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Title: Stabilized wide bandgap perovskite solar cells by tin substitution

Wide bandgap MAPb(I 1-yBr y) 3 perovskites show promising potential for application in tandem solar cells. However, unstable photovoltaic performance caused by phase segregation has been observed under illumination when y is above 0.2. Herein, we successfully demonstrate stabilization of the I/Br phase by partially replacing Pb 2+ with Sn 2+ and verify this stabilization with X-ray diffractometry and transient absorption spectroscopy. The resulting MAPb 0.75Sn 0.25(I 1-yBr y) 3 perovskite solar cells show stable photovoltaic performance under continuous illumination. Among these cells, the one based on MAPb 0.75Sn 0.25(I 0.4Br 0.6) 3 perovskite shows the highest efficiency of 12.59% with a bandgap of 1.73 eV, which make it a promising wide bandgap candidate for application in tandem solar cells. The engineering of internal bonding environment by partial Sn substitution is believed to be the main reason for making MAPb 0.75Sn 0.25(I 1-yBr y) 3 perovskite less vulnerable to phase segregation during the photostriction under illumination. Furthermore, this study establishes composition engineering of the metal site as a promising strategy to impart phase stability in hybrid perovskites under illumination.
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  1. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1530-6984
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Nano Letters
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Journal Volume: 16; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 1530-6984
American Chemical Society
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Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
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This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (DMR-1608279), the Office of Naval Research (N00014-14-1- 0246), the Asian Office of Aerospace R&D (FA2386-15-1- 4106), and the Department of Energy SunShot (DE-EE 0006710). A.-K.-Y.J. thanks the Boeing-Johnson Foundation for financial support. Z.Y. acknowledges the financial support from the State of Washington through the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute. The authors also thank Francis Lin and Ting Zhao for material synthesis and Liam Bradshaw for assistance in XRD setup.
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United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; large bandgap; photo stability; phase segregation; Sn substitution
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