Screening procedure for structurally and electronically matched contact layers for high-performance solar cells: Hybrid perovskites

Keith T. Butler, Yu Kumagai, Fumiyasu Oba, Aron Walsh

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The rapid progress in performance of solar cells based on hybrid halide perovskites means that devices based on these materials have reached a stage where research interest can now focus on development of robust technology. One of the key questions relating to these (and indeed any) devices is their lifetime and stability which in turn is often influenced by the quality of interfaces and junctions within the device. In this study we present a methodology which allows screening for mechanically stable, electronically suitable interface combinations-applying the technique to screen 175 common semiconductors for viability as electron and hole extracting contacts for CH3NH3PbI3. The screening method can be applied to any semiconductor junction problem and relies on easily obtained experimental or theoretical information-electron affinity, ionisation potential, lattice parameters and crystal structure. From the screening we rank the candidates according to a figure of merit, which accounts for band alignment and chemical/mechanical stability of the interface. Our screening predicts stable interfaces with commonly applied electron extraction layers such as TiO2 and ZnO as well giving insight into the optimal polymorphs, surfaces and morphologies for achieving good quality contacts. Finally we also predict potentially effective new hole and electron extraction layers, namely Cu2O, FeO, SiC, GaN, and ZnTe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1149-1158
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
K. T. B. acknowledges support by a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers. Y. K. and F. O. are supported by the MEXT Elements Strategy Initiative to Form Core Research Center. F. O. acknowledges support by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) and Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (Grant No. 15H04125 and 25106005) from JSPS, and Support Program for Starting Up Innovation Hub from JST. A. W. acknowledges support from the Royal Society for a University Research Fellowship and K. T. B. is funded by EPSRC (EP/M009580/1 and EP/J017361/1).

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© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2016.


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