An international team of experts has collected data on metal halide perovskite solar cells from more than 15,000 publications. Featuring visualization tools and analysis tools, the database provides an overview of the recent developments advancing an exciting class of photovoltaic materials.

Contributions from 30 international research institutions were assembled to systematically record findings on perovskite semiconductors. As reported in Nature Energy, the data are prepared according to the FAIR principles, meaning that they are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. By reading the existing literature, the developers collected more than 42,000 individual data sets in which the data can be filtered and displayed according to various criteria such as material compositions or component type.

Halide perovskites have huge potential for photovoltaic applications, as solar cells based on metal-organic perovskites achieve efficiencies of more than 25% and can be produced cheaply. However, these devices still require improvements in terms of stability and reliability and research on this class of materials has boomed, producing a flood of results that is almost impossible to keep track of by traditional means.

Access the Perovskite Database Project, which is being developed and managed by researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), University of Sheffield (U.K.), Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialen und Energie GmbH (Germany), University of Cambridge (U.K.), University of York (U.K.), University of Stuttgart (Germany), Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland), Uppsala University (Sweden), Linkoping University (Sweden), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Glasgow (U.K.) and Georgia Institute of Technology.

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