Perovskite solar cells based on bottom-fused TiO2 nanocones

Guiming Peng, Jiamin Wu, Suqin Wu, Xueqing Xu, James E. Ellis, Gang Xu, Alexander Star, Di Gao

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Compared to the fast electron transport in perovskite and rapid electron injection from perovskite to TiO2 nanoparticle scaffold, the slower electron transport rate in mesoporous TiO2 is reported to be a hindrance factor for power conversion efficiency. One-dimensional nanomaterials are believed to show faster carrier transport rate. In this paper, vertically aligned one-dimensional TiO2 nanocones on transparent conducting oxide were synthesized and utilized as a promising scaffold for perovskite solar cells. A simple concentration-dependent CH3NH3PbI3 seeding spin-coating method was developed to effectively improve the surface coverage at low cost. The resultant perovskite solar cells realized an average power conversion efficiency up to 11%, which is higher than that of rectangular TiO2 nanorods-based device. Besides the faster electron transport rate and slower recombination in such one-dimensional nanostructures, we attribute the superior performance of the nanocone-based device to the fact TiO2 nanocone arrays allow more CH3NH3PbI3 to deposit. By scaling up the nanocone-based devices to 1.2 cm2, they yielded a decent average power conversion efficiency of ∼6%. The combination of TiO2 nanocones with perovskite paves a way to take full advantage of one-dimensional nanomaterials and organic-inorganic perovskites for photovoltaic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1520-1530
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number4
StatePublished - 4 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science


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