Capturing the sun: a review of the challenges and perspectives of perovskite solar cells

Michiel L. Petrus, Johannes Schlipf, Cheng Li, Tanaji P. Gujar, Nadja Giesbrecht, Peter Müller-Buschbaum, Mukundan Thelakkat, Thomas Bein, Sven Hüttner, Pablo Docampo

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Hybrid metal halide perovskites have become one of the hottest topics in optoelectronic materials research in recent years. Not only have they surpassed everyone's expectations and achieved similar performance as tried and true polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic devices, but they are also finding applications in a variety of different fields, including lighting. The main advantages of hybrid metal halide perovskites are simple processability, compatible with large-scale solution processing such as roll-to-roll printing, and abundance of ingredients, all coupled to materials properties reminiscent of GaAs. On the road to this remarkable success, a series of challenges have been overcome, while some still remain. In this review, some of these challenges and possible solutions are described. In particular, understanding of the perovskite crystallization process and how this knowledge can be harnessed to enable better performing devices, how to overcome reproducibility issues and mitigate hysteresis, and the long-term prospects of the technology in terms of stability and sustainability will all be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700264
Number of pages27
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • crystallization
  • hybrid metal halide perovskites
  • hysteresis
  • solar cells
  • stability

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