Defective TiO2 with High Photoconductive Gain for Efficient and Stable Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells

2016: Nature Communications

Yanbo Li, Jason K. Cooper, Wenjun Liu, Carolin M. Sutter-Fella, Matin Amani, Jeffrey W. Beeman, Ali Javey, Joel W. Ager, Yi Liu, Francesca M. Toma,* Ian D. Sharp* 

Formation of planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells exhibiting both high efficiency and stability under continuous operation remains a challenge. Here, we show this can be achieved by using a defective TiO2 thin film as the electron transport layer. TiO2 layers with native defects are deposited by electron beam evaporation in an oxygen-deficient environment. Deep-level hole traps are introduced in the TiO2 layers and contribute to a high photoconductive gain and reduced photocatalytic activity. The high photoconductivity of the TiO2 electron transport layer leads to improved efficiency for the fabricated planar devices. A maximum power conversion efficiency of 19.0% and an average PCE of 17.5% are achieved. In addition, the reduced photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 layer leads to enhanced long-term stability for the planar devices. Under continuous operation near the maximum power point, an efficiency of over 15.4% is demonstrated for 100 h.

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