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Structure and function relationships in alkylammonium lead(II) iodide solar cells

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Abstract

Alkylammonium lead(II) iodide materials (APbI3), based on the general formula of CH3–(CH2)n–NH3PbI3, may lead to a monumental leap in developing affordable photovoltaics. Herein, we correlate the structure and function relationships of alkylammonium lead(II) iodide in solar cells. We investigated changes in the structure of APbI3 materials by varying the alkylammonium cations in their structure. As the size of the alkylammonium cation increased, the crystallographic unit cell increased in size and yielded lower symmetry crystals. High symmetry materials, those with cubic symmetry, showed the highest conductivity, the smallest bandgap, and produced the best performing solar cells. Structural changes were investigated by X-ray crystallography, X-ray powder diffraction, and Raman scattering.

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The article was received on 14 Nov 2014, accepted on 22 Dec 2014 and first published on 23 Dec 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4TA06174H
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J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 9201-9207

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    Structure and function relationships in alkylammonium lead(II) iodide solar cells

    M. Safdari, A. Fischer, B. Xu, L. Kloo and J. M. Gardner, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 9201
    DOI: 10.1039/C4TA06174H

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