Interfacial engineering for improved stability of flexible perovskite solar cells

Jan 4, 2023 04:52 PM ET
  • Flexible perovskite solar cells with low weight, high flexibility, and conformability have stood out for portable electronic items. The interface is critical in perovskite solar cells for both solar efficiency and operational stability.
Interfacial engineering for improved stability of flexible perovskite solar cells
Image: Energy Material Advances (2022)

Scientists from the Beijing Institute of Technology have actually summarized the destruction mechanisms and also evaluation interfacial engineering with the emphasis on their effects in flexible perovskite solar cells. On the basis of recent research, progress in flexible devices, existing obstacles, possible directions, as well as viewpoints are talked about in their article published Dec. 21 in Energy Material Advances.

" For the perovskite film, there are some elements affecting the innate material stability," claimed paper writer Qi Chen, teacher from Beijing Key Laboratory of Construction Tailorable Advanced Functional Materials and Green Applications, MIIT Key Laboratory for Low-Dimensional Quantum Structure and Devices, Experimental Center of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology. "Stress would accumulate with temperature level adjustments due to mismatched lattice as well as thermal growth coefficients. It produced delamination, or accelerated decay. Both water vapor and oxygen can have an irreparable response with the perovskite crystal. Illumination creates the weak spot in the perovskite or adjacent layers to damage."

Chen clarified that besides the above stabilizing variables of the rigid devices, the stability of f-PSC is affected by other conditions. The degradation mechanism of flexible devices ought to be explored and also summarized in even more information.

" Interface adjustment can passivate defects, improve interfacial adhesion, reduce ion movement, maximize band structure as well as manage residual stress," Chen stated. "Based upon the current research progress, we summarize the application of interface adjustment in flexible perovskite solar cells."

For the hole transport layers and electron transport layers, interface modification can increase the capability of the transport layer to block water and oxygen, and minimize the interface recombination by controlling the SnO2 nanocrystals, which is the key to enhance device performance.

When it comes to the energetic layer, the harsh morphology of the flexible substratum directly affects the top quality of the perovskite film, and also the deep energy level defects inside as well as on the surface bring about increased interfacial nonradiative recombination.

The interface adjustment not only improves the high quality of the perovskite film, yet additionally improves the interfacial adhesion as well as the flexibility of the film, thus improving the performance of the cell.

In addition, the toughness, conductivity, as well as transparency of flexible electrodes can be improved by interfacial engineering.

" To even more improve the efficiency and also stability of f-PSCs, the complex interplay in between those various interfaces must be studied thoroughly," Chen claimed. "Interfacial engineering plays an essential role in the optoelectronic performance of f-PSCs. We systematically explore the impact of the flexible substrate on charge extraction, fee transportation, as well as charge recombination in f-PSCs. A much deeper understanding of interfacial fee dynamics is conducive to figuring out the degradation mechanism of f-PSC."

" Despite substantial progress recently, f-PSCs need to get to large-scale production as well as commercial procedure. Consequently, interface engineering is still the key way to solve the issues plaguing the capability as well as operation of f-PSCs," Chen stated.

" First, an extensive understanding of the interfacial characteristics as well as the related fee carrier dynamics is essential for the industrialization of f-PSC in the future. To meet the needs of large-area device fabrication, the cutting-edge energetic light-absorbing material as well as CTL could be created up until we accumulated sufficient accurate knowledge. After minimizing photovoltaic or pv energy loss and also conquering instability issues, the industrialization of f-PSCs could be advertised.

" Second, interfacial engineering is also critically crucial for flexible tandem cells. If subcells are connected in series, then the interconnection layers ought to have superior charge transporting ability to function as recombination layers. Furthermore, the top layer needs to guarantee acceptable light absorption by the back cell. Only by delicate control of the interface residential or commercial property can those tandem cells to be optically thick and also electrically thin sufficient. The general public understands the true potential of flexible perovskite photovoltaic devices."

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