Perovskites based Photovoltaics

Assistant Prof Ghufran Hashmi (University of Oulu - Finland); Prof. Trystan Watson (Swansea University-UK); Prof. Jingshan Luo (Nankai University -China); Prof. Ana Flávia (University of Campinas−UNICAMP-Brazil)
16.11.2020 10:00 to 2.12.2020 13:00

Course Organizer
Dr Syed Ghufran Hashmi
Assistant Professor
Microelectronics Research Unit
Faculty of Information Technology &
Electrical Engineering
University of Oulu-Finland.
Telephone: +358451199233

Extent : 5 ECTS


Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) 1-6 have received tremendous attention during past decade by showing numerous possibilities such as facile fabrication processes or achieving impressive solar-to-electrical conversion efficiencies, which has now crossed over 25% for lab-sized devices 7.

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to the doctoral students to get familiarized regarding this emerging photovoltaic technology. The course will be comprised of 1-4 lectures from the prominent scholars of the field, which will provide theoretical background, operating principles and device characterization techniques to the doctoral students. After that, the course will be further supported with 1-3 days of intense laboratory course to give these doctoral students hands-on training for making laboratory-sized (nearly 1 cm2) PSCs.

At the same time, the students will also receive hands on training for PSCs characterizations techniques such as J-V curve measurement of the PSCs under full sun light of an artificial solar simulator, incident photon to collected electron efficiency (IPCE) measurements, X-rays diffraction (XRD) measurements or FTIR measurements (Figure 2).

Figure 2: The students will get hands on experience for the numerous characterization techniques such a) J-V curve measurements to determine the solar-to-electrical energy conversion 6 b) the incident photon to collected electron efficiency (IPCE) measurements 5 c)  X-rays diffraction (XRD) measurements 6 or d) FTIR measurement 6 in order to acquire knowledge regarding the characteristics of the fabricated PSCs.

The students (10-15 doctoral students are expected to join the course) will be divided into 3-4 groups who will be given tasks to prepare the PSCs characterization reports at the end of the laboratory training. As a result, intense knowledge gain, interest building along with improvements in scientific skills (both in terms of experimental know how and scientific writing) is highly expected, which can trigger many doctoral students for pursuing towards scientific challenges associated to make PSCs as commercial hit. In this regard the doctoral students from multidisciplinary backgrounds such as chemistry, physics, materials science or nanotechnology are expected, among them, some of these doctoral students could also pursue to continue their research in the field of PSCs as post-doctoral researchers.

We have invited prominent scholars will who be delivering lectures discussing striking characteristics and opportunities around this emerging photovoltaic technology and perovskites based materials for future applications.


Schedule (Week 47-49)

(Week 47)

Lecture 1 (Online-Teaching) Monday 16.11.2020 (10:00 – 11:00) Finnish Time

Title: Perovskite Solar Cell Technology – An Overview by Assistant Prof. Ghufran Hashmi (University of Oulu - Finland).

Lecture 2 (Online-Teaching) Thursday 18.11.2020 (11:00 – 12:00)

Title: The challenges of scale-up for perovskite solar cells by Prof Trystan Watson (Swansea University – UK).

(Week 48)

Lecture 3 (Online-teaching) Tuesday 24.11.2020 (10:00-11:00) Finnish Time

Title: Perovskite Photovoltaics for Solar Fuel Production by Prof. Jingshan Luo (Nankai University -China).

Lecture 4 (Online-Teaching) Thursday 26.11.2020 (15:00 – 16:00) Finnish Time

Title: Metal halide perovskite materials: beyond solar cells by Prof. Ana Flavia Nogueira (University of Campinas−UNICAMP-Brazil).

(Week 49)


1. Perovskite solar cells fabrication and characterization training

(Monday) (30.11.2020, 09:00-13:00)

(Tuesday) (01.12.2020, 09:00-13:00)

(Wednesday) (02.12.2020, 09:00-13:00)

2. Writing task (Review article, Topic will be announced later, and sections will be distributed in teams of students)


[1] Lee, M. M., Teuscher, J., Miyasaka, T., Murakami, T. N. & Snaith, H. J. Efficient hybrid solar cells based on meso-superstructured organometal halide perovskites. Science 338, 643–647 (2012). [2] Burschka, J., Pellet, N., Moon, S. et al. Sequential deposition as a route to high-performance perovskite-sensitized solar cells. Nature 499, 316–319 (2013). [3] Mei A, Li X, Liu L, Ku Z, Liu T, Rong Y, et al. A hole-conductor-free, fully printable mesoscopic perovskite solar cell with high stability. Science. 2014 Jul 18;345(6194):295–8. [4] Hashmi SG, Martineau D, Li X, Ozkan M, Tiihonen A, Dar MI, et al. Air Processed Inkjet Infiltrated Carbon-Based Printed Perovskite Solar Cells with High Stability and Reproducibility. Adv Mater Technol. 2017 Jan;2(1):1600183. [5] Syed Ghufran Hashmi et al, Long term stability of air processed inkjet infiltrated carbon-based printed perovskite solar cells under intense ultra-violet light soaking J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 4797-4802. [6] Syed Ghufran Hashmi et al, High performance carbon-based printed perovskite solar cells with humidity assisted thermal treatment, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 12060-12067. [7] [8]

Background Reading:

1. Halide Perovskite Photovoltaics: Background, Status, and Future Prospects by A. K Jena et al.

2. Unravelling the mechanism of photoinduced charge transfer processes in lead iodide perovskite solar cells by by A. Marchioro et al.

3. Lead Iodide Perovskite Sensitized All-Solid-State Submicron Thin Film Mesoscopic Solar Cell with Efficiency Exceeding 9% by Kim et al

4. Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells by M. J. Ko et al.

5. Slot-die coating of perovskite solar cells: An overview by T. Watson et al.

6. Air Processed Inkjet Infiltrated Carbon Based Printed Perovskite Solar Cells with High Stability and Reproducibility by Ghufran Hashmi et al.

7. Degradation mechanisms in mixed-cation and mixed-halide CsxFA1−xPb(BryI1−y)3 perovskite films under ambient conditions by P. E. Marchezi, Ana Flávia Nogueira et al.

8. Water photolysis at 12.3% efficiency via perovskite photovoltaics and Earth-abundant catalysts by J. Luo et al.

9. Device stability of perovskite solar cells – A review by Imran Asghar et al.


Last updated: 4.11.2020