Locally collective hydrogen bonding isolates lead octahedra for white emission improvement

Bin Bin Cui, Ying Han, Bolong Huang (Corresponding Author), Yizhou Zhao, Xianxin Wu, Lang Liu, Guangyue Cao, Qin Du, Na Liu, Wei Zou, Mingzi Sun, Lin Wang, Xinfeng Liu, Jianpu Wang, Huanping Zhou, Qi Chen

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As one of next-generation semiconductors, hybrid halide perovskites with tailorable optoelectronic properties are promising for photovoltaics, lighting, and displaying. This tunability lies on variable crystal structures, wherein the spatial arrangement of halide octahedra is essential to determine the assembly behavior and materials properties. Herein, we report to manipulate their assembling behavior and crystal dimensionality by locally collective hydrogen bonding effects. Specifically, a unique urea-amide cation is employed to form corrugated 1D crystals by interacting with bromide atoms in lead octahedra via multiple hydrogen bonds. Further tuning the stoichiometry, cations are bonded with water molecules to create a larger spacer that isolates individual lead bromide octahedra. It leads to zero-dimension (0D) single crystals, which exhibit broadband ‘warm’ white emission with photoluminescence quantum efficiency 5 times higher than 1D counterpart. This work suggests a feasible strategy to modulate the connectivity of octahedra and consequent crystal dimensionality for the enhancement of their optoelectronic properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5190
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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