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Synthesis, structure, and photovoltaic property of a nanocrystalline 2H perovskite-type novel sensitizer (CH3CH2NH3)PbI3

Jeong-Hyeok Im1, Jaehoon Chung2, Seung-Joo Kim2 and Nam-Gyu Park1*

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1 School of Chemical Engineering and Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, 440-746, Republic of Korea

2 Department of Chemistry, Division of Energy Systems Research, Ajou University, Suwon, 443-749, Republic of Korea

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:353  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-353

Published: 28 June 2012


A new nanocrystalline sensitizer with the chemical formula (CH3CH2NH3)PbI3 is synthesized by reacting ethylammonium iodide with lead iodide, and its crystal structure and photovoltaic property are investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis confirms orthorhombic crystal phase with a = 8.7419(2) Å, b = 8.14745(10) Å, and c = 30.3096(6) Å, which can be described as 2 H perovskite structure. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-visible spectroscopy determine the valence band position at 5.6 eV versus vacuum and the optical bandgap of ca. 2.2 eV. A spin coating of the CH3CH2NH3I and PbI2 mixed solution on a TiO2 film yields ca. 1.8-nm-diameter (CH3CH2NH3)PbI3 dots on the TiO2 surface. The (CH3CH2NH3)PbI3-sensitized solar cell with iodide-based redox electrolyte demonstrates the conversion efficiency of 2.4% under AM 1.5 G one sun (100 mW/cm2) illumination.

(CH3CH2NH3)PbI3; 2H perovskite; Dye-sensitized solar cell; Nanodot; Sensitizer