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Enhanced Photovoltaic Performance of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells through Interfacial Engineering Using Self-Assembling Monolayer

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posted on 25.02.2015, 00:00 by Lijian Zuo, Zhuowei Gu, Tao Ye, Weifei Fu, Gang Wu, Hanying Li, Hongzheng Chen
Morphology control is critical to achieve high efficiency CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells (PSC). The surface properties of the substrates on which crystalline perovskite thin films form are expected to affect greatly the crystallization and, thus, the resulting morphology. However, this topic is seldom examined in PSC. Here we developed a facile but efficient method of modifying the ZnO-coated substrates with 3-aminopropanioc acid (C3-SAM) to direct the crystalline evolution and achieve the optimal morphology of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite film. With incorporation of the C3-SAM, highly crystalline CH3NH3PbI3 films were formed with reduced pin-holes and trap states density. In addition, the work function of the cathode was better aligned with the conduction band minimum of perovskite for efficient charge extraction and electronic coupling. As a result, the PSC performance remarkably increased from 9.81(±0.99)% (best 11.96%) to 14.25(±0.61)% (best 15.67%). We stress the importance of morphology control through substrate surface modification to obtain the optimal morphology and device performance of PSC, which should generate an impact on developing highly efficient PSC and future commercialization.