Enhanced optical path and electron diffusion length enable high-efficiency perovskite tandems

Bin Chen, Se Woong Baek, Yi Hou, Erkan Aydin, Michele De Bastiani, Benjamin Scheffel, Andrew Proppe, Ziru Huang, Mingyang Wei, Ya Kun Wang, Eui Hyuk Jung, Thomas G. Allen, Emmanuel Van Kerschaver, F. Pelayo García de Arquer, Makhsud I. Saidaminov, Sjoerd Hoogland, Stefaan De Wolf, Edward H. Sargent*

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Tandem solar cells involving metal-halide perovskite subcells offer routes to power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) that exceed the single-junction limit; however, reported PCE values for tandems have so far lain below their potential due to inefficient photon harvesting. Here we increase the optical path length in perovskite films by preserving smooth morphology while increasing thickness using a method we term boosted solvent extraction. Carrier collection in these films – as made – is limited by an insufficient electron diffusion length; however, we further find that adding a Lewis base reduces the trap density and enhances the electron-diffusion length to 2.3 µm, enabling a 19% PCE for 1.63 eV semi-transparent perovskite cells having an average near-infrared transmittance of 85%. The perovskite top cell combined with solution-processed colloidal quantum dot:organic hybrid bottom cell leads to a PCE of 24%; while coupling the perovskite cell with a silicon bottom cell yields a PCE of 28.2%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1257
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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