The Impact of Dynamic Two-step Solution Process on Film Formation of Cs0.15(MA0.7FA0.3)0.85PbI3 Perovskite and Solar Cell Performance
Jueming Bing a, Jincheol Kim a, Meng Zhang a, Jianghui Zheng a, Daseul Lee a, Yongyoon Cho a, Xiaofan Deng a, Cho Fai Jonathan Lau a, Yong Li a, Martin A. Green a, Shujuan Huang a, Anita W. Y. Ho-Baillie a
a The University of New South Wales, Australia, Kensington NSW 2052, Australia, Kensington, Australia
Asia-Pacific International Conference on Perovskite, Organic Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics
Proceedings of International Conference on Perovskite and Organic Photovoltaics and Optoelectronics (IPEROP19)
Kyōto-shi, Japan, 2019 January 27th - 29th
Organizers: Hideo Ohkita, Atsushi Wakamiya and Mohammad Nazeeruddin
Poster, Jueming Bing, 014
Publication date: 23rd October 2018

Perovskite solar cells have attracted great attention in recent years and much of the research has been focused on the optimization of solution-based fabrication methods for device performance improvement. Sequential process has been used for many state of the art perovskite solar cells. This paper provides further understanding of the mechanism for perovskite film formation fabricated by sequential solution-based methods by comparing two types of sequential methods for Cs0.15(MA0.7FA0.3)0.85PbI3 perovskite which involves an initial step of depositing PbI2-CsI-DMSO-DMF by spin coating followed by the spin coating of MAI-FAI-IPA. In the “static process”, there is a stoppage between the two spin coating steps. In the “dynamic process”, the MAI-FAI-IPA precursor in the 2nd step is dispensed while the substrate is still in motion after the 1st PbI2-CsI-DMSO-DMF deposition step. This is the first time such dynamic process is used for the fabrication of Cs0.15(MA0.7FA0.3)0.85PbI3 perovskite film and corresponding solar cells. X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) measurements are carried out on as-deposited dynamic processed and static processed films for comparison. The two as-deposited films have different FTIR and XRD peaks, indicating different rate of perovskite formation. The mechanism for film formation is improved in the dynamic process due to the “retainment” of the DMSO complex necessary for the intermediate phase which i) promotes intercalation between the PbI2-CsI and the MAI-FAI and ii) slows down the crystallization of Cs0.15(MA0.7FA0.3)0.85PbI3 for full perovskite conversion and film uniformity. It is also found that as-deposited perovskite film by dynamic process is more ordered with higher degree of preferred orientation.

All of these improvements can be seen in film thickness (thicker) and more uniform morphology (confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and optical measurements); better crystallinity and higher degree of preferred crystal orientation (confirmed by XRD); and higher carrier lifetimes (confirmed by steady state and time-resolved photoluminescence measurements). A champion dynamic processed perovskite device reaches an efficiency of 18.4%, while the average efficiency of these devices reaches 17.0% which is a 2% improvement over the average efficiency of static processed devices.

The new insights provided by this work are important for future optimization of sequential fabrication method for perovskite solar cells as the sequential process has the advantage of flexibility allowing i) solvent incompatibility of different precursors to be resolved; ii) separate optimizations for each step; and iii) different deposition methods to be used for each deposition step.

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