Inorganic Rubidium Cation as an Enhancer for Photovoltaic Performance and Moisture Stability of HC(NH2)2PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells

Yun Hee Park, Inyoung Jeong, Seunghwan Bae, Hae Jung Son, Phillip Lee, Jinwoo Lee, Chul Ho Lee, Min Jae Ko

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Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) based on organic monovalent cation (methylammonium or formamidinium) have shown excellent optoelectronic properties with high efficiencies above 22%, threatening the status of silicon solar cells. However, critical issues of long-term stability have to be solved for commercialization. The severe weakness of the state-of-the-art PSCs against moisture originates mainly from the hygroscopic organic cations. Here, rubidium (Rb) is suggested as a promising candidate for an inorganic–organic mixed cation system to enhance moisture-tolerance and photovoltaic performances of formamidinium lead iodide (FAPbI3). Partial incorporation of Rb in FAPbI3 tunes the tolerance factor and stabilizes the photoactive perovskite structure. Phase conversion from hexagonal yellow FAPbI3 to trigonal black FAPbI3 becomes favored when Rb is introduced. The authors find that the absorbance and fluorescence lifetime of 5% Rb-incorporated FAPbI3 (Rb0.05FA0.95PbI3) are enhanced than bare FAPbI3. Rb0.05FA0.95PbI3-based PSCs exhibit a best power conversion efficiency of 17.16%, which is much higher than that of the FAPbI3 device (13.56%). Moreover, it is demonstrated that the Rb0.05FA0.95PbI3 film shows superior stability against high humidity (85%) and the full device made with the mixed perovskite exhibits remarkable long-term stability under ambient condition without encapsulation, retaining the high performance for 1000 h.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1605988
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Y.H.P. and I.J. contributed equally to this work. The authors thank Dr. Weon-Sik Chae, KBSI Daegu Center, for the fluorescence lifetime measurements. This work was supported from the Technology Development Program to Solve Climate Changes (2015M1A2A2056824) and the Global Frontier R&D Program on Center for Multiscale Energy System (2012M3A6A7054856), funded by the National Research Foundation under the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning, Korea; this work was also supported by the KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology Program, and KIST institutional program.

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© 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • fluorescence lifetimes
  • inorganic–organic hybrids
  • perovskites
  • rubidium
  • solar cells
  • stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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