carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide buffer layer works as an efficient hole transport/electron blocking layer. The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 13.3% was achieved in the organo-lead iodide perovskite solar cell due to the complementary properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide. Furthermore, the great improvement of photovoltaic performance stability in the perovskite solar cells using carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide/polymethyl methacrylate was demonstrated in comparison with that using a typical organic hole transport layer of 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-4-methoxyphenylamino)-9,9'-spirobifluorene.Nano-carbon materials (carbon nanotubes, graphene, and graphene oxide) have potential application for photovoltaics because of their excellent optical and electronic properties. Here, we demonstrate that a single-walled carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide buffer layer greatly improves the photovoltaic performance of organo-lead iodide perovskite solar cells. The carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide buffer layer works as an efficient hole transport/electron blocking layer. The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 13.3% was achieved in the organo-lead iodide perovskite solar cell due to the complementary properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide. Furthermore, the great improvement of photovoltaic performance stability in the perovskite solar cells using carbon nanotubes/graphene oxide/polymethyl methacrylate was demonstrated in comparison with that using a typical organic hole transport layer of 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-4-methoxyphenylamino)-9,9'-spirobifluorene. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  7. Structure-property relationships of nanoscale engineered perovskite oxides

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    Tian, Wei

    Recent advances in the synthesis of nanoscale customized structure have demonstrated that reactive molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) can be used to construct nanostructure of oxides with atomic control. The ability to engineer the structure and chemistry of oxides at the nanometer scale makes possible for the creation of new functional materials that can be designed to have exceptional properties. This thesis focused on understanding structure-property relationships of such nanoscale customized oxides utilizing state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Epitaxial thin films of n = 1--5 members of Ruddlesden-Popper homologous series Srn+1Ti nO3n+1 were synthesized by reactive MBE. We investigated the structure and microstructure of these thin films by x-ray diffraction along with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) in combination with computer image simulations. We found that the thin films of n = 1--3 members are nearly free of intergrowths, e.g. phase-pure, while n = 4 and 5 thin films contain noticeably more intergrowth defects and anti-phase boundaries in their perovskite sheets. We show that these results are consistent with what is known about the thermodynamics of Sr n+1TinO3 n+1 phases. We also investigated the atomic structure and interfacial structure of artificial PbTiO3/SrTiO3 and BaTiO3/SrTiO 3 superlattices grown by MBE both with and without digital compositional grading. Both of these systems form a solid solution over their entire composition range. Thus, these layered heterostructures are metastable. We demonstrated, however, that the thermodynamically metastable superlattices can be kinetically stabilized via layer-by-layer growth. In addition, we found that the interfaces between two constituents in the heterostructures are atomically-abrupt. The superlattice thin films were made fully coherent with the substrates, resulting in a homogeneous large strain in the BaTiO3 layers due to the lattice mismatch between BaTiO3

  8. Color-Pure Violet-Light-Emitting Diodes Based on Layered Lead Halide Perovskite Nanoplates.

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    Liang, Dong; Peng, Yuelin; Fu, Yongping; Shearer, Melinda J; Zhang, Jingjing; Zhai, Jianyuan; Zhang, Yi; Hamers, Robert J; Andrew, Trisha L; Jin, Song

    2016-07-26

    Violet electroluminescence is rare in both inorganic and organic light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Low-cost and room-temperature solution-processed lead halide perovskites with high-efficiency and color-tunable photoluminescence are promising for LEDs. Here, we report room-temperature color-pure violet LEDs based on a two-dimensional lead halide perovskite material, namely, 2-phenylethylammonium (C6H5CH2CH2NH3(+), PEA) lead bromide [(PEA)2PbBr4]. The natural quantum confinement of two-dimensional layered perovskite (PEA)2PbBr4 allows for photoluminescence of shorter wavelength (410 nm) than its three-dimensional counterpart. By converting as-deposited polycrystalline thin films to micrometer-sized (PEA)2PbBr4 nanoplates using solvent vapor annealing, we successfully integrated this layered perovskite material into LEDs and achieved efficient room-temperature violet electroluminescence at 410 nm with a narrow bandwidth. This conversion to nanoplates significantly enhanced the crystallinity and photophysical properties of the (PEA)2PbBr4 samples and the external quantum efficiency of the violet LED. The solvent vapor annealing method reported herein can be generally applied to other perovskite materials to increase their grain size and, ultimately, improve the performance of optoelectronic devices based on perovskite materials. PMID:27336850

  9. Self limiting atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 on perovskite surfaces: a reality?

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    Choudhury, Devika; Rajaraman, Gopalan; Sarkar, Shaibal K.

    2016-03-01

    The feasibility of self-saturated atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 on an organolead halide perovskite (MAPbI3-xClx) surface through a well known trimethylaluminium (TMA)-water (H2O) chemistry is studied. Though the sequential dosages of reactants form films on the perovskite surfaces, a self saturated growth is never observed. Self-saturation leads to the degradation of the material. Both experimental and density functional theory calculations are carried out for complete understanding of the growth mechanism of self-limiting Al2O3 on the perovskite surface.The feasibility of self-saturated atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 on an organolead halide perovskite (MAPbI3-xClx) surface through a well known trimethylaluminium (TMA)-water (H2O) chemistry is studied. Though the sequential dosages of reactants form films on the perovskite surfaces, a self saturated growth is never observed. Self-saturation leads to the degradation of the material. Both experimental and density functional theory calculations are carried out for complete understanding of the growth mechanism of self-limiting Al2O3 on the perovskite surface. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional QCM results, FTIR spectra and DFT results. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06974b

  10. Photocatalytic activity of layered perovskite-like oxides in practically valuable chemical reactions

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    Rodionov, I. A.; Zvereva, I. A.

    2016-03-01

    The photocatalytic properties of layered perovskite-like oxides corresponding to the Ruddlesen–Popper, Dion–Jacobson and Aurivillius phases are considered. Of the photocatalytic reactions, the focus is on the reactions of water splitting, hydrogen evolution from aqueous solutions of organic substances and degradation of model organic pollutants. Possibilities to conduct these reactions under UV and visible light in the presence of layered perovskite-like oxides and composite photocatalysts based on them are shown. The specific surface area, band gap energy, particle morphology, cation and anion doping and surface modification are considered as factors that affect the photocatalytic activity. Special attention is paid to the possibilities to enhance the photocatalytic activity by intercalation, ion exchange and exfoliation, which are inherent in this class of compounds. Conclusions are made about the prospects for the use of layered perovskite-like oxides in photocatalysis. The bibliography includes 253 references.

  11. Luminescence processes in A3IILaNb3O12 (AII = Ba, Sr) layered perovskites

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    Chukova, Oksana; Gomenyuk, Olga; Nedilko, Sergiy; Polubinskii, Vitaliy; Scherbatsky, Vasyl; Sheludko, Vadim; Titov, Yuriy

    2014-08-01

    The A3IILaNb3O12 (AII = Sr, Ba) layered perovskites were synthesized by co-precipitation method. Luminescence properties of these compositions have been investigated for the first time. Emission spectra consist of wide bands with maxima located near 430 and 500 nm. Luminescence processes are discussed in connection with features of cation compositions, crystal structure and distortions of the NbO67- groups’ symmetry. Possible scheme of electron states and the lowest allowed electron transitions has been built for the niobate groups of Oh and C3v symmetry. In this scheme, the 430 and 500 nm emission bands were assigned to T1 → A1 and E → A1 electron transitions in the perfect and distorted NbO67- oxyanions, respectively.

  12. Ferromagnetic and Photocatalytic Properties of Layered Perovskite LaBaCo₂O₆ Nanostructures.

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    Hu, Yongming; Lei, Jinmei; He, Jing; Li, Yuebin; Wang, Zhao; Wang, Yu; Gu, Haoshuang

    2016-01-01

    Cationic ordered layered tetragonal perovskite phase LaBaCo₂O₆ (LBCO) nanomaterials with irregular shape, and an average diameter of about 100 nm were successfully prepared. A precursor material was annealed in an argon atmosphere at 1100 °C for 48 hours, and then heat treated in an oxygen atmosphere pressure at 800 °C for 12 hours. The resulting LBCO nanomaterials show ferromagnetic transition at about 175 K without any structural changes. They show metallic behavior at below 140 K, and adopt the behavior of soft ferromagnetic materials at 80 K. Cationic ordered LBCO nanomaterials display photocatalytic activities, as they successfully degrade MB solutions under both UV irradiation and visible light. The B-site cations act as the active center, and are located in the centre of BO₆ octahedron units. The various valence states of Co ions in LBCO could contribute to the enhancement of photocatalytic activies. PMID:27398548

  13. Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of layered perovskite La1.1Bi0.3Sr1.6Mn2O7

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    Oubla, M.; Lamire, M.; Boutahar, A.; Lassri, H.; Manoun, B.; Hlil, E. K.

    2016-04-01

    The La1.1Bi0.3Sr1.6Mn2O7 sample was synthesized by coprecipitation method. Its structure has been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction. The diffraction patterns are consistent with the I4/mmm symmetry, with tetragonal lattice parameters a=3.8750±0.0001 Å and c=20.0456±0.0002 Å. Magnetic measurements have shown a ferromagnetic like ordering with second order magnetic phase transition to paramagnetic states. The magnetic entropy change caused by a magnetic field, (-∆Smax), was estimated on the basis of the Maxwell relation. The maximum magnetic entropy change (-∆Smax) and the relative cooling power (RCP) are, 1.65 J kg-1K-1 and 134.4 J kg-1 respectively, for a 5 T magnetic field change at 340 K.

  14. Structural transformations in cubic structure of Mn/Co perovskites in reducing and oxidizing atmospheres

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    Koponen, Markus J.; Suvanto, Mika; Kallinen, Kauko; Kinnunen, Toni-J. J.; Härkönen, Matti; Pakkanen, Tapani A.

    2006-05-01

    ABO ( A=La, Pr; B=Mn, Co), ABBx'O ( A=La, Pr; B=Mn, Co; B=Co, Pd), and ABCoPdO ( A=La, Pr; B=Fe, Mn) ( x=0.05, 0.37; y=0.38) perovskites were synthesized via malic acid complexation. O 2-TPD, O 2-TPO, and H 2-TPR treatments were carried out to study the oxidation and reduction behavior of the synthesized perovskites. LaCo 0.95Pd 0.05O 3, PrCo 0.95Pd 0.05O 3, and PrCoO 3 perovskites had the highest desorption, oxidation, and reduction activity within the studied perovskite series. Powder XRD studies revealed structural transformation of the cubic structure of all synthesized perovskites except LaFe 0.57Co 0.38Pd 0.05O 3 in H 2/Ar atmosphere when the temperature was over 400 °C. The decomposed structure reverted to the original perovskite structure under oxidizing atmosphere. This reversion was accompanied by increased oxygen desorption activity. It was noticed that the Co and Mn combinations in the B-site of the perovskites structure decreased the thermal stability of the synthesized perovskites.

  15. Hybrid Perovskite/Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Hu, Yinghong; Schlipf, Johannes; Wussler, Michael; Petrus, Michiel L; Jaegermann, Wolfram; Bein, Thomas; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Docampo, Pablo

    2016-06-28

    Recently developed organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells combine low-cost fabrication and high power conversion efficiency. Advances in perovskite film optimization have led to an outstanding power conversion efficiency of more than 20%. Looking forward, shifting the focus toward new device architectures holds great potential to induce the next leap in device performance. Here, we demonstrate a perovskite/perovskite heterojunction solar cell. We developed a facile solution-based cation infiltration process to deposit layered perovskite (LPK) structures onto methylammonium lead iodide (MAPI) films. Grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering experiments were performed to gain insights into the crystallite orientation and the formation process of the perovskite bilayer. Our results show that the self-assembly of the LPK layer on top of an intact MAPI layer is accompanied by a reorganization of the perovskite interface. This leads to an enhancement of the open-circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency due to reduced recombination losses, as well as improved moisture stability in the resulting photovoltaic devices. PMID:27228558

  16. Exclusion of metal oxide by an RF sputtered Ti layer in flexible perovskite solar cells: energetic interface between a Ti layer and an organic charge transporting layer.

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    Ameen, Sadia; Akhtar, M Shaheer; Seo, Hyung-Kee; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Shin, Hyung-Shik

    2015-04-14

    In this work, the effects of a titanium (Ti) layer on the charge transport and recombination rates of flexible perovskite solar cells were studied. Ti as an efficient barrier layer was deposited directly on PET-ITO flexible substrates through RF magnetic sputtering using a Ti-source and a pressure of ∼5 mTorr. A Ti coated PET-ITO was used for the fabrication of a flexible perovskite solar cell without using any metal oxide layer. The fabricated flexible perovskite solar cell was composed of a PET-ITO/Ti/perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3)/organic hole transport layer of 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis [N,N'-di-p-methoxyphenylamine]-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD)-Li-TFSI/Ag. A high conversion efficiency of ∼8.39% along with a high short circuit current (JSC) of ∼15.24 mA cm(-2), an open circuit voltage (VOC) of ∼0.830 V and a high fill factor (FF) of ∼0.66 was accomplished by the fabricated flexible perovskite solar cell under a light illumination of ∼100 mW cm(-2) (1.5 AM). Intensity-modulated photocurrent (IMPS)/photovoltage spectroscopy (IMVS) studies demonstrated that the fabricated flexible perovskite solar cell considerably reduced the recombination rate. PMID:25747794

  17. Method for fabricating high aspect ratio structures in perovskite material

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    Karapetrov, Goran T.; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Crabtree, George W.; Iavarone, Maria

    2003-10-28

    A method of fabricating high aspect ratio ceramic structures in which a selected portion of perovskite or perovskite-like crystalline material is exposed to a high energy ion beam for a time sufficient to cause the crystalline material contacted by the ion beam to have substantially parallel columnar defects. Then selected portions of the material having substantially parallel columnar defects are etched leaving material with and without substantially parallel columnar defects in a predetermined shape having high aspect ratios of not less than 2 to 1. Etching is accomplished by optical or PMMA lithography. There is also disclosed a structure of a ceramic which is superconducting at a temperature in the range of from about 10.degree. K. to about 90.degree. K. with substantially parallel columnar defects in which the smallest lateral dimension of the structure is less than about 5 microns, and the thickness of the structure is greater than 2 times the smallest lateral dimension of the structure.

  18. Efficient hole-blocking layer-free planar halide perovskite thin-film solar cells

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    Ke, Weijun; Fang, Guojia; Wan, Jiawei; Tao, Hong; Liu, Qin; Xiong, Liangbin; Qin, Pingli; Wang, Jing; Lei, Hongwei; Yang, Guang; Qin, Minchao; Zhao, Xingzhong; Yan, Yanfa

    2015-03-01

    Efficient lead halide perovskite solar cells use hole-blocking layers to help collection of photogenerated electrons and to achieve high open-circuit voltages. Here, we report the realization of efficient perovskite solar cells grown directly on fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated substrates without using any hole-blocking layers. With ultraviolet-ozone treatment of the substrates, a planar Au/hole-transporting material/CH3NH3PbI3-xClx/substrate cell processed by a solution method has achieved a power conversion efficiency of over 14% and an open-circuit voltage of 1.06 V measured under reverse voltage scan. The open-circuit voltage is as high as that of our best reference cell with a TiO2 hole-blocking layer. Besides ultraviolet-ozone treatment, we find that involving Cl in the synthesis is another key for realizing high open-circuit voltage perovskite solar cells without hole-blocking layers. Our results suggest that TiO2 may not be the ultimate interfacial material for achieving high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  19. Efficient hole-blocking layer-free planar halide perovskite thin-film solar cells.

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    Ke, Weijun; Fang, Guojia; Wan, Jiawei; Tao, Hong; Liu, Qin; Xiong, Liangbin; Qin, Pingli; Wang, Jing; Lei, Hongwei; Yang, Guang; Qin, Minchao; Zhao, Xingzhong; Yan, Yanfa

    2015-01-01

    Efficient lead halide perovskite solar cells use hole-blocking layers to help collection of photogenerated electrons and to achieve high open-circuit voltages. Here, we report the realization of efficient perovskite solar cells grown directly on fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated substrates without using any hole-blocking layers. With ultraviolet-ozone treatment of the substrates, a planar Au/hole-transporting material/CH₃NH₃PbI₃-xClx/substrate cell processed by a solution method has achieved a power conversion efficiency of over 14% and an open-circuit voltage of 1.06 V measured under reverse voltage scan. The open-circuit voltage is as high as that of our best reference cell with a TiO₂ hole-blocking layer. Besides ultraviolet-ozone treatment, we find that involving Cl in the synthesis is another key for realizing high open-circuit voltage perovskite solar cells without hole-blocking layers. Our results suggest that TiO₂ may not be the ultimate interfacial material for achieving high-performance perovskite solar cells. PMID:25798925

  20. Tilt engineering of spontaneous polarization and magnetization above 300 K in a bulk layered perovskite

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    Pitcher, Michael J.; Mandal, Pranab; Dyer, Matthew S.; Alaria, Jonathan; Borisov, Pavel; Niu, Hongjun; Claridge, John B.; Rosseinsky, Matthew J.

    2015-01-01

    Crystalline materials that combine electrical polarization and magnetization could be advantageous in applications such as information storage, but these properties are usually considered to have incompatible chemical bonding and electronic requirements. Recent theoretical work on perovskite materials suggested a route for combining both properties. We used crystal chemistry to engineer specific atomic displacements in a layered perovskite, (CaySr1-y)1.15Tb1.85Fe2O7, that change its symmetry and simultaneously generate electrical polarization and magnetization above room temperature. The two resulting properties are magnetoelectrically coupled as they arise from the same displacements.

  1. Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production over Chromium Doped Layered Perovskite Sr2TiO4.

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    Sun, Xiaoqin; Xie, Yinghao; Wu, Fangfang; Chen, Hongmei; Lv, Meilin; Ni, Shuang; Liu, Gang; Xu, Xiaoxiang

    2015-08-01

    Layered semiconductor photocatalysts have been found to exhibit promising performance levels, probably linked to their interlayer framework that facilitates separation of charge carriers and the reduction/oxidation reactions. Layered titanates, however, generally demonstrate activities under UV irradiation, and therein lies the strong desire to extend their activity into the visible light region. Here, we investigated a series of layered perovskite by doping Sr2TiO4 with Cr and/or La in the hope to improve their visible light responses. Their crystal structures and other physicochemical properties were systematically explored. Our results show that La and Cr can be successfully accommodated in the layered structure and Cr is an efficient dopant for the extension of visible light absorbance. Much enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution was observed after doping and was found to be composition-dependent. The highest hydrogen production rate approaches 97.7 μmol/h for Sr2Ti0.95Cr0.05O4-δ under full range irradiation (λ ≥ 250 nm) and 17 μmol/h for Sr2Ti0.9Cr0.1O4-δ under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 400 nm), corresponding to an apparent quantum efficiency of 0.16% and 0.05%, respectively. Theoretical calculation reveals that the improved optical and photocatalytic properties are owing to a newly formed spin-polarized valence band from Cr 3d orbitals. The decreased unit cell parameters, reduced band gaps as well as anisotropic properties of layered architectures are likely the reasons for a better activity. Nevertheless, instability of these compounds in the presence of moisture and CO2 was also noticed, suggesting that protective atmospheres are needed for the storage of these photocatalysts. PMID:26171625

  2. Fast Crystallization and Improved Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells with Zn2SnO4 Electron Transporting Layer: Interface Matters.

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    Bera, Ashok; Sheikh, Arif D; Haque, Md Azimul; Bose, Riya; Alarousu, Erkki; Mohammed, Omar F; Wu, Tom

    2015-12-30

    Here we report that mesoporous ternary oxide Zn2SnO4 can significantly promotes the crystallization of hybrid perovskite layers and serves as an efficient electron transporting material in perovskite solar cells. Such devices exhibit an energy conversion efficiency of 13.34%, which is even higher than that achieved with the commonly used TiO2 in the similar experimental conditions (9.1%). Simple one-step spin coating of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx on Zn2SnO4 is found to lead to rapidly crystallized bilayer perovskite structure without any solvent engineering. Furthermore, ultrafast transient absorption measurement reveals efficient charge transfer at the Zn2SnO4/perovskite interface. Most importantly, solar cells with Zn2SnO4 as the electron-transporting material exhibit negligible electrical hysteresis and exceptionally high stability without encapsulation for over one month. Besides underscoring Zn2SnO4 as a highly promising electron transporting material for perovskite solar cells, our results demonstrate the significant role of interfaces on improving the perovskite crystallization and photovoltaic performance. PMID:26633572

  3. Conjugated polyelectrolyte hole transport layer for inverted-type perovskite solar cells

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    Choi, Hyosung; Mai, Cheng-Kang; Kim, Hak-Beom; Jeong, Jaeki; Song, Seyeong; Bazan, Guillermo C.; Kim, Jin Young; Heeger, Alan J.

    2015-01-01

    Organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite materials offer the potential for realization of low-cost and flexible next-generation solar cells fabricated by low-temperature solution processing. Although efficiencies of perovskite solar cells have dramatically improved up to 19% within the past 5 years, there is still considerable room for further improvement in device efficiency and stability through development of novel materials and device architectures. Here we demonstrate that inverted-type perovskite solar cells with pH-neutral and low-temperature solution-processable conjugated polyelectrolyte as the hole transport layer (instead of acidic PEDOT:PSS) exhibit a device efficiency of over 12% and improved device stability in air. As an alternative to PEDOT:PSS, this work is the first report on the use of an organic hole transport material that enables the formation of uniform perovskite films with complete surface coverage and the demonstration of efficient, stable perovskite/fullerene planar heterojunction solar cells. PMID:26081865

  4. Improve efficiency of perovskite solar cells by using Magnesium doped ZnO and TiO2 compact layers

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    Baktash, Ardeshir; Amiri, Omid; Sasani, Alireza

    2016-05-01

    Here the effect of Magnesium doped TiO2 and ZnO as hole blocking layers (HBLs) are investigated by using solar cell capacitance simulator (SCAPS). The Impact of Magnesium concentration into the TiO2 and ZnO and effect of operating temperature on the performance of the perovskite solar cell are investigated. Best cell performance for both TiO2 and ZnO HBLs (with cell efficiencies of 19.86% and 19.57% respectively) are concluded for the doping level of 10% of Mg into the structure of HBLs. Increase in operating temperature from 300 K to 400 K are decreased the performance of the perovskite solar cell with both pure and Mg-doped HBLs. However, the cells with pure ZnO layer and with Zn0.9 Mg0.1O layer show the highest (with a decline of 8.88% in efficiency) and the lowest stability (with a decline of 50.49% in efficiency) at higher temperatures respectively. Moreover, the cell with Ti0.9 Mg0.1O2 layer shows better stability (with 21.85% reduction in efficiency) than the cell with pure TiO2 compact layer (with 23.28% reduction in efficiency) at higher operating temperatures.

  5. Cation Ordering within the Perovskite Block of a Six-layer Ruddlesden-Popper Oxide from Layer-by-layer Growth

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    Yan, Lei; Niu, H. J.; Rosseinsky, M. J.

    2011-03-01

    The (AO)(A BO3)n Ruddlesden-Popper structure is an archetypal complex oxide consisting of two distinct structural units, an (AO) rock salt layer separating an n-octahedra thick perovskite block. Conventional high-temperature oxide synthesis methods cannot access members with n > 3 , butlowtemperaturelayer - by - layerthinfilmmethodsallowthepreparationofmaterialswiththickerperovskiteblocks , exploitinghighsurfacemobilityandlatticematchingwiththesubstrate . Thispresentationdescribesthegrowthofann = 6 memberCaO / (ABO 3)n (ABO 3 : CaMnO 3 , La 0.67 Ca 0.33 MnO 3 orCa 0.85 Sm 0.15 MnO 3) epitaxialsinglecrystalfilmsonthe (001) SrTiO 3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition with the assistance of a reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED).

