Mixed Dimethylammonium/Methylammonium Lead Halide Perovskite Crystals for Improved Structural Stability and Enhanced Photodetection

Aniruddha Ray, Beatriz Martín-García, Anna Moliterni, Nicola Casati, Karunakara Moorthy Boopathi, Davide Spirito, Luca Goldoni, Mirko Prato, Carlotta Giacobbe, Cinzia Giannini, Francesco Di Stasio, Roman Krahne, Liberato Manna, Ahmed L. Abdelhady

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The solvent acidolysis crystallization technique is utilized to grow mixed dimethylammonium/methylammonium lead tribromide (DMA/MAPbBr3) crystals reaching the highest dimethylammonium incorporation of 44% while maintaining the 3D cubic perovskite phase. These mixed perovskite crystals show suppression of the orthorhombic phase and a lower tetragonal-to-cubic phase-transition temperature compared to MAPbBr3. A distinct behavior is observed in the temperature-dependent photoluminescence properties of MAPbBr3 and mixed DMA/MAPbBr3 crystals due to the different organic cation dynamics governing the phase transition(s). Furthermore, lateral photodetectors based on these crystals show that, at room temperature, the mixed crystals possess higher detectivity compared to MAPbBr3 crystals caused by structural compression and reduced surface trap density. Remarkably, the mixed-crystal devices exhibit large enhancement in their detectivity below the phase-transition temperature (at 200 K), while for the MAPbBr3 devices only insignificant changes are observed. The high detectivity of the mixed crystals makes them attractive for visible-light communication and for space applications. The results highlight the importance of the synthetic technique for compositional engineering of halide perovskites that governs their structural and optoelectronic properties.

Original languageBritish English
Article number2106160
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number7
StatePublished - 17 Feb 2022


  • dimethylammonium
  • perovskite crystals | perovskites
  • photodetectors
  • temperature-dependent properties


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