Shedding Light on Wide Bandgap Perovskites
Michael Saliba a
a Institute for Photovoltaics (ipv), University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring, 47, Stuttgart, Germany
Invited Speaker Session, Michael Saliba, presentation 137
Publication date: 6th February 2024

Perovskite solar cells have come to the forefront of solar research in the last decade with certified efficiencies of now >26%. This is approaching rapidly the Shockley-Queisser limit for single-junction solar cells, implying that the main breakthroughs for perovskites were achieved with relatively narrow bandgaps.[1a,1b] Less progress, however, was made for wider bandgap perovskites, which are of interest for multijunction photovoltaics, detector applications, or water splitting. These wide bandgap perovskites are often comprised of fully inorganic components, which are hard to dissolve in conventional solvent systems and require more sophisticated synthesis as well as crystallisation techniques.

In this talk, I will discuss strategies to address these challenges by providing a library of hitherto unexplored wider bandgap perovskites using combinatorics. Mechanosynthesis is then studied to attain otherwise inaccessible liquid precursors permitting the realization, e.g., of “triple cation” wide bandgap perovskites.[2]

Unfortunately, the newly formulated liquid precursors often exhibit complex crystallization behaviour struggling to expel the typically used DMSO solvent. To delay the crystallization time, two strategies are proposed to remove the strongly complexating DMSO molecules through a) modified processing of the liquid thin-film[3] and b) a coordination solvent with a high donicity and a low vapor-pressure[4] leading to a marked improvement in the overall film quality.

Lastly, interface manipulation, especially on top of the formed perovskite, is becoming a central topic to advance further. Typically, this involves chemical surface treatments with a complex interaction. Here, light annealing is introduced as a universal, non-chemical approach to modify the perovskite surface resulting in a reduced surface recombination.[5]


[1a] Saliba et al. Energy & Environmental Science (2016), [1b] Turren-Cruz, Hagfeldt, Saliba; Science (2018)

[2] Ferdowsi,…, Saliba ; Chemistry of Materials (2021)

[3] Byranvand,…, Saliba; One‐Step Thermal Gradient‐and Antisolvent‐Free Crystallization of All‐Inorganic Perovskites for Highly Efficient and Thermally Stable Solar Cells, Advanced Science (2022)

[4] Zuo,…, Saliba; Coordination Chemistry as a Universal Strategy for a Controlled Perovskite Crystallization, Advanced Materials (2023)

[5] Kedia,…, Saliba; Light Makes Right: Laser Polishing for Surface Modification of Perovskite Solar Cells, ACS Energy Letters (2023)


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