Synthesis of perfectly oriented and micrometer-sized MAPbBr3 perovskite crystals for thin-film photovoltaic applications

Nadja Giesbrecht, Johannes Schlipf, Lukas Oesinghaus, Andreas Binek, Thomas Bein, Peter Müller-Buschbaum, Pablo Docampo

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Wide band gap perovskites such as methylammonium lead bromide are interesting materials for photovoltaic applications because of their potentially high open-circuit voltage. However, the fabrication of high-quality planar films has not been investigated in detail for this material. We report a new synthesis approach for the fabrication of bromide-based perovskite planar films based on the control of the deposition environment. We achieve dense layers with large and perfectly oriented crystallites 5-10 μm in size. Our results show that large crystal sizes can be achieved only for smooth indium-doped tin oxide substrates, whereas lateral perovskite crystal growth is limited for the rougher fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates. We additionally correlate photocurrent and perovskite crystal properties in photovoltaic devices and find that this parameter is maximized for ordered systems, with internal quantum efficiencies approaching unity. Hence, our work not only gives a new pathway to tune morphology and crystal orientation but also demonstrates its importance for planar perovskite solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-154
Number of pages5
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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