Rationalizing and Controlling the Surface Structure and Electronic Passivation of Cesium Lead Halide Nanocrystals

Maryna I. Bodnarchuk, Simon C. Boehme, Stephanie Ten Brinck, Caterina Bernasconi, Yevhen Shynkarenko, Franziska Krieg, Roland Widmer, Beat Aeschlimann, Detlef Günther, Maksym V. Kovalenko*, Ivan Infante

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Colloidal lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) have recently emerged as versatile photonic sources. Their processing and luminescent properties are challenged by the lability of their surfaces, i.e., the interface of the NC core and the ligand shell. On the example of CsPbBr3 NCs, we model the nanocrystal surface structure and its effect on the emergence of trap states using density functional theory. We rationalize the typical observation of a degraded luminescence upon aging or the luminescence recovery upon postsynthesis surface treatments. The conclusions are corroborated by the elemental analysis. We then propose a strategy for healing the surface trap states and for improving the colloidal stability by the combined treatment with didodecyldimethylammonium bromide and lead bromide and validate this approach experimentally. This simple procedure results in robust colloids, which are highly pure and exhibit high photoluminescence quantum yields of up to 95-98%, retained even after three to four rounds of washing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number1
Early online date27 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2019


Dive into the research topics of 'Rationalizing and Controlling the Surface Structure and Electronic Passivation of Cesium Lead Halide Nanocrystals'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this