Suppressed Decomposition of Perovskite Film on ZnO Via a Self-Assembly Monolayer of Methoxysilane

Detao Liu, Yafei Wang, Zhen She, Hualin Zheng, Peng Zhang, Feng Wang, Jiang Wu, Zhi Chen, Shibin Li

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Although ZnO is an attractive electron transport layer (ETL) for high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs) due to its suitable energy structure, high electron mobility, and low-temperature process, perovskite films on ZnO are decomposed rapidly as the substrate is heated over 90 °C. However, the annealing temperature higher than 90 °C is mandatory to produce high quality perovskite films. Here, for the first time, the use of an ultra-thin self-assembly monolayer (SAM) of methoxysilane on ZnO ETL to suppress the decomposition of perovskite films is reported. A self-form solvent annealing (SFSA) method is also carried out to improve the crystal quality of perovskite, and the champion device of SAM modified ZnO based PSCs yields a PCE of 18.34%. All these processes are conducted at low temperature and compatible with fabrication of flexible devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800240
JournalSolar RRL
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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  • interface modification
  • methoxysilane
  • perovskite solar cells
  • solvent annealing
  • thermal stability
  • zinc oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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