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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;


X-ray detection

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

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Group News

Oct 31, 2023

Mengru questioned the general idea of using 2D perovskites to enhance stability of perovskite solar cells

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

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 

Sep 17, 2022

All-perovskite tandem modules

Xuezeng Dai's work on developing high efficient all perovskite tandem modules is published in Nature Energy and highlighted by TechXplore

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!

April 22, 2022

Meeting us in the summer

Huang will present a plenary talk in the coming PVSC on the topic of Defects in Metal Halide Perovskites

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

Nov.28, 2021

Bouncing Perovskite Module Highlighted

Xun used Lead-Adsorbing Ionogel to Minimize Lead Leakage from Perovskites Solar Modules and Enhanced the Mechanical Robustness of the modules, published in Science Advances. The modules can survive many rounds of metal ball impact.

See report by PV Magazine and AZO Materials

Nov.15, 2021

Highly cited researchers

Congratulations Jinsong, you're a Highly Cited Researcher ─ 2021,  in Material Science and Chemistry!

Nov.1, 2021

Lead recycling

Bo Chen's Nature Communications paper on Lead Recycling is highlighted by the editor. "The Editors’ Highlights pages aim to showcase the 50 best papers recently published in an area".

Sep.21, 2021

Postdoc research award

Aug.21, 2021

Record efficiency of perovskite modules

Shangshang achieved record efficiency perovskite minimodules, certified by NREL using stabilized photocurrent output method. The result is published in Science.  See report from PV Magazine.

March 22, 2021

Research highlights

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:

Reproducible, high-performance perovskite solar cells

A step forward for commercializing low-cost perovskite solar cells

Long live the perovskite module 

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

November 18, 2020

Huang listed as Highly Cited Researcher in 2020 in Material Science and Chemistry

Jinsong Huang is listed again as Highly Cited Researcher in 2020 in Material Science, but also in Chemistry for the first time. Thanks for the great contribution from the team. It is your success as well.

September 28, 2020

Jingjing's work on perovskite X-ray detector highlighted as cover of Nature Photonics

Flexible X-ray detectors

Photograph of a perovskite-filled membrane that serves as a new type of direct-conversion X-ray detecting material. The approach could lead to low-cost, large-area X-ray imaging equipment.

August 06, 2020

U.S. scientists have found a new ‘de-doping’ process in perovskite solar cells that could cut production costs and produce better devices. They have used this to fabricate a mini-module with 17.8% efficiency.

June 14, 2020

“Our outstanding scholars and teachers in the College are among Carolina’s greatest assets,” said Dean Terry Rhodes. “Through their commitment and creativity, they inspire our students, lead groundbreaking research initiatives and provide greater understanding on key issues for the people of North Carolina and beyond. We are delighted that they have been awarded these top honors.”

April 10, 2020

In the first of a regular series looking at who is producing highly cited research in different areas, Times Higher Education explores a subject currently deemed the ‘most prominent’ by Elsevier metrics. Huang Group was ranked 2nd in the world in perovskite solar cell research by Times Higher Education in 2018.

March 29, 2020

Recent work led by Zhenyi Ni and Chunxiong Bao, "Resolving spatial and energetic distributions of trap states in metal halide perovskite solar cells", which was published in Science, was reported by Tina Casey in Clean Techinica

January 29, 2020

I hope so, but we have not.  Here are some exciting results on blading of perovskites on textured silicon cell to take advantage of both low cost/scalability blading method, and texture structure of silicon to reduce reflection loss.  

January 23, 2020

Yehao's work, "High-Speed, Room-Temperature Bladed perovskite films", published in Science Advances, is highlighted a "High Speed Films", by Giulia Tregnago, Editor or Nature Energy! 

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