Monolithic all-perovskite tandem solar cells with 24.8% efficiency exploiting comproportionation to suppress Sn(ii) oxidation in precursor ink

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Combining wide-bandgap and narrow-bandgap perovskites to construct monolithic all-perovskite tandem solar cells offers avenues for continued increases in photovoltaic (PV) power conversion efficiencies (PCEs). However, actual efficiencies today are diminished by the subpar performance of narrow-bandgap subcells. Here we report a strategy to reduce Sn vacancies in mixed Pb–Sn narrow-bandgap perovskites that use metallic tin to reduce the Sn4+ (an oxidation product of Sn2+) to Sn2+ via a comproportionation reaction. We increase, thereby, the charge-carrier diffusion length in narrow-bandgap perovskites to 3 μm for the best materials. We obtain a PCE of 21.1% for 1.22-eV narrow-bandgap solar cells. We fabricate monolithic all-perovskite tandem cells with certified PCEs of 24.8% for small-area devices (0.049 cm2) and of 22.1% for large-area devices (1.05 cm2). The tandem cells retain 90% of their performance following 463 h of operation at the maximum power point under full 1-sun illumination.

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Fig. 1: Mixed Pb–Sn narrow-bandgap perovskite films fabricated from Sn4+-containing and Sn-reduced (Sn4+-free) precursor solutions.
Fig. 2: Charge dynamics of mixed Pb–Sn narrow-bandgap perovskites.
Fig. 3: PV performance of mixed Pb–Sn narrow-bandgap PSCs.
Fig. 4: Performance and stability of monolithic all-perovskite tandem solar cells.

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This work is supported by the National Key R&D Programme of China (grant no. 2018YFB1500102), the Thousand Talent Programme for Young Outstanding Scientists in China and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (grant no. 0213/14380122). The work of C.Z. is supported by the National Key R&D Programme of China (grant no. 2017YFA0303703) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 91833305). The work of J.Z. is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 11574143). The authors thank Q. Shi at SIMIT (Shanghai) for his guidance on the JV measurements of tandem solar cells.

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H.T. conceived the idea and directed the overall project. R.L., K.X., C.Z., J.Z., E.H.S. and H.T. designed the experiments. R.L. and K.X. fabricated all the devices and conducted the characterization. Z.Q., C.Z. and M.X. carried out the THz measurements and corresponding data analysis. Q.H., M.W., M.I.S. and Y.G. helped on the device fabrication and characterization. A.L. helped on ALD processing. J.X. helped on ultraviolet–visible–near-infrared spectroscopy measurements. H.T. and E.H.S. wrote the manuscript, and all authors read and commented on the manuscript.

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Lin, R., Xiao, K., Qin, Z. et al. Monolithic all-perovskite tandem solar cells with 24.8% efficiency exploiting comproportionation to suppress Sn(ii) oxidation in precursor ink. Nat Energy 4, 864–873 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41560-019-0466-3

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