Aging effects in interface-engineered perovskite solar cells with 2D nanomaterials: A depth profile analysis

Yan Busby, Antonio Agresti, Sara Pescetelli, Aldo Di Carlo, Céline Noel, Jean-Jacques Pireaux, Laurent Houssiau

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The stability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is a major factor limiting the market breakthrough of this technology. To understand the aging effects in PSCs is mandatory to rationally design implemented architectures and materials combining a viable deposition process, efficiency and stability. Despite of this
evidence, only few experimental works succeeded in the direct quantitative characterization of aging effects in PSCs. In this work, we apply state-of-the-art X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profile analysis and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) 3D imaging to investigate the light-induced degradation of layers and interfaces in reference (Au/Spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3/m-TiO2/cTiO2/FTO) and interface-engineered mesoscopic PSCs in which graphene flakes are added into the mesoscopic TiO2
layer and a solution-processed 2H-MoS2 flakes buffer layer is added at the Spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3 interface. Results show that the graphene addition into the mesoscopic TiO2 layer improves the stability of the PSC by reducing the locally-inhomogeneous light-induced back-conversion of the CH3NH3PbI3 layer into PbIxand PbOx species and the consequent release of iodine species, which
diffuse across the interfaces and causes the modifications at the gold electrode (Au-I bonding) and themesoscopic TiO2(Ti-I bonding) interfaces. Moreover, where the CH3NH3PbI3 layer is preserved the gold diffusion across the entire device structure is strongly reduced even after the aging. The 2H-MoS2 flakes
buffer layer allows limiting the localized diffusion of gold and the iodine diffusion in as-prepared PSCs while it is rather ineffective in preventing light-induced aging effects. Overall, thanks to the lower average degradation of the layers and interfaces, interface engineered PSCs could retain ~60% of their
initial PCE after the aging respect to less than ~25% in the reference cells
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Today Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • Aging effects
  • Depth profiling
  • Interface analysis
  • Interface engineering
  • Perovskite solar cells
  • ToF-SIMS
  • XPS

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