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    Interface engineering of perovskite solar cell using a reduced-graphene scaffold

    , Article Journal of Physical Chemistry C ; Volume 120, Issue 35 , Volume 120, Issue 35 , 2016 , Pages 19531-19536 ; 19327447 (ISSN) Tavakoli, M. M ; Tavakoli, R ; Hasanzadeh, S ; Mirfasih, M. H ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society 
    Interface engineering of solar cell device is a prominent strategy to improve the device performance. Herein, we synthesize reduced-graphene scaffold (rGS) by using a new and simple chemical approach. In this regard, we synthesize a hollow structure of graphene and then fabricate a three-dimensional scaffold of graphene with a superior surface area using electrophoretic process. We employ this scaffold as an interface layer between the electron transfer and absorber layers in perovskite solar cell. The characterization tests and photovoltaic results show that rGS improves the carrier transportation, yielding a 27% improvement in device performance as compared to conventional device. Finally,... 

    Atomic layer deposition of an effective interface layer of tin for efficient and hysteresis-free mesoscopic perovskite solar cells

    , Article ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces ; Volume 12, Issue 7 , 2020 , Pages 8098-8106 Chavan, R.D ; Tavakoli, M. M ; Prochowicz, D ; Yadav, P ; Lote, S. S ; Bhoite, S. P ; Nimbalkar, A ; Hong, C. K ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society  2020
    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have experienced outstanding advances in power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) by employing new electron transport layers (ETLs), interface engineering, optimizing perovskite morphology, and improving charge collection efficiency. In this work, we study the role of a new ultrathin interface layer of titanium nitride (TiN) conformally deposited on a mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) scaffold using the atomic layer deposition method. Our characterization results revealed that the presence of TiN at the ETL/perovskite interface improves the charge collection as well as reduces the interface recombination. We find that the morphology (grain size) and optical properties of... 

    Double layer mesoscopic electron contact for efficient perovskite solar cells

    , Article Sustainable Energy and Fuels ; Volume 4, Issue 2 , 2020 , Pages 843-851 Chavan, R. D ; Yadav, P ; Tavakoli, M. M ; Prochowicz, D ; Nimbalkar, A ; Bhoite, S. P ; Bhosale, P. N ; Hong, C. K ; Sharif University of Technology
    Royal Society of Chemistry  2020
    Interface engineering has emerged as a great strategy for fabrication of high efficiency and stable perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Here, we deposit a thin layer of ZnS as a buffer layer at the interface of the perovskite absorber and electron transporting layer (ETL) using the atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. The impact of the ZnS layer on the photovoltaic characteristics of PSCs was investigated by comparison of two mesoscopic configurations, in which the ZnS layer is grown on compact TiO2 and on mesoporous TiO2 surfaces. Our results revealed that the addition of an ultrathin ZnS layer between the perovskite and ETL drastically improves the charge extraction properties and reduces... 

    Suppressing recombination in perovskite solar cells via surface engineering of TiO2 ETL

    , Article Solar Energy ; Volume 197 , 2020 , Pages 50-57 Prochowicz, D ; Tavakoli, M. M ; Wolska Pietkiewicz, M ; Jędrzejewska, M ; Trivedi, S ; Kumar, M ; Zakeeruddin, S. M ; Lewiński, J ; Graetzel, M ; Yadav, P ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier Ltd  2020
    Hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have gained significant attention owing to their excellent physicochemical and photovoltaic properties. PSCs typically consist of a perovskite light absorber sandwiched between two carrier selective layers optimized with respect to optimal band alignment and low interfacial recombination. The quality of the perovskite layer and interfaces play major roles in the fabrication of high-performance PSCs. In the present work, we systematically investigate the planar structure PSCs based on TiO2 and TiO2/ZnO electron transport layers (ETLs), which provide deeper insight into the charge recombination and accumulation mechanisms. We show that the double-layer...