  6. Nanometer-Scale Epitaxial Strain Release in Perovskite Heterostructures Using 'SrAlOx' Sliding Buffer Layers

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    Bell, Christopher

    2011-08-11

    We demonstrate the strain release of LaAlO{sub 3} epitaxial film on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) by inserting ultra-thin 'SrAlO{sub x}' buffer layers. Although SrAlO{sub x} is not a perovskite, nor stable as a single phase in bulk, epitaxy stabilizes the perovskite structure up to a thickness of 2 unit cells (uc). At a critical thickness of 3 uc of SrAlO{sub x}, the interlayer acts as a sliding buffer layer, and abruptly relieves the lattice mismatch between the LaAlO{sub 3} filmand the SrTiO{sub 3} substrate, while maintaining crystallinity. This technique may provide a general approach for strain relaxation of perovskite film far below the thermodynamic critical thickness. A central issue in heteroepitaxial filmgrowth is the inevitable difference in lattice constants between the filmand substrate. Due to this lattice mismatch, thin film are subjected to microstructural strain, which can have a significan effect on the filmproperties. This challenge is especially prominent in the rapidly developing fiel of oxide electronics, where much interest is focused on incorporating the emergent physical properties of oxides in devices. Although strain can be used to great effect to engineer unusual ground states, it is often deleterious for bulk first-orde phase transitions, which are suppressed by the strain and symmetry constraints of the substrate. While there are some reports discussing the control of the lattice mismatch in oxides using thick buffer layers, the materials choice, lattice-tunable range, and control of misfit dislocations are still limited. In this Letter, we report the fabrication of strain-relaxed LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO) thin film on SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) (001) using very thin 'SrAlO{sub x}' (SAO) buffer layers. Whereas for 1 or 2 pseudo-perovskite unit cells (uc) of SAO, the subsequent LAO filmis strained to the substrate, at a critical thickness of 3 uc the SAO interlayer abruptly relieves the lattice mismatch between the LAO and the STO, although maintaining the

  7. Topological Oxide Insulator in Cubic Perovskite Structure

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    Jin, Hosub; Rhim, Sonny H.; Im, Jino; Freeman, Arthur J.

    2013-01-01

    The emergence of topologically protected conducting states with the chiral spin texture is the most prominent feature at the surface of topological insulators. On the application side, large band gap and high resistivity to distinguish surface from bulk degrees of freedom should be guaranteed for the full usage of the surface states. Here, we suggest that the oxide cubic perovskite YBiO3, more than just an oxide, defines itself as a new three-dimensional topological insulator exhibiting both a large bulk band gap and a high resistivity. Based on first-principles calculations varying the spin-orbit coupling strength, the non-trivial band topology of YBiO3 is investigated, where the spin-orbit coupling of the Bi 6p orbital plays a crucial role. Taking the exquisite synthesis techniques in oxide electronics into account, YBiO3 can also be used to provide various interface configurations hosting exotic topological phenomena combined with other quantum phases. PMID:23575973

  8. Topological Oxide Insulator in Cubic Perovskite Structure

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    Jin, Hosub; Rhim, Sonny H.; Im, Jino; Freeman, Arthur J.

    2013-04-01

    The emergence of topologically protected conducting states with the chiral spin texture is the most prominent feature at the surface of topological insulators. On the application side, large band gap and high resistivity to distinguish surface from bulk degrees of freedom should be guaranteed for the full usage of the surface states. Here, we suggest that the oxide cubic perovskite YBiO3, more than just an oxide, defines itself as a new three-dimensional topological insulator exhibiting both a large bulk band gap and a high resistivity. Based on first-principles calculations varying the spin-orbit coupling strength, the non-trivial band topology of YBiO3 is investigated, where the spin-orbit coupling of the Bi 6p orbital plays a crucial role. Taking the exquisite synthesis techniques in oxide electronics into account, YBiO3 can also be used to provide various interface configurations hosting exotic topological phenomena combined with other quantum phases.

  9. Photovoltaic switching mechanism in lateral structure hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Chae, Jungseok; Shao, Yuchuan; Wang, Qi; Xiao, Zhengguo; Centrone, Andrea; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-06-05

    In this study, long range electromigration of methylammonium ions (MA+) in methyl ammonium lead tri-iodide (MAPbI3) film is observed directly using the photo­thermal induced resonance technique. The electromigration of MA+ leads to the formation of a lateral p-i-n structure, which is the origin of the switchable photovoltaic effect in MAPbI3 perovskite devices.

  10. Photovoltaic switching mechanism in lateral structure hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Chae, Jungseok; Shao, Yuchuan; Wang, Qi; Xiao, Zhengguo; Centrone, Andrea; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-06-05

    In this study, long range electromigration of methylammonium ions (MA+) in methyl ammonium lead tri-iodide (MAPbI3) film is observed directly using the photo­thermal induced resonance technique. The electromigration of MA+ leads to the formation of a lateral p-i-n structure, which is the origin of the switchable photovoltaic effect in MAPbI3 perovskite devices.

  11. Preparation and optical characteristics of layered perovskite-type lead-bromide-incorporated azobenzene chromophores

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    Sasai, Ryo; Shinomura, Hisashi

    2013-02-01

    Lead bromide-based layered perovskite powders with azobenzene derivatives were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method. From the diffuse reflectance (DR) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the hybrid powder materials, the present hybrids exhibited sharp absorption and PL peaks originating from excitons produced in the PbBr42- layer. When the present hybrid powder was irradiated with UV light at 350 nm, the absorption band from the trans-azobenzene chromophore, observed around 350 nm, decreased, while the absorption band from the cis-azobenzene chromophore, observed around 450 nm, increased. These results indicate that azobenzene chromophores in the present hybrid materials exhibit reversible photoisomerization. Moreover, it was found that the PL intensity from the exciton also varied due to photoisomerization of the azobenzene chromophores in the present hybrid. Thus, for the first time we succeeded in preparing the azobenzene derivative lead-bromide-based layered perovskite with photochromism before and after UV light irradiation.

  12. Transition Metal-Oxide Free Perovskite Solar Cells Enabled by a New Organic Charge Transport Layer.

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    Chang, Sehoon; Han, Ggoch Ddeul; Weis, Jonathan G; Park, Hyoungwon; Hentz, Olivia; Zhao, Zhibo; Swager, Timothy M; Gradečak, Silvija

    2016-04-01

    Various electron and hole transport layers have been used to develop high-efficiency perovskite solar cells. To achieve low-temperature solution processing of perovskite solar cells, organic n-type materials are employed to replace the metal oxide electron transport layer (ETL). Although PCBM (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) has been widely used for this application, its morphological instability in films (i.e., aggregation) is detrimental. Herein, we demonstrate the synthesis of a new fullerene derivative (isobenzofulvene-C60-epoxide, IBF-Ep) that serves as an electron transporting material for methylammonium mixed lead halide-based perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3-xClx) solar cells, both in the normal and inverted device configurations. We demonstrate that IBF-Ep has superior morphological stability compared to the conventional acceptor, PCBM. IBF-Ep provides higher photovoltaic device performance as compared to PCBM (6.9% vs 2.5% in the normal and 9.0% vs 5.3% in the inverted device configuration). Moreover, IBF-Ep devices show superior tolerance to high humidity (90%) in air. By reaching power conversion efficiencies up to 9.0% for the inverted devices with IBF-Ep as the ETL, we demonstrate the potential of this new material as an alternative to metal oxides for perovskite solar cells processed in air. PMID:26947400

  13. Effect of Morphology Control of Light Absorbing Layer on CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lei, Binglong; Eze, Vincent Obiozo; Mori, Tatsuo

    2016-04-01

    As one of the most significant components of perovskite solar cells, the perovskite light absorbing layer demands high quality to guarantee extraordinary power conversion efficiency (PCE). We have fabricated series of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells by virtue of gas-flowing assisting (GFA), spin coating twice for the Pbl2 layer and dipping the semi-samples in a thermal CH3NH3I solution, by which some undesirable perovskite morphologies can be effectively avoided. The modified conductions have also dramatically improved the perovskite layer and elevated the coverage ratio from 53.6% to 79.5%. All the fabrication processes, except the steps for deposition of the hole transport material (HTM) and back gold electrode, have been conducted in air and an average PCE of 6.6% has been achieved by initiatively applying N,N'-bis(1-naphtyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diamine (α-NPD) doped by MoO3 as HTM. The CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite's morphology and its coverage ratio to the underneath TiO2 mesoporic layer are evaluated to account for the cells' performance. It has demonstrated that higher homogeneity and coverage ratio of the CH3NH3PbI3 layer have most significantly contributed to the solar cells' light conversion efficiency. Keywords: Perovskite, Solar Cell, Morphology, Coverage Ratio, Hole Transport Material. PMID:27451600

  14. Theoretical and experimental evidence for a post-perovskite phase of MgSiO3 in Earth's D" layer.

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    Oganov, Artem R; Ono, Shigeaki

    2004-07-22

    The Earth's lower mantle is believed to be composed mainly of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite, with lesser amounts of (Mg,Fe)O and CaSiO3 (ref. 1). But it has not been possible to explain many unusual properties of the lowermost approximately 150 km of the mantle (the D" layer) with this mineralogy. Here, using ab initio simulations and high-pressure experiments, we show that at pressures and temperatures of the D" layer, MgSiO3 transforms from perovskite into a layered CaIrO3-type post-perovskite phase. The elastic properties of the post-perovskite phase and its stability field explain several observed puzzling properties of the D" layer: its seismic anisotropy, the strongly undulating shear-wave discontinuity at its top and possibly the anticorrelation between shear and bulk sound velocities. PMID:15269766

  15. The effect of skin-depth interfacial defect layer in perovskite solar cell

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    Gebremichael, Bizuneh; Mola, Genene Tessema

    2016-08-01

    The hole transport buffer layer (HTL) known as PEDOT:PSS is found to be sensitive to polar solvents often used in the preparation of solution-processed perovskite-based solar cell. We employed {CH}3 {NH}3 {PbI}3 perovskite absorber sandwiched between two charge transport layers to analyze the effect of precursor solvent. By introducing skin-depth interfacial defect layer (IDL) on PEDOT:PSS film we studied the overall performance of the devices using one-dimensional device simulator. Both enhanced conductivity and variations in valence band offset (VBO) of IDL were considered to analyze device performance. A power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the devices was found to grow by 35 % due to increased conductivity of IDL by a factor of 1000. Furthermore, we noted a drastic reduction in PCE of the device by reducing the work function of IDL by more than 0.3eV . The thickness of interfacial defect layer was also analyzed and found to decrease the PCE of the devices by 18 % for fourfold increase in IDL thickness. The analysis was remarkably reproduced the experimentally generated device parameters and will help to understand the underlying physical process in perovskite-based solar cell.

  16. Process for forming epitaxial perovskite thin film layers using halide precursors

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    Clem, Paul G.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Voigt, James A.; Ashley, Carol S.

    2001-01-01

    A process for forming an epitaxial perovskite-phase thin film on a substrate. This thin film can act as a buffer layer between a Ni substrate and a YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-x superconductor layer. The process utilizes alkali or alkaline metal acetates dissolved in halogenated organic acid along with titanium isopropoxide to dip or spin-coat the substrate which is then heated to about 700.degree. C. in an inert gas atmosphere to form the epitaxial film on the substrate. The YBCO superconductor can then be deposited on the layer formed by this invention.

  17. Low-Temperature TiOx Compact Layer for Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Liu, Zonghao; Chen, Qi; Hong, Ziruo; Zhou, Huanping; Xu, Xiaobao; De Marco, Nicholas; Sun, Pengyu; Zhao, Zhixin; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Yang, Yang

    2016-05-01

    Here, we demonstrate an effective low-temperature approach to fabricate a uniform and pinhole-free compact TiO2 layer for enhancing photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells. TiCl4 was used to modify TiO2 for efficient charge generation and significantly reduced recombination loss. We found that a TiO2 layer with an appropriate TiCl4 treatment possesses a smooth surface with full coverage of the conductive electrode. Further studies on charge carrier dynamics confirmed that the TiCl4 treatment improves the contact of the TiO2/perovskite interface, facilitating charge extraction and suppressing charge recombination. On the basis of the treatment, we improved the open circuit voltage from 1.01 V of the reference cell to 1.08 V, and achieved a power conversion efficiency of 16.4%. PMID:27058279

  18. Atomic layer deposition of perovskite oxides and their epitaxial integration with Si, Ge, and other semiconductors

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    McDaniel, Martin D.; Ngo, Thong Q.; Hu, Shen; Ekerdt, John G.; Posadas, Agham; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-12-15

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a proven technique for the conformal deposition of oxide thin films with nanoscale thickness control. Most successful industrial applications have been with binary oxides, such as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2}. However, there has been much effort to deposit ternary oxides, such as perovskites (ABO{sub 3}), with desirable properties for advanced thin film applications. Distinct challenges are presented by the deposition of multi-component oxides using ALD. This review is intended to highlight the research of the many groups that have deposited perovskite oxides by ALD methods. Several commonalities between the studies are discussed. Special emphasis is put on precursor selection, deposition temperatures, and specific property performance (high-k, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, etc.). Finally, the monolithic integration of perovskite oxides with semiconductors by ALD is reviewed. High-quality epitaxial growth of oxide thin films has traditionally been limited to physical vapor deposition techniques (e.g., molecular beam epitaxy). However, recent studies have demonstrated that epitaxial oxide thin films may be deposited on semiconductor substrates using ALD. This presents an exciting opportunity to integrate functional perovskite oxides for advanced semiconductor applications in a process that is economical and scalable.

  19. Epitaxial 1D electron transport layers for high-performance perovskite solar cells.

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    Han, Gill Sang; Chung, Hyun Suk; Kim, Dong Hoe; Kim, Byeong Jo; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu; Cho, In Sun; Lee, Jung-Kun; Lee, Sangwook; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate high-performance perovskite solar cells with excellent electron transport properties using a one-dimensional (1D) electron transport layer (ETL). The 1D array-based ETL is comprised of 1D SnO2 nanowires (NWs) array grown on a F:SnO2 transparent conducting oxide substrate and rutile TiO2 nanoshells epitaxially grown on the surface of the 1D SnO2 NWs. The optimized devices show more than 95% internal quantum yield at 750 nm, and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 14.2%. The high quantum yield is attributed to dramatically enhanced electron transport in the epitaxial TiO2 layer, compared to that in conventional nanoparticle-based mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) layers. In addition, the open space in the 1D array-based ETL increases the prevalence of uniform TiO2/perovskite junctions, leading to reproducible device performance with a high fill factor. This work offers a method to achieve reproducible, high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with high-speed electron transport. PMID:26324759

  20. The Role of Oxygen in the Degradation of Methylammonium Lead Trihalide Perovskite Photoactive Layers.

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    Aristidou, Nicholas; Sanchez-Molina, Irene; Chotchuangchutchaval, Thana; Brown, Michael; Martinez, Luis; Rath, Thomas; Haque, Saif A

    2015-07-01

    In this paper we report on the influence of light and oxygen on the stability of CH3 NH3 PbI3 perovskite-based photoactive layers. When exposed to both light and dry air the mp-Al2 O3 /CH3 NH3 PbI3 photoactive layers rapidly decompose yielding methylamine, PbI2 , and I2 as products. We show that this degradation is initiated by the reaction of superoxide (O2 (-) ) with the methylammonium moiety of the perovskite absorber. Fluorescent molecular probe studies indicate that the O2 (-) species is generated by the reaction of photoexcited electrons in the perovskite and molecular oxygen. We show that the yield of O2 (-) generation is significantly reduced when the mp-Al2 O3 film is replaced with an mp-TiO2 electron extraction and transport layer. The present findings suggest that replacing the methylammonium component in CH3 NH3 PbI3 to a species without acid protons could improve tolerance to oxygen and enhance stability. PMID:26014846

  1. TiO2 Sub-microsphere Film as Scaffold Layer for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Huang, Yang; Zhu, Jun; Ding, Yong; Chen, Shuanghong; Zhang, Changneng; Dai, Songyuan

    2016-03-01

    TiO2 sub-microspheres composed of anatase granular-like nanocrystallines with an average diameter ∼250 nm are synthesized using sol-gel method and employed as the scaffold layer for efficient mesocopic perovskite solar cells. Compared with mesoporous TiO2 films composed of ∼18 nm nanoparticles, the sub-microsphere films show superior light-trapping characteristics and significantly improve the light-harvesting capability of the solar cells. In addition, the charge-transport performance is also dramatically improved according to the transient photocurrent decay despite there being no significant difference in the perovskite layer surface morphology. As a result, an average power conversion efficiency of 15% with a highly uniform distribution is achieved for the solar cells with TiO2 sub-microsphere films, 12% higher than those with TiO2 nanoparticle films. The combination of light-harvesting capability and fast charge transfer make the TiO2 sub-microsphere film a good candidate as the scaffold layer for efficient perovskite solar cells. PMID:26953635

  2. Perovskite-organic hybrid tandem solar cells using a nanostructured perovskite layer as the light window and a PFN/doped-MoO3/MoO3 multilayer as the interconnecting layer

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    Liu, Jian; Lu, Shunmian; Zhu, Lu; Li, Xinchen; Choy, Wallace C. H.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we present a two-terminal perovskite (PVSK)-organic hybrid tandem solar cell with a nanostructured PVSK as the light window and a PFN/doped MoO3/MoO3 structure as the interconnecting layer (ICL). In this tandem structure, the PVSK layer is specially designed with a nanostructured surface morphology; thus the PCBM could be filled-up for forming intimately contacted interface with PVSK layers. This design could not only efficiently increase the device performance, it could also greatly remove the hysteresis of PVSK solar cells. The study indicates that doped MoO3 as the step layer plays a key role in protecting the underlying layer against multi-solution processes and aids in the efficient recombination of electrons and holes generated from the sub-cells. The hybrid tandem solar cell could achieve a high VOC of 1.58 V, which is the sum of those in the two sub-cells, and a high FF of 0.68, indicating the effectiveness of the multilayer ICL.In this study, we present a two-terminal perovskite (PVSK)-organic hybrid tandem solar cell with a nanostructured PVSK as the light window and a PFN/doped MoO3/MoO3 structure as the interconnecting layer (ICL). In this tandem structure, the PVSK layer is specially designed with a nanostructured surface morphology; thus the PCBM could be filled-up for forming intimately contacted interface with PVSK layers. This design could not only efficiently increase the device performance, it could also greatly remove the hysteresis of PVSK solar cells. The study indicates that doped MoO3 as the step layer plays a key role in protecting the underlying layer against multi-solution processes and aids in the efficient recombination of electrons and holes generated from the sub-cells. The hybrid tandem solar cell could achieve a high VOC of 1.58 V, which is the sum of those in the two sub-cells, and a high FF of 0.68, indicating the effectiveness of the multilayer ICL. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10

  3. New hexagonal perovskite with Mn4+ and Mn5+ at distinct structural positions

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    Tarakina, N. V.; Tyutyunnik, A. P.; Bazuev, G. V.; Vasiliev, A. D.; Berger, I. F.; Gould, C.; Nikolaenko, I. V.

    2015-10-01

    A new hexagonal perovskite, Ba7Li1.75Mn3.5O15.75, has been synthesised using microwave-assisted solid-state synthesis. Its crystal structure has elements typical for the layered hexagonal perovskites and quasi-one-dimensional oxides, hence representing a new polytype. Structural solution based on simultaneous refinement of X-ray and neutron diffraction data shows that Ba7Li1.75Mn3.5O15.75 crystallizes in a hexagonal unit cell with parameters a = 5.66274(2) Å and c = 16.7467(1) Å (V = 465.063(4) Å3). Columns of face- shared octahedra occupied by Mn4+, Li+ cations and vacancies along the c axis are separated in the ab plane by barium atoms, so that every sixth layer, the coordination of Mn5+ and Li+ changes to tetrahedral. Separation of Mn4+ and Mn5+ cations in two distinct structural positions makes the structure unique. A scanning transmission electron microscopy study revealed the formation of a rhombohedrally centered supercell, which might be attributed to the ordering of manganese and lithium atoms among cationic sites.

  4. Structured luminescence conversion layer

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    Berben, Dirk; Antoniadis, Homer; Jermann, Frank; Krummacher, Benjamin Claus; Von Malm, Norwin; Zachau, Martin

    2012-12-11

    An apparatus device such as a light source is disclosed which has an OLED device and a structured luminescence conversion layer deposited on the substrate or transparent electrode of said OLED device and on the exterior of said OLED device. The structured luminescence conversion layer contains regions such as color-changing and non-color-changing regions with particular shapes arranged in a particular pattern.

  5. Calcium manganate: A promising candidate as buffer layer for hybrid halide perovskite photovoltaic-thermoelectric systems

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    Zhao, Pengjun; Wang, Hongguang; Kong, Wenwen; Xu, Jinbao Wang, Lei; Ren, Wei; Bian, Liang; Chang, Aimin

    2014-11-21

    We have systematically studied the feasibility of CaMnO{sub 3} thin film, an n-type perovskite, to be utilized as the buffer layer for hybrid halide perovskite photovoltaic-thermoelectric device. Locations of the conduction band and the valence band, spontaneous polarization performance, and optical properties were investigated. Results indicate the energy band of CaMnO{sub 3} can match up well with that of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} on separating electron-hole pairs. In addition, the consistent polarization angle helps enlarge the open circuit voltage of the composite system. Besides, CaMnO{sub 3} film shows large absorption coefficient and low extinction coefficient under visible irradiation, demonstrating high carrier concentration, which is beneficial to the current density. More importantly, benign thermoelectric properties enable CaMnO{sub 3} film to assimilate phonon vibration from CH{sub 3}NH3PbI{sub 3}. All the above features lead to a bright future of CaMnO{sub 3} film, which can be a promising candidate as a buffer layer for hybrid halide perovskite photovoltaic-thermoelectric systems.

  6. Low temperature fabrication of perovskite solar cells with TiO2 nanoparticle layers

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    Kanayama, Masato; Oku, Takeo; Suzuki, Atsushi; Yamada, Masahiro; Sakamoto, Hiroki; Minami, Satoshi; Kohno, Kazufumi

    2016-02-01

    TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3-based photovoltaic devices were fabricated by a spin-coating method using a mixture solution. TiO2 require high-temperature processing to achieve suitably high carrier mobility. TiO2 electron transport layers and TiO2 scaffold layers for the perovskite were fabricated from TiO2 nanoparticles with different grain sizes. The photovoltaic properties and microstructures of solar cells were characterized. Nanoparticle sizes of these TiO2 were 23 nm and 3 nm and the performance of solar cells was improved by combination of two TiO2 nanoparticles

  7. Reversible Structural Swell-Shrink and Recoverable Optical Properties in Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Perovskite.

