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Black phosphorus quantum dots in inorganic perovskite thin films for efficient photovoltaic application

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Science Advances  10 Apr 2020:
Vol. 6, no. 15, eaay5661
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aay5661

Abstract

Black phosphorus quantum dots (BPQDs) are proposed as effective seed-like sites to modulate the nucleation and growth of CsPbI2Br perovskite crystalline thin layers, allowing an enhanced crystallization and remarkable morphological improvement. We reveal that the lone-pair electrons of BPQDs can induce strong binding between molecules of the CsPbI2Br precursor solution and phosphorus atoms stemming from the concomitant reduction in coulombic repulsion. The four-phase transition during the annealing process yields an α-phase CsPbI2Br stabilized by BPQDs. The BPQDS/CsPbI2Br core-shell structure concomitantly reinforces a stable CsPbI2Br crystallite and suppresses the oxidation of BPQDs. Consequently, a power conversion efficiency of 15.47% can be achieved for 0.7 wt % BPQDs embedded in CsPbI2Br film-based devices, with an enhanced cell stability, under ambient conditions. Our finding is a decisive step in the exploration of crystallization and phase stability that can lead to the realization of efficient and stable inorganic perovskite solar cells.

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