Copper Thiocyanate Inorganic Hole-Transporting Material for High-Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells

Vinod Madhavan, Iwan Zimmermann, Cristina Roldán-Carmona, Giulia Grancini, Marie Buffiere, Abdelhak Belaidi, Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin

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In this Letter we show that the mixed perovskite in the form of (FAPbI3)0.85(MAPbBr3)0.15 in combination with CuNCS as p-type hole conductor leads to over 16% power conversion efficiency (PCE) under full sun illumination and yields a remarkable monochromatic incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency of 85%. The devices displayed a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 21.8 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 1100 mV, fill factor (FF) of 0.69, and a PCE of 16.6%. Under similar conditions, the device without CuSCN shows a PCE of 9.5%, with a significant decrease in the Jsc (from 21.8 mA/cm2 to 15.64 mA/cm2) and Voc (from 1100 mV to 900 mV). The high Jsc with CuSCN is mainly due to the effective charge transfer between perovskite and CuSCN, followed by the fast hole transport through CuSCN to the Au. In comparison, the spiro-OMeTAD reference cells showed efficiencies up to 19.65%. Different from most organic hole-transporting materials is the transparency and high hole mobility of CuSCN, which represent a paradigm shift in perovskite solar cells particularly for tandem solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1117
Number of pages6
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Chemistry

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