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Energy & Water

Two of the most pressing grand engineering challenges of our time include harnessing energy from new sources and increasing access to clean water. The Energy and Water, E&W, focus area concentrates on both the fundamental science around energy and water and on translating E&W discoveries into practical applications. We leverage our existing strengths in materials synthesis, such as polymers, quantum dots, nanoplates, and 1D/2D materials, via collaborative interactions with other departments such as Physics, Math, Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science & Engineering. Some of our most transformative work focuses on photonic solar cells, photovoltaic polymers, nanowire devices, computational methods, and 2D materials.

Research Opportunities Initiative

The University of North Carolina’s Research Opportunities Initiative, UNC ROI, will provide three new grants worth a total of $6.2 million...

Flexible X-ray Detectors

The soft nature of metal halide perovskites makes them potentially applicable as flexible X-ray detectors...

Faculty in This Group

Recent Publications

Research Opportunities Initiative. Jinsong Huang. UNC, 2018.

Perovskite-filled membranes for flexible and large-area direct-conversion X-ray detector arrays. Jingjing Zhao, Liang Zhao, Yehao Deng, Xun Xiao, Zhenyi Ni, Shuang Xu, and Jinsong Huang. Nature Photonics, Volume 14, Issue 10, August 17, 2020, 612-617.

Perovskite Solar Cells: Synergistic Cascade Carrier Extraction via Dual Interfacial Positioning of Ambipolar Black Phosphorene for High‐Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cell. Meng Zhang, Meidan Ye, Wenlong Wang, Chunyuan Ma, Shun Wang, Qiliang Liu, Tianquan Lian, Jinsong Huang, and Zhiqun Lin. Advanced Materials, Volume 32, July 14, 2020.

A molecular tandem cell for efficient solar water splitting. Degao Wang, Jun Hu, Benjamin D. Sherman, Matthew V. Sheridan, Liang Yan, Christopher J. Dares, Yong Zhu, Fei Li, Qing Huang, Wei You, and Thomas J. Meyer. PNAS, Volume 117, Issue 24, June 16, 2020, 13256-13260.

Blading Phase-Pure Formamidinium-Alloyed Perovskites for High-Efficiency Solar Cells with Low Photovoltage Deficit and Improved Stability. Wu‐Qiang Wu, Peter N. Rudd, Qi Wang, Zhibin Yang, Jinsong Huang. Advanced Materials, May 28, 2020, 2000995.

Synergistic Cascade Carrier Extraction via Dual Interfacial Positioning of Ambipolar Black Phosphorene for High‐Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells. Meng Zhang, Meidan Ye, Wenlong Wang, Chunyuan Ma, Shun Wang, Qiliang Liu, Tianquan Lian, Jinsong Huang, and Zhiqun Lin. Advanced Materials, May 14, 2020.

High‐Performance Tandem Organic Solar Cells Using HSolar as the Interconnecting Layer. Carr Hoi Yi Ho, Taesoo Kim, Yuan Xiong, Yuliar Firdaus, Xueping Yi, Qi Dong, Jeromy J. Rech, Abay Gadisa, Ronald Booth, Brendan T. O'Connor, Aram Amassian, Harald Ade, Wei You, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, and Franky So. Adv. Energy Mater., May 12, 2020.

Blade-Coated Perovskites on Textured Silicon for 26%-Efficient Monolithic Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells. Bo Chen, Zhengshan J. Yu, Salman Manzoor, Shen Wang, William Weigand, Zhenhua Yu, Guang Yang, Zhenyi Ni, Xuezeng Dai, Zachary Holman, and Jinsong Huang. Joule, Volume 4, Issue 24, April 15, 2020, 850-864.

