Solution-processed Nb:SnO2 electron transport layer for efficient planar perovskite solar cells

Xiaodong Ren, Dong Yang, Zhou Yang, Jiangshan Feng, Xuejie Zhu, Jinzhi Niu, Yucheng Liu, Wangen Zhao, Shengzhong Frank Liu

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Electron transport layer (ETL), facilitating charge carrier separation and electron extraction, is a key component in planar perovskite solar cells (PSCs). We developed an effective ETL using low-temperature solution-processed Nb-doped SnO2 (Nb:SnO2). Compared to the pristine SnO2, the power conversion efficiency of PSCs based on Nb:SnO2 ETL is raised to 17.57% from 15.13%. The splendid performance is attributed to the excellent optical and electronic properties of the Nb:SnO2 material, such as smooth surface, high electron mobility, appropriate electrical conductivity, therefore making a better growth platform for a high quality perovskite absorber layer. Experimental analyses reveal that the Nb:SnO2 ETL significantly enhances the electron extraction and effectively suppresses charge recombination, leading to improved solar cell performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2421-2429
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 25 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science


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