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The Versatility of Mesoscopic Solar Cells
Release time:September 19, 2019

Topic: The Versatility of Mesoscopic Solar Cells

Speaker: Prof. Anders Hagfeldt

Time: 8:30 am, September 25

Venue: Room 205, No. 4 Teaching Building, Xueyuanlu Campus


In our work on solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSSC) we have recently shown that copper phenanthroline complexes can act as an efficient hole transporting material. We prepared ssDSCs with a novel organic dye WS-72 and [Cu(tmby)2]2+/+ as redox system and achieved record power conversion efficiencies for ssDSCs of 11.7%. Our best DSC efficiency of 13.1% (32% for indoor ligh illumination) for a liquid Cu-complex electrolyte is achieved by the discovery that the PEDOT based counter electrode can be directly contacted with the dye/TiO2 photoelectrode. Thus, there is no space between the two electrodes minimizing diffusion limitations and fill factors up to 0.8 is achieved.

In our work on perovskite solar cells (PSC) we have achieved efficiencies above 22% with a mixed composition of iodide/bromide and organic and inorganic cations. With the use of SnO2 compact underlayers as electron acceptor contacts we have constructed planar perovskite solar cells with a hysteresis free efficiency above 23%. Through compositional, engieneering larger preovskite grains grown in a monolithic manner are observed and reproducibility and device stability are improved. With regards to lifetime testing, we have shown a promising stability at 85 oC for 500 h under full solar illumination and maximum power point tracking (95% of the initial performance was retained). Recently, we have also commented on the standardization of PSC aging tests.

Biography of the Speaker:

Anders Hagfeldt is Professor in Physical Chemistry at EPFL, Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. at Uppsala University in 1993 and was a post-doc with Prof. Michael Grätzel (1993-1994) at EPFL, Switzerland. His research focuses on the fields of dye-sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells and solar fuels. From web of science September 2019, he has published 519 scientific papers that have received over 61,000 citations (with an h-index of 118). He was ranked number 46 on a list of the top 100 material scientists of the past decade by Times Higher Education. In 2014-2018 he was on the list of Thomson Reuter’s Highly Cited Researchers. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Stockholm. He is Doctor Honoris Causa at Université Paris Diderot, France.

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