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    Zhang, Yupeng; Wang, Yusheng; Xu, Zai-Quan; Liu, Jingying; Song, Jingchao; Xue, Yunzhou; Wang, Ziyu; Zheng, Jialu; Jiang, Liangcong; Zheng, Changxi; Huang, Fuzhi; Sun, Baoquan; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-07-26

    Ion migration in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites has been suggested to be an important factor for many unusual behaviors in perovskite-based optoelectronics, such as current-voltage hysteresis, low-frequency giant dielectric response, and the switchable photovoltaic effect. However, the role played by ion migration in the photoelectric conversion process of perovskites is still unclear. In this work, we provide microscale insights into the influence of ion migration on the microstructure, stability, and light-matter interaction in perovskite micro/nanowires by using spatially resolved optical characterization techniques. We observed that ion migration, especially the migration of MA(+) ions, will induce a reversible structural swell-shrink in perovskites and recoverably affect the reflective index, quantum efficiency, light-harvesting, and photoelectric properties. The maximum ion migration quantity in perovskites was as high as approximately 30%, resulting in lattice swell or shrink of approximately 4.4%. Meanwhile, the evidence shows that ion migration in perovskites could gradually accelerate the aging of perovskites because of lattice distortion in the reversible structural swell-shrink process. Knowledge regarding reversible structural swell-shrink and recoverable optical properties may shed light on the development of optoelectronic and converse piezoelectric devices based on perovskites. PMID:27386731

  8. Structural stability and catalytic activity of lanthanum-based perovskites

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    Sergey N. Rashkeev; Lucia M. Petkovic

    2011-05-01

    Perovskite-type oxide materials with a general formula La(1-x)A(x)Fe(1-y)Co(y)O(3-delta), where A is an alkaline earth metal Sr or Ba have been studied as cathode materials for catalytic reduction of oxygen in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), as well as combustion catalysts. In this study, we use a combination of temperature programmed reduction measurements, X-ray diffraction, carbon black catalytic oxidation measurements, and first-principles, density-functional-theory (DFT) calculations to elucidate the main processes that contribute into the structural stability and catalytic activity for soot oxidation of these materials. In particular, we investigate the dynamics of the structure reconstruction with oxygen loss during the regulated increase of the temperature. The calculations are in good qualitative agreement with catalytic experiments and allow identify special combinations of the perovskite chemical composition and local surface structures for which one could expect the highest catalytic activity for the soot oxidation process.

  9. Structural phase transitions in EuNbO3 perovskite

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    Kususe, Yoshiro; Yoshida, Suguru; Fujita, Koji; Akamatsu, Hirofumi; Fukuzumi, Masafumi; Murai, Shunsuke; Tanaka, Katsuhisa

    2016-07-01

    The crystal structures of europium niobate, EuNbO3, have been examined over a wide temperature range between 20 and 500 K using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. We have observed two successive structural phase transitions at 360 and 460 K. Below 350 K, EuNbO3 adopts an orthorhombic perovskite structure (space group Imma), which is characterized by NbO6 octahedral tilting about the pseudocubic two-fold axis. The result differs from previous reports in which EuNbO3 was assigned to a cubic aristotype (space group Pm 3 barm) of perovskite at room temperature. At around 360 K, EuNbO3 undergoes a first-order phase transition to a tetragonal symmetry (space group I4/mcm) with the NbO6 octahedral tilting about the pseudocubic four-fold axis. As the temperature is further increased, the I4/mcm tetragonal phase changes into the Pm 3 barm cubic aristotype at 460 K. The tetragonal-to-cubic transformation is characterized as a continuous phase transition.

  10. Epitaxial 1D electron transport layers for high-performance perovskite solar cells

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    Han, Gill Sang; Chung, Hyun Suk; Kim, Dong Hoe; Kim, Byeong Jo; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu; Cho, In Sun; Lee, Jung-Kun; Lee, Sangwook; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrate high-performance perovskite solar cells with excellent electron transport properties using a one-dimensional (1D) electron transport layer (ETL). The 1D array-based ETL is comprised of 1D SnO2 nanowires (NWs) array grown on a F:SnO2 transparent conducting oxide substrate and rutile TiO2 nanoshells epitaxially grown on the surface of the 1D SnO2 NWs. The optimized devices show more than 95% internal quantum yield at 750 nm, and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 14.2%. The high quantum yield is attributed to dramatically enhanced electron transport in the epitaxial TiO2 layer, compared to that in conventional nanoparticle-based mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) layers. In addition, the open space in the 1D array-based ETL increases the prevalence of uniform TiO2/perovskite junctions, leading to reproducible device performance with a high fill factor. This work offers a method to achieve reproducible, high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with high-speed electron transport.We demonstrate high-performance perovskite solar cells with excellent electron transport properties using a one-dimensional (1D) electron transport layer (ETL). The 1D array-based ETL is comprised of 1D SnO2 nanowires (NWs) array grown on a F:SnO2 transparent conducting oxide substrate and rutile TiO2 nanoshells epitaxially grown on the surface of the 1D SnO2 NWs. The optimized devices show more than 95% internal quantum yield at 750 nm, and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 14.2%. The high quantum yield is attributed to dramatically enhanced electron transport in the epitaxial TiO2 layer, compared to that in conventional nanoparticle-based mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) layers. In addition, the open space in the 1D array-based ETL increases the prevalence of uniform TiO2/perovskite junctions, leading to reproducible device performance with a high fill factor. This work offers a method to achieve reproducible, high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with high-speed electron transport

  11. Electro- and photoluminescence imaging as fast screening technique of the layer uniformity and device degradation in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Soufiani, Arman Mahboubi; Tayebjee, Murad J. Y.; Meyer, Steffen; Ho-Baillie, Anita; Sung Yun, Jae; MacQueen, Rowan W.; Spiccia, Leone; Green, Martin A.; Hameiri, Ziv

    2016-07-01

    In this study, we provide insights into planar structure methylammonium lead triiodide (MAPbI3) perovskite solar cells (PSCs) using electroluminescence and photoluminescence imaging techniques. We demonstrate the strength of these techniques in screening relatively large area PSCs, correlating the solar cell electrical parameters to the images and visualizing the features which contribute to the variation of the parameters extracted from current density-voltage characterizations. It is further used to investigate one of the major concerns about perovskite solar cells, their long term stability and aging. Upon storage under dark in dry glovebox condition for more than two months, the major parameter found to have deteriorated in electrical performance measurements was the fill factor; this was elucidated via electroluminescence image comparisons which revealed that the contacts' quality degrades. Interestingly, by deploying electroluminescence imaging, the significance of having a pin-hole free active layer is demonstrated. Pin-holes can grow over time and can cause degradation of the active layer surrounding them.

  12. Theoretical and experimental evidence for a post-perovskite phase of MgSiO3 in Earth's D'' layer.

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    Oganov, Artem R.

    2005-03-01

    The Earth's lower mantle, the largest region within our planet (670-2890 km depths), is believed to contain ˜75 vol.% of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite, ˜20% (Mg,Fe)O, and ˜5% CaSiO3. This mineralogy was unable to explain many unusual properties of the D'' layer, the lowermost ˜150 km of the mantle. Using ab initio simulations and high-pressure experiments we have demonstrated [1] that at pressures and temperatures of the D'' layer, MgSiO3 transforms from perovskite into a layered CaIrO3--type structure (space group Cmcm); this structure was also independently found in [2]. The elastic properties of the new phase and its stability field explain most of the previously puzzling properties of the D'' layer: its seismic anisotropy [3], strongly undulating shear-wave discontinuity at its top^ [4], and the anticorrelation between shear and bulk sound velocities [5]. This new phase is therefore likely to be a major Earth-forming mineral, and its discovery will change our understanding of the deep Earth's interior. Latest studies of the effects of impurities [6,7] on the stability of this phase, and similar phases of other compounds will be discussed. REFERENCES: 1. Oganov A.R., Ono S. (2004). Nature 430, 445-448. 2. Murakami M., et al. (2004). Science 304, 855-858. 3. Panning M., Romanowicz B. (2004). Science 303, 351-353. 4. Sidorin I., et al. D.V. (1999). Science 286, 1326-1331. 5. Su W.J., Dziewonski A.M. (1997). Phys. Earth Planet. Inter. 100, 135-156. 6. Mao W.L., et al. (2004). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 101, 15867-15869. 7. Ono S., Oganov A.R., Ohishi Y. (2004). Submitted.

  13. Perovskite-organic hybrid tandem solar cells using a nanostructured perovskite layer as the light window and a PFN/doped-MoO3/MoO3 multilayer as the interconnecting layer.

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    Liu, Jian; Lu, Shunmian; Zhu, Lu; Li, Xinchen; Choy, Wallace C H

    2016-02-14

    In this study, we present a two-terminal perovskite (PVSK)-organic hybrid tandem solar cell with a nanostructured PVSK as the light window and a PFN/doped MoO3/MoO3 structure as the interconnecting layer (ICL). In this tandem structure, the PVSK layer is specially designed with a nanostructured surface morphology; thus the PCBM could be filled-up for forming intimately contacted interface with PVSK layers. This design could not only efficiently increase the device performance, it could also greatly remove the hysteresis of PVSK solar cells. The study indicates that doped MoO3 as the step layer plays a key role in protecting the underlying layer against multi-solution processes and aids in the efficient recombination of electrons and holes generated from the sub-cells. The hybrid tandem solar cell could achieve a high VOC of 1.58 V, which is the sum of those in the two sub-cells, and a high FF of 0.68, indicating the effectiveness of the multilayer ICL. PMID:26809656

  14. Ba4Ru3O10.2(OH)1.8: a new member of the layered hexagonal perovskite family crystallised from water.

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    Hiley, Craig I; Lees, Martin R; Hammond, David L; Kashtiban, Reza J; Sloan, Jeremy; Smith, Ronald I; Walton, Richard I

    2016-05-11

    A new barium ruthenium oxyhydroxide Ba4Ru3O10.2(OH)1.8 crystallises under hydrothermal conditions at 200 °C: powder neutron diffraction data show it adopts an 8H hexagonal perovskite structure with a new stacking sequence, while high resolution electron microscopy reveals regions of ordered layers of vacant Ru sites, and magnetometry shows antiferromagnetism with TN = 200(5) K. PMID:27074292

  15. Null current hysteresis for acetylacetonate electron extraction layer in perovskite solar cells.

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    Bin Mohd Yusoff, Abd Rashid; Teridi, Mohd Asri Mat; Jang, Jin

    2016-03-28

    Solution processed zirconium acetylacetonate (Zr(acac)) is successfully employed as an electron extraction layer, replacing conventional titanium oxide, in planar CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells. The as-prepared Zr(acac) film possesses high transparency, high conductivity, a smooth morphology, high wettability, compatibility with PbI2 DMF solution, and an energy level matching that of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite material. An average power conversion efficiency of about 11.93%, along with a high fill factor of 74.36%, an open circuit voltage of 1.03 V, and a short-circuit current density of 15.58 mA cm(-2) is achieved. The overall performance of the devices is slight better than that of cells using ruthenium acetylacetonate (Ru(acac)). The differences between solar cells with different electron extraction layers in charge recombination, charge transport and transfer and lifetime are further explored and it is demonstrate that Zr(acac) is a more effective and promising electron extraction layer. This work provides a simple, and cost effective route for the preparation of an effective hole extraction layer. PMID:26489053

  16. Null current hysteresis for acetylacetonate electron extraction layer in perovskite solar cells

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    Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid Bin; Mat Teridi, Mohd Asri; Jang, Jin

    2016-03-01

    Solution processed zirconium acetylacetonate (Zr(acac)) is successfully employed as an electron extraction layer, replacing conventional titanium oxide, in planar CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells. The as-prepared Zr(acac) film possesses high transparency, high conductivity, a smooth morphology, high wettability, compatibility with PbI2 DMF solution, and an energy level matching that of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite material. An average power conversion efficiency of about 11.93%, along with a high fill factor of 74.36%, an open circuit voltage of 1.03 V, and a short-circuit current density of 15.58 mA cm-2 is achieved. The overall performance of the devices is slight better than that of cells using ruthenium acetylacetonate (Ru(acac)). The differences between solar cells with different electron extraction layers in charge recombination, charge transport and transfer and lifetime are further explored and it is demonstrate that Zr(acac) is a more effective and promising electron extraction layer. This work provides a simple, and cost effective route for the preparation of an effective hole extraction layer.

  17. Perovskite solar cell using a two-dimensional titania nanosheet thin film as the compact layer.

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    Li, Can; Li, Yahui; Xing, Yujin; Zhang, Zelin; Zhang, Xianfeng; Li, Zhen; Shi, Yantao; Ma, Tingli; Ma, Renzhi; Wang, Kunlin; Wei, Jinquan

    2015-07-22

    The compact layer plays an important role in conducting electrons and blocking holes in perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Here, we use a two-dimensional titania nanosheet (TNS) thin film as the compact layer in CH3NH3PbI3 PSCs. TNS thin films with thicknesses ranging from 8 to 75 nm were prepared by an electrophoretic deposition method from a dilute TNS/tetrabutylammonium hydroxide solution. The TNS thin films contact the fluorine-doped tin oxide grains perfectly. Our results show that a 8-nm-thick TNS film is sufficient for acting as the compact layer. Currently, the PSC with a TNS compact layer has a high efficiency of 10.7% and relatively low hysteresis behavior. PMID:26158908

  18. Perovskite-type oxides - Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, E.

    1988-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  19. A composite light-harvesting layer from photoactive polymer and halide perovskite for planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Wang, Heming; Rahaq, Yaqub; Kumar, Vikas

    2016-07-01

    A new route for fabrication of photoactive materials in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells is presented in this report. Photoactive materials by blending a semiconductive conjugated polymer with an organolead halide perovskite were fabricated for the first time. The composite active layer was then used to make planar heterojunction solar cells with the PCBM film as the electron-acceptor. Photovoltaic performance of solar cells was investigated by J-V curves and external quantum efficiency spectra. We demonstrated that the incorporation of the conjugated photoactive polymer into organolead halide perovskites did not only contribute to the generation of charges, but also enhance stability of solar cells by providing a barrier protection to halide perovskites. It is expected that versatile of conjugated semi-conductive polymers and halide perovskites in photoactive properties enables to create various combinations, forming composites with advantages offered by both types of photoactive materials.

  20. A composite light-harvesting layer from photoactive polymer and halide perovskite for planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Wang, Heming; Rahaq, Yaqub; Kumar, Vikas

    2016-01-01

    A new route for fabrication of photoactive materials in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells is presented in this report. Photoactive materials by blending a semiconductive conjugated polymer with an organolead halide perovskite were fabricated for the first time. The composite active layer was then used to make planar heterojunction solar cells with the PCBM film as the electron-acceptor. Photovoltaic performance of solar cells was investigated by J-V curves and external quantum efficiency spectra. We demonstrated that the incorporation of the conjugated photoactive polymer into organolead halide perovskites did not only contribute to the generation of charges, but also enhance stability of solar cells by providing a barrier protection to halide perovskites. It is expected that versatile of conjugated semi-conductive polymers and halide perovskites in photoactive properties enables to create various combinations, forming composites with advantages offered by both types of photoactive materials. PMID:27411487

  1. A composite light-harvesting layer from photoactive polymer and halide perovskite for planar heterojunction solar cells.

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    Wang, Heming; Rahaq, Yaqub; Kumar, Vikas

    2016-01-01

    A new route for fabrication of photoactive materials in organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells is presented in this report. Photoactive materials by blending a semiconductive conjugated polymer with an organolead halide perovskite were fabricated for the first time. The composite active layer was then used to make planar heterojunction solar cells with the PCBM film as the electron-acceptor. Photovoltaic performance of solar cells was investigated by J-V curves and external quantum efficiency spectra. We demonstrated that the incorporation of the conjugated photoactive polymer into organolead halide perovskites did not only contribute to the generation of charges, but also enhance stability of solar cells by providing a barrier protection to halide perovskites. It is expected that versatile of conjugated semi-conductive polymers and halide perovskites in photoactive properties enables to create various combinations, forming composites with advantages offered by both types of photoactive materials. PMID:27411487

  2. Room-Temperature Optical Tunability and Inhomogeneous Broadening in 2D-Layered Organic-Inorganic Perovskite Pseudobinary Alloys.

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    Lanty, Gaëtan; Jemli, Khaoula; Wei, Yi; Leymarie, Joël; Even, Jacky; Lauret, Jean-Sébastien; Deleporte, Emmanuelle

    2014-11-20

    We focus here our attention on a particular family of 2D-layered and 3D hybrid perovskite molecular crystals, the mixed perovskites (C6H5-C2H4-NH3)2PbZ4(1-x)Y4x and (CH3-NH3)PbZ3(1-x)Y3x, where Z and Y are halogen ions such as I, Br, and Cl. Studying experimentally the disorder-induced effects on the optical properties of the 2D mixed layered materials, we demonstrate that they can be considered as pseudobinary alloys, exactly like Ga1-xAlxAs, Cd1-xHgxTe inorganic semiconductors, or previously reported 3D mixed hybrid perovskite compounds. 2D-layered and 3D hybrid perovskites afford similar continuous optical tunability at room temperature. Our theoretical analysis allows one to describe the influence of alloying on the excitonic properties of 2D-layered perovskite molecular crystals. This model is further refined by considering different Bohr radii for pure compounds. This study confirms that despite a large binding energy of several 100 meV, the 2D excitons present a Wannier character rather than a Frenkel character. The small inhomogeneous broadening previously reported in 3D hybrid compounds at low temperature is similarly consistent with the Wannier character of free excitons. PMID:26276477

  3. Improving the performance of perovskite solar cells with glycerol-doped PEDOT:PSS buffer layer

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    Jian-Feng, Li; Chuang, Zhao; Heng, Zhang; Jun-Feng, Tong; Peng, Zhang; Chun-Yan, Yang; Yang-Jun, Xia; Duo-Wang, Fan

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we investigate the effects of glycerol doping on transmittance, conductivity and surface morphology of poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate)) (PEDOT:PSS) and its influence on the performance of perovskite solar cells. . The conductivity of PEDOT:PSS is improved obviously by doping glycerol. The maximum of the conductivity is 0.89 S/cm when the doping concentration reaches 6 wt%, which increases about 127 times compared with undoped. The perovskite solar cells are fabricated with a configuration of indium tin oxide (ITO)/PEDOT:PSS/CH3NH3PbI3/PC61BM/Al, where PEDOT:PSS and PC61BM are used as hole and electron transport layers, respectively. The results show an improvement of hole charge transport as well as an increase of short-circuit current density and a reduction of series resistance, owing to the higher conductivity of the doped PEDOT:PSS. Consequently, it improves the whole performance of perovskite solar cell. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the device is improved from 8.57% to 11.03% under AM 1.5 G (100 mW/cm2 illumination) after the buffer layer has been modified. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61264002, 61166002, 91333206, and 51463011), the Natural Science Foundation of Gansu Province, China (Grant No. 1308RJZA159), the New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. NCET-13-0840), the Research Project of Graduate Teacher of Gansu Province, China (Grant No. 2014A-0042), and the Postdoctoral Science Foundation from Lanzhou Jiaotong University, China.

  4. Carbon nanotube/polymer composites as a highly stable hole collection layer in perovskite solar cells.

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    Habisreutinger, Severin N; Leijtens, Tomas; Eperon, Giles E; Stranks, Samuel D; Nicholas, Robin J; Snaith, Henry J

    2014-10-01

    Organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have recently emerged at the forefront of photovoltaics research. Power conversion efficiencies have experienced an unprecedented increase to reported values exceeding 19% within just four years. With the focus mainly on efficiency, the aspect of stability has so far not been thoroughly addressed. In this paper, we identify thermal stability as a fundamental weak point of perovskite solar cells, and demonstrate an elegant approach to mitigating thermal degradation by replacing the organic hole transport material with polymer-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) embedded in an insulating polymer matrix. With this composite structure, we achieve JV scanned power-conversion efficiencies of up to 15.3% with an average efficiency of 10 ± 2%. Moreover, we observe strong retardation in thermal degradation as compared to cells employing state-of-the-art organic hole-transporting materials. In addition, the resistance to water ingress is remarkably enhanced. These are critical developments for achieving long-term stability of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells. PMID:25226226

  5. Thermally Induced Structural Evolution and Performance of Mesoporous Block Copolymer-Directed Alumina Perovskite Solar Cells

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    2015-01-01

    Structure control in solution-processed hybrid perovskites is crucial to design and fabricate highly efficient solar cells. Here, we utilize in situ grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the structural evolution and film morphologies of methylammonium lead tri-iodide/chloride (CH3NH3PbI3–xClx) in mesoporous block copolymer derived alumina superstructures during thermal annealing. We show the CH3NH3PbI3–xClx material evolution to be characterized by three distinct structures: a crystalline precursor structure not described previously, a 3D perovskite structure, and a mixture of compounds resulting from degradation. Finally, we demonstrate how understanding the processing parameters provides the foundation needed for optimal perovskite film morphology and coverage, leading to enhanced block copolymer-directed perovskite solar cell performance. PMID:24684494

  6. Green, Orange, and Magenta Luminescence in Strontium Stannates with Perovskite-Related Structures

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    Ueda, Kazushige; Yamashita, Takahiro; Nakayashiki, Kensuke; Goto, Katsuhiko; Maeda, Tsuyoshi; Furui, Koji; Ozaki, Koichiro; Nakachi, Yutaka; Nakamura, Satoshi; Fujisawa, Masaru; Miyazaki, Takato

    2006-09-01

    Intense green, orange or magenta luminescence was observed in rare-earth doped alkaline earth (Ca, Sr, and Ba) stannates, particularly strontium stannates with perovskite-related structures. Tb-Mg codoped SrSnO3 showed sharp emission lines corresponding to Tb ions as a green phosphor. Sm doped Sr3Sn2O7 exhibited sharp pairs of emission lines corresponding to Sm ions as an orange phosphor. Eu-Ti codoped Sr2SnO4 as a magenta phosphor showed sharp red luminescent lines corresponding to Eu ions as well as a broad blue emission band corresponding to Ti-related complexes. It was suggested that codoping and/or layered structures in these phosphors are closely related to the increase in luminescence intensity from these rare-earth ions.

  7. Doped hole transport layer for efficiency enhancement in planar heterojunction organolead trihalide perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Qi; Bi, Cheng; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-05-06

    We demonstrated the efficiency of a solution-processed planar heterojunction organometallic trihalide perovskite solar cell can be increased to 17.5% through doping the hole transporting layer for reducing the resistivity. Doped Poly(triaryl amine) (PTAA) by 2,3,5,6-Tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-Tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ) reduced device series resistance by three-folds, increasing the device fill factor to 74%, open circuit voltage to 1.09 V without sacrificing the short circuit current. As a result, this study reveals that the high resistivity of currently broadly applied polymer hole transport layer limits the device efficiency, and points a new direction to improve the device efficiency.

  8. Structure of 18R shifted hexagonal perovskite La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} revisited by neutron diffraction

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    Lu, Fengqi; Kuang, Xiaojun

    2015-01-15

    The structure of 18-layer shifted B-site deficient hexagonal perovskite La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} compound has been re-examined by neutron powder diffraction. Structural analysis reveals that La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} compound adopts a 18R octahedral-tilted structure with LaO{sub 3} layer stacking sequence of (hhcccc){sub 3} in space group R{sup {sup -}}3, in contrast with the previously proposed R3m. La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} demonstrates partially ordered Mg cation distribution with a preference on the central octahedral sites over the outer octahedral sites in the cubic perovskite blocks isolated by the single vacant octahedral layers between the two consecutive hexagonal layers. The instability of the La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} on alumina ceramic substrate at high temperature and its dependencies of cell parameters and permittivity were characterized as well. - Graphical abstract: 18-layer shifted hexagonal perovskite La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} adopts octahedral-tilted structure in R{sup {sup -}}3 and demonstrates partially ordered Mg distribution in the cubic perovskite blocks isolated by the vacant octahedral layers. - Highlights: • Neutron diffraction reveals an octahedra-tilted structure in R{sup {sup -}}3 for La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18}. • Mg/Ti distribution in La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} is partially ordered in the perovskite blocks. • Instability of La{sub 6}MgTi{sub 4}O{sub 18} on alumina ceramic at high temperature is demonstrated.

