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Perovskite Solar Cells

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2022 (closed)

Guest Editors

Haining Chen, Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China.
Dr. H.N. Chen obtained his PhD degree from Beihang University in 2013 following which he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is working at Beihang University since 2016. He specializes in organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, inorganic perovsktie solar cells, quantum dot solar cells, photoelectrochemical cells, water splitting, luminescence materials. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and 10 patents, with his H-Index of 39.

Zhanhua Wei, Professor, College of Materials Science & Technology, Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China.
Dr. Z.H Wei obtained his PhD degree from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2015 following which he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Nanyang Technological University. He is working at Huaqiao University since 2016. He specializes in the synthesis of perovskite materials, perovskite light-emitting diodes, perovskite solar cells, and other optoelectronic devices. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, with his H-Index of 31.

Yang Bai, Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology Beijing, China.
Dr. Bai obtained his B.Sc degree from Beihang University in 2013 and PhD degree from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2017, following which he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is working at Beijing Institute of Technology since 2018. He specializes in hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells, low-dimensional materials, interfacial design of semiconductor, nanomaterials. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, with his H-Index of 29.

Teng Zhang, Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China.
Dr. T. Zhang is an Associate Professor of the China University of Petroleum. He received his PhD degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2017 from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Then he stayed in HKUST for 2 years of Post-Doc research before joining the China University of Petroleum in 2019. Dr. Zhang is specialized in solar conversion materials especially solar cells and photocatalysis.

Summary

The increasing environmental concerns and decreasing petroleum resources have made it necessary and urgent to develop various kinds of renewable sources. Solar energy is one of the most promising alternatives and as a result, solar cells that could convert solar energy to electric energy have been widely developed. However, due to the high cost of Si-based solar cells, the applications of solar cells have been greatly inhibited. Very recently, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have shown great promise to solve the above problem because high power conversion efficiency (PCE) could be easily achieved by simple and low-cost solution-based processes. In the last decade, the PCE of PSCs has been rapidly boosted from original 3.8% to over 25%. Besides, various device structures and perovskite materials have been exploited for PSCs, which would help expand the application fields of PSCs. This Special Issue " Perovskite Solar Cells " covers the development of PSCs with different device structures. The scope of interests includes but is not limited to the following topics:


(1) Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells
(2) Inorganic perovskite solar cells
(3) 2D perovskite solar cells
(4) Lead-free perovskite solar cells
(5) Perovskite solar cells based on carbon electrodes
(6) Tandem perovskite solar cells
(7) Perovskite solar cells with other structures


Keywords

Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite; Inorganic perovskite; 2D perovskite; Lead-free perovskite; Carbon electrode; Tandem structure.

Published Papers


  • Open Access

    REVIEW

    Recent Progress of Surface Passivation Molecules for Perovskite Solar Cell Applications

    Baohua Zhao, Teng Zhang, Wenwen Liu, Fansong Meng, Chengben Liu, Nuo Chen, Zhi Li, Zhaobin Liu, Xiyou Li
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.4, pp. 1533-1554, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.023192
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Perovskite Solar Cells)
    Abstract

    Due to the solution processable nature, the prepared perovskite films are polycrystalline with considerable number of defects. These defects, especially defects at interface accelerate the carrier recombination and reduce the carrier collection. Besides, the surface defects also affect the long-term stability of the perovskite solar cells (PVSCs). To solve this problem, surface passivation molecules are introduced at selective interface (the interface between perovskite and carrier selective layer). This review summarizes recent progress of small molecules used in PVSCs. Firstly, different types of defect states in perovskite films are introduced and their effects on device performance are discussed. Subsequently, surface passivation… More >

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    Recent Progress of Surface Passivation Molecules for Perovskite Solar Cell Applications

  • Open Access

    ARTICLE

    Passivation of PEA+ to CsPbI3 (110) Surface States: From the First Principles Calculations

    Wei Hu, Fengjuan Si, Hongtao Xue, Wensheng Li, Jun Hu, Fuling Tang
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.3, pp. 1293-1301, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.023095
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Perovskite Solar Cells)
    Abstract This work investigates the effect of passivation on the electronic properties of inorganic perovskite CsPbI3 materials by using first-principles calculations with density functional theory (DFT). The passivation effect after the addition of Phenylethylamine (PEA+ ) molecule to CsPbI3 (110) surface is studied. The results of density of states (DOS) calculations show that the CsPbI3 (110) surface model with I atom terminated reveals new electronic DOS peaks (surface states) near the Fermi level. These surface states are mainly due to the contribution of I-5p orbital and are harmful to the CsPbI3-based solar cells because they reduce the photoelectric conversion efficiency. The… More >

    Graphic Abstract

    Passivation of PEA<sup>+</sup> to CsPbI<sub>3</sub> (110) Surface States: From the First Principles Calculations

