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Coupling between Ion Drift and Kinetics of Electronic Current Transients in MAPbBr3 Single Crystals

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posted on 2022-02-11, 09:33 authored by Marisé García-Batlle, Javier Mayén Guillén, Marian Chapran, Oriane Baussens, Julien Zaccaro, Jean-Marie Verilhac, Eric Gros-Daillon, Antonio Guerrero, Osbel Almora, Germà Garcia-Belmonte
The optoelectronic properties of halide perovskite materials have fostered their utilization in many applications. Unravelling their working mechanisms remains challenging because of their mixed ionic–electronic conductive nature. By registering, with high reproducibility, the long-time current transients of a set of single-crystal methylammonium lead tribromide samples, the ion migration process was proved. Sample biasing experiments (ionic drift), with characteristic times exhibiting voltage dependence as ∝ V–3/2, is interpreted with an ionic migration model obeying a ballistic-like voltage-dependent mobility (BVM) regime of space-charge-limited current. Ionic kinetics effectively modify the long-time electronic current, while the steady-state electronic currents’ behavior is nearly ohmic. Using the ionic dynamic doping model (IDD) for the recovering current at zero bias (ion diffusion), the ionic mobility is estimated to be ∼10–6 cm2 V–1 s–1. Our findings suggest that ionic currents are negligible in comparison to the electronic currents; however, they influence them via changes in the charge density profile.