Development of Sputter Processed Perovskite Films Toward Tandem Solar Cells

Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Prince George's Exhibit Hall D/E (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
I. Raifuku (Nara Institute Science and Technology), Y. Ishikawa, T. Bourgeteau (Nara Institute of Science and Technology), S. Ito (University of Hyogo), Y. Bonnassieux (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris Saclay), P. R. I. Cabarrocas (Ecole Polytechnique), and Y. Uraoka (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
Tandem solar cells which combines several solar cells in series have been investigated to achieve high efficiency solar cells. Recently, perovskite/crystalline silicon tandem solar cells have attracted much attention as promising tandem structure because these solar cells have high external quantum efficiency in different wavelength range. There is a report on simulated efficiency of two terminal perovskite/crystalline silicon tandem solar cells. In that report, projected efficiency of over 30% is suggested by using inverted pyramid structure. However, most of perovskite solar cells are fabricated by solution process which is not suitable way for textured substrates, indicating that it is difficult to achieve such structured tandem solar cells in current conventional process. To overcome this problem, we focused on sputtering process. Sputtering can achieve homogeneous films even the substrate has large roughness such as textured substrates. Therefore, it is expected that sputtering is suitable method to achieve high efficient tandem solar cells. In addition, there are no reports on sputtered perovskite films which are used for solar cells. In this work, we fabricated perovskite films by sputtering and investigated the characteristics.

In this work, we tried to fabricate CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films which is commonly used as light absorber. The perovskite films were obtained from sputtered PbI2 films. PbI2 sputtering target was fabricated from PbI2 powder using a pressing under 10 MPa on stainless plate. Then, PbI2 films were deposited on glass substrates by RF sputtering using the PbI2 target. The sputtering condition was Ar atmosphere, under 1 Pa at room temperature. Perovskite films were obtained by reacting sputtered the PbI2 films and CH3NH3I gas in petri dish. The obtained perovskite films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation.

 Figure 1 shows XRD pattern of a perovskite film obtained from sputtered PbI2 film. Sputter processed perovskite films showed typical diffraction patterns of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films and had similar peaks to solution processed perovskite films.

Figure 2 shows a cross sectional SEM image of a PbI2 film sputtered on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and TiO2 coated glass substrate. This image clearly indicates that homogeneous PbI2 and/or perovskite films could be fabricated by sputtering even if the substrates have large roughness. This result suggested sputtering is promising process to achieve high efficiency tandem solar cells.