Lead-free perovskite-inspired semiconductors for indoor light-harvesting - the present and the future

G Krishnamurthy Grandhi, Lethy Krishnan Jagadamma, Vipinraj Sugathan, Basheer Al-Anesi, Debjit Manna, Paola Vivo*

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Are lead-free perovskite-inspired materials (PIMs) the wise choice for efficient yet sustainable indoor light harvesting? This feature article outlines how wide-bandgap PIMs can provide a positive answer to this compelling question. The wide band gaps can hinder sunlight absorption, in turn limiting the solar cell performance. However, PIMs based on group VA of the periodic table can theoretically lead to an outstanding indoor power conversion efficiency up to 60% when their band gap is ∼2 eV. Yet, the research on PIM-based indoor photovoltaics (IPVs) is still in an early stage with highest indoor device efficiencies up to 10%. This article reviews the recent advancements on PIMs for IPVs and identifies the main limiting factors of device performance, thus suggesting effective strategies to address them. We emphasize the poor operational stability of the IPV devices of PIMs being the key bottleneck for the vast adoption of this technology. We believe that this report can provide a solid scaffolding for further researching this fascinating class of materials, ultimately supporting our vision that, upon extensive advancement of the stability and efficiency, PIMs with wide bandgap will become a contender for the next-generation absorbers for sustainable indoor light harvesting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8616-8625
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number56
Early online date11 Jul 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jul 2023


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