Enhanced thermal stability of electron transport layer-free perovskite solar cells via interface strain releasing

Peng Zhang, Ting Zhang, Yafei Wang, Detao Liu, Hao Xu, Li Chen, Yanbo Li, Jiang Wu, Zhi David Chen, Shibin Li

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The thermal decomposition of perovskite films on ZnO surfaces is generally believed to originate from specific surface states of ZnO and the impact from the lattice mismatch between ZnO and perovskite films on this process has long been ignored. In this research, the role of lattice mismatch in the thermal degradation process of cesium-containing perovskite films on Al doped ZnO (AZO) is studied. A Ba(OH)2 buffer layer on the surface of AZO is employed to release the lattice mismatch and suppress the thermal degradation of perovskite films resulted from ZnO. Consequently, perovskite films with enhanced thermal stability and crystalline properties are obtained. Meanwhile, the Ba(OH)2 films efficiently passivate the surface trap states and reduce the vacuum level of the AZO surfaces. On this basis, electron transport layer-free perovskite solar cells yield the best efficiency of 18.18% and the thermal stability is obviously improved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number227091
JournalJournal of Power Sources
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 61421002 , 61574029 , 61471085 , and 61874150 . This work was also partially supported by University of Kentucky .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Elsevier B.V.


  • Electron transport layer-free
  • Lattice mismatch
  • Perovskite solar cell
  • Thermal stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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