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Unveiling the irreversible performance degradation of organo-inorganic halide perovskite films and solar cells during heating and cooling processes

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Abstract

While organo-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells show great potential to meet future energy needs, their thermal instability raises serious questions about their commercialization viability. At present, the stability of perovskite solar cells has been studied under various environmental conditions including humidity and temperature. Nonetheless, understanding of the performance of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite solar cells is limited. This study reports the irreversible performance degradation of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx perovskite solar cells during the heating and cooling processes under AM 1.5 and unveils what triggers the irreversible performance degradation of solar cells. Particularly, the primary cause of the irreversible performance degradation of CH3NH3PbI3−xClx is quantitatively analyzed by monitoring in real time the development of deteriorated crystallinity, charge trapping/detrapping, trap depth, and the PbI2 phase, namely a critical signal of perovskite degradation while varying the temperature of the perovskite films and solar cells. Most surprisingly, it is revealed that the degradation of both perovskite films and solar cells was triggered at ∼70 °C. Remarkably, even after the device temperature cooled down to room temperature, the degraded performance of the solar cells persisted with increasing charge trapping and further development of the PbI2 phase. Identification of the irreversible performance degradation of perovskite solar cells provides guidance for future development of more stable perovskite solar cells.

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The article was received on 10 May 2017, accepted on 28 Jun 2017 and first published on 28 Jun 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03106H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 19487-19495
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    Unveiling the irreversible performance degradation of organo-inorganic halide perovskite films and solar cells during heating and cooling processes

    A. A. Mamun, T. T. Ava, H. R. Byun, H. J. Jeong, M. S. Jeong, L. Nguyen, C. Gausin and G. Namkoong, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 19487
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03106H

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