Growing Poly(norepinephrine) Layer over Individual Nanoparticles to Boost Hybrid Perovskite Photocatalysts

Yidi Wang, Liangfeng Luo, Ziqi Wang, Benjamin Tawiah, Chang Liu, John H. Xin, Bin Fei, Wai Yeung Wong

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To address the poor stability of lead halide perovskite nanoparticles (NPs), monodisperse methylammonium lead bromide (MAPbBr3, M-PE) NPs were successfully encapsulated with a thin layer (10 nm) of poly(norepinephrine) (PNE) by in situ polymerization. The PNE layer endowed M-PE NPs with high structural stability against severe environmental conditions. Furthermore, the chemical interaction between M-PE and PNE facilitates the construction of the core@shell composite, as well as contributes to the enhanced light-harvesting capacity and improved photoelectronic conversion efficiency in photocatalytic activity. The encapsulated NP M-PE@PNE with a band gap of 2.04 eV degraded the organic pollutant of malachite green by 81% in less than 2 h under visible light, which was 4.5 times higher than pristine M-PE NPs. This work provides a practical approach to stabilize and boost the MAPbX3 photocatalyst and carries enormous potential in wide engineering applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27578-27586
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2020


  • core@shell structure
  • hybrid perovskite
  • interface activation
  • photocatalysis
  • stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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