Exciton Self-Trapping for White Emission in 100-Oriented Two-Dimensional Perovskites via Halogen Substitution

Ying Han, Jun Yin, Guangyue Cao, Zixi Yin, Yiwei Dong, Runan Chen, Yu Zhang, Nengxu Li, Shengye Jin, Omar F. Mohammed, Bin Bin Cui, Qi Chen

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Low-dimensional organic–inorganic hybrid lead halides have opened up a new frontier in single-component phosphors for white emission, which stems from self-trapped excitons (STEs), where STE states are dependent on lattice deformation, involving interactions between an inorganic skeleton and organic cations to consequently affect electron–phonon coupling. Herein, to decouple the crystal structure dominator on emission mechanisms, we employ the protonated benzimidazole as organic cations to synthesize two 100-oriented two-dimensional (2D) perovskites with Br or Cl as halogen anions, separately. Interestingly, even with a similar single layered crystal structure that is almost distortion-free in an inorganic octahedral framework, the two as-synthesized perovskites show distinct emission mechanisms. The underlying halogen regulatory mechanism is unveiled. In addition to changing the lattice deformation energy and self-trapping energy of STEs, the halogen substitution results in a 10-fold enhancement in electron–phonon coupling that affects STE dynamics. Therefore, this suggests a general design principle to tailor electron–phonon coupling in low-dimensional perovskites for broadband white emission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-460
Number of pages8
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Materials Chemistry


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