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Radiation Hardness of Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Electrode Under Proton Irradiation

Barbé, Jérémy, Hughes, Declan, Wei, Zhengfei, Pockett, Adam, Lee, Harrison K. H., Heasman, Keith C., Carnie, Matthew J., Watson, Trystan M. and Tsoi, Wing C. (2019) Radiation Hardness of Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Aluminum-Doped Zinc Oxide Electrode Under Proton Irradiation Solar RRL, 3 (12), 1900219.

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Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have gained increasing interest for space applications. However, before they can be deployed into space, their resistance to ionizing radiations, such as high‐energy protons, must be demonstrated. Herein, the effect of 150 keV protons on the performance of PSCs based on aluminum‐doped zinc oxide (AZO) transparent conducting oxide (TCO) is investigated. A record power conversion efficiency of 15% and 13.6% is obtained for cells based on AZO under AM1.5G and AM0 illumination, respectively. It is demonstrated that PSCs can withstand proton irradiation up to 10¹³ protons cm⁻² without significant loss in efficiency. From 10¹⁴ protons cm⁻², a decrease in short‐circuit current of PSCs is observed, which is consistent with interfacial degradation due to deterioration of the Spiro‐OMeTAD holes transport layer during proton irradiation. The structural and optical properties of perovskite remain intact up to high fluence levels. Although shallow trap states are induced by proton irradiation in perovskite bulk at low fluence levels, charges are released efficiently and are not detrimental to the cell's performance. This work highlights the potential of PSCs based on AZO TCO to be used for space applications and gives a deeper understanding of interfacial degradation due to proton irradiation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Barbé, Jérémy
Hughes, Declan
Wei, Zhengfei
Pockett, Adam
Lee, Harrison K. H.
Heasman, Keith
Carnie, Matthew J.
Watson, Trystan M.
Tsoi, Wing C.
Date : 13 September 2019
Funders : Airbus Andeavr Wales, Ser Cymru funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Welsh European Funding Office (SPARC II), The IMPACT Operation
DOI : 10.1002/solr.201900219
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Barbé, J. , Hughes, D. , Wei, Z. , Pockett, A. , Lee, H. K., Heasman, K. C., Carnie, M. J., Watson, T. M. and Tsoi, W. C. (2019), Radiation Hardness of Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Aluminum‐Doped Zinc Oxide Electrode Under Proton Irradiation. Sol. RRL. doi:10.1002/solr.201900219, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions
Uncontrolled Keywords : Perovskite solar cells; Proton irradiation; Space; Aluminium-doped zinc oxide
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 01 Nov 2019 12:12
Last Modified : 01 Sep 2020 02:08

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