Enhanced performance of perovskite solar cells based on vertical TiO 2 nanotube arrays with full filling of CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3

Xiaoguang Liang, Yuanhang Cheng, Xiuwen Xu, Ruoting Dong, Dapan Li, Ziyao Zhou, Renjie Wei, Guofa Dong, Sai Wing Tsang, Johnny C. Ho

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Due to a wide range of intriguing properties, such as efficient one-dimensional (1D) electron pathways and extraordinarily large surface areas, titanium dioxide (TiO 2 ) nanotube arrays are considered as the promising electron transport material for high-performance perovskite solar cells (PVSCs). However, it is still a great challenge to directly synthesize the TiO 2 nanotube arrays with well-controlled geometries (e.g., diameter and height, etc.) on the surface of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO). Here, vertically standing TiO 2 nanotube arrays with desirable heights and diameters are directly synthesized on the FTO surface by employing the aqueous TiO 2 sol-gel method on tubular photoresist templates. The tube height can be precisely tailored within a range of 350–900 nm for the effective loading of perovskite precursor solution. Importantly, it is demonstrated that TiO 2 nanotube arrays with the optimized tube diameter and length can facilitate the infiltration of perovskite precursor solution, and thus ensuring the formation of a dense, smooth and large grain-sized perovskite film. Moreover, the contact between the perovskite and TiO 2 nanotube arrays are enhanced simultaneously. Benefiting from the high-quality perovskite film, good interfacial contact at the perovskite/TiO 2 tube interface, enhanced light trapping as well as rapid electron collection and transport induced by one-dimensional TiO 2 nanotubes, the fabricated PVSCs exhibit an impressive power conversion efficiency (PCE) of up to 14.13%. Our work does not only demonstrate the promising potential of vertical TiO 2 nanotube arrays for PVSCs, but also provides valuable insights into the design and utilization of TiO 2 nanotubes for practical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-257
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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