Dynamic halide perovskite heterojunction generates direct current

Chunqing Ma, Bosung Kim, Sang Woo Kim, Nam Gyu Park

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Here, we demonstrate a dynamic perovskite device capable of converting mechanical energy into direct current (DC) electrical energy, combining two concepts: carrier generation from the triboelectric effect and carrier separation through band energy level difference. By analyzing and comparing different perovskite (FAPbI3, MAPbI3, MAPbBr3, PEA2PbI4, etc.) and charge transport layer (CTL) materials (spiro-MeOTAD, PTAA, TiO2, SnO2, etc.), the key rules for determining DC output and performances are identified: (1) a suitable band alignment (band position and bandgap) between perovskite and CTL can separate the carrier transfer; (2) a large difference in work function between two layers leads to high electrical potential difference; and (3) a high carrier concentration can enhance the DC power-generating performances. Furthermore, it is found that the light illumination acts as a stimulus to current output to a large extent, which is due to the coupling effect from triboelectric and photovoltaic effects. This study provides a set of key rules to explain the mechanism and to further improve the performance of the dynamic perovskite/CTL heterojunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-381
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grants funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) of Korea under contracts NRF-2016M3D1A1027663 and NRF-2016M3D1A1027664 (Future Materials Discovery Program) and NRF-2018R1A2A1A19021947 (the Basic Science Research Program). This research was in part supported by Energy Technology Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (No. 20193091010310).

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© The Royal Society of Chemistry.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution


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