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Green solvent engineering for enhanced performance and reproducibility in printed carbon-based mesoscopic perovskite solar cells and modules

Carys Worsley, Dimitrios Raptis, Simone Meroni Orcid Logo, Rahul Patidar, Adam Pockett, Tom Dunlop Orcid Logo, Sarah-Jane Potts Orcid Logo, Becky Bolton, Cecile Charbonneau Orcid Logo, Matt Carnie Orcid Logo, Eifion Jewell Orcid Logo, Trystan Watson Orcid Logo

Materials Advances, Volume: 3, Issue: 2, Pages: 1125 - 1138

Swansea University Authors: Carys Worsley, Dimitrios Raptis, Simone Meroni Orcid Logo, Rahul Patidar, Adam Pockett, Tom Dunlop Orcid Logo, Sarah-Jane Potts Orcid Logo, Becky Bolton, Cecile Charbonneau Orcid Logo, Matt Carnie Orcid Logo, Eifion Jewell Orcid Logo, Trystan Watson Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1039/d1ma00975c

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Mesoscopic carbon-based perovskite solar cells (CPSCs) are frequently described as a potential frontrunner for PSC commercialization. Previous work has introduced γ-valerolactone (GVL) as a sustainable, non-toxic, green alternative to GBL for CPSC perovskite precursors. In this work, methanol (MeOH)...

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Published in: Materials Advances
ISSN: 2633-5409
Published: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa60531
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Abstract: Mesoscopic carbon-based perovskite solar cells (CPSCs) are frequently described as a potential frontrunner for PSC commercialization. Previous work has introduced γ-valerolactone (GVL) as a sustainable, non-toxic, green alternative to GBL for CPSC perovskite precursors. In this work, methanol (MeOH) solvent additives are applied to enhance the performance and reproducibility of GVL-based precursors, through improving electrode wetting, infiltration, and perovskite crystal quality. Precursors incorporating 10% MeOH are found to substantially enhance reproducibility and performance, achieving a champion PCE of 13.82% in a 1 cm2 device and >9% in a 220 cm2 module fabricated in ambient conditions. Stability is also improved, with an unencapsulated MeOH device exhibiting a T80 of >420 hours at 50 °C in ambient humidity under continuous AM1.5 illumination. This work established GVL-based precursors as commercially attractive and provides an example of how green solvent engineering can be applied in the development, amelioration and scale-up of novel photovoltaics.
College: College of Engineering
Funders: This work was made possible by support from the UKRI Global Challenge Research Fund project SUNRISE (EP/P032591/1) and through the funding of the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council [EP/N020863/1], Innovate UK [920036], Newton fund, Royal Society and the European Regional Development Fund [c80892] through the Welsh Government.This work was also made possible by the support of a Royal Society International Collaboration award (ICA\R1\191321) and the Newton Fund Impact Scheme (541128962). AP and MC would like to thank the Welsh European Funding Office (SPARC II), EPSRC (EP/S017925/1, EP/R032750/1).
Issue: 2
Start Page: 1125
End Page: 1138