Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells Employing Inorganic Interlayers

Manda Xiao, Mei Gao, Fuzhi Huang, Alexander R. Pascoe, Tianshi Qin, Yi-Bing Cheng, Udo Bach, Leone Spiccia

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In this work, inverted structure CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 perovskite-based solar cells (PSCs) employing different inorganic metal oxides as hole-selective interlayers have been fabricated on ITO/NiO x , ITO/VO x and ITO/MoO x substrates and exhibit power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 10.6±0.6 %, 11.7±0.5 % and 5.9±0.5 %, respectively. The metal oxide layers deposited on ITO glass modify the substrate work function, leading to open circuit voltages above 1.0 V. Moreover, solar cells fabricated on ITO substrates without any metal oxide layer achieve a high PCE of 11.5 %, indicating that PSCs can perform well with a single selective contact. The inverted structure PSCs, with or without the metal oxide interlayers, show only a weak hysteresis in the J-V measurements. Our work reveals that single selective contact PSCs with simplified device structures can be very efficient after optimization of each active layer, making them highly competitive with other types of thin film photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-188
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • alkylammonium lead(II) triiodide
  • hysteresis
  • metal oxide interlayers
  • perovskite materials
  • thin film solar cells

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