  9. The essential role of the poly(3-hexylthiophene) hole transport layer in perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Yang; Liu, Wenqiang; Tan, Furui; Gu, Yuzong

    2015-01-01

    The compact and oriented TiO2 films are prepared by a solvothermal method, and used as electron transporting layers in perovskite CH3NH3PbI3-xClx based solar cells incorporating poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) as the hole transporting material layer. The devices with P3HT exhibit a substantial increase in power conversion efficiency, open circuit voltage, and fill factor, compared with the reference device without P3HT. Impedance spectroscopy measurements demonstrate that the present P3HT layer decreases the internal resistance in solar cells and allows the interface between oriented TiO2 and CH3NH3PbI3-xClx to form more perfect in electronics. It is also found that the electron lifetime in the devices with P3HT is much longer than that of the device without P3HT. Thus, the charge collection efficiency of the device with P3HT is markedly enhanced, compared with the devices without P3HT. Analysis of the energy levels of the involved materials indicates that the P3HT film between the CH3NH3PbI3-xClx layer and the Au electrode provides a better energy level matching for efficient transporting holes to the anode. Meanwhile, the stability of such P3HT solar cells is enhanced because of the compact and oriented TiO2 film preventing the possible interaction between TiO2 and perovskite as time went on.

  10. Well-Defined Nanostructured, Single-Crystalline TiO2 Electron Transport Layer for Efficient Planar Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Choi, Jongmin; Song, Seulki; Hörantner, Maximilian T; Snaith, Henry J; Park, Taiho

    2016-06-28

    An electron transporting layer (ETL) plays an important role in extracting electrons from a perovskite layer and blocking recombination between electrons in the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and holes in the perovskite layers, especially in planar perovskite solar cells. Dense TiO2 ETLs prepared by a solution-processed spin-coating method (S-TiO2) are mainly used in devices due to their ease of fabrication. Herein, we found that fatal morphological defects at the S-TiO2 interface due to a rough FTO surface, including an irregular film thickness, discontinuous areas, and poor physical contact between the S-TiO2 and the FTO layers, were inevitable and lowered the charge transport properties through the planar perovskite solar cells. The effects of the morphological defects were mitigated in this work using a TiO2 ETL produced from sputtering and anodization. This method produced a well-defined nanostructured TiO2 ETL with an excellent transmittance, single-crystalline properties, a uniform film thickness, a large effective area, and defect-free physical contact with a rough substrate that provided outstanding electron extraction and hole blocking in a planar perovskite solar cell. In planar perovskite devices, anodized TiO2 ETL (A-TiO2) increased the power conversion efficiency by 22% (from 12.5 to 15.2%), and the stabilized maximum power output efficiency increased by 44% (from 8.9 to 12.8%) compared with S-TiO2. This work highlights the importance of the ETL geometry for maximizing device performance and provides insights into achieving ideal ETL morphologies that remedy the drawbacks observed in conventional spin-coated ETLs. PMID:27183030

  11. Highly stable, luminescent core-shell type methylammonium-octylammonium lead bromide layered perovskite nanoparticles.

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    Bhaumik, Saikat; Veldhuis, Sjoerd A; Ng, Yan Fong; Li, Mingjie; Muduli, Subas Kumar; Sum, Tze Chien; Damodaran, Bahulayan; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Mathews, Nripan

    2016-06-01

    A new protocol for the synthesis of a highly stable (over 2 months under ambient conditions) solution-processed core-shell type structure of mixed methylammonium-octylammonium lead bromide perovskite nanoparticles (5-12 nm), having spherical shape, color tunability in the blue to green spectral region (438-521 nm) and a high photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of up to 92% is described. The color tunability, high PLQY and stability are due to the quantum confinement imparted by the crystal engineering associated with core-shell nanoparticle formation during growth. PMID:27165565

  12. Significant enhancement of photovoltage in artificially designed perovskite oxide structures

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    Zhou, Wen-jia; Jin, Kui-juan; Guo, Hai-zhong; He, Xu; He, Meng; Xu, Xiu-lai; Lu, Hui-bin; Yang, Guo-zhen

    2015-03-01

    La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/insulator/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 multilayer and La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3/In2O3:SnO2(ITO)/La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 multilayer structures were designed to enhance the photovoltage. The photovoltages of these two structures under an illumination of 308 nm laser are 410 and 600 mV, respectively. The latter is 20 times larger than that (30 mV) observed in La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 single junction. The origin of such significant enhancement of photovoltage is discussed in this letter. These results suggest that the photoelectric property of perovskite oxides could be much improved by artificial structure designing. The enhanced photovoltaic effects have potential applications in the ultraviolet photodetection and solar cells.

  13. Tailoring of Electron-Collecting Oxide Nanoparticulate Layer for Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Shin, Seong Sik; Yang, Woon Seok; Yeom, Eun Joo; Lee, Seon Joo; Jeon, Nam Joong; Joo, Young-Chang; Park, Ik Jae; Noh, Jun Hong; Seok, Sang Il

    2016-05-19

    Low-temperature-processed perovskite solar cells (PSCs), especially those fabricated on flexible substrates, exhibit device performance that is worse than that of high-temperature-processed PSCs. One of the main reasons for the inferior performance of low-temperature-processed PSCs is the loss of photogenerated electrons in the electron collection layer (ECL) or related interfaces, i.e., indium tin oxide/ECL and ECL/perovskite. Here, we report that tailoring of the energy level and electron transporting ability in oxide ECLs using Zn2SnO4 nanoparticles and quantum dots notably minimizes the loss of photogenerated electrons in the low-temperature-fabricated flexible PSC. The proposed ECL with methylammonium lead halide [MAPb(I0.9Br0.1)3] leads to fabrication of significantly improved flexible PSCs with steady-state power conversion efficiency of 16.0% under AM 1.5G illumination of 100 mW cm(-2) intensity. These results provide an effective method for fabricating high-performance, low-temperature solution-processed flexible PSCs. PMID:27117778

  14. Atomic force microscopy surface analysis of layered perovskite La2Ti2O7 particles grown by molten flux method

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    Orum, Aslihan; Takatori, Kazumasa; Hori, Shigeo; Ikeda, Tomiko; Yoshimura, Masamichi; Tani, Toshihiko

    2016-08-01

    Rectangular platelike particles of La2Ti2O7, a layered perovskite, were synthesized in KCl, NaCl, and LiCl by the molten flux method. The formation mechanism of the equilibrium shape in these alkali chloride fluxes was discussed in terms of the surface and interfacial energies of crystallographic planes. The atomic force microscopy (AFM) observations revealed that the developed plane of the platelike particles is along the interlayers in the {110}-type layered crystal structure, and is considered to represent the lowest surface energy plane in which strong, periodic Ti–O bond chains terminate. Herein, for the first time, a growth mechanism for La2Ti2O7 particles is proposed and discussed. Triangular prism structures along the c-axis were observed on the developed planes of KCl-grown particles whereas no such structures were found on those of LiCl-grown ones. AFM measurements suggest that the prism facets are {210}-La2Ti2O7, which results in lower interfacial energy within KCl.

  15. A High-Performing Sulfur-Tolerant and Redox-Stable Layered Perovskite Anode for Direct Hydrocarbon Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Ding, Hanping; Tao, Zetian; Liu, Shun; Zhang, Jiujun

    2015-12-01

    Development of alternative ceramic oxide anode materials is a key step for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Several lanthanide based layered perovskite-structured oxides demonstrate outstanding oxygen diffusion rate, favorable electronic conductivity, and good oxygen surface exchange kinetics, owing to A-site ordered structure in which lanthanide and alkali-earth ions occupy alternate (001) layers and oxygen vacancies are mainly located in [LnOx] planes. Here we report a nickel-free cation deficient layered perovskite, (PrBa)0.95(Fe0.9Mo0.1)2O5 + δ (PBFM), for SOFC anode, and this anode shows an outstanding performance with high resistance against both carbon build-up and sulfur poisoning in hydrocarbon fuels. At 800 °C, the layered PBFM showed high electrical conductivity of 59.2 S cm-1 in 5% H2 and peak power densities of 1.72 and 0.54 W cm-2 using H2 and CH4 as fuel, respectively. The cell exhibits a very stable performance under a constant current load of 1.0 A cm-2. To our best knowledge, this is the highest performance of ceramic anodes operated in methane. In addition, the anode is structurally stable at various fuel and temperature conditions, suggesting that it is a feasible material candidate for high-performing SOFC anode.

  16. A High-Performing Sulfur-Tolerant and Redox-Stable Layered Perovskite Anode for Direct Hydrocarbon Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Ding, Hanping; Tao, Zetian; Liu, Shun; Zhang, Jiujun

    2015-01-01

    Development of alternative ceramic oxide anode materials is a key step for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Several lanthanide based layered perovskite-structured oxides demonstrate outstanding oxygen diffusion rate, favorable electronic conductivity, and good oxygen surface exchange kinetics, owing to A-site ordered structure in which lanthanide and alkali-earth ions occupy alternate (001) layers and oxygen vacancies are mainly located in [LnOx] planes. Here we report a nickel-free cation deficient layered perovskite, (PrBa)0.95(Fe0.9Mo0.1)2O5 + δ (PBFM), for SOFC anode, and this anode shows an outstanding performance with high resistance against both carbon build-up and sulfur poisoning in hydrocarbon fuels. At 800 °C, the layered PBFM showed high electrical conductivity of 59.2 S cm(-1) in 5% H2 and peak power densities of 1.72 and 0.54 W cm(-2) using H2 and CH4 as fuel, respectively. The cell exhibits a very stable performance under a constant current load of 1.0 A cm(-2). To our best knowledge, this is the highest performance of ceramic anodes operated in methane. In addition, the anode is structurally stable at various fuel and temperature conditions, suggesting that it is a feasible material candidate for high-performing SOFC anode. PMID:26648509

  17. A High-Performing Sulfur-Tolerant and Redox-Stable Layered Perovskite Anode for Direct Hydrocarbon Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Ding, Hanping; Tao, Zetian; Liu, Shun; Zhang, Jiujun

    2015-01-01

    Development of alternative ceramic oxide anode materials is a key step for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Several lanthanide based layered perovskite-structured oxides demonstrate outstanding oxygen diffusion rate, favorable electronic conductivity, and good oxygen surface exchange kinetics, owing to A-site ordered structure in which lanthanide and alkali-earth ions occupy alternate (001) layers and oxygen vacancies are mainly located in [LnOx] planes. Here we report a nickel-free cation deficient layered perovskite, (PrBa)0.95(Fe0.9Mo0.1)2O5 + δ (PBFM), for SOFC anode, and this anode shows an outstanding performance with high resistance against both carbon build-up and sulfur poisoning in hydrocarbon fuels. At 800 °C, the layered PBFM showed high electrical conductivity of 59.2 S cm−1 in 5% H2 and peak power densities of 1.72 and 0.54 W cm−2 using H2 and CH4 as fuel, respectively. The cell exhibits a very stable performance under a constant current load of 1.0 A cm−2. To our best knowledge, this is the highest performance of ceramic anodes operated in methane. In addition, the anode is structurally stable at various fuel and temperature conditions, suggesting that it is a feasible material candidate for high-performing SOFC anode. PMID:26648509

  18. Magnetic materials. Tilt engineering of spontaneous polarization and magnetization above 300 K in a bulk layered perovskite.

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    Pitcher, Michael J; Mandal, Pranab; Dyer, Matthew S; Alaria, Jonathan; Borisov, Pavel; Niu, Hongjun; Claridge, John B; Rosseinsky, Matthew J

    2015-01-23

    Crystalline materials that combine electrical polarization and magnetization could be advantageous in applications such as information storage, but these properties are usually considered to have incompatible chemical bonding and electronic requirements. Recent theoretical work on perovskite materials suggested a route for combining both properties. We used crystal chemistry to engineer specific atomic displacements in a layered perovskite, (Ca(y)Sr(1- y))(1.15)Tb(1.85)Fe2O7, that change its symmetry and simultaneously generate electrical polarization and magnetization above room temperature. The two resulting properties are magnetoelectrically coupled as they arise from the same displacements. PMID:25613888

  19. Crystallographic and Electronic Structure of the Sr3Sb2CoO9 Triple Perovskite

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    González, W.; Cardona, R.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-04-01

    Compounds The perovskites are materials with physical and chemical characteristics that make them optimal for application in the technological and scientist. When the ideal formula of perovskite ABO3 is modified by introducing a special structural arrangement can get to get triple perovskites, which correspond to the formula A3B2B'O9. In this work we report the synthesis process and the study of electronic structure and crystal Sr3Sb2CoO9 new triple perovskite. From the experiments of X-ray Diffraction and the application of the Rietveld refinement method was revealed that the system crystallizes in a perovskite structure with a characteristic triple given by the space group Immm (#71) and lattice parameters a=9.791(9) Å, b=5.656(7) Å and c=16.957(8) Å. Ab initio calculations of density of states (DOS) and electronic structure were carried out for this perovskite-like system by using the Quantum EXPRESSO code. The exchange-correlation potential was treated using the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). All calculations were carried-out using spin polarization. ©2013 Elsevier Science. All rights reserved.

  20. Polymer/Perovskite-type nanoparticle multilayers with multielectric properties prepared from ligand addition-induced layer-by-layer assembly.

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    Kim, Younghoon; Kook, Kyungyun; Hwang, Sun Kak; Park, Cheolmin; Cho, Jinhan

    2014-03-25

    We introduce an adsorption mechanism for a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly (i.e., a ligand addition-induced LbL assembly) and demonstrate that the (polymer/perovskite nanoparticle (NP))n nanocomposite films based on the ligand addition LbL exhibit ferroelectric and resistive switching properties. Oleic acid (OA)-stabilized BaTiO3 NPs (OA-BTO NPs) with a size of approximately 8 nm were LbL-assembled with amine-functionalized dendrimers (NH2-dendrimers) using the high affinity between NH2 moieties and Ti ions. The ferroelectric properties of the (NH2-dendrimer/OA-BTO NP)n multilayers were generated by the Ti disorder in the OA-BTO NP unit cell despite the use of sub-10 nm OA-BTO NPs (i.e., OA-BTO NPs), which are near the critical size for ferroelectric properties. Additionally, the (NH2-dendrimer/OA-BTO NP)n multilayers sandwiched between the bottom (platinum) and top (silver or tungsten) electrodes exhibited a resistive switching memory at a relatively low operating voltage below 2 V with a switching speed of approximately 100 ns and an ON/OFF current ratio of approximately 10(4). Furthermore, the ferroelectric and resistive switching properties could be further improved by controlling the bilayer number (n). We believe that our approach can provide a basis for designing and exploiting multifunctional memory electronics based on a variety of perovskite NPs with ferroelectric properties. PMID:24571293

  1. Tailoring of energy levels in lead chloride based layered perovskites and energy transfer between the organic and inorganic planes

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    Braun, M.; Tuffentsammer, W.; Wachtel, H.; Wolf, H. C.

    1999-04-01

    Excitonic inter-layer energy transfer is proved in a system consisting of bimolecular layers of organic dyes (benzyl, naphthyl, or anthryl) in lead chloride perovskites. By a systematic variation of the dye molecules we place the inorganic exciton band of lead chloride energetically beneath, above or between the singlet and triplet levels of the dye. Therefore we observe emission from that exciton band, the molecular singlet or triplet level due to energy transfer between the inorganic and organic layers. In the case of the layered perovskite (C 6H 5-CH 2-NH 3) 2PbCl 4 we succeeded in energetically matching the inorganic exciton band with the molecular triplet level.

  2. Effect of Electron Transporting Layer on Bismuth-Based Lead-Free Perovskite (CH3NH3)3 Bi2I9 for Photovoltaic Applications.

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    Singh, Trilok; Kulkarni, Ashish; Ikegami, Masashi; Miyasaka, Tsutomu

    2016-06-15

    Methylammonium iodo bismuthate ((CH3NH3)3Bi2I9) (MBI) perovskite is a promising alternative to rapidly progressing hybrid organic-inorganic lead perovskites because of its better stability and low toxicity compared to lead-based perovskites. Solution-processed perovskite fabricated by single-step spin-coating and subsequent heating produced polycrystalline films of hybrid perovskite (CH3NH3)3Bi2I9), whose morphology was influenced drastically by the nature of substrates. The optical measurements showed a strong absorption band around 500 nm. The devices made on anatase TiO2 mesoporous layer showed good performance with current density over 0.8 mA cm(-2) while the devices on brookite TiO2 layer and planar (free of porous layer) was inefficient. However, all the MBI devices were stable to ambient conditions for more than 10 weeks. PMID:27225529

  3. Electrodeposited Ultrathin TiO2 Blocking Layers for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Su, Tzu-Sen; Hsieh, Tsung-Yu; Hong, Cheng-You; Wei, Tzu-Chien

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the electrodeposition (ED) of ultrathin, compact TiO2 blocking layers (BLs) on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass for perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is evaluated. This bottom-up method allows for controlling the morphology and thickness of TiO2 films by simply manipulating deposition conditions. Compared with BLs produced using the spin-coating (SC) method, BLs produced using ED exhibit satisfactory surface coverage, even with a film thickness of 29 nm. Evidence from cyclic voltammetry shows that an ED BL suppresses interfacial recombination more profoundly than an SC BL does, consequently improving the photovoltaic properties of the PSC significantly. A PSC equipped with an ED TiO2 BL having a 13.6% power conversion efficiency is demonstrated.

  4. Electrodeposited Ultrathin TiO2 Blocking Layers for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Su, Tzu-Sen; Hsieh, Tsung-Yu; Hong, Cheng-You; Wei, Tzu-Chien

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the electrodeposition (ED) of ultrathin, compact TiO2 blocking layers (BLs) on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass for perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is evaluated. This bottom-up method allows for controlling the morphology and thickness of TiO2 films by simply manipulating deposition conditions. Compared with BLs produced using the spin-coating (SC) method, BLs produced using ED exhibit satisfactory surface coverage, even with a film thickness of 29 nm. Evidence from cyclic voltammetry shows that an ED BL suppresses interfacial recombination more profoundly than an SC BL does, consequently improving the photovoltaic properties of the PSC significantly. A PSC equipped with an ED TiO2 BL having a 13.6% power conversion efficiency is demonstrated. PMID:26526771

  5. Electrodeposited Ultrathin TiO2 Blocking Layers for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Su, Tzu-Sen; Hsieh, Tsung-Yu; Hong, Cheng-You; Wei, Tzu-Chien

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the electrodeposition (ED) of ultrathin, compact TiO2 blocking layers (BLs) on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass for perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is evaluated. This bottom-up method allows for controlling the morphology and thickness of TiO2 films by simply manipulating deposition conditions. Compared with BLs produced using the spin-coating (SC) method, BLs produced using ED exhibit satisfactory surface coverage, even with a film thickness of 29 nm. Evidence from cyclic voltammetry shows that an ED BL suppresses interfacial recombination more profoundly than an SC BL does, consequently improving the photovoltaic properties of the PSC significantly. A PSC equipped with an ED TiO2 BL having a 13.6% power conversion efficiency is demonstrated. PMID:26526771

  6. An Azaacene Derivative as Promising Electron-Transport Layer for Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Gu, Pei-Yang; Wang, Ning; Wu, Anyang; Wang, Zilong; Tian, Miaomiao; Fu, Zhisheng; Sun, Xiao Wei; Zhang, Qichun

    2016-08-01

    It is highly desirable to develop novel n-type organic small molecules as an efficient electron-transport layer (ETL) for the replacement of PCBM to obtain high-performance metal-oxide-free, solution-processed inverted perovskite solar cells (PSCs) because this type of solar cells with a low-temperature and solution-based process would make their fabrication more feasible and practical. In this research, the new azaacene QCAPZ has been synthesized and employed as non-fullerene ETL material for inverted PSCs through a solution-based process without the need for additional dopants or additives. The as-fabricated inverted PSCs show a power conversion efficiency up to 10.26 %. Our results clearly suggest that larger azaacenes could be promising electron-transport materials to achieve high-performance solution-processed inverted PSCs. PMID:27378599

  7. Stable and null current hysteresis perovskite solar cells based nitrogen doped graphene oxide nanoribbons hole transport layer

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    Kim, Jeongmo; Mat Teridi, Mohd Asri; Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid Bin; Jang, Jin

    2016-06-01

    Perovskite solar cells are becoming one of the leading technologies to reduce our dependency on traditional power sources. However, the frequently used component poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) has several shortcomings, such as an easily corroded indium-tin-oxide (ITO) interface at elevated temperatures and induced electrical inhomogeneity. Herein, we propose solution-processed nitrogen-doped graphene oxide nanoribbons (NGONRs) as a hole transport layer (HTL) in perovskite solar cells, replacing the conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS. The conversion efficiency of NGONR-based perovskite solar cells has outperformed a control device constructed using PEDOT:PSS. Moreover, our proposed NGONR-based devices also demonstrate a negligible current hysteresis along with improved stability. This work provides an effective route for substituting PEDOT:PSS as the effective HTL.

  8. Low-temperature solution-processed tin oxide as an alternative electron transporting layer for efficient perovskite solar cells.

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    Ke, Weijun; Fang, Guojia; Liu, Qin; Xiong, Liangbin; Qin, Pingli; Tao, Hong; Wang, Jing; Lei, Hongwei; Li, Borui; Wan, Jiawei; Yang, Guang; Yan, Yanfa

    2015-06-01

    Lead halide perovskite solar cells with the high efficiencies typically use high-temperature processed TiO2 as the electron transporting layers (ETLs). Here, we demonstrate that low-temperature solution-processed nanocrystalline SnO2 can be an excellent alternative ETL material for efficient perovskite solar cells. Our best-performing planar cell using such a SnO2 ETL has achieved an average efficiency of 16.02%, obtained from efficiencies measured from both reverse and forward voltage scans. The outstanding performance of SnO2 ETLs is attributed to the excellent properties of nanocrystalline SnO2 films, such as good antireflection, suitable band edge positions, and high electron mobility. The simple low-temperature process is compatible with the roll-to-roll manufacturing of low-cost perovskite solar cells on flexible substrates. PMID:25987132

  9. Stable and null current hysteresis perovskite solar cells based nitrogen doped graphene oxide nanoribbons hole transport layer

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    Kim, Jeongmo; Mat Teridi, Mohd Asri; Mohd Yusoff, Abd. Rashid bin; Jang, Jin

    2016-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells are becoming one of the leading technologies to reduce our dependency on traditional power sources. However, the frequently used component poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) has several shortcomings, such as an easily corroded indium-tin-oxide (ITO) interface at elevated temperatures and induced electrical inhomogeneity. Herein, we propose solution-processed nitrogen-doped graphene oxide nanoribbons (NGONRs) as a hole transport layer (HTL) in perovskite solar cells, replacing the conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS. The conversion efficiency of NGONR-based perovskite solar cells has outperformed a control device constructed using PEDOT:PSS. Moreover, our proposed NGONR-based devices also demonstrate a negligible current hysteresis along with improved stability. This work provides an effective route for substituting PEDOT:PSS as the effective HTL. PMID:27277388

  10. High-performance and environmentally stable planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells based on a solution-processed copper-doped nickel oxide hole-transporting layer.

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    Kim, Jong H; Liang, Po-Wei; Williams, Spencer T; Cho, Namchul; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Glaz, Micah S; Ginger, David S; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2015-01-27

    An effective approach to significantly increase the electrical conductivity of a NiOx hole-transporting layer (HTL) to achieve high-efficiency planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells is demonstrated. Perovskite solar cells based on using Cu-doped NiOx HTL show a remarkably improved power conversion efficiency up to 15.40% due to the improved electrical conductivity and enhanced perovskite film quality. General applicability of Cu-doped NiOx to larger bandgap perovskites is also demonstrated in this study. PMID:25449020

  11. Fabrication and characterization of perovskite-type solar cells with Nb-doped TiO2 layers

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    Saito, Jo; Oku, Takeo; Suzuki, Atsushi; Akiyama, Tsuyoshi

    2016-02-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid heterojunction solar cells containing perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 using Nb-doped TiO2 as an electron-transporting layer were fabricated and characterized. Nb-doped TiO2 layer showed an improvement of the short-circuit current density and power conversion efficiency using Ti0.95Nb0.05O2.

