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A Simple Perylene Derivative as a Solution-Processable Cathode Interlayer for Perovskite Solar Cells with Enhanced Efficiency and Stability

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posted on 23.04.2018, 00:00 authored by Chen Wang, Ping Liu, Huanxin Ju, Quan Yuan, Dongwei Han, Yu Wang, Dong-Ying Zhou, Lai Feng
A simple alcohol-soluble perylene derivative (i.e., tetramethylammonium salt of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid; TMA-PTC) was prepared and applied as a cathode interlayer (CIL) to modify the PC61BM/Ag interface in planar p–i–n perovskite solar cells (PeSCs). As a result, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the TMA-PTC-based PeSCs is ca. 30% higher than that of the devices without CIL. It was revealed that the enhancement in PCE might be attributed to the improved electron-transporting and hole-blocking properties of the PC61BM/TMA-PTC/Ag interfaces. Moreover, the TMA-PTC devices show remarkably higher stability than those without CIL probably due to the suppressed corrosion of perovskite on Ag cathode. Our findings thus demonstrate a multifunctional and solution-processable CIL that may be a promising block for the fabrication of low-cost, high-efficiency and stable planar p–i–n PeSCs.