Alkyl phosphonic acids deliver CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals with high photoluminescence quantum yield and truncated octahedron shape

Baowei Zhang, Luca Goldoni, Juliette Zito, Zhiya Dang, Guilherme Almeida, Francesco Zaccaria, Jur De Wit, Ivan Infante, Luca De Trizio*, Liberato Manna

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We devised a colloidal approach for the synthesis of CsPbBr3 nanocrystals (NCs) in which the only ligands employed are alkyl phosphonic acids. Compared to more traditional syntheses of CsPbBr3 NCs, the present scheme delivers NCs with the following distinctive features: (i) The NCs do not have cubic but truncated octahedron shape enclosed by Pb-terminated facets. This is a consequence of the strong binding affinity of the phosphonate groups toward Pb2+ ions. (II) The NCs have near unity photoluminescence quantum yields (PLQYs), with no need of postsynthesis treatments, indicating that alkyl phosphonic acids are effectively preventing the formation of surface traps. (III) Unlike NCs coated with alkylammonium or carboxylate ligands, the PLQY of phosphonate coated NCs remains constant upon dilution, suggesting that the ligands are tightly bound to the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9140-9147
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019

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