  12. Electrosynthesis and crystal structure of the new 15R hexagonal perovskite Ba 5MnNa 2V 2O 13

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    Bendraoua, Abdelaziz; Quarez, Eric; Abraham, Francis; Mentré, Olivier

    2004-04-01

    A new manganese oxide Ba 5MnNa 2V 2O 13 with an original structure closely related to the cubic perovskite has been prepared by electrosynthesis in molten NaOH. Its crystal structure has been refined from single crystal X-ray diffraction in the R 3¯m space group, a=5.8490(6) Å, c=36.856(5) Å, Z=3, R1=4.72%, w R2=10.56%. The crystal structure is a rhombohedral 15R polytype and exhibits a close packed structure built up from [BaO 3- δ] ( c) and [BaO 2] ( c') layers within a ( ccc' cc) 3 stacking sequence. The resulting three-dimensional edifice is formed by Ba(Mn 0.33Na 0.67)O 3 cubic perovskite blocks separated by double sheets of V 5+O 4 tetrahedra pointing towards the central [BaO 2] c' layer. In the perovskite blocks, 1/6 of oxygen deficient vacancies located on layers surrounding manganese involve a Mn(IV) valence, in square pyramids rather than octahedra. On the same layers along c, the barium atom split from a central (0,0, z) position to close ( x,- x, z) positions as a compensation of the oxygen deficiency. In this work, a review of the Mn-related perovskite materials found in the literature is reported showing the wide variety of materials adopting related structural polytypes. A building scheme from simple to more complex edifices is also presented by successive intercalation of [BaO n] ( n=1, 2) in order to visualize topological relationships between the number of possible hexagonal perovskite series members.

  13. Perovskite Solar Cells: Moth-Eye TiO2 Layer for Improving Light Harvesting Efficiency in Perovskite Solar Cells (Small 18/2016).

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    Kang, Seong Min; Jang, Segeun; Lee, Jong-Kwon; Yoon, Jungjin; Yoo, Dong-Eun; Lee, Jin-Wook; Choi, Mansoo; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2016-05-01

    A moth-eye patterned mesoporous (mp) TiO2 layer is fabricated in the form of submicron scale by using lithography, nano-imprinting and polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) stamping methods. On page 2443, M. Choi, N.-G. Park, and co-workers demonstrate an excellent light harvesting property of perovskite solar cell by employing the moth-eye nanostructured mp-TiO2 film. These novel fabrication methods are expected to be optically beneficial to opto-electronic devices. PMID:27151831

  14. Structure constraints and instability leading to the post-perovskite phase transition of MgSiO 3

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    Martin, C. David; Parise, John B.

    2008-01-01

    Recent experience with Rietveld refinement of structural analogues and literature surveys, suggests anion-anion repulsion limits the stability of the perovskite phase, including in the MgSiO 3 perovskite to post-perovskite transition. Assuming rigid octahedral coordination, still to be tested experimentally, the critical point where intra- and inter-octahedral anion-anion distances are equal provides a useful metric for predicting the pressure of the perovskite/post-perovskite transition and the Clapeyron slope of the phase boundary, once pressure and temperature derivatives of relevant structure parameters are known. The inter-octahedral anion-anion distances and the polyhedral volume ratio are rigorously formulated as a function of octahedral rotation in this work, assuming the orthorhombic ( Pbnm) perovskite structure, where regular octahedra share each corner and conform to the in- and anti-phase rotation schemes designated by space group symmetry. These mathematical expressions are consistent with structure data from 70 perovskite-structured materials surveyed in the literature at ambient as well as extreme conditions and define structure constraints, such as the minimum polyhedral volume ratio, which must be reached before the phase transition to the post-perovskite structure-type can proceed. The formalism we present is general for perovskite ( Pbnm) and dependent on the accuracy with which structures can be determined from, sometimes compromised, high pressure diffraction data.

  15. Perovskite-supported palladium for methane oxidation - structure-activity relationships.

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    Eyssler, Arnim; Lu, Ye; Matam, Santhosh Kumar; Weidenkaff, Anke; Ferri, Davide

    2012-01-01

    Palladium is the precious metal of choice for methane oxidation and perovskite-type oxides offer the possibility to stabilize it as PdO, considered crucial for catalytic activity. Pd can adopt different oxidation and coordination states when associated with perovskite-type oxides. Here, we review our work on the effect of perovskite composition on the oxidation and coordination states of Pd and its influence on catalytic activity for methane oxidation in the case of typical Mn, Fe and Co perovskite-based oxidation catalysts. Especially X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy is shown to be crucial to fingerprint the different coordination states of Pd. Pd substitutes Fe and Co in the octahedral sites but without modifying catalytic activity with respect to the Pd-free perovskite. On LaMnO(3) palladium is predominantly exposed at the surface thus bestowing catalytic activity for methane oxidation. However, the occupancy of B-cation sites of the perovskite structure by Pd can be exploited to cyclically activate Pd and to protect it from particle growth. This is explicitly demonstrated for La(Fe, Pd)O(3), where catalytic activity for methane oxidation is enhanced under oscillating redox conditions at 500 °C, therefore paving the way to the practical application in three-way catalysts for stoichiometric natural gas engines. PMID:23211725

  16. Novel CdS Hole-Blocking Layer for Photostable Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Hwang, Insung; Yong, Kijung

    2016-02-17

    Currently, the stability issue of the perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is one of the most critical obstacles in the commercialization of PSCs. Although incredible advances in the photovoltaic efficiencies of PSCs have been achieved in the past few years, research on the stability of PSCs has been relatively less explored. In this study, a new kind of CdS hole-blocking layer replacing the traditional compact TiO2 layer is developed to improve the photostability of PSCs because the intrinsic oxygen vacancies of the TiO2 surface are suspected to be the main cause for the photoinduced degradation of PSCs. As a result, PSCs with the CdS layer exhibit considerably improved photostability, maintaining over 90% of the initial efficiency after continuous sunlight illumination for 12 h, while the TiO2 PSC retains only 18% of the initial efficiency under the same conditions. Charge-transfer characteristics related to photodegradation are investigated by various analyses including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and open-circuit voltage decay and time-resolved photoluminescence decay measurements. the CdS PSC exhibits negligible degradation in the charge-carrier dynamics, while the TiO2 PSC suffers from severely damaged characteristics like increased charge recombination rate, charge-transfer resistance, and reduced charge extraction rate. PMID:26809352

  17. Layered oxygen-deficient double perovskite as an efficient and stable anode for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells

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    Sengodan, Sivaprakash; Choi, Sihyuk; Jun, Areum; Shin, Tae Ho; Ju, Young-Wan; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Jeeyoung; Irvine, John T. S.; Kim, Guntae

    2015-02-01

    Different layered perovskite-related oxides are known to exhibit important electronic, magnetic and electrochemical properties. Owing to their excellent mixed-ionic and electronic conductivity and fast oxygen kinetics, cation layered double perovskite oxides such as PrBaCo2O5 in particular have exhibited excellent properties as solid oxide fuel cell oxygen electrodes. Here, we show for the first time that related layered materials can be used as high-performance fuel electrodes. Good redox stability with tolerance to coking and sulphur contamination from hydrocarbon fuels is demonstrated for the layered perovskite anode PrBaMn2O5+δ (PBMO). The PBMO anode is fabricated by in situ annealing of Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ in fuel conditions and actual fuel cell operation is demonstrated. At 800 °C, layered PBMO shows high electrical conductivity of 8.16 S cm-1 in 5% H2 and demonstrates peak power densities of 1.7 and 1.3 W cm-2 at 850 °C using humidified hydrogen and propane fuels, respectively.

  18. Layered oxygen-deficient double perovskite as an efficient and stable anode for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Sengodan, Sivaprakash; Choi, Sihyuk; Jun, Areum; Shin, Tae Ho; Ju, Young-Wan; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Jeeyoung; Irvine, John T S; Kim, Guntae

    2015-02-01

    Different layered perovskite-related oxides are known to exhibit important electronic, magnetic and electrochemical properties. Owing to their excellent mixed-ionic and electronic conductivity and fast oxygen kinetics, cation layered double perovskite oxides such as PrBaCo2O5 in particular have exhibited excellent properties as solid oxide fuel cell oxygen electrodes. Here, we show for the first time that related layered materials can be used as high-performance fuel electrodes. Good redox stability with tolerance to coking and sulphur contamination from hydrocarbon fuels is demonstrated for the layered perovskite anode PrBaMn2O5+δ (PBMO). The PBMO anode is fabricated by in situ annealing of Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ in fuel conditions and actual fuel cell operation is demonstrated. At 800 °C, layered PBMO shows high electrical conductivity of 8.16 S cm(-1) in 5% H2 and demonstrates peak power densities of 1.7 and 1.3 W cm(-2) at 850 °C using humidified hydrogen and propane fuels, respectively. PMID:25532072

  19. Tackling pseudosymmetry problems in electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analyses of perovskite structures

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    Mariani, Elisabetta; Kaercher, Pamela; Mecklenburgh, Julian; Wheeler, John

    2016-04-01

    Perovskite minerals form an important mineral group that has applications in Earth science and emerging alternative energy technologies, however crystallographic quantification of these minerals with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is not accurate due to pseudosymmetry problems. The silicate perovskite Bridgmanite, (Mg,Fe)SiO3, is understood to be the dominant phase in the Earth's lower mantle. Gaining insight into its physical and rheological properties is therefore vital to understand the dynamics of the Earth's deep interior. Rock deformation experiments on analogue perovskite phases, for example (Ca,Sr)TiO3, combined with quantitative microstructural analyses of the recovered samples by EBSD, yield datasets that can reveal what deformation mechanisms may dominate the flow of perovskite in the lower mantle. Additionally, perovskite structures have important technological applications as new, suitable cathodes for the operation of more efficient and environmentally-friendly solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). In recent years they have also been recognised as a potential substitute for silicon in the next generation of photovoltaic cells for the construction of economic and energy efficient solar panels. EBSD has the potential to be a valuable tool for the study of crystal orientations achieved in perovskite substrates as crystal alignment has a direct control on the properties of these materials. However, perovskite structures currently present us with challenges during the automated indexing of Kikuchi bands in electron backscatter diffraction patterns (EBSPs). Such challenges are represented by the pseudosymmetric character of perovskites, where atoms are subtly displaced (0.005 nm to 0.05 nm) from their higher symmetry positions. In orthorhombic Pbnm perovskites, for example, pseudosymmetry may be evaluated from the c/a unit cell parameter ratio, which is very close to 1. Two main types of distortions from the higher symmetry structure are recognised: a

  20. Structure, Growth Process, and Growth Mechanism of Perovskite in High-Titanium-Bearing Blast Furnace Slag

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    Liu, Lu; Hu, Meilong; Xu, Yuzhou; Bai, Chenguang; Gan, Yunhua

    2015-08-01

    The isothermal crystallization of perovskite in TiO2-CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MgO high-titanium-bearing blast furnace slag was observed in situ at 1698 K (1425 °C) using a confocal scanning laser microscope. The dendrite structure of perovskite (CaTiO3) thus obtained showed vividly the primary dendrite trunks and secondary dendrite arms. Furthermore, the dendritic growth of perovskite in liquid slag was clearly observed on line. The results showed that the dendrite arrays in which the primary dendrite trunks observed on slag surface were parallel with each other grew toward the same direction. The secondary dendrite arms grew in the perpendicular direction with the primary trucks and stopped growing when they encounter. The perovskite dendrites showed a linear growth at two stages. The dendrites grew faster at early stage at about 5 to 7 μm/s and grew with a lower growth rate at about 1 to 2 μm/s in later stage. Finally, the growth mechanism of perovskite in melt was analyzed with the solidification theory. Based on the theoretical calculation of equilibrium phases in slag, the initial slag could be considered as a binary component system. One component was perovskite and the other component was the sum of all the other species that did not attend the crystallization of perovskite (included SiO2, Al2O3, and MgO, as well as CaO and TiO2 that were not involved in the solid formation). The formation of perovskite required the diffusion of CaO and TiO2 to the solid/liquid interface and the rejection of the other species from the interface. The solid/liquid equilibrium schematic diagram was made based on the calculation.

  1. Artificial layered perovskite oxides A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} as potential solar energy conversion materials

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    Chen, Hungru; Umezawa, Naoto

    2015-02-07

    Perovskite oxides with a d{sup 0} electronic configuration are promising photocatalysts and exhibit high electron mobilities. However, their band gaps are too large for efficient solar energy conversion. On the other hand, transition metal cations with partially filled d{sup n} electronic configurations give rise to visible light absorption. In this study, by using hybrid density functional theory calculations, it is demonstrated that the virtues of the two categories of materials can be combined in perovskite oxide A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} with a layered B-site ordering along the [001] direction. The electronic structures of the four selected perovskite oxide compounds, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, and Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} are calculated and discussed.

  2. Lattice instability and competing spin structures in the double perovskite insulator Sr2FeOsO6.

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    Paul, Avijit Kumar; Reehuis, Manfred; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Yan, Binghai; Hoser, Andreas; Többens, Daniel M; Abdala, Paula M; Adler, Peter; Jansen, Martin; Felser, Claudia

    2013-10-18

    The semiconductor Sr2FeOsO6, depending on temperature, adopts two types of spin structures that differ in the spin sequence of ferrimagnetic iron-osmium layers along the tetragonal c axis. Neutron powder diffraction experiments, 57Fe Mössbauer spectra, and density functional theory calculations suggest that this behavior arises because a lattice instability resulting in alternating iron-osmium distances fine-tunes the balance of competing exchange interactions. Thus, Sr2FeOsO6 is an example of a double perovskite, in which the electronic phases are controlled by the interplay of spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom. PMID:24182298

  3. Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Low-Temperature Processed Indium Oxide Electron Selective Layers.

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    Qin, Minchao; Ma, Junjie; Ke, Weijun; Qin, Pingli; Lei, Hongwei; Tao, Hong; Zheng, Xiaolu; Xiong, Liangbin; Liu, Qin; Chen, Zhiliang; Lu, Junzheng; Yang, Guang; Fang, Guojia

    2016-04-01

    Indium oxide (In2O3) as a promising n-type semiconductor material has been widely employed in optoelectronic applications. In this work, we applied low-temperature solution-processed In2O3 nanocrystalline film as an electron selective layer (ESL) in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) for the first time. By taking advantages of good optical and electrical properties of In2O3 such as high mobility, wide band gap, and high transmittance, we obtained In2O3-based PSCs with a good efficiency exceeding 13% after optimizing the concentration of the precursor solution and the annealing temperature. Furthermore, to enhance the performance of the In2O3-based PSCs, a phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) layer was introduced to modify the surface of the In2O3 film. The PCBM film could fill up the pinholes or cracks along In2O3 grain boundaries to passivate the defects and make the ESL extremely compact and uniform, which is conducive to suppressing the charge recombination. As a result, the efficiency of the In2O3-based PSC was improved to 14.83% accompanied with VOC, JSC, and FF being 1.08 V, 20.06 mA cm(-2), and 0.685, respectively. PMID:26996215

  4. Syntheses, structures, and ionic conductivities of perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum-oxides

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    Phraewphiphat, Thanya; Iqbal, Muhammad; Suzuki, Kota; Matsuda, Yasuaki; Yonemura, Masao; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2015-05-15

    The ionic conductivities of new perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum oxides were investigated. Solid solutions of the new perovskite oxides, (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Al{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3} and (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Ga{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3}, were synthesized using a ball-milled-assisted solid-state method. The partial substitution of the smaller Ga{sup +3} for Ta{sup +5} resulted in new compositions, the structures of which were determined by neutron diffraction measurements using a cubic perovskite structural model with the Pm−3m space group. Vacancies were introduced into the Sr(Li) sites by the formation of solid solutions with compositions (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}, where the composition range of 0≤y≤0.20 was examined for x=0.2 and 0.25. The highest conductivity, 1.85×10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C, was obtained for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125). Enhanced ionic conductivities were achieved by the introduction of vacancies at the A-sites. - Graphical abstract: Novel lithium-conducting oxides with the cubic perovskite structure (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3} provide a specific solid-solution region with various x and y values, exhibiting the highest ionic conductivity (1.85 S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C) for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125 in (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}). The vacancies (☐) introduced into the A-sites contribute to the enhancement of lithium diffusion in the perovskite structure because of the enlargement of the bottleneck size and suppression of the interaction between lithium and oxygen. - Highlights: • The perovskite-structured novel Li

  5. Low-temperature processed electron collection layers of graphene/TiO2 nanocomposites in thin film perovskite solar cells.

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    Wang, Jacob Tse-Wei; Ball, James M; Barea, Eva M; Abate, Antonio; Alexander-Webber, Jack A; Huang, Jian; Saliba, Michael; Mora-Sero, Iván; Bisquert, Juan; Snaith, Henry J; Nicholas, Robin J

    2014-02-12

    The highest efficiencies in solution-processable perovskite-based solar cells have been achieved using an electron collection layer that requires sintering at 500 °C. This is unfavorable for low-cost production, applications on plastic substrates, and multijunction device architectures. Here we report a low-cost, solution-based deposition procedure utilizing nanocomposites of graphene and TiO2 nanoparticles as the electron collection layers in meso-superstructured perovskite solar cells. The graphene nanoflakes provide superior charge-collection in the nanocomposites, enabling the entire device to be fabricated at temperatures no higher than 150 °C. These solar cells show remarkable photovoltaic performance with a power conversion efficiency up to 15.6%. This work demonstrates that graphene/metal oxide nanocomposites have the potential to contribute significantly toward the development of low-cost solar cells. PMID:24341922

  6. Moth-Eye TiO2 Layer for Improving Light Harvesting Efficiency in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Kang, Seong Min; Jang, Segeun; Lee, Jong-Kwon; Yoon, Jungjin; Yoo, Dong-Eun; Lee, Jin-Wook; Choi, Mansoo; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2016-05-01

    A moth-eye nanostructured mp-TiO2 film using conventional lithography, nano-imprinting and polydimethyl-siloxane (PDMS) stamping methods is demonstrated for the first time. Power conversion efficiency of the moth-eye patterned perovskite solar cell is improved by ≈11%, which mainly results from increasing light harvesting efficiency by structural optical property. PMID:26990492

  7. Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO3 compact layers and comparision of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer thickness in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Jincheng; Shi, Chengwu; Chen, Junjun; Wang, Yanqing; Li, Mingqian

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the ultra-thin and high-quality WO3 compact layers were successfully prepared by spin-coating-pyrolysis method using the tungsten isopropoxide solution in isopropanol. The influence of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer thickness on the photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite solar cells was systematically compared, and the interface charge transfer and recombination in planar perovskite solar cells with TiO2 compact layer was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the optimum thickness of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer was 15 nm and 60 nm. The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO3 compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO2 compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency.

  8. Single-Layer Light-Emitting Diodes Using Organometal Halide Perovskite/Poly(ethylene oxide) Composite Thin Films.

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    Li, Junqiang; Bade, Sri Ganesh R; Shan, Xin; Yu, Zhibin

    2015-09-16

    Organometal halide perovskite and poly(ethylene oxide) composite thin films are studied. Single-layer light-emitting diodes using the composite thin film sandwiched between indium tin oxide and indium-gallium eutectic alloy exhibit a low turn-on voltage and high brightness because of the ionic conductivity of the composite film and the formation of a p-i-n homojunction. PMID:26247326

  9. Synthesis and thermal stability studies of a series of metastable Dion–Jacobson double-layered neodymium-niobate perovskites

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    Josepha, Elisha A.; Farooq, Sara; Mitchell, Cinnamon M.; Wiley, John B.

    2014-08-15

    The Dion–Jacobson double-layered perovskite, RbNdNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}, is used as a precursor to synthesize the series ANdNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} (A=H, Li, Na, K, NH{sub 4}, Ag), and (MCl)NdNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} (M=Mn, Fe, Cu) through ion-exchange reactions ≤400 °C. Thermal stability studies indicated that most of these compounds are metastable. A combination of X-ray powder diffraction and differential thermal analysis were used to determine various low temperature decomposition pathways; these pathways were very dependent on the interlayer species. Overall the ANdNb{sub 2}O{sub 7} series was found to be less stable than the corresponding lanthanides, ALaNb{sub 2}O{sub 7}. - Graphical abstract: A new series of topochemically-prepared metastable neodymium-containing layered perovskites are studied. - Highlights: • A series of new layered neodymium containing perovskites were synthesized by ion exchange. • Products were studied by variable temperature X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis. • Most of the series are metastable showing exothermic transitions on decomposition. • The Nd compounds are less stable due to the smaller size of the Nd relative to La.

  10. Magnetic and dielectric properties of layered perovskite Gd2Ti2O7 thin film epitaxially stabilized on a perovskite single crystal

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    Ukita, Takashi; Hirose, Yasushi; Ohno, Sawako; Hatabayashi, Kunitada; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2012-04-01

    Layered perovskite (LP) titanates, Ln2Ti2O7 (Ln = lanthanoids), are ferroelectric materials containing magnetic Ln3+ ions at A-site. Metastable LP-Gd2Ti2O7 was fabricated in epitaxial thin film form on lattice-matched perovskite substrates and its dielectric and magnetic properties were investigated. The (100)-oriented LP-Gd2Ti2O7 films were epitaxially grown on (110) plane of (LaAlO3)0.3-(SrAl0.5Ta0.5O3)0.7 (LSAT) and Nb-doped SrTiO3 by using a pulsed laser deposition method. Piezoresponse force microscope measurements revealed that LP-Gd2Ti2O7 has spontaneous polarization along the b-axis at room temperature, strongly suggesting room temperature ferroelectricity. Magnetization measurements showed paramagnetic behavior with weak antiferromagnetic interaction around 2 K. Small positive magneto-dielectric effect (Δɛ/ɛ ˜ 10-5 order) was also confirmed at 10 K.

  11. Composition and crystal structure of perovskite films attained from electrodes of used car battery

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    Dhiaputra, Ilham; Permana, Bayu; Maulana, Yusep; Inayatie, Yuniar Dwi; Purba, Yonatan R.; Bahtiar, Ayi

    2016-02-01

    Perovskite solar cells have been intensively investigated for high performance and low-cost solid-state solar cells. Perovskite based-lead materials are commonly used as active material for high power conversion efficiency solar cells. Herein, we report our study on the development of used electrodes car battery as a cheap raw lead material to be converted into lead (II) iodide PbI2 by using simple chemical method. We have successfully obtained PbI2 material with purity higher than 85% and its crystal structure is comparable with that of commercial product. The perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film was prepared by spin-coating of PbI2 solution and followed by spin-coating two-times of methylamonium iodide (MAI) solution. In this paper, the crystal structure of perovskite film attained from used car battery is shown and compared with that of prepared from commercial PbI2. By utilizing the used car battery into perovskite valuable material for high performance solar cells, we can not only improve the economical value (added-value) of wasted car battery but also we can simultaneously save the environment.

  12. Interplay of octahedral distortions in electronic and structural phase transitions in ABO3 perovskites

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    Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Rondinelli, James M.

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we investigate group-subgroup relationships afforded to ABO3 perovskites from combinations of BO6 distortions - bond stretching and bond angle rotations - with the objective of identifying new pathways for tuning their properties through electron-lattice interactions. Using nickelate and bismuthate perovskite compounds as a template, we decompose their low-symmetry structures into orthonormal symmetry-breaking lattice modes of the parent cubic space group. Statistical analysis of mode decomposition data uncovers previously unappreciated relationships between microscopic octahedral distortion modes and macroscopic physical properties. Finally, we propose novel crystal engineering strategies to study perovskites near phase boundaries that are otherwise extremely difficult to probe experimentally. This project is supported by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (grant no. N66001-12-4224). The views, opinions, and/or findings reported here are solely those of the authors and do not represent official views of DARPA or DOD.

