Electrochimica Acta, Vol.296, 75-81, 2019
Bifunctional electron transporting layer/perovskite interface linker for highly efficient perovskite solar cells
The electron transporting layer/perovskite interface is crucial to the power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cell. In this work, we study the effect of bifunctional 4-picolinic acid self-assembled monolayer as electron transporting layer/perovskite interface linker on perovskite crystallinity and electron transporting layer/perovskite interface transfer property for high performance perovskite solar cell. Our result shows that the 4-picolinic acid self-assembled monolayer modified device exhibits the highest efficiency of 18.90% and negligible hysteresis index of 0.03 under illumination of AM 1.5G (100 mW cm(-2)), compared to that (14.65%) of the unmodified device. It can be concluded that the bifunctional self-assembled monolayer can be grappled with the TiO2, increase grain sizes of MAPbI(3), effectively passivate TiO2/perovskite interface, and preferably balance electrons and holes transfer, which significantly improves device performance with negligible hysteresis. Our results also indicate bifunctional self-assembled monolayer is a preferable pathway for fabricating high performance and low hysteresis perovskite solar cells. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.