The effect of impurities on the impedance spectroscopy response of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells

Sonia R. Raga, Yabing Qi

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The fabrication of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite by solution processes is known to induce impurities in the film, which is usually correlated to the low photovoltage or fill factor of the solar cells. The nature of such defects is not always easy to identify and is described in general as grain boundaries containing dangling bonds, vacancies, interstitials, or impurities. In this work, perovskite films were fabricated with a very large and known concentration of impurities (PbI2, Pbx(O/OH)y) and further characterized using chronoamperometry and impedance spectroscopy. The IS data was carefully analyzed and compared with existing literature and a new interpretation is proposed according to the results. The IS features at high frequency and close to open circuit were attributed to the photogenerated charge recombination. Despite large impurity levels (>30 mol %), minor differences were observed in regard to charge recombination, which minimally affected the photovoltage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28519-28526
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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