Two Low-Cost and Efficient Hole-Transporting Materials for N-I-P Type Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells

ACS Omega. 2018 Sep 7;3(9):10791-10797. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.8b01817. eCollection 2018 Sep 30.


The simpler the design, the better and more effective it is. Two novel conjugated triarylamine derivatives in donor-π-donor structure employing biphenyl core and pyrene core as π-bridges, which are termed as Bp-OMe and Py-OMe, have been synthesized and characterized and then applied to perovskite solar cells (PSCs) as hole-transport materials (HTMs) successfully. Using 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxy-phenylamine)-9,9'-spirobiuorene (spiro-OMeTAD) as a relative reference, Py-OMe-based PSCs showed the best power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 19.28% under AM 1.5 G illumination at 100 mW cm-2, which is comparable to that of PSCs based on spiro-OMeTAD with a best PCE of 18.57% with doping. Although Bp-OMe-based PSCs performed with relatively poor PCEs (best PCE of 15.06%) than those of Py-OMe-based PSCs, attributing to the poor planarity and hole mobility, taking the cost into consideration, Bp-OMe and Py-OMe are much more likely to be promising efficient HTMs for PSCs.