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γ‐Valerolactone: A Nontoxic Green Solvent for Highly Stable Printed Mesoporous Perovskite Solar Cells / Carys Worsley, Dimitrios Raptis, Simone Meroni, Alexander Doolin, Rodrigo Garcia Rodriguez, Matthew Davies, Trystan Watson

Energy Technology, Volume: 9, Issue: 7, Start page: 2100312

Swansea University Authors: Carys Worsley, Dimitrios Raptis, Simone Meroni, Rodrigo Garcia Rodriguez, Matthew Davies, Trystan Watson

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/ente.202100312

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Mesoscopic carbon-based lead halide perovskite solar cells (CPSCs) represent a promising architecture for commercialization in the field of perovskite photovoltaics as they are stable, potentially low cost, and use easily scaled production methods. However, the use of toxic and psychoactive solvents...

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Published in: Energy Technology
ISSN: 2194-4288 2194-4296
Published: Wiley 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa56735
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Abstract: Mesoscopic carbon-based lead halide perovskite solar cells (CPSCs) represent a promising architecture for commercialization in the field of perovskite photovoltaics as they are stable, potentially low cost, and use easily scaled production methods. However, the use of toxic and psychoactive solvents such as dimethylformamide (DMF) and γ-butyrolactone (GBL) currently limits their commercial viability: DMF introduces a significant health risk and GBL is subject to legal restrictions in many countries. The development of safe and effective solvent systems is therefore an essential step toward commercial viability. Herein, γ-valerolactone (GVL) is presented as a nontoxic, biodegradable, green alternative to GBL for CPSC fabrication. Cells fabricated with a precursor concentration of 1.1 m and annealed at 45 °C exhibit comparable performance to standard GBL devices, achieving a champion power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.91% in a device of 1 cm2 active area. Herein, it is proven that GVL is a viable alternative to GBL for CPSCs and enables research in countries where GBL is legally restricted and makes large-scale CPSC manufacture more sustainable.
Keywords: mesoscopic; non‐toxic; perovskites; photovoltaics; printable; solvents; sustainable
College: College of Engineering
Funders: UKRI
Issue: 7
Start Page: 2100312