Effect of Water Addition during Preparation on the Early-Time Photodynamics of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Layers

S. Aphrham, Q. Pan, S. F. Zaccarine, K. M. Felter, J. Thieme, Karin van den Nieuwenhuijzen, Johan E. ten Elshof, A. Huijser*

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Abstract

The effect of water addition during preparation of a CH3NH3PbI3 layer on the photodynamics is studied by femtosecond transient absorption. Both the regular perovskite and the aqueous analogue show charge thermalisation on a timescale of about 500fs. This process is, however, less pronounced in the latter layer. The spectral feature associated with hot charges does not fully decay on this timescale, but also shows a long-lived (sub-ns) component. As water molecules may interfere with the hydrogen bonding between the CH3NH3 + cations and the inorganic cage, this effect is possibly caused by immobilisation of cation motion, suggesting a key role of CH3NH3 + dipole reorientation in charge thermalisation. This effect shows the possibility of controlling hot charge carrier cooling to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3320-3324
JournalChemPhysChem
Volume18
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Cation immobilisation
  • Hybrid perovskites
  • Photodynamics
  • Transient absorption
  • Water addition

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