Photostability and Photodegradation Processes in Colloidal CsPbI3 Perovskite Quantum Dots

Rui An, Fengying Zhang, Xianshao Zou, Yingying Tang, Mingli Liang, Ihor Oshchapovskyy, Yuchen Liu, Alireza Honarfar, Yunqian Zhong, Chuanshuai Li, Huifang Geng, Junsheng Chen, Sophie E. Canton, Tonu Pullerits, Kaibo Zheng

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All-inorganic CsPbI3 perovskite quantum dots (QDs) have attracted intense attention for their successful application in photovoltaics (PVs) and optoelectronics that are enabled by their superior absorption capability and great photoluminescence (PL) properties. However, their photostability remains a practical bottleneck and further optimization is highly desirable. Here, we studied the photostability of as-obtained colloidal CsPbI3 QDs suspended in hexane. We found that light illumination does induce photodegradation of CsPbI3 QDs. Steady-state spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and transient absorption spectroscopy verified that light illumination leads to detachment of the capping agent, collapse of the CsPbI3 QD surface, and finally aggregation of surface Pb0. Both dangling bonds containing surface and Pb0 serve as trap states causing PL quenching with a dramatic decrease of PL quantum yield. Our work provides a detailed insight about the correlation between the structural and photophysical consequences of the photodegradation process in CsPbI3 QDs and may lead to the optimization of such QDs toward device applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39222-39227
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 14

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Free keywords

  • blue-shift emission
  • light illumination
  • photodegradation mechanism
  • surface collapse
  • trap states


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