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Title: Locally collective hydrogen bonding isolates lead octahedra for white emission improvement
Authors: Cui, BB
Han, Y
Huang, BL 
Zhao, YZ
Wu, XX
Liu, L
Cao, GY
Du, Q
Liu, N
Zou, W
Sun, MZ 
Wang, L
Liu, XF
Wang, JP
Zhou, HP
Chen, Q
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Nature communications, 15 Nov. 2019, v. 10, 5190, p. 1-8
Abstract: As one of next-generation semiconductors, hybrid halide perovskites with tailorable optoelectronic properties are promising for photovoltaics, lighting, and displaying. This tunability lies on variable crystal structures, wherein the spatial arrangement of halide octahedra is essential to determine the assembly behavior and materials properties. Herein, we report to manipulate their assembling behavior and crystal dimensionality by locally collective hydrogen bonding effects. Specifically, a unique urea-amide cation is employed to form corrugated 1D crystals by interacting with bromide atoms in lead octahedra via multiple hydrogen bonds. Further tuning the stoichiometry, cations are bonded with water molecules to create a larger spacer that isolates individual lead bromide octahedra. It leads to zero-dimension (OD) single crystals, which exhibit broadband 'warm' white emission with photoluminescence quantum efficiency 5 times higher than 1D counterpart. This work suggests a feasible strategy to modulate the connectivity of octahedra and consequent crystal dimensionality for the enhancement of their optoelectronic properties.
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Journal: Nature communications 
EISSN: 2041-1723
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13264-5
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