  13. Exploring the Electronic Band Structure of Organometal Halide Perovskite via Photoluminescence Anisotropy of Individual Nanocrystals.

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    Täuber, Daniela; Dobrovolsky, Alexander; Camacho, Rafael; Scheblykin, Ivan G

    2016-08-10

    Understanding electronic processes in organometal halide perovskites, flourishing photovoltaic, and emitting materials requires unraveling the origin of their electronic transitions. Light polarization studies can provide important information regarding transition dipole moment orientations. Investigating individual methylammonium lead triiodide perovskite nanocrystals enabled us to detect the polarization of photoluminescence intensity and photoluminescence excitation, hidden in bulk samples by ensemble averaging. Polarization properties of the crystals were correlated with their photoluminescence spectra and electron microscopy images. We propose that distortion of PbI6 octahedra leads to peculiarities of the electronic band structure close to the band-edge. Namely, the lowest band transition possesses a transition dipole moment along the apical Pb-I-Pb bond resulting in polarized photoluminescence. Excitation of photoluminescence above the bandgap is unpolarized because it involves molecular orbitals delocalized both in the apical and equatorial directions of the perovskite octahedron. Trap-assisted emission at 77 K, rather surprisingly, was polarized similar to the bandgap emission. PMID:27462927

  14. The Electronic Structure of Iron in Aluminous (Mg,Fe)SiO3 Perovskite at High-Pressures and Temperatures

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    Jackson, J. M.; Sturhahn, W.; Lerche, M.; Li, J.

    2006-12-01

    Knowledge of iron valences and spin states in silicate perovskite is relevant to our understanding of the physical and chemical properties of Earth's lower mantle such as transport properties, mechanical behavior, and element partitioning. Recent studies have proposed that aluminous ferromagnesium silicate perovskite (Al- Pv) is the principle sink for ferric iron in Earth's lower mantle [e.g. 1]. Also of geophysical interest is the electronic spin state of Al-Pv under lower mantle conditions. To date, simultaneous high-pressure and high- temperature measurements of the hyperfine parameters to identify the valence and spin states of iron in Al-Pv have not been reported. In this study, we have measured the electronic structure of the iron component of an aluminous Fe-bearing silicate perovskite sample, (Mg0.88Fe0.09)(Si0.94Al0.10)O3, close to a pyrolite composition, using synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy (SMS) and laser heated diamond anvil cells. Recent developments in SMS have enabled in situ measurements of small samples (< 10 μm) with relatively low 57Fe contents (< 10 at.%) to Mbar pressures [e.g. 2,3]. The samples were first synthesized in a multi-anvil apparatus [3], and the perovskite structure was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The sample was loaded into a diamond anvil cell sandwiched between NaCl insulating layers. Measurements were carried out to 65 GPa and up to 2000 K at beamline 3-ID of the Advanced Photon Source. Spectra were collected before, during, and after laser heating, at each pressure point. Synchrotron Mössbauer spectra were also collected on decreasing pressure. Evaluation of the spectra provided the isomer shift (relative to stainless steel) and the quadrupole splitting of the iron component in silicate perovskite, which gives information on valence and spin states under lower mantle conditions. This work is supported by NSF through COMPRES and the U.S. DOE-BES, Office of Science, under Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38. [1] Mc

  15. Two-Step Physical Deposition of a Compact CuI Hole-Transport Layer and the Formation of an Interfacial Species in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Gharibzadeh, Saba; Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Moshaii, Ahmad; Mohammadian, Nasim; Alizadeh, Amir Hossein; Mohammadpour, Rahele; Ahmadi, Vahid; Alizadeh, Abdolali

    2016-08-01

    A simple and practical approach is introduced for the deposition of CuI as an inexpensive inorganic hole-transport material (HTM) for the fabrication of low cost perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by gas-solid phase transformation of Cu to CuI. The method provides a uniform and well-controlled CuI layer with large grains and good compactness that prevents the direct connection between the contact electrodes. Solar cells prepared with CuI as the HTM with Au electrodes displays an exceptionally high short-circuit current density of 32 mA cm(-2) , owing to an interfacial species formed between the perovskite and the Cu resulting in a long wavelength contribution to the incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE), and an overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.4 %. The growth of crystalline and uniform CuI on a low roughness perovskite layer leads to remarkably high charge extraction in the cells, which originates from the high hole mobility of CuI in addition to a large number of contact points between CuI and the perovskite layer. In addition, the solvent-free method has no damaging side effect on the perovskite layer, which makes it an appropriate method for large scale applications of CuI in perovskite solar cells. PMID:27357330

  16. Structural and electronic properties of organo-halide hybrid perovskites from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2015-04-14

    The last two years have seen the unprecedentedly rapid emergence of a new class of solar cells, based on hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. The success of this class of materials is due to their outstanding photoelectrochemical properties coupled to their low cost, mainly solution-based, fabrication techniques. Solution processed materials are however often characterized by an inherent flexible structure, which is hardly mapped into a single local minimum energy structure. In this perspective, we report on the interplay between structural and electronic properties of hybrid lead iodide perovskites investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, which allow the dynamical simulation of disordered systems at finite temperature. We compare the prototypical MAPbI3 (MA = methylammonium) perovskite in its cubic and tetragonal structure with the trigonal phase of FAPbI3 (FA = formamidinium), investigating different starting arrangements of the organic cations. Despite the relatively short time scale amenable to AIMD, typically a few tens of ps, this analysis demonstrates the sizable structural flexibility of this class of materials, showing that the instantaneous structure could significantly differ from the time and thermal averaged structure. We also highlight the importance of the organic-inorganic interactions in determining the fluxional properties of this class of materials. A peculiar spatial localization of the valence and conduction band edges is also found, with a dynamics in the range of 0.1 ps, which is associated with the positional dynamics of the organic cations within the cubo-octahedral perovskite cage. This asymmetry in the spatial localization of the band edges is expected to ease exciton dissociation and assist the initial stages of charge separation, possibly constituting one of the key factors for the impressive photovoltaic performances of hybrid lead-iodide perovskites. PMID:25766785

  17. Structural, Optical, and Electronic Properties of Wide Bandgap Perovskites: Experimental and Theoretical Investigations.

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    Kumawat, Naresh K; Tripathi, Madhvendra Nath; Waghmare, Umesh; Kabra, Dinesh

    2016-06-01

    Wide bandgap hybrid halide perovskites based on bromine and chlorine halide anions have emerged as potential candidates for various optoelectronic devices. However, these materials are relatively less explored than the iodine-based perovskites for microscopic details. We present experiment and first-principles calculations to understand the structural, optical, and electronic structure of wide bandgap CH3NH3Pb(Br1-xClx)3 (x = 0, 0.33, 0.66, and 1) 3D hybrid perovskite materials. We substituted Br(-) with Cl(-) to tune the bandgap from 2.4 eV (green emissive) to 3.2 eV (blue (UV) emissive) of these materials. We correlate our experimental results with first-principles theory and provide an insight into important parameters like lattice constants, electronic structure, excitonic binding energy (EX), dielectric constant, and reduced effective mass (μr) of charge carriers in these perovskite semiconductors. Electronic structure calculations reveal that electronic properties are mainly governed by Pb 6p and halide p orbitals. Our estimates of EX within a hydrogen model suggest that an increase in EX by increasing the Cl(-) (chlorine) concentration is mainly due to a decrease in the dielectric constant with x and almost constant value of μr close to the range of 0.07me. PMID:27203800

  18. Polar-axis-oriented crystal growth of tetragonal PZT films on stainless steel substrate using pseudo-perovskite nanosheet buffer layer

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    Minemura, Yoshiki; Ichinose, Daichi; Nagasaka, Kohei; Kim, Jin Woon; Shima, Hiromi; Nishida, Ken; Kiguchi, Takanori; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Oshima, Naoya; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Uchida, Hiroshi

    2015-07-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) film with polar axis orientation was grown on a SUS 316L stainless steel substrate with the help of a Ca2Nb3O10 nanosheet (ns-CN) layer that had a pseudo-perovskite-type crystal structure. The ns-CN buffer layer was supported on a platinized SUS 316L (Pt/SUS) substrate, followed by chemical solution deposition (CSD) of the PZT films with tetragonal symmetry (Zr/Ti =40/60). The PZT films consisting of c-domain, with [001]-axis orientation of the perovskite unit cell, were deposited on the ns-CN/Pt/SUS substrate owing to (i) epitaxial lattice matching between the unit cell of PZT and substrate surface and (ii) in-plane thermal stress applied to the PZT film during cooling-down step of CSD procedure. The c-domain-oriented PZT film on ns-CN/Pt/SUS substrate exhibited enhanced remanent polarization of approximately 52 μC/cm2 and lowered dielectric permittivity of approximately 230, which are superior to those of conventional PZT films with random crystal orientation and comparable to those of epitaxial PZT films grown on (100)SrRuO3//(100)SrTiO3 substrates.

  19. Epitaxial stabilization of (110)-layered perovskites of the RE{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} (RE=La, Nd, Sm, Gd) family

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    Havelia, S.; Wang, S.; Balasubramaniam, K.R.; Salvador, P.A.

    2009-07-15

    Thin films of RE{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} (RE=La, Nd, Sm, Gd) were deposited on single crystal SrTiO{sub 3} (110) substrates at 900 deg. C using pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed sharp (00k) peaks (in theta-2theta scans) with narrow rocking curves (omega-scan peak widths of 0.4-0.9{sup o}), indicating that all compositions adopted the (110)-layered perovskite structure. While this is the stable structure for RE=La and Nd, it is metastable for RE=Sm and Gd. The metastable compounds are formed directly through epitaxial stabilization at these high temperatures and are shown to be isostructural to monoclinic La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The a, b, and c lattice parameters decreased monotonically with decreasing size of the RE cation, while the monoclinic angle remained fairly constant. The epitaxial relationship between the (110)-layered RE{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} films and the SrTiO{sub 3}(110) substrate was found by XRD and transmission electron microscopy to be {l_brace}001{r_brace}<010>{sub film}||{l_brace}110{r_brace}<11-bar0>{sub SrTiO{sub 3}}. The single-phase, metastable, epitaxial, 100 nm thick films maintained the layered perovskite structure even after annealing at 900 deg. C for two hours in 200 Torr of oxygen. - Graphical abstract: Epitaxial thin films of RE{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} (RE=Gd, Sm, Nd, and La) were deposited on single crystal SrTiO{sub 3} (110) substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). All compositions adopted the monoclinic (110)-layered perovskite structure, which is the stable phase for La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Nd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} but is metastable with respect to the pyrochlore phase for Sm{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Gd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}.

  20. Luminescence studies of perovskite structured titanates: A review

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    Nag Bhargavi, G.; Khare, Ayush

    2015-06-01

    Apart from widely known dielectric and ferroelectric properties, the perovskite type materials also constitute a class of materials, which are recently investigated for their optical properties. These materials are being used for fabrication of various microelectronics and optoelectronic devices. Photoluminescence (PL), mechanoluminescence (ML) and thermoluminescence (TL) are such phenomena offering numerous applications in different fields like electro-optics, flat panel displays, LED technology, sensors, dynamic visualization etc. This paper briefly reviews the status and new progress in luminescence studies of ferroelectric materials like barium titanate (BT), barium zirconate titanate (BZT), calcium titanate (CT), calcium zirconate titanate (CZT), lead titanate (PT), lead zirconate titanate (PZT), etc., prepared through various methods.

  1. Perovskites: transforming photovoltaics, a mini-review

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    Chilvery, Ashwith; Batra, Ashok; Yang, Bin; Xiao, Kai; Guggilla, Padmaja; Aggarwal, Mohan; Surabhi, Raja; Lal, Ravi; Currie, James; Penn, Benjamin

    2015-01-01

    The recent power-packed advent of perovskite solar cells is transforming photovol- taics (PV) with their superior efficiencies, ease of fabrication, and cost. This perovskite solar cell further boasts of many unexplored features that can further enhance its PV properties and lead to it being branded as a successful commercial product. This article provides a detailed insight of the organometal halide based perovskite structure, its unique stoichiometric design, and its underlying principles for PV applications. The compatibility of various PV layers and its fab- rication methods is also discussed.

  2. Perovskites: transforming photovoltaics, a mini-review

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    Chilvery, Ashwith Kumar; Batra, Ashok K.; Yang, Bin; Xiao, Kai; Guggilla, Padmaja; Aggarwal, Mohan D.; Surabhi, Raja; Lal, Ravi B.; Currie, James R.; Penn, Benjamin G.

    2015-01-06

    The recent power-packed advent of perovskite solar cells is transforming photovoltaics (PV) with their superior efficiencies, ease of fabrication, and cost. This perovskite solar cell further boasts of many unexplored features that can further enhance its PV properties and lead to it being branded as a successful commercial product. This paper provides a detailed insight of the organometal halide based perovskite structure, its unique stoichiometric design, and its underlying principles for PV applications. Finally, the compatibility of various PV layers and its fabrication methods is also discussed.

  3. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of perovskite type CH3NH3PbI3 nanorods

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    Rajamanickam, N.; Rajashabala, S.; Ramachandran, K.

    2015-06-01

    Perovskite type methyl ammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3) thin films were prepared by coprecipitation method. The structural and optical properties were investigated by XRD, SEM, Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Perovskite structured tetragonal phase was observed by XRD. The UV spectrum exhibits a band gap of 1.63 eV. The nanorods are arranged in flower like structure distinguished by SEM. Raman spectrum of this organo-halide perovskite was studied for the full exploitation in solar cells.

  4. Formation Dynamics of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Following Two-Step Layer Deposition.

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    Patel, Jay B; Milot, Rebecca L; Wright, Adam D; Herz, Laura M; Johnston, Michael B

    2016-01-01

    Hybrid metal-halide perovskites have emerged as a leading class of semiconductors for optoelectronic devices because of their desirable material properties and versatile fabrication methods. However, little is known about the chemical transformations that occur in the initial stages of perovskite crystal formation. Here we follow the real-time formation dynamics of MAPbI3 from a bilayer of lead iodide (PbI2) and methylammonium iodide (MAI) deposited through a two-step thermal evaporation process. By lowering the substrate temperature during deposition, we are able to initially inhibit intermixing of the two layers. We subsequently use infrared and visible light transmission, X-ray diffraction, and photoluminescence lifetime measurements to reveal the room-temperature transformations that occur in vacuum and ambient air, as MAI diffuses into the PbI2 lattice to form MAPbI3. In vacuum, the transformation to MAPbI3 is incomplete as unreacted MAI is retained in the film. However, exposure to moist air allows for conversion of the unreacted MAI to MAPbI3, demonstrating that moisture is essential in making MAI more mobile and thus aiding perovskite crystallization. These dynamic processes are reflected in the observed charge-carrier lifetimes, which strongly fluctuate during periods of large ion migration but steadily increase with improving crystallinity. PMID:26667323

  5. Perovskite LaRhO{sub 3} as a p-type active layer in oxide photovoltaics

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    Nakamura, Masao Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Fujioka, Jun; Kawasaki, Masashi; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-02-16

    Perovskite-type transition-metal oxides have a wide variety of physical properties and triggered intensive research on functional devices in the form of heteroepitaxial junctions. However, there is a missing component that is a p-type conventional band semiconductor. LaRhO{sub 3} (LRO) is one of very few promising candidates having its bandgap between filled t{sub 2g} and empty e{sub g} of Rh in low-spin state, but there has been no report on the synthesis of large-size single crystals or thin films. Here, we report on the junction properties of single-crystalline thin films of LRO grown on (110) oriented Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. The external quantum efficiency of the photo-electron conversion exceeds 1% in the visible-light region due to the wide depletion layer and long diffusion length of minority carriers in LRO. Clear indication of p-type band semiconducting character in a perovskite oxide of LRO will pave a way to explore oxide electronics of perovskite heterostructures.

  6. Graphene oxide/PEDOT:PSS composite hole transport layer for efficient and stable planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Lee, Da-Young; Na, Seok-In; Kim, Seok-Soon

    2016-01-01

    We investigated a graphene oxide (GO)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) composite as a promising candidate for the practical application of a 2-D carbonaceous hole transport layer (HTL) to planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PeSCs) consisting of a transparent electrode/HTL/perovskite/fullerene/metal electrode. Both the insulating properties of GO and the non-uniform coating of the transparent electrode with GO cause the poor morphology of perovskite induced low power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.4%. On the other hand, PeSCs with a GO/PEDOT:PSS composite HTL, exhibited a higher PCE of 9.7% than that of a device fabricated with conventional PEDOT:PSS showing a PCE of 8.2%. The higher performance is attributed to the decreased series resistance (RS) and increased shunt resistance (RSh). The well-matched work-function between GO (4.9 eV) and PEDOT:PSS (5.1 eV) probably results in more efficient charge transport and an overall decrease in RS. The existence of GO with a large bandgap of ~3.6 eV might induce the effective blocking of electrons, leading to an increase of RSh. Moreover, improvement in the long-term stability under atmospheric conditions was observed.

  7. Electronic structure and band alignment at an epitaxial spinel/perovskite heterojunction.

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    Qiao, Liang; Li, Wei; Xiao, Haiyan; Meyer, Harry M; Liang, Xuelei; Nguyen, N V; Weber, William J; Biegalski, Michael D

    2014-08-27

    The electronic properties of solid-solid interfaces play critical roles in a variety of technological applications. Recent advances of film epitaxy and characterization techniques have demonstrated a wealth of exotic phenomena at interfaces of oxide materials, which are critically dependent on the alignment of their energy bands across the interface. Here we report a combined photoemission and electrical investigation of the electronic structures across a prototypical spinel/perovskite heterojunction. Energy-level band alignment at an epitaxial Co3O4/SrTiO3(001) heterointerface indicates a chemically abrupt, type I heterojunction without detectable band bending at both the film and substrate. The unexpected band alignment for this typical p-type semiconductor on SrTiO3 is attributed to its intrinsic d-d interband excitation, which significantly narrows the fundamental band gap between the top of the valence band and the bottom of the conduction band. The formation of the type I heterojunction with a flat-band state results in a simultaneous confinement of both electrons and holes inside the Co3O4 layer, thus rendering the epitaxial Co3O4/SrTiO3(001) heterostructure to be a very promising material for high-efficiency luminescence and optoelectronic device applications. PMID:25075939

  8. An efficient electron transport material of tin oxide for planar structure perovskite solar cells

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    Murugadoss, Govindhasamy; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Soichiro; Nishino, Hitoshi; Ito, Seigo; Imahoric, Hiroshi; Umeyama, Tomokazu

    2016-03-01

    The photovoltaic performance of a perovskite solar cell based on a new electron conducting SnO2 film prepared at low temperature using different solvents was investigated. SnO2 was selected as an electron conducting medium due to its superior properties over TiO2, such as better antireflective properties, higher electron mobility, more suitable band edges and a wider band gap. A SnO2 layer was developed by spin-coating SnCl2 solution followed by annealing at 200 °C in air. The low-temperature (200 °C) annealed SnO2 layer exhibits enhanced crystallization, high transmittance, and uniform surface morphology using ethanol as a solvent rather than water. Solid state CuSCN hole conductor was used as HTM for reducing the device cost. A planar solar cell fabricated with CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite infiltrated SnO2 showed a power conversion efficiency of 8.38% with short-circuit current density of 18.99 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.96 mV and a fill factor of 45%. The devices were fabricated at >60% humidity level at room temperature. The results suggest that SnO2 is an effective charge collection system for CH3NH3PbI3 based planar perovskite solar cells. In addition, these results provide a new direction for the future improvement of perovskite solar cells using new electron conducting layers.

  9. Di-hydrogen contact induced lattice instabilities and structural dynamics in complex hydride perovskites.

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    Schouwink, P; Hagemann, H; Embs, J P; D'Anna, V; Černý, R

    2015-07-01

    The structural phase transitions occurring in a series of perovskite-type complex hydrides based on the tetrahydroborate anion BH4(-) are investigated by means of in situ synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, thermal methods and ab initio calculations in the solid state. Structural dynamics of the BH4 anion are followed with quasi-elastic neutron scattering. We show that unexpected temperature-induced lattice instabilities in perovskite-type ACa(BH4)3 (A = K, Rb, Cs) have their origin in close hydridic di-hydrogen contacts. The rich lattice dynamics lead to coupling between internal B-H vibrations and phonons, resulting in distortions in the high-temperature polymorph that are identical in symmetry to well-known instabilities in oxide perovskites, generally condensing at lower temperatures. It is found that anion-substitution BH4(-) <-> (X = Halide) can relax distortions in ACa(BH4)3 by eliminating coulomb repulsive H(-)···H(-) effects. The interesting nature of phase transition in ACa(BH4)3 enters an unexplored field of weak interactions in ceramic-like host lattices and is the principal motivation for this study. Close di-hydrogen contacts suggest new concepts to tailor crystal symmetries in complex hydride perovskites in the future. PMID:26076047

  10. Pressure-induced conductivity and yellow-to-black piezochromism in a layered Cu-Cl hybrid perovskite.

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    Jaffe, Adam; Lin, Yu; Mao, Wendy L; Karunadasa, Hemamala I

    2015-02-01

    Pressure-induced changes in the electronic structure of two-dimensional Cu-based materials have been a subject of intense study. In particular, the possibility of suppressing the Jahn-Teller distortion of d(9) Cu centers with applied pressure has been debated over a number of decades. We studied the structural and electronic changes resulting from the application of pressures up to ca. 60 GPa on a two-dimensional copper(II)-chloride perovskite using diamond anvil cells (DACs), through a combination of in situ powder X-ray diffraction, electronic absorption and vibrational spectroscopy, dc resistivity measurements, and optical observations. Our measurements show that compression of this charge-transfer insulator initially yields a first-order structural phase transition at ca. 4 GPa similar to previous reports on other Cu(II)-Cl perovskites, during which the originally translucent yellow solid turns red. Further compression induces a previously unreported phase transition at ca. 8 GPa and dramatic piezochromism from translucent red-orange to opaque black. Two-probe dc resistivity measurements conducted within the DAC show the first instance of appreciable conductivity in Cu(II)-Cl perovskites. The conductivity increases by 5 orders of magnitude between 7 and 50 GPa, with a maximum measured conductivity of 2.9 × 10(-4) S·cm(-1) at 51.4 GPa. Electronic absorption spectroscopy and variable-temperature conductivity measurements indicate that the perovskite behaves as a 1.0 eV band-gap semiconductor at 39.7 GPa and has an activation energy for electronic conduction of 0.232(1) eV at 40.2 GPa. Remarkably, all these changes are reversible: the material reverts to a translucent yellow solid upon decompression, and ambient pressure powder X-ray diffraction data taken before and after compression up to 60 GPa show that the original structure is maintained with minimal hysteresis. PMID:25580620

  11. Thermal and Environmental Stability of Semi-Transparent Perovskite Solar Cells for Tandems Enabled by a Solution-Processed Nanoparticle Buffer Layer and Sputtered ITO Electrode.

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    Bush, Kevin A; Bailie, Colin D; Chen, Ye; Bowring, Andrea R; Wang, Wei; Ma, Wen; Leijtens, Tomas; Moghadam, Farhad; McGehee, Michael D

    2016-05-01

    A sputtered oxide layer enabled by a solution-processed oxide nanoparticle buffer layer to protect underlying layers is used to make semi-transparent perovskite solar cells. Single-junction semi-transparent cells are 12.3% efficient, and mechanically stacked tandems on silicon solar cells are 18.0% efficient. The semi-transparent perovskite solar cell has a T 80 lifetime of 124 h when operated at the maximum power point at 100 °C without additional sealing in ambient atmosphere under visible illumination. PMID:26880196

  12. The ordered double perovskite PrBaCo2O6: Synthesis, structure, and magnetism

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    Motin Seikh, Md.; Pralong, V.; Lebedev, O. I.; Caignaert, V.; Raveau, B.

