Deleterious Effect of Negative Capacitance on the Performance of Halide Perovskite Solar Cells

Francisco Fabregat-Santiago, Michael Kulbak, Arava Zohar, Marta Vallés-Pelarda, Gary Hodes, David Cahen, Iván Mora-Seró

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Negative capacitance in photovoltaic devices has been observed and reported in several cases, but its origin, at low or intermediate frequencies, is under debate. Here we unambiguously demonstrate a direct correlation between the observation of this capacitance and a corresponding decrease in performance of a halide perovskite (HaP; CsPbBr3)-based device, expressed as reduction of open-circuit voltage and fill factor. We have prepared highly stable CsPbBr3 HaPs that do not exhibit any degradation over the duration of the impedance spectroscopy measurements, ruling out degradation as the origin of the observed phenomena. Reconstruction of current-voltage curves from the impedance spectroscopy provided further evidence of the deleterious role of negative capacitance on photoconversion performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2007-2013
Number of pages7
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - 8 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

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The work was supported by MINECO of Spain (project MAT2016-76892-C3-1-R) by Generalitat Valenciana (Project PROMETEOII/2014/020) and by University Jaume I (Project UJIB2016-35). For work at the Weizmann Institute, partial support from the Israel Ministry of Science’s Tashtiot program is gratefully acknowledged. D.C. holds the Sylvia and Rowland Schaefer Chair in Energy Research. I.M.-S. acknowledges Weizmann Institute for supporting him with a fellowship at the Institute.

FundersFunder number
MINECO of SpainMAT2016-76892-C3-1-R
Ministry of Science’s
University Jaume IUJIB2016-35
Weizmann Institute of Science
Generalitat ValencianaPROMETEOII/2014/020
Ministry of science and technology, Israel


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