Braunger, S.; Mundt, L.E.; Wolff, C.M.; Mews, M.; Rehermann, C.; Jost, M.; Tejada, A.; Eisenhauer, D.; Becker, C.; Guerra, J.A.; Unger, E. L.; Korte, L.; Neher, D.; Schubert, M.; Rech, B.; Albrecht, S.: CsxFA1–xPb(l1–yBry)3 Perovskite Compositions: the Appearance of Wrinkled Morphology and its Impact on Solar Cell Performance. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122 (2018), p. 17123-17135
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We report on the formation of wrinkle-patterned surface morphologies in cesium formamidinium-based CsxFA1−xPb(I1−yBry)3 perovskite compositions with x = 0−0.3 and y = 0−0.3 under various spin-coating conditions. By varying the Cs and Br contents, the perovskite precursor solution concentration and the spin-coating procedure, the occurrence and characteristics of the wrinkle-shaped morphology can be tailored systematically. Cs0.17FA0.83Pb(I0.83Br0.17)3 perovskite layers were analyzed regarding their surface roughness, microscopic structure, local and overall composition, and optoelectronic properties. Application of these films in p−i−n perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with indium-doped tin oxide/NiOx/perovskite/C60/bathocu- proine/Cu architecture resulted in up to 15.3 and 17.0% power conversion efficiency for the flat and wrinkled morphology, respectively. Interestingly, we find slightly red-shifted photoluminescence (PL) peaks for wrinkled areas and we are able to directly correlate surface topography with PL peak mapping. This is attributed to differences in the local grain size, whereas there is no indication for compositional demixing in the films. We show that the perovskite composition, crystallization kinetics, and layer thickness strongly influence the formation of wrinkles which is proposed to be related to the release of compressive strain during perovskite crystallization. Our work helps us to better understand film formation and to further improve the efficiency of PSCs with widely used mixed-perovskite compositions.