Thermal Stability of CuSCN Hole Conductor-Based Perovskite Solar Cells

Minsu Jung, Young Chan Kim, Nam Joong Jeon, Woon Seok Yang, Jangwon Seo, Jun Hong Noh, Sang Il Seok

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Although perovskite solar cells (PSCs) surpassing 20 % in certified power conversion efficiency (PCE) have been demonstrated with organic hole-transporting layers (HTLs), thermal degradation remains one of the key issues for practical applications. We fabricated PSCs using low temperature solution-processed CuSCN as the inorganic hole-transport layer (HTL), which possesses a highly stable crystalline structure and is robust even at high temperatures. The best-performing cell delivers a PCE of 18.0 %, with 15.9 % measured at the stabilized power output. Here we report the thermal stability of PSCs based on CuSCN in comparison with commonly used 2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis-(N,N-di-4-methoxyphenylamino)-9,9′-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD). The PSC fabricated with organic spiro-OMeTAD degrades to 25 % of initial PCE after annealing for 2 h at 125 °C in air under 40 % average relative humidity. However, CuSCN-based PSCs maintain approximately 60 % of the initial value, exhibiting superior thermal stability under identical conditions. This work demonstrates that high efficiency and improved thermal stability are simultaneously achieved when CuSCN is used as an HTL in PSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2592-2596
Number of pages5
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sept 22
Externally publishedYes

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  • copper thiocyanate
  • hole-transporting layer
  • perovskite
  • solar cell
  • thermal stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Energy


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