Shedding Light on Photovoltaic Hysteresis in Perovskites
U.S. and Chinese researchers used nanoscale electrical and strain-based SPM techniques to investigate photoinduced processes in perovskite materials. The results elucidate the greater and lesser roles of ion migration and spontaneous polarization, respectively, in photocurrent hysteresis.
Halide perovskite materials are exciting candidates for next-generation photovoltaics due to their high conversion efficiencies and relative ease of manufacture. However, large-scale production of perovskite solar cells requires a better understanding of current hysteresis and its impact on device efficiency and stability.
A research team from Univ. Washington–Seattle (U.S.), the Chinese Academy of Sciences–Shenzhen, and several Chinese universities has gained insight into this topic. They applied scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques to measure electrical and electromechanical behavior on the nanoscale in both light and dark conditions. Samples contained the triple-cation mixed-halide perovskite CsFAMA [Csx(FAyMA1−y)1−xPb(IzBr1−z)3], where FA=NH2CHNH2 (formamidinium) and MA=CH3NH2 (methylammonium).
The SPM data showed that illumination induced minimal hysteresis but strongly enhanced polarization strain. These findings indicate that photovoltaic hysteresis in ferroelectric halide perovskites is caused primarily by ion migration and not spontaneous polarization. The nanoscale information was further leveraged to construct a macroscale CsFAMA solar cell with 20.11% efficiency and hysteresis index as low as 3%.
The results establish nanoscale correlations between ion migration, polarization, and hysteresis in perovskites for the first time. In so doing, they advance understanding of photovoltaic processes in perovskites and could accelerate development of commercial perovskite-based solar cells.
Citation: G. Xia, B. Huang, Y. Zhang et al., Nanoscale insights into photovoltaic hysteresis in triple-cation mixed-halide perovskite: Resolving the role of polarization and ionic migration. Adv. Mater. 31, 1902870 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201902870
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