Combustion Synthesized Zinc Oxide Electron-Transport Layers for Efficient and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells

Ding Zheng, Gang Wang, Wei Huang, Binghao Wang, Weijun Ke, Jenna Leigh Logsdon, Hanyu Wang, Zhi Wang, Weigang Zhu, Junsheng Yu, Michael R. Wasielewski, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Tobin J. Marks, Antonio Facchetti

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Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have advanced rapidly with power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) now exceeding 22%. Due to the long diffusion lengths of charge carriers in the photoactive layer, a PSC device architecture comprising an electron- transporting layer (ETL) is essential to optimize charge flow and collection for maximum performance. Here, a novel approach is reported to low temperature, solution-processed ZnO ETLs for PSCs using combustion synthesis. Due to the intrinsic passivation effects, high crystallinity, matched energy levels, ideal surface topography, and good chemical compatibility with the perovskite layer, this combustion-derived ZnO enables PCEs approaching 17–20% for three types of perovskite materials systems with no need for ETL doping or surface functionalization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1900265
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Apr 18 2019



  • combustion synthesize
  • electron-transporting layer
  • intrinsic passivation
  • perovskite solar cell
  • zinc oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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