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Perovskites are a class of materials that share a similar structure, which display a myriad of exciting properties like superconductivity, magnetoresistance and more. These easily synthesized materials are considered the future of solar cells, as their distinctive structure makes them perfect for enabling low-cost, efficient photovoltaics. They are also predicted to play a role in next-gen electric vehicle batteries, sensors, lasers and much more.

Recent perovskite News

Novel ETL shows promise for efficient and stable perovskite solar cells

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Fuzhou University have reported a perovskite solar cell with an electron transport layer (ETL) based on Tin(IV) oxide (SnO2) and crystalline polymeric carbon nitrides (cPCN).

The team explained that the modification of the SnO2 layer with the cPCN is key to avoiding undesirable current-voltage hysteresis, which is responsible for reducing the cell's stability. This phenomenon tends to occur in electrical systems when current or voltage changes and the effects of the changes are delayed. It is dependent on the composition of the material, and ion migration and non-radiative recombination near interfaces are often considered responsible for the effect.

AMOLF researchers create new ion exchange lithography technique

AMOLF researchers Lukas Helmbrecht and Wim Noorduin have developed a reactive ink that can be painted on an equally reactive canvas. The ink reacts with the material on the canvas to become a semiconductor that emits colored light, an essential part of electronic components such as LEDs.

Fabrication of a spatially patterned perovskite film imageSchematic illustration showing the fabrication of a spatially patterned perovskite film. Image from Advanced Materials

The AMOLF team's new ion exchange lithography technique enables one to paint a canvas by making the canvas itself change to a different color instead of brushing paint on it. In this technique, the ‘ink’ reacts with the ‘canvas’ by means of ion exchange. To demonstrate the technique, the team used it to airbrush an image of Madame Curie. “I find it fascinating to see: the green image forms as soon as you start spraying, despite both the ink and the canvas being colorless”, said Helmbrecht.

Researchers suggest ways to produce active and stable perovskite oxide-based OER materials

A study led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has shown a shape-shifting quality in perovskite oxides that could be promising for speeding up the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) that is vital for hydrogen production (and a variety of other chemical processes). The research shows that perovskite oxides could be used to design new materials for making renewable fuels and also for storing energy.

New design rules for active and stable perovskite oxide-based OER materials imageSurface evolution of a lanthanum cobalt oxide perovskite. Image credit: ANL

Perovskite oxides are less expensive than precious metals such as iridium or ruthenium that also promote OER. But perovskite oxides are not as active (in other words, efficient at accelerating the OER) as these metals, and they tend to slowly degrade.

Carbon dot-wrapped perovskites could enable stable and efficient PSCs

Researchers from Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Swinburne University of Technology have reported the creation of resilient, high-efficiency triple-cation perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by incorporating carbon dots (CDs) derived from human hair into the perovskite film.

QUT's Professor Hongxia Wang’s team had previously found that nanostructured carbon materials could be used to improve a cell’s performance. In their recent work, they tried using the carbon nanodots on perovskite solar cells. After adding a solution of carbon dots into the process perovskites synthesis, Professor Wang’s team found the carbon dots forming a wave-like layer where the perovskite crystals are surrounded by the carbon dots.

Researchers reach 25.6% conversion efficiency using a novel anion engineering concept

A team of researchers, led by South Korea's UNIST and KIER, and Switzerland's EPFL, has reached 25.6% power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells by introducing an anion engineering concept that uses pseudo-halide anion formate to suppress anion-vacancy defects and augment crystallinity.

Perovskite derivatives have been investigated to overcome instability issues with lead-based organic perovskite materials in ambient air and reduce the use of lead. Researchers have introduced various methods to improve conversion efficiency. An engineering concept using formate, which is the anion derived from formic acid, was introduced by researchers.

The Perovskite for Displays Market Report updated to April 2021

Perovskite-Info is proud to announce an update to our Perovskite for the Display Industry Market Report. This market report, brought to you by the world's leading perovskite and OLED industry experts, is a comprehensive guide to next-generation perovskite-based solutions for the display industry that enable efficient, low cost and high-quality display devices. The report is now updated to April 2021.

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  • Perovskite materials and their properties
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China’s UtmoLight reports solar module efficiency of 20.5%, plans to build large-area production lines

China-based Wuxi Utmost Light Technology (UtmoLight) has announced that it has reached a new world record of 20.5% power conversion efficiency for its perovskite mini-module with a designated area of 63.98 cm2. The result was reportedly certified by the internationally recognized test center – Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET).

UtmoLight plans to build production lines for manufacturing large-area perovskite solar modules to accelerate the commercialization of its perovskite photovoltaic technology.