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Exciton dynamics in 2D organic semiconductors
Mehedi Hasan , Ankur Sharma , Yuerui Lu
2022, 1(4) doi: 10.1088/2752-5724/ac9199
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Two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting materials have been studied extensively for their interesting excitonic and optoelectronic properties arising from strong many-body interactions and quantum confinement at 2D limit. Most of these materials have been inorganic, such as transition metal dichalcogenides, phosphorene, etc. Organic semiconductor materials, on the other hand been investigated for their excellent electrical conductivity and low dielectric coefficients for similar applications in the thin film or bulk material phase. The lack of crystallinity in the thin film and bulk phases has led to ambiguity over the excitonic and electronic/optical band gap characteristics. The recent emergence of 2D organic materials has opened a new domain of high crystallinity and controlled morphology, allowing for the study of low-lying excitonic states and optoelectronic properties. They have been demonstrated to have different excitonic properties compared with the Wannier–Mott excitons in inorganic 2D materials. Here we present our recent experimental observations and analysis of 2D organic semiconductor materials. We discuss the role of high-crystalline and morphology-controlled growth of single-crystalline materials and their optoelectronic properties. The report explains the Frenkel (FR) and charge-transfer (CT) excitons and subsequent light emission and absorption properties in organic materials. The true nature of low-lying excitonic states, which arises from the interaction between CT and FR excitons, is experimentally studied and discussed to reveal the electronic band structure. We then discuss the pure FR behaviour we observed in J–type aggregated organic materials leading to coherent superradiant excitonic emissions. The supertransport of excitons within the organic materials, facilitated by their pure FR nature, and the delocalization of excitons over a large number of molecules are also demonstrated. Finally, we discuss the applications and our vision for these organic 2D materials in fast organic light-emitting diodes, high-speed excitonic circuits, quantum computing devices, and other optoelectronic devices.
Bilayer metal halide perovskite for efficient and stable solar cells and modules
Yanqing Zhu , Min Hu , Mi Xu , Bo Zhang , Fuzhi Huang , Yi-Bing Cheng , Jianfeng Lu
2022, 1(4) doi: 10.1088/2752-5724/ac9248
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To reach the target of carbon neutral, a transition from fossil energy to renewable energy is indispensable. Photovoltaic technology is considered one of the most prominent sources of renewable energy. Recently, metal halide perovskite materials have attracted tremendous interest in the areas of optoelectronic devices due to their ease of processing and outstanding performance. To date, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have shown high power conversion efficiency up to 25.7% and 31.3% for the perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells, which promises to revolutionise the PV landscape. However, the stability of PSCs under operating conditions has yet to match state-of-the-art silicon-based solar cell technology, in which the stability of the absorbing layer and relevant interfaces is the primary challenge. These issues become more serious in the larger area solar modules due to the additional interfaces and more defects within the perovskite. Bilayer perovskite film composed of a thin low dimensional perovskite layer and a three-dimensional perovskite layer shows great potential in fabricating solar cells with high efficiency and stability simultaneously. In this review, recent advancements, including composition design and processing methods for constructing bilayer perovskite films are discussed. We then analyze the challenges and resolutions in deposition bilayer perovskite films with scalable techniques. After summarizing the beneficial effect of the bilayer structure, we propose our thinking of feasible strategies to fabricate high-efficiency perovskite solar modules with a long lifetime. Finally, we outline the directions for future work that will push the perovskite PV technology toward commercialization.

Microstructure and Long-term Stability of Ni-YSZ Anode supported Fuel Cells: A Review
Sajad Vafaeenezhad , Amir Reza Hanifi , Miguel A. Laguna-Bercero , Thomas H. Etsell , Partha Sarkar
2022, 1(4) doi: 10.1088/2752-5724/ac88e7
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Nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) cermet is the most commonly used anode in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The current article provides an insight into parameters which affect cell performance and stability by reviewing and discussing the related publications in this field. Understanding the parameters which affect the microstructure of Ni-YSZ such as grain size and ratio of Ni to YSZ, volume fraction of porosity, pore size and its distribution, tortuosity factor, characteristic pathway diameter and density of triple phase boundaries (TPBs) is the key to design a fuel cell which shows high electrochemical performance. Lack of stability has been the main barrier to commercialization of SOFC technology. Parameters influencing the degradation of Ni-YSZ supported SOFCs such as Ni migration inside the anode during prolonged operation are discussed. The longest Ni-supported SOFC tests reported so far are examined and the crucial role of chromium poisoning due to interconnects (ICs), stack design and operating conditions in degradation of SOFCs is highlighted. The importance of calcination and milling of YSZ on development of porous structures suitable for Ni infiltration is explained and several methods to improve the electrochemical performance and stability of Ni-YSZ anode supported SOFCs are suggested.