Polymer strategies in perovskite solar cells

Anna Isakova*, Paul D. Topham

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Since their emergence in 2013, perovskite solar cells have reached remarkable efficiencies exceeding 22%. Such rapid development of this technology has been possible, in part, due to the feed of ideas from previous research in organic photovoltaics (OPVs) and light emitting diodes (OLEDs). This comprehensive review discusses the various polymer strategies that have led to the success of perovskite devices: from hole and electron transporting materials to polymer templating agents. This review further covers how these strategies potentially serve to overcome the two major obstacles that stand in the way of global implementation of perovskite solar cells; stability and J-V curve hysteresis. Through reference and comparison of OPV, OLED, and perovskite technologies, we highlight the need for a unified approach to establish appropriate control systems and ageing protocols that are necessary to further research in this exciting direction. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys. 2017, 55, 549–568.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-568
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Polymer Science: Part B - Polymer Physics
Issue number7
Early online date7 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Isakova, A., & Topham, P. D. (2017). Polymer strategies in perovskite solar cells. Journal of Polymer Science: Part B - Polymer Physics, 55(7), 549-568., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/polb.24301. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


  • charge transport
  • perovskite
  • photovoltaics
  • polymers
  • solar cells


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