Special Series on Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

Perspectives on organolead halide perovskite photovoltaics

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Alex Hariz

University of South Australia, School of Engineering, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia

J. Photon. Energy. 6(3), 032001 (Sep 08, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JPE.6.032001
History: Received April 15, 2016; Accepted August 16, 2016
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Abstract.  A number of photovoltaic technologies have been developed for large-scale solar-power production. The single-crystal first-generation photovoltaic devices were followed by thin-film semiconductor absorber layers layered between two charge-selective contacts, and more recently, by nanostructured or mesostructured solar cells that utilize a distributed heterojunction to generate charge carriers and to transport holes and electrons in spatially separated conduits. Even though a number of materials have been trialed in nanostructured devices, the aim of achieving high-efficiency thin-film solar cells in such a manner as to rival the silicon technology has yet to be attained. Organolead halide perovskites have recently emerged as a promising material for high-efficiency nanoinfiltrated devices. An examination of the efficiency evolution curve reveals that interfaces play a paramount role in emerging organic electronic applications. To optimize and control the performance in these devices, a comprehensive understanding of the contacts is essential. However, despite the apparent advances made, a fundamental theoretical analysis of the physical processes taking place at the contacts is still lacking. However, experimental ideas, such as the use of interlayer films, are forging marked improvements in efficiencies of perovskite-based solar cells. Furthermore, issues of long-term stability and large-area manufacturing have some way to go before full commercialization is possible.

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Alex Hariz
"Perspectives on organolead halide perovskite photovoltaics", J. Photon. Energy. 6(3), 032001 (Sep 08, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JPE.6.032001


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