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Perovskite solar cells based on niobium oxide films

Grant number: 14/23336-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Nonmetallic Materials
Principal Investigator:Maria Aparecida Zaghete Bertochi
Grantee:Silvia Leticia Fernandes
Supervisor: Frank A. Nüesch
Host Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Research place: Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dubendorf, Switzerland  
Associated to the scholarship:12/07745-9 - Development of hybrid solar cells based on ZnO and Nb2O5 nanostructured films, BP.DR


The conversion of sunlight into electricity is a clean technology, with an abundant and renewable source. The efficiency of conventional solar cells from inorganic material, like silicon, reached 24%, but it still requires the use of highly pure materials that are expensive. New technologies for low cost solar devices that can be produced in commercial scale are needed. A wide variety of methodologies for the conversion of solar energy is currently being developed, including dye sensitized and hybrid all-solid solar cells. A significant improvement of such devices was observed over the last 10 years, , where the efficiency of solar cells reached up to n=14%. However, a recent discovery revolutionized the field of photovoltaic devices. It was shown that devices consisting of organolead trihalide compounds with perovskite structures are able to efficiently convert solar energy into electricity. In approximately two years of research, after the discovery of the ability of these materials, the efficiency of these cells came to 17.9% (4) (certified) with expectancy of efficiency up to 20%. Moreover, it is a system that is promising for application on a commercial scale because of the easy processing and low cost materials. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
FERNANDES, SILVIA L.; VERON, ANNA C.; NETO, NILTON F. A.; NUESCH, FRANK A.; DIAS DA SILVA, JOSE H.; ZAGHETE, MARIA A.; GRAEFF, CARLOS F. DE O.. Nb2O5 hole blocking layer for hysteresis-free perovskite solar cells. Materials Letters, v. 181, p. 103-107, . (14/23336-7, 12/07745-9, 13/07296-2)

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