Growth-Controlled Broad Emission in Phase-Pure Two-Dimensional Hybrid Perovskite Films

TitleGrowth-Controlled Broad Emission in Phase-Pure Two-Dimensional Hybrid Perovskite Films
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsKennard, Rhiannon M., Clayton J. Dahlman, Juil Chung, Benjamin L. Cotts, Alexander A. Mikhailovsky, Lingling Mao, Ryan A. DeCrescent, Kevin H. Stone, Naveen R. Venkatesan, Yahya Mohtashami, Sepanta Assadi, Alberto Salleo, Jon A. Schuller, Ram Seshadri, and Michael L. Chabinyc
JournalChemistry of Materials

Two-dimensional hybrid metal halide perovskites (2D perovskites) are attractive for light-emitting devices and other applications because their emission is tunable across the visible spectrum. The emission profile of 2D perovskites can be broadened via a variety of mechanisms and is further complicated by the presence of impurities. Here, the challenge of making phase-pure films in Ruddlesden–Popper phases [(A′)2(A)n−1BnX3n+1 structure] is overcome by using a single A/A′-site cation, ethylammonium (EA), whose optimal size also prohibits the formation of off-target phases. In the (EA)2(EA)n−1PbnBr3n+1 family, the low-energy, broad emission observed in bulk crystals is reduced in spin-cast, polycrystalline films. This decrease in broad emission, attributed to phonon-mediated processes, is correlated with the strain in polycrystalline films that is observed by X-ray scattering. Photothermal deflection spectroscopy shows that strain also increases the electronic disorder near the free exciton absorbance. Broad emission in films can be recovered by slowing growth kinetics, which removes the strain acquired from spin-casting and increases the domain size. These results help extend the utility of 2D perovskites by suggesting design rules for the growth of thin films with the targeted phase and emission.