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Halogen-substituted fullerene derivatives for interface engineering of perovskite solar cells

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Abstract

The interface between perovskites and charge transport layers is crucial for the power conversion efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). We report for the first time the exploration of three novel fullerene derivatives, N-ethyl-2-arylvinyl-5-methyl fulleropyrrolidine (NAMF) with H, Cl or Br substitutions on the pyrrolidine side-chain (namely NAMF-H, NAMF-Cl and NAMF-Br), via a low cost and one-step reaction from C60, as the interlayer to enhance the efficiency and eliminate hysteresis in planar heterojunction PSCs. The crystallinity of MAPbI3 perovskite cast on these interlayer materials was found to be similar, but the grain size increased and the grain boundaries reduced. All three fullerene derivatives have well-aligned LUMO levels that facilitate electron transport from the perovskite to TiO2, and reduce trap density and charge recombination in PSCs, leading to enhanced device efficiency and reduced hysteresis. Notably, the NAMF-Cl interlayer was found to chlorinate the TiO2 electron transport layer, leading to an enhanced PCE of 19.2% in the reverse scan and 17.7% in the forward scan, which were greater than those of PCBM-based PSC devices. Our work adds a new direction to the design of new fullerene derivatives with favorable physical and electrical properties as interlayer materials to improve the performance of PSCs.

Graphical abstract: Halogen-substituted fullerene derivatives for interface engineering of perovskite solar cells

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The article was received on 14 Aug 2018, accepted on 27 Sep 2018 and first published on 27 Sep 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA07904H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 21368-21378
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    Halogen-substituted fullerene derivatives for interface engineering of perovskite solar cells

    H. Wang, F. Cai, M. Zhang, P. Wang, J. Yao, R. S. Gurney, F. Li, D. Liu and T. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 21368
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TA07904H

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