Fast two-step deposition of perovskite via mediator extraction treatment for large-area, high-performance perovskite solar cells

Young Yun Kim, Eun Young Park, Tae Youl Yang, Jun Hong Noh, Tae Joo Shin, Nam Joong Jeon, Jangwon Seo

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As the efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) reached more than 22%, the large-area fabrication of PSCs became another issue receiving growing attention. For large-area PSCs, more reproducibility is required to precisely control the crystallization behavior of perovskites. A two-step process has been preferred to apply large-area coatings of perovskite because of its better reproducibility, but the process has suffered from slow and incomplete conversion of PbI2 to perovskite. In this paper, we propose a fast, simple, two-step method - mediator extraction treatment (MET) - for the preparation of a high-quality perovskite film. In MET, a pre-deposited PbI2-DMSO complex film is converted into a peculiar PbI2 film with a porous morphology and unusual crystallographic orientation via the removal of DMSO. PbI2 could be completely converted into MAPbI3 by a fast reaction with MAI molecules. We demonstrate that this MET process in MAPbI3-based PSCs can achieve 18.8% of the maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) using spin-coating, and 18.3% of the maximum PCE using slot-die coating with a uniform distribution in a 10 ×10 cm2 substrate at a laboratory scale. Moreover, over 18% of PCE could be achieved in only 100 s, and with room-temperature processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12447-12454
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Republic of Korea (KK1802-A01), the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea (No. 20163010012470), and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grants funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP) of Korea (NRF-2016M3A6A7945503 and NRF-2017R1A2B2009676).

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© 2018 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science


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