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Title: Synergistic effects of lead thiocyanate additive and solvent annealing on the performance of wide-bandgap perovskite solar cells

Here, we show that the cooperation of lead thiocyanate additive and a solvent annealing process can effectively increase the grain size of mixed-cation lead mixed-halide perovskite thin films while avoiding excess lead iodide formation. As a result, the average grain size of the wide-bandgap mixed-cation lead perovskite thin films increases from 66 ± 24 to 1036 ± 111 nm, and the mean carrier lifetime shows a more than 3-fold increase, from 330 ns to over 1000 ns. Consequently, the average open-circuit voltage of wide-bandgap perovskite solar cells increases by 80 (70) mV, and the average power conversion efficiency (PCE) increases from 13.44 ± 0.48 (11.75 ± 0.34) to 17.68 ± 0.36 (15.58 ± 0.55)% when measured under reverse (forward) voltage scans. The best-performing wide-bandgap perovskite solar cell, with a bandgap of 1.75 eV, achieves a stabilized PCE of 17.18%.
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  1. Univ. of Toledo, Toledo, OH (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2380-8195
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Energy Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2380-8195
American Chemical Society (ACS)
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)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; perovskite solar cells; lead thiocyanate additive; annealing; thin films
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