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Title: Thermally evaporated methylammonium tin triiodide thin films for lead-free perovskite solar cell fabrication

Here, we report on the synthesis of methylammonium tin triiodide (MASnI 3) thin films at room temperature by a hybrid thermal evaporation method and their application in fabricating lead (Pb)-free perovskite solar cells. The as-deposited MASnI 3 thin films exhibit smooth surfaces, uniform coverage across the entire substrate, and strong crystallographic preferred orientation along the < 100 > direction. By incorporating this film with an inverted planar device architecture, our Pb-free perovskite solar cells are able to achieve an open-circuit voltage ( V oc) up to 494 mV. The relatively high V oc is mainly ascribed to the excellent surface coverage, the compact morphology, the good stoichiometry control of the MASnI 3 thin films, and the effective passivation of the electron-blocking and hole-blocking layers. Finally, our results demonstrate the potential capability of the hybrid evaporation method to prepare high-quality Pb-free MASnI 3 perovskite thin films which can be used to fabricate efficient Pb-free perovskite solar cells.
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  1. The Univ. of Toledo, Toledo, OH (United States)
  2. Nanjing Univ. of Posts & Telecommunications, Nanjing (People's Republic of China)
  3. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2046-2069; RSCACL
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
RSC Advances
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 93; Journal ID: ISSN 2046-2069
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S); USDOE SunShot Initiative, Next Generation Photovoltaics 3 Program
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; methylammonium tin triiodide; thin films; fabrication; synthesis
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