Researchers report annealing-free flexible perovskite quantum dot solar cells that use UV-sintered Ga-doped SnO2 electron transport layers

Researchers from Hanyang University, Nankai University and Kookmin University have developed a room-temperature-processed tin oxide (SnO2) ETL preparation method for flexible perovskite quantum dots (PQD) solar cells. Low-temperature ETL deposition methods are especially desirable for fabricating flexible solar cells on polymer substrates.

The process involves synthesizing highly crystalline SnO2 nanocrystals stabilized with organic ligands, spin-coating their dispersion, followed by UV irradiation. The energy level of SnO2 is controlled by doping gallium ions to reduce the energy level mismatch with the PQD. 


The proposed ETL-based CsPbI3-PQD solar cell achieved a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 12.70%, the highest PCE among reported flexible quantum dot solar cells, maintaining 94% of the initial PCE after 500 bending tests. Consequently, the team demonstrated that a systemically designed ETL enhances the photovoltaic performance and mechanical stability of flexible optoelectronic devices.

Posted: Mar 21,2024 by Roni Peleg