Our current research focuses on high performance, low cost electronic materials and devices including Perovskite Solar Cells, Photodetectors, and X-ray Imagers. Our interdisciplinary research team hosts scientists with different backgrounds of chemistry, materials, physics, and electrical engineering. We focus on applied research, while we are strongly interested in fundamental understanding of science that enables the applications.
We have a strong collaboration culture, and nearly all of our projects have collaborators from academia, industry and national labs. We train the next generation of scientists and engineers to help them succeed in a very competitive job market as well as in future careers, either in academia or private sectors.
Our Current Research Interest
Perovskite Solar Cells
Perovskite materials are arising as a new generation of solution processable metal halide perovskite photovoltaic materials.Our research on perovskite solar cell involves in:
Understanding the fundamental material and devices physics, mainly the photon to charge carrier conversion, to explore the theoretically attainable highest efficiency;
Device design, material processing and material chemistry for the record power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells;
Understanding the physical and chemical properties of perovskites to enhance the stability of perovskites devices;
Scalable manufacturing of perovskite solar panels;
We are interested in developing perovskite materials based X-ray detectors for X-ray imaging and γ-ray radiation detectors for spectroscopy, which is based on our discovery of ultra-long carrier diffusion length in the strong radiation-stopping perovskites .
We are developing perovskite pixel detectors and array detectors for X-ray imaging. The next generation of X-ray detectors will be much more sensitive, clearer due to the improved resolution, and cheaper.
The perovskite gamma-ray single-photon detectors can potentially give high resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy, but are 100-1000 times cheaper than the state-of-the-art products.
Highlight of Recent Publications
Shangshang Chen, Xuezeng Dai, Shuang Xu, Haoyang Jiao, Liang Zhao, Jinsong Huang*, Science, 20 Aug 2021, Vol. 373, Issue 6557, pp. 902-907 DOI: 10.1126/science.abi6323
The buried interfaces of perovskite solar cells are difficult to alter after synthesis. During manufacture, Chen et al. removed perovskite films with dimethyl sulfoxide solvent from the hole-transfer layer and observed a substantial void fraction that degraded film performance. Replacing most of the dimethyl sulfoxide with carbohydrazide, a lead-coordinating compound with a much higher boiling point, eliminated voids. Such solar cells maintained high power conversion efficiency after 550 hours of operation at 60°C. —PDS
Sep 25, 2023
Dr. Ying Zhou received highest honor
Dr. Ying Zhou is among the five awardees in the whole UNC campus for the 2023 Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence (PARE). which are given in recognition of the research promise demonstrated by individual postdoctoral scholars.
May 25, 2023
Lead Chelation Molecules Stabilize the Bottom Interface of Perovskite Modules
See News about the breakthrough work of Chengbin Fei published in Science:
May 15, 2023
Efficient and Stable bifacial perovskite minomodules
See Techxplore News about the breakthrough work of Hangyu Gu published in Nature Energy:
New design strategies to improve the stability and efficiency of bifacial perovskite solar cells
April 12, 2023
Self-powered photon counting detector
Ying's work published in Nature is highlighted at UNC main page: "Self-powered photon counting detector may facilitate safer medical imaging and clearer photos in low light environments"
June 22, 2022
Several awards to Huang group student and postdoc
Liang Zhao received Best Young Researcher Talk in EMRS meeting, and Md Aslam Uddin received the Best Poster Silver Award from GRC conference. Congratulations!
Jan 18, 2022
Chemical nature of defects in perovskites
Zhenyi's work on the chemical nature of defects in metal halide perovskites and defect evolution duration degradation, published in Nature Energy, is reported by TechXplore
Bouncing Perovskite Module Highlighted
March 22, 2021
Several beautiful works done by our talented alumni Dr. Shangshang Chen and Dr. Yehao Deng towards perovskite solar cell commercialization have been highlighted by our colleagues:
Jan 22, 2021
Xun Xiao Received 2021 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award
Big Congratulation! This is very selective award. Xun joined the four awardees at UNC. Only one graduate student from the whole college on math, physical sciences and engineering received this award. Read more
December 3, 2020
Dr. Yehao Deng made world record efficiency perovskite PV modules
Huang group was recognized for the first time for the prestigious research accomplishment of world-record solar module efficiency of 18.6% for a perovskite minimodule with area of 30-60 cm2. Read more