  • Open Access

    REVIEW

    Fabrication and Modification Strategies of Metal Halide Perovskite Absorbers

    Xueyuan Wei, Yang Bai, Qi Chen
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.1, pp. 61-77, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.022773
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Perovskite Solar Cells)
    Abstract Due to the long carrier lifetime, high carrier mobility, and high absorption coefficient of perovskite materials, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has increased from 3.8% in 2009 to 25.7% in 2021, which have already surpassed the PCE of thin-film solar cells and closes to the efficiency of Si-based photovoltaics (26.7%). Therefore, PSCs have become a promising clean energy technology for commercialization. However, the low defect formation energy of perovskite leads to a higher defect density than other conventional photovoltaic materials. It results in severe non-radiative recombination, limiting its further development and the commercialization. In this… More >

    Graphic Abstract

    Fabrication and Modification Strategies of Metal Halide Perovskite Absorbers

  • Open Access

    ARTICLE

    Grain Boundary Passivation Modulated by Molecular Doping for High-Performance Perovskite Solar Cells

    Yangyang Hao, Yue Liu, Guorui Cao
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.12, pp. 3505-3519, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.023122
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Perovskite Solar Cells)
    Abstract Aiming to reduce the defects of perovskite film and improve carrier transport, an organic small molecule, benzo [d]isothiazol-3(2H)-one 1,1-dioxide (OBS), is introduced as an additive in the solution-processing of perovskite and prepare uniform perovskite films with a continuous distribution of OBS at grain boundaries. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are conducted to reveal the interactions of hydrogen bonding and coordination bonding between OBS and perovskite. Various characterizations (including X-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, etc.) are conducted to uncover the effect of OBS on device performance. Consequently, high efficiency of 23.26% is obtained for the OBS-treated… More >

    Graphic Abstract

    Grain Boundary Passivation Modulated by Molecular Doping for High-Performance Perovskite Solar Cells

  • Open Access

    ARTICLE

    Effectively Inhibit Phase Separation to Improve Efficiency and Stability of All-Inorganic Planar CsPbIBr2 Perovskite Solar Cells

    Miao He, Miao Wu, Duofa Wang, Tianjin Zhang
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.11, pp. 2883-2894, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.020535
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Perovskite Solar Cells)
    Abstract The advancement in a power conversion efficiency (PCE) to reach 25%, the inorganic perovskites are being explored intensively as promising optoelectronic materials due to their excellent photovoltaic performance, i.e., thermal stability and efficiency. Lately, the inorganic cesium lead halide perovskite is studied to show enhanced light absorption, however, it suffers from the phase separate into I-rich and Br-rich phase which leads to poor film quality due to difference of electronegativity. Herein, we propose a unique solution of controlling the rate of solvent volatilization followed by gel method to inhibit phase separation effectively to obtain the homogenous and pinhole-free CsPbIBr2 films… More >

  • Open Access

    ARTICLE

    Sputtering under Mild Heating Enables High-Quality ITO for Efficient Semi-Transparent Perovskite Solar Cells

    Yongbin Jin, Zheng Fang, Liu Yang, Kaikai Liu, Mingliang Li, Yaping Zhao, Yujie Luo, Huiping Feng, Bingru Deng, Chengbo Tian, Changcai Cui, Liqiang Xie, Xipeng Xu, Zhanhua Wei
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.10, pp. 2509-2518, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.021400
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Perovskite Solar Cells)
    Abstract Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells (ST-PSCs) are promising in building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs) and tandem solar cells (TSCs). One of the keys to fabricate high-performance ST-PSCs is depositing efficient transparent electrodes. Indium tin oxide (ITO) is an excellent transparent conductive oxide with good light transmittance and high conductivity. However, the high sheet resistance of ITO sputtered at room temperature leads to the low fill factor (FF) and poor power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the ST-PSCs. Here, we study the effect of the sputtering temperature on the properties of ITO and the performance of ST-PSCs. We find that when the sputtering temperature increases… More >

    Graphic Abstract

    Sputtering under Mild Heating Enables High-Quality ITO for Efficient Semi-Transparent Perovskite Solar Cells

  • Open Access

    ARTICLE

    DFT and TD-DFT Calculations of Orbital Energies and Photovoltaic Properties of Small Molecule Donor and Acceptor Materials Used in Organic Solar Cells

    Daniel Dodzi Yao Setsoafia, Kiran Sreedhar Ram, Hooman Mehdizadeh-Rad, David Ompong, Vinuthaa Murthy, Jai Singh
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.10, pp. 2553-2567, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.020967
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Perovskite Solar Cells)
    Abstract DFT and TD-DFT calculations of HOMO and LUMO energies and photovoltaic properties are carried out on four selected pentathiophene donor and one IDIC-4F acceptor molecules using B3LYP and PBE0 functionals for the ground state energy calculations and CAM-B3LYP functional for the excited state calculations. The discrepancy between the calculated and experimental energies is reduced by correlating them with a linear fit. The fitted energies of HOMO and LUMO are used to calculate the Voc of an OSC based on these donors and acceptor blend and compared with experimental values. Using the Scharber model the calculated PCE of the donor-acceptor molecules… More >

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