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A hybrid lead iodide perovskite and lead sulfide QD heterojunction solar cell to obtain a panchromatic response

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Abstract

We report for the first time on co-sensitization between CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite and PbS quantum dots (QDs) in a heterojunction solar cell to obtain a panchromatic response from the visible to near IR regions. Following the deposition of the sensitizers on a TiO2 film, an Au thin layer is evaporated on top as a back contact. Importantly, the CH3NH3PbI3 nanoparticles and the PbS QDs used here simultaneously play both the role of a light harvester and a hole conductor, rendering superfluous the use of an additional hole transporting material. The mesoscopic CH3NH3PbI3 (perovskite)–PbS (QD)/TiO2 heterojunction solar cell shows an impressive short circuit photocurrent (Jsc) of 24.63 mA cm−2, much higher than those of the individual CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite and the PbS QD solar cells. The advent of such co-sensitization mesoscopic heterojunction solar cells paves the way to extend the absorbance region of the promising low cost, high-efficiency perovskite based solar cells.

Graphical abstract: A hybrid lead iodide perovskite and lead sulfide QD heterojunction solar cell to obtain a panchromatic response

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The article was received on 29 May 2014, accepted on 07 Jun 2014 and first published on 25 Jun 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4TA02711F
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Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014,2, 11586-11590
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    A hybrid lead iodide perovskite and lead sulfide QD heterojunction solar cell to obtain a panchromatic response

    L. Etgar, P. Gao, P. Qin, M. Graetzel and M. K. Nazeeruddin, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 11586
    DOI: 10.1039/C4TA02711F

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