Probing Strain-Induced Band Gap Modulation in 2D Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites

Qing Tu, Ioannis Spanopoulos, Shiqiang Hao, Christopher Wolverton, Mercouri G Kanatzidis, Gajendra S. Shekhawat, Vinayak P. Dravid

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In photovoltaics and flexible electronics applications, two-dimensional (2D) hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) are often subjected to mechanical strain arising from materials processing, device functioning, and thermal expansion. Here we report for the first time a study of the band gap response to uniaxial tensile strain in thin 2D HOIP flakes with a general formula of (CH 3 (CH 2 ) 3 NH 3 ) 2 (CH 3 -NH 3 ) n-1 Pb n I 3n+1 . At large n (n > 3), the band gap will increase as the strain increases, and the strain response of band gap can be as high as 13.3 meV/% for n = 5, which is due to the rotation of the inorganic [PbI 6 ] 4- octahedra and the consequential Pb-I bond stretching and increase of Pb-I-Pb. Our findings provide a route to engineer the electronic properties of 2D HOIPs. The observed band gap-strain relationship can be harnessed to map the local mechanical strain in 2D HOIP-based devices and allow 2D HOIPs for sensing applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)796-802
Number of pages7
JournalACS Energy Letters
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 8 2019

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
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Probing Strain-Induced Band Gap Modulation in 2D Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites. / Tu, Qing; Spanopoulos, Ioannis; Hao, Shiqiang; Wolverton, Christopher; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Shekhawat, Gajendra S.; Dravid, Vinayak P.

In: ACS Energy Letters, Vol. 4, No. 3, 08.03.2019, p. 796-802.

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Tu, Q, Spanopoulos, I, Hao, S, Wolverton, C, Kanatzidis, MG, Shekhawat, GS & Dravid, VP 2019, 'Probing Strain-Induced Band Gap Modulation in 2D Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites', ACS Energy Letters, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 796-802. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.9b00120
Tu, Qing ; Spanopoulos, Ioannis ; Hao, Shiqiang ; Wolverton, Christopher ; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G ; Shekhawat, Gajendra S. ; Dravid, Vinayak P. / Probing Strain-Induced Band Gap Modulation in 2D Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Perovskites. In: ACS Energy Letters. 2019 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 796-802.
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