Highly Luminescent Nanocrystals of Cesium and Formamidinium Lead Halide Perovskites: From Discovery to Applications
June 13th, 2019 MAKSYM V. KOVALENKO ETH Zürich, and
Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf

We discuss the discovery and recent developments of colloidal lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (LHP NCs, NCs, A=Cs+, FA+, FA=formamidinium; X=Cl, Br, I). We survey the synthesis methods, optical properties and prospects of these NCs for optoelectronic applications.

LHP NCs exhibit spectrally narrow (<100 meV, 12-45 nm from blue-to-near-infrared) sponaneous and stimulated emission, originating form bright triplet excitons, and tunable over the entire visible spectral region of 400-800 nm. Post-synthestic chemical transformations of colloidal NCs, such as ion-exchange reactions, provide an avenue to compositional fine-tuning or to otherwise inaccessible materials and morphologies. Cs- and FA-based perovskite NCs are highly promising for backlighting of LCD displays, for light-emitting diodes and as precursors/inks for perovskite solar cells. In particular, high purity colloids are ideal for further engineering as needed for photochemical/photocatalytic applications. Towards these applications, a unique feature is that perovskite NCs appear to be trap-free without any electronic surface passivaiton, making photogenerated electrons and holes readily availably for surface chemical reactions.

The processing and optoelectronic applications of perovskite NCs are, however, hampered by the loss of colloidal stability and structural integrity due to the facile desorption of surface capping molecules during isolation and purification. To address this issue, we have developed a new ligand capping strategy utilizing common and inexpensive long-chain zwitterionic molecules, resulting in much improved chemical durability.

Perovskite NCs also readily form long-range ordered asssemblies known as superlattices. These assemblies exhibit accelerated coherent emission (superfluorescence), not observed before in semiconductor nanocrystal superlattices.

Seminar, June 13, 2019, 15:00. ICFO’s Seminar Room

Hosted by Prof. Gerasimos Konstantatos