    2013-07-01

    The stoichiometric layered perovskite cobaltite PrBaCo2O6 has been synthesized using an oxidative reaction of PrBaCo2O5.80 by sodium hypochlorite. The ferromagnetic properties of this oxide, which exhibits the highest TC of 210 K among the "112" layered cobaltites, are interpreted by double exchange mechanism. In contrast, the creation of oxygen vacancies in this framework leads for the oxides PrBaCo2O5+δ (0.80 ≤ δ < 1) to a strong competition between ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism due to the appearance of superexchange Co3+—O—Co3+ antiferromagnetic interactions.

  13. Application of Electron Structure Calculations to the Migration of Oxygen through a Perovskite Membrane

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    Wood, Douglas A.

    The focus of this thesis is the application of electron structure calculations, particularly density functional theory, to the analysis of the process by which oxygen is able to migrate through a perovskite crystal. This property creates the possibility of using perovskite membranes to separate oxygen from air. This could be applied to the generation of syngas directly from natural gas without the need for a separate air separation unit. A perovskite has the nominal formula ABO3 where A is a rare earth type cation and B is a transition type cation. The structure consists of the B cations arranged in a cube with the A cation in the center. The oxygen ions are located at the midpoint of each B-B cube edge and form an octahedron centered on each B cation. Any real perovskite crystal will contain a certain fraction of vacancies at the oxygen sites. Oxygen migrates through the crystal by jumping from a neighboring site to the vacancy. The permeability of the crystal is thus a function of the concentration of vacancies and the activation energy of the jump from a neighboring site to the vacancy. These properties can be modified by adding dopants for the A and B cations. The literature contains a substantial amount of experimental work on the effect of such dopants. The overall migration process can be divided into components (i) the concentration of oxygen vacancies, (ii) the activation energy for a neighboring on-site oxygen atom to jump to the vacant site, (iii) the concentration of surface vacancies, and (iv) the processes by which oxygen ions transfer back and forth between the perovskite surface and the contiguous vapor space. Using SrTiO3 and LaCoO3 as model compounds, DFT calculations have been used to (i) calculate various properties of the perovskite crystal, (ii) estimate the activation energy of a jump between an occupied oxygen site and an adjacent vacant oxygen site, (iii) predict the effects of various dopants at the A and B site and (iv) analyze the

  14. Using an airbrush pen for layer-by-layer growth of continuous perovskite thin films for hybrid solar cells.

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    Ramesh, Mohan; Boopathi, Karunakara Moorthy; Huang, Tzu-Yen; Huang, Yu-Ching; Tsao, Cheng-Si; Chu, Chih-Wei

    2015-02-01

    In this manuscript we describe hybrid heterojunction solar cells, having the device architecture glass/indium tin oxide/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiopene)/poly(styrenesulfonic acid)/perovskite/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester/C60/2,9-dimethyl- 4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline/Al, fabricated using lead halide perovskite obtained through spray-coating at a low precursor concentration. To study the relationship between the morphology and device performance, we recorded scanning electron microscopy images of perovskite films prepared at various precursor ratios, spray volumes, substrate temperatures, and postspray annealing temperatures. Optimization of the spray conditions ensured uniform film growth and high surface area coverage at low substrate temperatures. Lead halide perovskite solar cells prepared under the optimal conditions displayed an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of approximately 9.2%, with 85% of such devices having efficiencies of greater than 8.3%. The best-performing device exhibited a short-circuit current density of 17.3 mA cm(-2), a fill factor of 0.63, and an open-circuit voltage of 0.93 V, resulting in a PCE of 10.2%. Because spray-coating technology allows large-area deposition, we also fabricated devices having areas of 60 and 342 mm(2), achieving PCEs with these devices of 6.88 and 4.66%, respectively. PMID:25562387

  15. Investigation of growth of thin layers of perovskite on native silicon dioxide by a combination of atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy

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    Taghi Khani, A.; Walther, T.

    2013-11-01

    Thin layers of (Sr,Ba)TiO3 perovskite have been grown on native silicon dioxide by pulsed laser deposition at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to investigate the surfaces of the native silicon oxide before and after over-growth by the perovskite in plan-view. Bright-field and dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in a JEOL 2010F field-emission transmission electron microscope have been combined to investigate the layer stacks of Si/SiO2/(Ba,Sr)TiO3 in cross-section. The aim is to correlate surface roughnesses in plan-view geometry with interface roughness in cross-sectional geometry, with an emphasis on detecting percolation in the perovskite layers if they approach thicknesses of only a few unit cells.

  16. Distribution change of oxygen vacancies in layered perovskite type(Sr, La){sub n+1}Fe{sub n}O{sub 3n+1} (n=3)

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    Kagomiya, Isao Jimbo, Keigo; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi

    2013-11-15

    To elucidate characteristic oxygen vacancy formation in layered perovskite (Sr, La){sub n+1}Fe{sub n}O{sub 3n+1} with the perovskite layer number: n=3, oxygen vacancy content δ of the (Sr{sub 0.775}La{sub 0.225}){sub 4}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 10−δ} (SLF4310) was investigated using a titration technique and a thermogravimetric analysis. The equilibrium constant K for the reduction reaction: Oo{sup ×}+2Fe{sub Fe}{sup ∙} (Fe{sup 4+})=1/2O{sub 2}+Vo{sup ∙∙}+2Fe{sub Fe}{sup ×}(Fe{sup 3+}) was estimated using the vacancy content δ. The Arrhenius plot of the K reveals slope change at approximately 775 °C. From the Rietveld analysis, the oxygen vacancies are the most remarkable at the O2 (O4) sites at lower (higher) temperatures than about 800 °C, which temperature is approximately comparable with that of slope change in the K. These facts mean that distribution of vacancy sites in the SLF4310 changes at approximately 775 °C, accompanying no structural phase transition. The vacancy distribution change affects to the ion conductivity of the SLF4310. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of (Sr{sub 0.775}La{sub 0.225}){sub 4}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 10−δ} (SLF4310) at 1000 °C. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Distribution change of oxygen vacancies is appeared at approximately 775 °C. • The distribution change with no structure phase transition is the first observation. • The vacancy distribution change affects the ion conductivity of the SLF4310.

  17. Two-Dimensional Layered Oxide Structures Tailored by Self-Assembled Layer Stacking via Interfacial Strain.

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    Zhang, Wenrui; Li, Mingtao; Chen, Aiping; Li, Leigang; Zhu, Yuanyuan; Xia, Zhenhai; Lu, Ping; Boullay, Philippe; Wu, Lijun; Zhu, Yimei; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Jia, Quanxi; Zhou, Honghui; Narayan, Jagdish; Zhang, Xinghang; Wang, Haiyan

    2016-07-01

    Study of layered complex oxides emerge as one of leading topics in fundamental materials science because of the strong interplay among intrinsic charge, spin, orbital, and lattice. As a fundamental basis of heteroepitaxial thin film growth, interfacial strain can be used to design materials that exhibit new phenomena beyond their conventional forms. Here, we report a strain-driven self-assembly of bismuth-based supercell (SC) with a two-dimensional (2D) layered structure. With combined experimental analysis and first-principles calculations, we investigated the full SC structure and elucidated the fundamental growth mechanism achieved by the strain-enabled self-assembled atomic layer stacking. The unique SC structure exhibits room-temperature ferroelectricity, enhanced magnetic responses, and a distinct optical bandgap from the conventional double perovskite structure. This study reveals the important role of interfacial strain modulation and atomic rearrangement in self-assembling a layered singe-phase multiferroic thin film, which opens up a promising avenue in the search for and design of novel 2D layered complex oxides with enormous promise. PMID:27295399

  18. Mechanism of biphasic charge recombination and accumulation in TiO2 mesoporous structured perovskite solar cells.

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    Wang, Hao-Yi; Wang, Yi; Yu, Man; Han, Jun; Guo, Zhi-Xin; Ai, Xi-Cheng; Zhang, Jian-Ping; Qin, Yujun

    2016-04-28

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells are becoming the next big thing in the photovoltaic field owing to their rapidly developing photoelectric conversion performance. Herein, mesoporous structured perovskite devices with various perovskite grain sizes are fabricated by a sequential dropping method, and the charge recombination dynamics is investigated by transient optical-electric measurements. All devices exhibit an overall power conversion efficiency around 15%. More importantly, a biphasic trap-limited charge recombination process is proposed and interpreted by taking into account the specific charge accumulation mechanism in perovskite solar cells. At low Fermi levels, photo-generated electrons predominately populate in the perovskite phase, while at high Fermi levels, most electrons occupy traps in mesoporous TiO2. As a result, the dynamics of charge recombination is, respectively, dominated by the perovskite phase and mesoporous TiO2 in these two cases. The present work would give a new perspective on the charge recombination process in meso-structured perovskite solar cells. PMID:27076212

  19. Cuprous Oxide as a Potential Low-Cost Hole-Transport Material for Stable Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Ahmadi, Vahid; Gharibzadeh, Saba; Shahverdi, Hamid Reza

    2016-02-01

    Inorganic hole-transport materials are commercially desired to decrease the fabrication cost of perovskite solar cells. Here, Cu2O is introduced as a potential hole-transport material for stable, low-cost devices. Considering that Cu2O formation is highly sensitive to the underlying mixture of perovskite precursors and their solvents, we proposed and engineered a technique for reactive magnetron sputtering. The rotational angular deposition of Cu2O yields high surface coverage of the perovskite layer for high rate of charge extraction. Deposition of this Cu2O layer on the pinhole-free perovskite layer produces devices with power conversion efficiency values of up to 8.93%. The engineered Cu2O layers showed uniform, compact, and crack-free surfaces on the perovskite layer without affecting the perovskite structure, which is desired for deposition of the top metal contact and for surface shielding against moisture and mechanical damages. PMID:26748959

  20. Tunable room-temperature spin-selective optical Stark effect in solution-processed layered halide perovskites.

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    Giovanni, David; Chong, Wee Kiang; Dewi, Herlina Arianita; Thirumal, Krishnamoorthy; Neogi, Ishita; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Mathews, Nripan; Sum, Tze Chien

    2016-06-01

    Ultrafast spin manipulation for opto-spin logic applications requires material systems that have strong spin-selective light-matter interaction. Conventional inorganic semiconductor nanostructures [for example, epitaxial II to VI quantum dots and III to V multiple quantum wells (MQWs)] are considered forerunners but encounter challenges such as lattice matching and cryogenic cooling requirements. Two-dimensional halide perovskite semiconductors, combining intrinsic tunable MQW structures and large oscillator strengths with facile solution processability, can offer breakthroughs in this area. We demonstrate novel room-temperature, strong ultrafast spin-selective optical Stark effect in solution-processed (C6H4FC2H4NH3)2PbI4 perovskite thin films. Exciton spin states are selectively tuned by ~6.3 meV using circularly polarized optical pulses without any external photonic cavity (that is, corresponding to a Rabi energy of ~55 meV and equivalent to applying a 70 T magnetic field), which is much larger than any conventional system. The facile halide and organic replacement in these perovskites affords control of the dielectric confinement and thus presents a straightforward strategy for tuning light-matter coupling strength. PMID:27386583

  1. Tunable room-temperature spin-selective optical Stark effect in solution-processed layered halide perovskites

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    Giovanni, David; Chong, Wee Kiang; Dewi, Herlina Arianita; Thirumal, Krishnamoorthy; Neogi, Ishita; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Mathews, Nripan; Sum, Tze Chien

    2016-01-01

    Ultrafast spin manipulation for opto–spin logic applications requires material systems that have strong spin-selective light-matter interaction. Conventional inorganic semiconductor nanostructures [for example, epitaxial II to VI quantum dots and III to V multiple quantum wells (MQWs)] are considered forerunners but encounter challenges such as lattice matching and cryogenic cooling requirements. Two-dimensional halide perovskite semiconductors, combining intrinsic tunable MQW structures and large oscillator strengths with facile solution processability, can offer breakthroughs in this area. We demonstrate novel room-temperature, strong ultrafast spin-selective optical Stark effect in solution-processed (C6H4FC2H4NH3)2PbI4 perovskite thin films. Exciton spin states are selectively tuned by ~6.3 meV using circularly polarized optical pulses without any external photonic cavity (that is, corresponding to a Rabi energy of ~55 meV and equivalent to applying a 70 T magnetic field), which is much larger than any conventional system. The facile halide and organic replacement in these perovskites affords control of the dielectric confinement and thus presents a straightforward strategy for tuning light-matter coupling strength. PMID:27386583

  2. Determination of stoichiometry and concentration of trace elements in thin BaxSr1-xTiO3 perovskite layers.

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    Becker, J S; Boulyga, S F

    2001-07-01

    This paper describes an analytical procedure for determining the stoichiometry of BaxSr1-xTiO3 perovskite layers using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The analytical results of mass spectrometry measurements are compared to those of X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF). The performance and the limits of solid-state mass spectrometry analytical methods for the surface analysis of thin BaxSr1-xTiO3 perovskite layers sputtered neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS)--are investigated and discussed. PMID:11496982

  3. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Cui, Hui-Juan; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  4. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Cui, Hui-Juan; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells. PMID:26733112

  5. Effect of metal cation replacement on the electronic structure of metalorganic halide perovskites: Replacement of lead with alkaline-earth metals

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    Pazoki, Meysam; Jacobsson, T. Jesper; Hagfeldt, Anders; Boschloo, Gerrit; Edvinsson, Tomas

    2016-04-01

    Organic and inorganic lead halogen perovskites, and in particular, C H3N H3Pb I3 , have during the last years emerged as a class of highly efficient solar cell materials. Herein we introduce metalorganic halogen perovskite materials for energy-relevant applications based on alkaline-earth metals. Based on the classical notion of Goldschmidt's rules and quantum mechanical considerations, the three alkaline-earth metals, Ca, Sr, and Ba, are shown to be able to exchange lead in the perovskite structure. The three alkaline-earth perovskites, C H3N H3Ca I3,C H3N H3Sr I3 , and C H3N H3Ba I3 , as well as the reference compound, C H3N H3Pb I3 , are in this paper investigated with density functional theory (DFT) calculations, which predict these compounds to exist as stable perovskite materials, and their electronic properties are explored. A detailed analysis of the projected molecular orbital density of states and electronic band structure from DFT calculations were used for interpretation of the band-gap variations in these materials and for estimation of the effective masses of the electrons and holes. Neglecting spin-orbit effects, the band gap of MACa I3,MASr I3 , and MABa I3 were estimated to be 2.95, 3.6, and 3.3 eV, respectively, showing the relative change expected for metal cation exchange. The shifts in the conduction band (CB) edges for the alkaline-earth perovskites were quantified using scalar relativistic DFT calculations and tight-binding analysis, and were compared to the situation in the more extensively studied lead halide perovskite, C H3N H3Pb I3 , where the change in the work function of the metal is the single most important factor in tuning the CB edge and band gap. The results show that alkaline-earth-based organometallic perovskites will not work as an efficient light absorber in photovoltaic applications but instead could be applicable as charge-selective contact materials. The rather high CB edge and the wide band gap together with the large

  6. A composite nanostructured electron-transport layer for stable hole-conductor free perovskite solar cells: design and characterization

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    Yu, Zhenhua; Qi, Fei; Liu, Pei; You, Sujian; Kondamareddy, Kiran Kumar; Wang, Changlei; Cheng, Nian; Bai, Sihang; Liu, Wei; Guo, Shishang; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2016-03-01

    A novel composite nanostructured titanium dioxide (TiO2) based electron-transport layer (ETL) is designed by combining size blended nanoparticles (SBNP) and nanoarrays (NA) for efficient perovskite solar cell (PSC) applications. The composite nanostructured (SBNP + NA) ETL is successfully employed in hole-conductor free PSCs, there by achieving a stable device with a maximum efficiency of 13.5%. The improvement in the performance is attributed to the better charge transport and lower recombination in the SBNP + NA ETL. Despite the stable high efficiency, SBNP + NA ETL based PSCs are advantageous owing to their low cost, ease of all-solution fabrication process in an open environment and good reproducibility.A novel composite nanostructured titanium dioxide (TiO2) based electron-transport layer (ETL) is designed by combining size blended nanoparticles (SBNP) and nanoarrays (NA) for efficient perovskite solar cell (PSC) applications. The composite nanostructured (SBNP + NA) ETL is successfully employed in hole-conductor free PSCs, there by achieving a stable device with a maximum efficiency of 13.5%. The improvement in the performance is attributed to the better charge transport and lower recombination in the SBNP + NA ETL. Despite the stable high efficiency, SBNP + NA ETL based PSCs are advantageous owing to their low cost, ease of all-solution fabrication process in an open environment and good reproducibility. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details of the experimental section and ESI figures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr09045h

  7. Novel Combination of Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Low Temperature Processed Compact TiO2 Layer via Anodic Oxidation.

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    Du, Yangyang; Cai, Hongkun; Wen, Hongbin; Wu, Yuxiang; Huang, Like; Ni, Jian; Li, Juan; Zhang, Jianjun

    2016-05-25

    In this work, a facile and low temperature processed anodic oxidation approach is proposed for fabricating compact and homogeneous titanium dioxide film (AO-TiO2). In order to realize morphology and thickness control of AO-TiO2, the theory concerning anodic oxidation (AO) is unveiled and the influence of relevant parameters during the process of AO such as electrolyte ingredient and oxidation voltage on AO-TiO2 formation is observed as well. Meanwhile, we demonstrate that the planar perovskite solar cells (p-PSCs) fabricated in ambient air and utilizing optimized AO-TiO2 as electron transport layer (ETL) can deliver repeatable power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 13%, which possess superior open-circuit voltage (Voc) and higher fill factor (FF) compared to its counterpart utilizing conventional high temperature processed compact TiO2 (c-TiO2) as ETL. Through a further comparative study, it is indicated that the improvement of device performance should be attributed to more effective electron collection from perovskite layer to AO-TiO2 and the decrease of device series resistance. Furthermore, hysteresis effect about current density-voltage (J-V) curves in TiO2-based p-PSCs is also unveiled. PMID:27150310

  8. Room-temperature, solution-processable organic electron extraction layer for high-performance planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Kim, Jong H.; Chueh, Chu-Chen; Williams, Spencer T.; Jen, Alex K.-Y.

    2015-10-01

    In this work, we describe a room-temperature, solution-processable organic electron extraction layer (EEL) for high-performance planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PHJ PVSCs). This EEL is composed of a bilayered fulleropyrrolidinium iodide (FPI)-polyethyleneimine (PEIE) and PC61BM, which yields a promising power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.7% with insignificant hysteresis. We reveal that PC61BM can serve as a surface modifier of FPI-PEIE to simultaneously facilitate the crystallization of perovskite and the charge extraction at FPI-PEIE/CH3NH3PbI3 interface. Furthermore, the FPI-PEIE can also tune the work function of ITO and dope PC61BM to promote the efficient electron transport between ITO and PC61BM. Based on the advantages of room-temperature processability and decent electrical property of FPI-PEIE/PC61BM EEL, a high-performance flexible PVSC with a PCE ~10% is eventually demonstrated. This study shows the potential of low-temperature processed organic EEL to replace transition metal oxide-based interlayers for highly printing compatible PVSCs with high-performance.In this work, we describe a room-temperature, solution-processable organic electron extraction layer (EEL) for high-performance planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PHJ PVSCs). This EEL is composed of a bilayered fulleropyrrolidinium iodide (FPI)-polyethyleneimine (PEIE) and PC61BM, which yields a promising power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.7% with insignificant hysteresis. We reveal that PC61BM can serve as a surface modifier of FPI-PEIE to simultaneously facilitate the crystallization of perovskite and the charge extraction at FPI-PEIE/CH3NH3PbI3 interface. Furthermore, the FPI-PEIE can also tune the work function of ITO and dope PC61BM to promote the efficient electron transport between ITO and PC61BM. Based on the advantages of room-temperature processability and decent electrical property of FPI-PEIE/PC61BM EEL, a high-performance flexible PVSC with a PCE ~10% is

  9. Formation of perovskite BiFeO3(001) films on refined Pt(111) electrode layer with reduced thickness on glass substrates

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    Chang, H. W.; Yuan, F. T.; Tien, S. H.; Tu, K. T.; Wang, C. R.; Jen, S. U.

    2014-05-01

    Structure and ferroelectric properties of multiferroic BiFeO3 (001) films grown on Pt(111) buffer layer with thicknesses of 5-50 nm on glass substrate at 500 °C have been studied. (001) texture of the perovskite BiFeO3 (BFO) could be developed. Grain size and morphology of the BFO(001) films were closely related to those of Pt electrode although no epitaxial growth was evidenced. The optimized BFO layer which exhibited the ferroelectric performance comparable to those with SrRuO3 under layer could be achieved in the samples with Pt thickness in the range of 10 to 20 nm. Different from the polycrystalline BFO/SrRuO3 films, large grain size for 50-nm-thick Pt underlayer causes degeneration of both the ferroelectric properties and the (001)-texture due to the formation of the secondary B2O3 phase. On the other hand, reducing Pt thickness to 5 nm resulted in the induction of the pinholes and thus the increase of the leakage current density. The presented results reveal that a smooth interface between the Pt electrode and BFO layer is essential to achieve good ferroelectric properties.

  10. The Structural Disorder and Lattice Stability of (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3 Complex Perovskites

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    S.N.Rashkeev

    2011-05-01

    The structural disorder and lattice stability of complex perovskite (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3, a promising cathode material for solid oxide fuel cells and oxygen permeation membranes, is explored by means of first principles DFT calculations. It is predicted that Ba and Sr ions easily exchange their lattice positions (A-cation disorder) similarly to Co and Fe ions (B-cation disorder). The cation antisite defects (exchange of A- and B-type cations) have a relatively high formation energy. The BSCF is predicted to exist in an equilibrium mixture of several phases and can decompose exothermically into the Ba- and Co-rich hexagonal (Ba,Sr)CoO3 and Sr- and Fe-rich cubic (Ba,Sr)FeO3 perovskites.

  11. Thermal evolution of the crystal structure of the orthorhombic perovskite LaFeO{sub 3}

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    Dixon, Charlotte A.L.; Kavanagh, Christopher M.; Knight, Kevin S.; Kockelmann, Winfried; Morrison, Finlay D.; Lightfoot, Philip

    2015-10-15

    The thermal evolution of the crystal structure of the prototypical orthorhombic perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} has been studied in detail by powder neutron diffraction in the temperature range 25perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} is rationalized from a detailed powder neutron diffraction study. - Highlights: • Crystal structure of the perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} studied in detail by powder neutron diffraction. • Unusual thermal evolution of lattice metrics rationalized. • Contrasting behavior to Bi-doped LaFeO{sub 3}. • Octahedral distortion/tilt parameters explain unusual a and c lattice parameter behavior.

  12. Highly Efficient, Reproducible, Uniform (CH3 NH3 )PbI3 Layer by Processing Additive Dripping for Solution-Processed Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Kim, Hansol; Jeong, Hanbin; Lee, Jae Kwan

    2016-09-01

    A processing additive dripping (PAD) approach to forming highly efficient (CH3 NH3 )PbI3 (MAPbI3 ) perovskite layers was investigated. A MAPbI3 (CB/DIO) perovskite film fabricated by this approach, which included briefly dripping chlorobenzene incorporating a small amount of diiodooctane (DIO) during casting of a MAPbI3 perovskite precursor dissolved in dimethylformamide, exhibited superior smooth, uniform morphologies with high crystallinity and large grains and revealed completely homogeneous surface coverage. The surface coverage and morphology of the substrate significantly affected the photovoltaic performance of planar heterojunction (PHJ) perovskite solar cells (PrSCs), resulting in a power conversion efficiency of 11.45 % with high open-circuit voltage of 0.91 V and the highest fill factor of 80.87 %. Moreover, the PAD approach could effectively provide efficient MAPbI3 (CB/DIO) perovskite layers for highly efficient, reproducible, uniform PHJ PrSC devices without performance loss or variation even over larger active areas. PMID:27414840

  13. Nanometer-scale separation of d(10) Zn(2+)-layers and twin-shift competition in Ba8ZnNb6O24-based 8-layered hexagonal perovskites.

