Nonconfinement Structure Revealed in Dion-Jacobson Type Quasi-2D Perovskite Expedites Interlayer Charge Transport.

Research paper by Shuang S Yu, Yajie Y Yan, Mohamed M Abdellah, Tõnu T Pullerits, Kaibo K Zheng, Ziqi Z Liang

Indexed on: 24 Oct '19Published on: 23 Oct '19Published in: Small


Dion-Jacobson (DJ) type 2D perovskites with a single organic cation layer exhibit a narrower distance between two adjacent inorganic layers compared to the corresponding Ruddlesden-Popper perovskites, which facilitates interlayer charge transport. However, the internal crystal structures in 2D DJ perovskites remain elusive. Herein, in a p-xylylenediamine (PDMA)-based DJ perovskite bearing bifunctional NH spacer, the compression from confinement structure (inorganic layer number, n = 1, 2) to nonconfinement structure (n > 3) with the decrease of PDMA molar ratio is unraveled. Remarkably, the nonconfined perovskite displays shorter spacing between 2D quantum wells, which results in a lower exciton binding energy and hence promotes exciton dissociation. The significantly diminishing quantum confinement promotes interlayer charge transport leading to a maximum photovoltaic efficiency of ≈11%. Additionally, the tighter interlayer packing arising from the squeezing of inorganic octahedra gives rise to enhanced ambient stability. © 2019 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.