The Controlling Mechanism for Potential Loss in CH3NH3PbBr3 Hybrid Solar Cells

Kai Zhu, Mengjin Yang, Xiaojia Zheng, Bo Chen, Congcong Wu, Shashank Priya, Bruce Orler, Robert Moore

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We investigated moisture and thermal stability of MAPbBr3 perovskite material. Cubic MAPbBr3 was found to be moisture-insensitive and can avoid the thermal stability issues introduced by low-temperature phase transition in MAPbI3. MAPbBr3 and MAPbI3 hybrid solar cells with efficiencies of ∼7.1% and ∼15.5%, respectively, were fabricated, and we identified the correlation between the working temperature, light intensity, and the photovoltaic performance. No charge-carrier transport barriers were found in the MAPbBr3 and MAPbI3 solar cells. The MAPbBr3 solar cell displays a better stability under high working temperature because of its close-packed crystal structure. Temperature-dependent photocurrent-voltage characteristics indicate that, unlike the MAPbI3 solar cell with an activation energy (EA) nearly equal to its band gap (Eg), the EA for the MAPbBr3 solar cell is much lower than its Eg. This indicates that a high interface recombination process limits the photovoltage and consequently the device performance of the MAPbBr3 solar cell.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)424-430
Number of pages7
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 12 Aug 2016

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© 2016 American Chemical Society.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-66015


  • activation energy
  • interface recombination
  • perovskite solar cell
  • potential loss
  • transition temperature


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