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    Lu, Fengqi; Wang, Xiaoming; Pan, Zhengwei; Pan, Fengjuan; Chai, Shiqiang; Liang, Chaolun; Wang, Quanchao; Wang, Jing; Fang, Liang; Kuang, Xiaojun; Jing, Xiping

    2015-08-01

    The 8-layered shifted hexagonal perovskite compound Ba8ZnNb6O24 was isolated via controlling the ZnO volatilization, which features long-range B-cation ordering with nanometer-scale separation by ∼1.9 nm of octahedral d(10) cationic (Zn(2+)) layers within the purely corner-sharing octahedral d(0) cationic (Nb(5+)) host. The long-range ordering of the B-site vacancy and out-of-center distortion of the highly-charged d(0) Nb(5+) that is assisted by the second-order Jahn-Teller effect contribute to this unusual B-cation ordering in Ba8ZnNb6O24. A small amount (∼15%) of d(10) Sb(5+) substitution for Nb(5+) in Ba8ZnNb6-xSbxO24 dramatically transformed the shifted structure to a twinned structure, in contrast with the Ba8ZnNb6-xTaxO24 case requiring 50% d(0) Ta(5+) substitution for Nb(5+) for such a shift-to-twin transformation. Multiple factors including B-cationic sizes, electrostatic repulsion forces, long-range ordering of B-site vacancies, and bonding preferences arising from a covalent contribution to the B-O bonding that includes out-of-center octahedral distortion and the B-O-B bonding angle could subtly contribute to the twin-shift phase competition of B-site deficient 8-layered hexagonal perovskites Ba8B7O24. The ceramics of new shifted Ba8ZnNb6O24 and twinned Ba8ZnNb5.1Sb0.9O24 compounds exhibited good microwave dielectric properties (εr ∼ 35, Qf ∼ 36 200-43 400 GHz and τf ∼ 38-44 ppm/°C). PMID:26110444

  14. First principle study of band structure of SrMO3 perovskites

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    Daga, Avinash; Sharma, Smita

    2016-05-01

    First principle study of band structure calculations in the local density approximations (LDA) as well as in the generalized gradient approximations (GGA) have been used to determine the electronic structure of SrMO3 where M stands for Ti, Zr and Mo. Occurrence of band gap proves SrTiO3 and SrZrO3 to be insulating. A small band gap is observed in SrMoO3 perovskite signifies it to be metallic. Band structures are found to compare well with the available data in the literature showing the relevance of this approach. ABINIT computer code has been used to carry out all the calculations.

  15. CaTiO.sub.3 Interfacial template structure on semiconductor-based material and the growth of electroceramic thin-films in the perovskite class

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    McKee, Rodney Allen; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    1998-01-01

    A structure including a film of a desired perovskite oxide which overlies and is fully commensurate with the material surface of a semiconductor-based substrate and an associated process for constructing the structure involves the build up of an interfacial template film of perovskite between the material surface and the desired perovskite film. The lattice parameters of the material surface and the perovskite of the template film are taken into account so that during the growth of the perovskite template film upon the material surface, the orientation of the perovskite of the template is rotated 45.degree. with respect to the orientation of the underlying material surface and thereby effects a transition in the lattice structure from fcc (of the semiconductor-based material) to the simple cubic lattice structure of perovskite while the fully commensurate periodicity between the perovskite template film and the underlying material surface is maintained. The film-growth techniques of the invention can be used to fabricate solid state electrical components wherein a perovskite film is built up upon a semiconductor-based material and the perovskite film is adapted to exhibit ferroelectric, piezoelectric, pyroelectric, electro-optic or large dielectric properties during use of the component.

  16. Strong coupling of exciton and photon modes in photonic crystal infiltrated with organic-inorganic layered perovskite

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    Sumioka, Kazuhiro; Nagahama, Hiroyuki; Tsutsui, Tetsuo

    2001-03-01

    Large vacuum Rabi-splitting, the evidence of strong coupling of photon and exciton modes, was observed at room temperature in an ordered array of silica microspheres infiltrated with organic-inorganic layered perovskite. By natural sedimentation of a colloidal suspension of monodispersed silica microspheres with a diameter of 256 nm, three-dimensional ordered array of silica microspheres (silica opal) were prepared. Into an air space of the silica opal, organic-inorganic perovskite, bis-(phenethylammonium) tetraiodoplumbate (PAPI), which exhibits intense exciton absorption at 2.40 eV, was infiltrated. The silica opal infiltrated with PAPI (23% of air space was filled) exhibited a stop band at 2.13 eV, when observed at a normal direction to the sample surface. By changing the observation angle, the coupling of the stop band at around 2.1-2.4 eV and the exciton band at 2.40 eV due to PAPI was attained. From angle-tuning measurements of reflection spectra, a vacuum Rabi-splitting of 240 meV was evaluated.

  17. Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of a new pillared perovskite La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.75}V{sub 1.25}O{sub 16}

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    Ramezanipour, Farshid; Derakhshan, Shahab; Greedan, John E. Cranswick, Lachlan M.D.

    2008-12-15

    A new pillared perovskite compound La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.76(4)}V{sub 1.25(4)}O{sub 16}, has been synthesized by solid-state reaction and its crystal structure has been characterized using powder X-ray and neutron diffraction. The magnetic properties of this compound have been investigated using SQUID magnetometry, and the magnetic structure has been studied using neutron diffraction data. A theoretical calculation of relative strengths of spin interactions among different magnetic ions and through different pathways has been performed using extended Hueckel, spin dimer analysis. The crystal structure of this material contains perovskite-type layers that are connected through edge-sharing dimeric units of octahedra. The structure is described in space group C2/m with unit cell parameters a=7.931(2) A, b=7.913(2) A, c=10.346(5) A and {beta}=95.096(5){sup o}. The material shows both short-range ferrimagnetic correlations from {approx}200 to 110 K and long-range antiferromagnetic order below T{sub c}{approx}100 K. The magnetic structure was investigated by neutron diffraction and is described by k=(0 0 1/2 ) as for other pillared perovskites. It consists of a ferrimagnetic arrangement of Mo and V within the layers that are coupled antiferromagnetically between layers. This is the first magnetic structure determination for any Mo-based pillared perovskite. - Graphical abstract: Long-range magnetic order below 100 K in the pillared perovskite La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.75}V{sub 1.25}O{sub 16}. The magnetic structure is shown in the inset.

  18. Topotactic synthesis of strontium cobalt oxyhydride thin film with perovskite structure

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira Kamisaka, Hideyuki; Yokoyama, Yuichi; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Wadati, Hiroki; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2015-10-15

    The substitution of hydride anions (H{sup −}) into transition metal oxides has recently become possible through topotactic reactions or high-pressure synthesis methods. However, the fabrication of oxyhydrides is still difficult because of their inherently less-stable frameworks. In this study, we successfully fabricated perovskite SrCoO{sub x}H{sub y} thin films via the topotactic hydride doping of brownmillerite SrCoO{sub 2.5} epitaxial thin films with CaH{sub 2}. The perovskite-type cation framework was maintained during the topotactic treatment owing to epitaxial stabilization. Structural and chemical analyses accompanied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements revealed that the doped hydride ions form a two-dimensional network of Co-H{sup −}-Co bonds, in contrast to other reported perovskite oxyhydrides, SrMO{sub 3−x}H{sub x} (M = Cr, Ti, V). The SrCoO{sub x}H{sub y} thin film exhibited insulating behavior and had a direct band gap of 2.1 eV. Thus, topotactic hydride doping of transition-metal-oxide thin films on suitable substrates is a promising method for the synthesis of new transition metal oxyhydrides.

  19. Crystal structure of post-perovskite-type CaIrO3 reinvestigated: new insights into atomic thermal vibration behaviors

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    Nakatsuka, Akihiko; Sugiyama, Kazumasa; Yoneda, Akira; Fujiwara, Keiko; Yoshiasa, Akira

    2015-01-01

    Single crystals of the title compound, the post-perovskite-type CaIrO3 [calcium iridium(IV) trioxide], have been grown from a CaCl2 flux at atmospheric pressure. The crystal structure consists of an alternate stacking of IrO6 octa­hedral layers and CaO8 hendeca­hedral layers along [010]. Chains formed by edge-sharing of IrO6 octa­hedra (point-group symmetry 2/m..) run along [100] and are inter­connected along [001] by sharing apical O atoms to build up the IrO6 octa­hedral layers. Chains formed by face-sharing of CaO8 hendeca­hedra (point-group symmetry m2m) run along [100] and are inter­connected along [001] by edge-sharing to build up the CaO8 hendeca­hedral layers. The IrO6 octa­hedral layers and CaO8 hendeca­hedral layers are inter­connected by sharing edges. The present structure refinement using a high-power X-ray source confirms the atomic positions determined by Hirai et al. (2009 ▸) [Z. Kristallogr. 224, 345–350], who had revised our previous report [Sugahara et al. (2008 ▸). Am. Mineral. 93, 1148–1152]. However, the displacement ellipsoids of the Ir and Ca atoms based on the present refinement can be approximated as uniaxial ellipsoids elongating along [100], unlike those reported by Hirai et al. (2009 ▸). This suggests that the thermal vibrations of the Ir and Ca atoms are mutually suppressed towards the Ir⋯Ca direction across the shared edge because of the dominant repulsion between the two atoms. PMID:26396860

  20. Perovskite solar cells with a planar heterojunction structure prepared using room-temperature solution processing techniques

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    Liu, Dianyi; Kelly, Timothy L.

    2014-02-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells that combine a mesoporous scaffold, a perovskite light absorber and an organic hole transporter have emerged at the forefront of solution-processable photovoltaic devices; however, they require processing temperatures of up to 500 °C to sinter the mesoporous metal-oxide support. Here, we report the use of a thin film of ZnO nanoparticles as an electron-transport layer in CH3NH3PbI3-based solar cells; in contrast to mesoporous TiO2, the ZnO layer is both substantially thinner and requires no sintering. We took advantage of these facts to prepare flexible solar cells with power-conversion efficiencies in excess of 10%. The use of ZnO also results in improvements to device performance for cells prepared on rigid substrates. Solar cells based on this design exhibit power-conversion efficiencies as high as 15.7% when measured under AM1.5G illumination, which makes them some of the highest-performing perovskite solar cells reported to date.

  1. Scalable fabrication of efficient organolead trihalide perovskite solar cells with doctor-bladed active layers

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    Deng, Yehao; Peng, Edwin; Shao, Yuchuan; Xiao, Zhengguo; Dong, Qingfeng; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-03-25

    Organolead trihalide perovskites (OTPs) are nature abundant materials with prospects as future low-cost renewable energy sources boosted by the solution process capability of these materials. Here we report the fabrication of efficient OTP devices by a simple, high throughput and low-cost doctor-blade coating process which can be compatible with the roll-to-roll fabrication process for the large scale production of perovskite solar cell panels. The formulation of appropriate precursor inks by removing impurities is shown to be critical in the formation of continuous, pin-hole free and phase-pure perovskite films on large area substrates, which is assisted by a high deposition temperaturemore » to guide the nucleation and grain growth process. The domain size reached 80–250 μm in 1.5–2 μm thick bladed films. By controlling the stoichiometry and thickness of the OTP films, highest device efficiencies of 12.8% and 15.1% are achieved in the devices fabricated on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate and cross-linked N4,N4'-bis(4-(6-((3-ethyloxetan-3-yl)methoxy)hexyl)phenyl)–N4,N4'-diphenylbiphenyl-4,4'-diamine covered ITO substrates. Furthermore, the carrier diffusion length in doctor-bladed OTP films is beyond 3.5 μm which is significantly larger than in the spin-coated films, due to the formation of crystalline grains with a very large size by the doctor-blade coating method.« less

  2. Scalable fabrication of efficient organolead trihalide perovskite solar cells with doctor-bladed active layers

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    Deng, Yehao; Peng, Edwin; Shao, Yuchuan; Xiao, Zhengguo; Dong, Qingfeng; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-03-25

    Organolead trihalide perovskites (OTPs) are nature abundant materials with prospects as future low-cost renewable energy sources boosted by the solution process capability of these materials. Here we report the fabrication of efficient OTP devices by a simple, high throughput and low-cost doctor-blade coating process which can be compatible with the roll-to-roll fabrication process for the large scale production of perovskite solar cell panels. The formulation of appropriate precursor inks by removing impurities is shown to be critical in the formation of continuous, pin-hole free and phase-pure perovskite films on large area substrates, which is assisted by a high deposition temperature to guide the nucleation and grain growth process. The domain size reached 80–250 μm in 1.5–2 μm thick bladed films. By controlling the stoichiometry and thickness of the OTP films, highest device efficiencies of 12.8% and 15.1% are achieved in the devices fabricated on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate and cross-linked N4,N4'-bis(4-(6-((3-ethyloxetan-3-yl)methoxy)hexyl)phenyl)–N4,N4'-diphenylbiphenyl-4,4'-diamine covered ITO substrates. Furthermore, the carrier diffusion length in doctor-bladed OTP films is beyond 3.5 μm which is significantly larger than in the spin-coated films, due to the formation of crystalline grains with a very large size by the doctor-blade coating method.

  3. Single step deposition of an interacting layer of a perovskite matrix with embedded quantum dots

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    Ngo, Thi Tuyen; Suarez, Isaac; Sanchez, Rafael S.; Martinez-Pastor, Juan P.; Mora-Sero, Ivan

    2016-07-01

    Hybrid lead halide perovskite (PS) derivatives have emerged as very promising materials for the development of optoelectronic devices in the last few years. At the same time, inorganic nanocrystals with quantum confinement (QDs) possess unique properties that make them suitable materials for the development of photovoltaics, imaging and lighting applications, among others. In this work, we report on a new methodology for the deposition of high quality, large grain size and pinhole free PS films (CH3NH3PbI3) with embedded PbS and PbS/CdS core/shell Quantum Dots (QDs). The strong interaction between both semiconductors is revealed by the formation of an exciplex state, which is monitored by photoluminescence and electroluminescence experiments. The radiative exciplex relaxation is centered in the near infrared region (NIR), ~1200 nm, which corresponds to lower energies than the corresponding band gap of both perovskite (PS) and QDs. Our approach allows the fabrication of multi-wavelength light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on a PS matrix with embedded QDs, which show considerably low turn-on potentials. The presence of the exciplex state of PS and QDs opens up a broad range of possibilities with important implications in both LEDs and solar cells.Hybrid lead halide perovskite (PS) derivatives have emerged as very promising materials for the development of optoelectronic devices in the last few years. At the same time, inorganic nanocrystals with quantum confinement (QDs) possess unique properties that make them suitable materials for the development of photovoltaics, imaging and lighting applications, among others. In this work, we report on a new methodology for the deposition of high quality, large grain size and pinhole free PS films (CH3NH3PbI3) with embedded PbS and PbS/CdS core/shell Quantum Dots (QDs). The strong interaction between both semiconductors is revealed by the formation of an exciplex state, which is monitored by photoluminescence and

  4. Identifying the Molecular Structures of Intermediates for Optimizing the Fabrication of High-Quality Perovskite Films.

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    Cao, Jing; Jing, Xiaojing; Yan, Juanzhu; Hu, Chengyi; Chen, Ruihao; Yin, Jun; Li, Jing; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2016-08-10

    During the past two years, the introduction of DMSO has revolutionized the fabrication of high-quality pervoskite MAPbI3 (MA = CH3NH3) films for solar cell applications. In the developed DMSO process, the formation of (MA)2Pb3I8·2DMSO (shorted as Pb3I8) has well recognized as a critical factor to prepare high-quality pervoskite films and thus accomplish excellent performances in perovskite solar cells. However, Pb3I8 is an I-deficient intermediate and must further react with methylammonium iodide (MAI) to be fully converted into MAPbI3. By capturing and solving the molecular structures of several intermediates involved in the fabrication of perovskite films, we report in this work that the importance of DMSO is NOT due to the formation of Pb3I8. The use of different PbI2-DMSO ratios leads to two different structures of PbI2-DMSO precursors (PbI2·DMSO and PbI2·2DMSO), thus dramatically influencing the quality of fabricated perovskite films. However, such an influence can be minimized when the PbI2-DMSO precursor films are thermally treated to create mesoporous PbI2 films before reacting with MAI. Such a development makes the fabrication of high-quality pervoskite films highly reproducible without the need to precisely control the PbI2:DMSO ratio. Moreover, the formation of ionic compound (MA)4PbI6 is observed when excess MAI is used in the preparation of perovskite film. This I-rich phase heavily induces the hysteresis in PSCs, but is readily removed by isopropanol treatment. On the basis of all these findings, we develop a new effective protocol to fabricate high-performance PSCs. In the new protocol, high-quality perovskite films are prepared by simply treating the mesoporous PbI2 films (made from PbI2-DMSO precursors) with an isopropanol solution of MAI, followed by isopropanol washing. The best efficiency of fabricated MAPbI3 PSCs is up to 19.0%. As compared to the previously reported DMSO method, the devices fabricated by the method reported in this work

  5. Magnetization and magneto-transport staircaselike behavior in layered perovskite Sr2CoO4 at low temperature.

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    Li, Qiuhang; Yuan, Xueping; Xing, Lei; Xu, Mingxiang

    2016-01-01

    Polycrystalline layered perovskite Sr2CoO4 sample was synthesized by high temperature and high pressure method. The staircaselike behavior has been observed in the magnetization and resistivity versus field curves of Sr2CoO4 at low temperature. The main features of the steps can be obtained from the measured results: (i) the positions of the external magnetic field at which steps occur are varying in different measurement runs, (ii) the steps only appear at low temperature and disappear with a slight increase of the temperature, (iii) the steps are dependent on the temperature and field sweep rate. Based on the features of the magnetization and magneto-transport staircaselike behavior in Sr2CoO4, the unusual phenomenon can be ascribed to an avalanche of flipping domains in terms of the random field theory. PMID:27293142

  6. Magnetization and magneto-transport staircaselike behavior in layered perovskite Sr2CoO4 at low temperature

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    Li, Qiuhang; Yuan, Xueping; Xing, Lei; Xu, Mingxiang

    2016-06-01

    Polycrystalline layered perovskite Sr2CoO4 sample was synthesized by high temperature and high pressure method. The staircaselike behavior has been observed in the magnetization and resistivity versus field curves of Sr2CoO4 at low temperature. The main features of the steps can be obtained from the measured results: (i) the positions of the external magnetic field at which steps occur are varying in different measurement runs, (ii) the steps only appear at low temperature and disappear with a slight increase of the temperature, (iii) the steps are dependent on the temperature and field sweep rate. Based on the features of the magnetization and magneto-transport staircaselike behavior in Sr2CoO4, the unusual phenomenon can be ascribed to an avalanche of flipping domains in terms of the random field theory.

  7. Magnetization and magneto-transport staircaselike behavior in layered perovskite Sr2CoO4 at low temperature

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    Li, Qiuhang; Yuan, Xueping; Xing, Lei; Xu, Mingxiang

    2016-01-01

    Polycrystalline layered perovskite Sr2CoO4 sample was synthesized by high temperature and high pressure method. The staircaselike behavior has been observed in the magnetization and resistivity versus field curves of Sr2CoO4 at low temperature. The main features of the steps can be obtained from the measured results: (i) the positions of the external magnetic field at which steps occur are varying in different measurement runs, (ii) the steps only appear at low temperature and disappear with a slight increase of the temperature, (iii) the steps are dependent on the temperature and field sweep rate. Based on the features of the magnetization and magneto-transport staircaselike behavior in Sr2CoO4, the unusual phenomenon can be ascribed to an avalanche of flipping domains in terms of the random field theory. PMID:27293142

  8. A composite nanostructured electron-transport layer for stable hole-conductor free perovskite solar cells: design and characterization.

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    Yu, Zhenhua; Qi, Fei; Liu, Pei; You, Sujian; Kondamareddy, Kiran Kumar; Wang, Changlei; Cheng, Nian; Bai, Sihang; Liu, Wei; Guo, Shishang; Zhao, Xing-zhong

    2016-03-21

    A novel composite nanostructured titanium dioxide (TiO2) based electron-transport layer (ETL) is designed by combining size blended nanoparticles (SBNP) and nanoarrays (NA) for efficient perovskite solar cell (PSC) applications. The composite nanostructured (SBNP + NA) ETL is successfully employed in hole-conductor free PSCs, there by achieving a stable device with a maximum efficiency of 13.5%. The improvement in the performance is attributed to the better charge transport and lower recombination in the SBNP + NA ETL. Despite the stable high efficiency, SBNP + NA ETL based PSCs are advantageous owing to their low cost, ease of all-solution fabrication process in an open environment and good reproducibility. PMID:26932777

  9. Efficient All-Vacuum Deposited Perovskite Solar Cells by Controlling Reagent Partial Pressure in High Vacuum.

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    Hsiao, Sheng-Yi; Lin, Hong-Lin; Lee, Wei-Hung; Tsai, Wei-Lun; Chiang, Kai-Ming; Liao, Wei-Yu; Ren-Wu, Chen-Zheng; Chen, Chien-Yu; Lin, Hao-Wu

    2016-08-01

    All-vacuum-deposited perovskite solar cells produced by controlling reagent partial pressure in high vacuum with newly developed multi-layer electron and hole transporting structures show outstanding power conversion efficiency of 17.6% and smooth, pinhole-free, micrometer-sized perovskite crystal grains. PMID:27226143

  10. Room-Temperature Solution-Processed NiOx:PbI2 Nanocomposite Structures for Realizing High-Performance Perovskite Photodetectors.

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    Zhu, Hugh Lu; Cheng, Jiaqi; Zhang, Di; Liang, Chunjun; Reckmeier, Claas J; Huang, He; Rogach, Andrey L; Choy, Wallace C H

    2016-07-26

    While methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) with interesting properties, such as a direct band gap, high and well-balanced electron/hole mobilities, as well as long electron/hole diffusion length, is a potential candidate to become the light absorbers in photodetectors, the challenges for realizing efficient perovskite photodetectors are to suppress dark current, to increase linear dynamic range, and to achieve high specific detectivity and fast response speed. Here, we demonstrate NiOx:PbI2 nanocomposite structures, which can offer dual roles of functioning as an efficient hole extraction layer and favoring the formation of high-quality MAPbI3 to address these challenges. We introduce a room-temperature solution process to form the NiOx:PbI2 nanocomposite structures. The nanocomposite structures facilitate the growth of the compact and ordered MAPbI3 crystalline films, which is essential for efficient photodetectors. Furthermore, the nanocomposite structures work as an effective hole extraction layer, which provides a large electron injection barrier and favorable hole extraction as well as passivates the surface of the perovskite, leading to suppressed dark current and enhanced photocurrent. By optimizing the NiOx:PbI2 nanocomposite structures, a low dark current density of 2 × 10(-10) A/cm(2) at -200 mV and a large linear dynamic range of 112 dB are achieved. Meanwhile, a high responsivity in the visible spectral range of 450-750 nm, a large measured specific detectivity approaching 10(13) Jones, and a fast fall time of 168 ns are demonstrated. The high-performance perovskite photodetectors demonstrated here offer a promising candidate for low-cost and high-performance near-ultraviolet-visible photodetection. PMID:27340899