Enhancing Charge Transport of 2D Perovskite Passivation Agent for Wide‐Bandgap Perovskite Solar Cells Beyond 21%. Jiselle Y. Ye, Jinhui Tong, Jun Hu, Chuanxiao Xiao, Haipeng Lu, Sean P. Dunfield, Dong Hoe Kim, Xihan Chen, Bryon W. Larson, Ji Hao, Kang Wang, Qian Zhao, Zheng Chen, Huamin Hu, Wei You, Joseph J. Berry, Fei Zhang, and Kai Zhu. Sol. RRL, Volume 4, March 23, 2020.

Reducing Surface Halide Deficiency for Efficient and Stable Iodide-Based Perovskite Solar Cells. Wu-Qiang Wu, Peter N. Rudd, Zhenyi Ni, Charles Henry Van Brackle, Haotong Wei, Qi Wang, Benjamin R. Ecker, Yongli Gao, and Jinsong Huang. J. Am. Chem. Soc. Volume 142, Issue 8, February 7, 2020, 3989–3996.

Effect of Cyano Substitution on Conjugated Polymers for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells. Qianqian Zhang, Jeromy James Rech, Liang Yan, Quanbin Liang, Zhengxing Peng, Harald Ade, Hongbin Wu, and Wei You. ACS Appl. Polym. Mater., Volume 1, Issue 12, October 28, 2019, 3313–3322.

Enhancing electron diffusion length in narrow-bandgap perovskites for efficient monolithic perovskite tandem solar cells. Zhibin Yang, Zhenhua Yu, Haotong Wei, Xun Xiao, Zhenyi Ni, Bo Chen, Yehao Deng, Severin N. Habisreutinger, Xihan Chen, Kang Wang, Jingjing Zhao, Peter N. Rudd, Joseph J. Berry, Matthew C. Beard and Jinsong Huang. Nature Communications, Volume 10, October 3, 2019.

Meniscus Fabrication of Halide Perovskite Thin Films at High Throughput for Large Area and Low-cost Solar Panels. Xuezeng Dai, Yehao Deng, Charles H Van Brackle and Jinsong Huang. International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing, Volume 1, Issue 2, 26 June 26, 2019.

Surfactant-controlled ink drying enables high-speed deposition of perovskite films for efficient photovoltaic modules. Yehao Deng, Xiaopeng Zheng, Yang Bai, Qi Wang, Jingjing Zhao, and Jinsong Huang. Nature Energy, Volume 3, May 14, 2018, 560–566.

Molecular Doping Enabled Scalable Blading of Efficient Hole-Transport-Layer-Free Perovskite Solar Cells. Wu-Qiang Wu, Qi Wang, Yanjun Fang, Yuchuan Shao, Shi Tang, Yehao Deng, Haidong Lu, Ye Liu, Tao Li, Zhibin Yang, Alexei Gruverman, and Jinsong Huang. Nature Communications, Volume 9, April 24, 2018.

Surpassing 10% Efficiency Benchmark for Nonfullerene Organic Solar Cells by Scalable Coating in Air from Single Nonhalogenated Solvent. Long Ye, Yuan Xiong, Qianqian Zhang, Sunsun Li, Cheng Wang, Zhang Jiang, Jianhui Hou, Wei You, Harald Ade. Advanced Materials, Volume 30, Issue 8, February 22, 2018, 1705485.

The Curious Case of Fluorination of Conjugated Polymers for Solar Cells. Qianqian Zhang, Mary Allison Kelly, Nicole Bauer, and Wei You. Acc. Chem. Res., Volume 50 Issue 9, 2017, 2401–2409.

Defect passivation in hybrid perovskite solar cells using quaternary ammonium halide anions and cations. Xiaopeng Zheng, Bo Chen, Jun Dai, Yanjun Fang, Yang Bai, Yuze Lin, Haotong Wei, Xiao Cheng Zeng, and Jinsong Huang. Nature Energy, Volume 2, 2017.

Understanding the physical properties of hybrid perovskites for photovoltaic applications. Jinsong Huang, Yongbo Yuan, Yuchuan Shao, and Yanfa Yan. Nature Reviews Materials, Volume 2, 2017.