By Brittany Frew, Department of Applied Physical Sciences
In an article published this month in Science, researchers in the Huang Group in the College of Arts & Sciences’ department of applied physical sciences revealed a new method for stabilizing perovskite solar cells and discussed the implications it has on the future of solar energy and other technologies.
Perovskite solar cells are a new type of solar cell that include a metal halide perovskite structured compound as the light-harvesting active layer. Perovskite solar cells have demonstrated high solar-to-electricity conversion efficiencies at a low production cost, making them increasingly popular subjects of renewable energy research. However, their stability when exposed to moisture and oxygen remains a critical hurdle to overcome before commercialization. The Huang Group addressed this challenge by proposing a new method that would enhance the resistance of the perovskite solar cells under ambient conditions.