Formation of Stable Metal Halide Perovskite/Perovskite Heterojunctions

Catherine P. Clark, Jennifer E. Mann, John S. Bangsund, Wan Ju Hsu, Eray S. Aydil, Russell J. Holmes

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Heterojunctions underpin the design and performance of virtually all devices based on conventional semiconductors. While metal halide perovskites have received intense attention for applications in photoconversion and optoelectronics, these devices are often hybrid, containing interfaces between the perovskite and metal oxide or organic semiconductor layers. Heterojunctions between two perovskite layers could enable new paradigms in device engineering, but to date, their formation has remained limited due to difficulty in fabricating multilayers and facile ion diffusion across interfaces. Here, sequential solution and vapor processing is used to successfully fabricate perovskite/perovskite heterojunctions comprising three-dimensional APbX3/CH3NH3SnX3 [A = CH(NH2)2, CH3NH3, or Cs; X = I or Br] layers. Heterojunction stability is investigated leading to the identification of two pairings that are stable for >1500 h at room temperature. By probing mixing as a function of composition and grain size, we propose general design rules for the realization of stable perovskite/perovskite heterojunctions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3443-3451
Number of pages9
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 13 2020

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through an iSuperseed grant to the University of Minnesota MRSEC (DMR-1420013), the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, and the University of Minnesota Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME). The authors also acknowledge support from Ronald L. and Janet A. Christenson, the 3M Science and Technology Fellowship, and the UMII MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship. Parts of this work were carried out in the Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, which receives partial support from NSF through the MRSEC program.

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