Benzyl Alcohol-Treated CH3NH3PbBr3 Nanocrystals Exhibiting High Luminescence, Stability, and Ultralow Amplified Spontaneous Emission Thresholds

Sjoerd A. Veldhuis, Yong Kang Eugene Tay, Annalisa Bruno, Sai S.H. Dintakurti, Saikat Bhaumik, Subas Kumar Muduli, Mingjie Li, Nripan Mathews, Tze Chien Sum, Subodh G. Mhaisalkar

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We report the high yield synthesis of about 11 nm sized CH3NH3PbBr3 nanocrystals with near-unity photoluminescence quantum yield. The nanocrystals are formed in the presence of surface-binding ligands through their direct precipitation in a benzyl alcohol/toluene phase. The benzyl alcohol plays a pivotal role in steering the surface ligands binding motifs on the NC surface, resulting in enhanced surface-trap passivation and near-unity PLQY values. We further demonstrate that thin films from purified CH3NH3PbBr3 nanocrystals are stable >4 months in air, exhibit high optical gain (about 520 cm-1), and display stable, ultralow amplified spontaneous emission thresholds of 13.9 ± 1.3 and 569.7 ± 6 μJ cm-2 at one-photon (400 nm) and two-photon (800 nm) absorption, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, the latter signifies a 5-fold reduction of the lowest reported threshold value for halide perovskite nanocrystals to date, which makes them ideal candidates for light-emitting and low-threshold lasing applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7424-7432
Number of pages9
JournalNano Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • lasing
  • ligand coordination
  • light emission
  • optoelectronics
  • Perovskites
  • quantum dots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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