Seminar - Hype and Hope of Lead Halide Perovskites

Speaker / Host:
Professor Prashant Kamat
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Imperial College London

Room G20, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London

Professor Prashant Kamat, university of Notre Dame

Metal halide perovskites have drawn significant attention because of their ability to deliver high efficiency solar cells. Mixed halide lead perovskites offer a useful strategy for continuous tuning of the semiconductor bandgap.  For example, by varying the halide ion composition of methylammonium lead iodide/bromide (CH3NH3PbBr­xI3-x (x=0 to 3)) it is possible to tune the bandgap between 1.55 eV and 2.43 eV. In addition to photovoltaic applications these mixed halide perovskites offer rich photophysical properties with applications in lasing and optoelectronic devices. An intriguing property of mixed halide lead perovskites (e.g.,CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx) is phase segregation to create iodide-rich and bromide- rich regions under visible irradiation. The halide ion movement in mixed halide films can be tracked from the changes in the photoluminescence and absorption spectra. Photoinduced segregation in mixed halide perovskite has a direct influence on decreasing the solar cell efficiency as segregated I-rich domains serve as charge recombination centers. The recovery of loss in the external quantum efficiency mirrors the dark recovery of the absorption showing the reversibility of the photoinduced halide segregation. Implication of such halide ion migration in mixed halide perovskite solar cell will be discussed.

Related Readings

1.  Manser, J. S.; Christians, J. A.; Kamat, P. V. Intriguing Optoelectronic Properties of Metal Halide Perovskites. Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 12956–13008.

2. Hoffman, J. B.; Schleper, A. L.; Kamat, P. V., Transformation of Sintered CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals to Cubic CsPbI3 and Gradient CsPbBrxI3–x through Halide Exchange. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8603–8611.

3.  Draguta, S.; Sharia, O.; Yoon, S. J.; Brennan, M. C.; Morozov, Y. V.; Manser, J. M.; Kamat, P. V.; Schneider, W. F.; Kuno, M. Rationalizing the light-induced phase separation of mixed halide organic-inorganic perovskites. Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, Article No. 200 (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00284-2).

4. Yoon, S. J.; Kuno, M.; Kamat, P. V. Shift Happens. How Halide Ion Defects Influence Photoinduced Segregation in Mixed Halide Perovskites. ACS Energy Lett. 2017, 1507-1514.

5.  Brennan, M. C.; Draguta, S.; Kamat, P. V.; Kuno, M. Light-Induced Anion Phase Segregation in Mixed Halide Perovskites. ACS Energy Lett. 2018, 3, 204-213.