Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Department of


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APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 106, 193903 (2015)


Interfacial electronic properties of the CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3)/MoOx interface are investigated using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. It is found that the pristine MAPbI3 film coated onto the substrate of poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate)/indium tin oxide by two-step method behaves as an n-type semiconductor, with a band gap of ~1.7 eV and a valence band edge of 1.40 eV below the Fermi energy (EF). With the MoOx deposition of 64A ° upon MAPbI3, the energy levels of MAPbI3 shift toward higher binding energy by 0.25 eV due to electron transfer from MAPbI3 to MoOx. Its conduction band edge is observed to almost pin to the EF, indicating a significant enhancement of conductivity. Meanwhile, the energy levels of MoOx shift toward lower binding energy by ~0.30 eV, and an interface dipole of 2.13 eV is observed at the interface of MAPbI3/MoOx. Most importantly, the chemical reaction taking place at this interface results in unfavorable interface energy level alignment for hole extraction. A potential barrier of ~1.36 eV observed for hole transport will impede the hole extraction from MAPbI3 to MoOx. On the other hand, a potential barrier of ~0.14 eV for electron extraction is too small to efficiently suppress electrons extracted from MAPbI3 to MoOx. Therefore, such an interface is not an ideal choice for hole extraction in organic photovoltaic devices.