Enhanced electronic transport in Fe3+-doped TiO2 for high efficiency perovskite solar cells

Xiangling Gu, Yafei Wang, Ting Zhang, Detao Liu, Rui Zhang, Peng Zhang, Jiang Wu, Zhi David Chen, Shibin Li

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Oxygen vacancies in non-stoichiometric TiO2 electron transport layers can capture injected electrons and act as recombination centers. In this study, the compact TiO2 electron transport layers of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are doped with different molar ratios of Fe3+ in order to passivate such defects and improve their electron transport properties. The electrical conductivity, absorption, crystal structure, and the performance of the PSCs are systematically studied. It shows that Fe3+-doping improves the conductivity of TiO2 compact layers compared with the pristine TiO2, boosting the photovoltaic performance of PSCs. The reduced trap-filled limit voltage (VTFL) of the Fe3+-doped TiO2 compact layers suggests that trap density in the Fe3+-TiO2 films is much lower than that of a pristine TiO2 film. With the optimized doping concentration (1 mol%) of Fe3+, the best power conversion efficiency of PSCs is improved from 16.02% to 18.60%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10754-10760
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number41
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 61421002, 61574029, 61471085, and 61371046. This work was also partially supported by the University of Kentucky.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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