Carrier separation and transport in perovskite solar cells studied by nanometre-scale profiling of electrical potential. Journal Article uri icon



  • Organometal-halide perovskite solar cells have greatly improved in just a few years to a power conversion efficiency exceeding 20%. This technology shows unprecedented promise for terawatt-scale deployment of solar energy because of its low-cost, solution-based processing and earth-abundant materials. We have studied charge separation and transport in perovskite solar cells-which are the fundamental mechanisms of device operation and critical factors for power output-by determining the junction structure across the device using the nanoelectrical characterization technique of Kelvin probe force microscopy. The distribution of electrical potential across both planar and porous devices demonstrates p-n junction structure at the TiO2/perovskite interfaces and minority-carrier diffusion/drift operation of the devices, rather than the operation mechanism of either an excitonic cell or a p-i-n structure. Combining the potential profiling results with solar cell performance parameters measured on optimized and thickened devices, we find that carrier mobility is a main factor that needs to be improved for further gains in efficiency of the perovskite solar cells.

publication date

  • September 28, 2015

has restriction

  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • October 1, 2015 1:09 AM

Full Author List

  • Jiang C-S; Yang M; Zhou Y; To B; Nanayakkara SU; Luther JM; Zhou W; Berry JJ; van de Lagemaat J; Padture NP

author count

  • 12

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2041-1723

Additional Document Info

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  • 8397


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