New generation hole transporting materials for perovskite solar cells: amide-based small-molecules with nonconjugated backbones

Petrus, M. L. et al. (2018) New generation hole transporting materials for perovskite solar cells: amide-based small-molecules with nonconjugated backbones. Advanced Energy Materials, 8(32), 1801605. (doi: 10.1002/aenm.201801605)

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State‐of‐the‐art perovskite‐based solar cells employ expensive, organic hole transporting materials (HTMs) such as Spiro‐OMeTAD that, in turn, limits the commercialization of this promising technology. Herein an HTM (EDOT‐Amide‐TPA) is reported in which a functional amide‐based backbone is introduced, which allows this material to be synthesized in a simple condensation reaction with an estimated cost of <$5 g−1. When employed in perovskite solar cells, EDOT‐Amide‐TPA demonstrates stabilized power conversion efficiencies up to 20.0% and reproducibly outperforms Spiro‐OMeTAD in direct comparisons. Time resolved microwave conductivity measurements indicate that the observed improvement originates from a faster hole injection rate from the perovskite to EDOT‐Amide‐TPA. Additionally, the devices exhibit an improved lifetime, which is assigned to the coordination of the amide bond to the Li‐additive, offering a novel strategy to hamper the migration of additives. It is shown that, despite the lack of a conjugated backbone, the amide‐based HTM can outperform state‐of‐the‐art HTMs at a fraction of the cost, thereby providing a novel set of design strategies to develop new, low‐cost HTMs.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This project was financed by a grant from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the project ID 03SF0516B. The authors acknowledge funding from the Bavarian Collaborative Research Program “Solar Technologies Go Hybrid” (SolTech), the Center for NanoScience (CeNS), the DFG Excellence Cluster “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Docampo, Dr Pablo
Authors: Petrus, M. L., Schutt, K., Sirtl, M. T., Hutter, E. M., Closs, A. C., Ball, J. M., Bijleveld, J. C., Petrozza, A., Bein, T., Dingemans, T. J., Savenije, T. J., Snaith, H., and Docampo, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Advanced Energy Materials
ISSN (Online):1614-6840
Published Online:08 October 2018
First Published:First published in Advanced Energy Materials 8(32):1801605
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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