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Phase Segregation and Photothermal Remixing of Mixed-Halide Lead Perovskites

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posted on 2020-02-20, 16:34 authored by Juvinch R. Vicente, Jixin Chen
Mixed-halide lead perovskites (MHPs) are promising materials for photovoltaics and optoelectronics due to their highly tunable band gaps. However, they phase segregate under continuous illumination or an electric field, the mechanism of which is still under debate. Herein we systematically measure the phase segregation behavior of polymer-encapsulated CH3NH3Pb­(BrxI1–x)3 MHPs as a function of excitation intensity and the nominal halide ratio by in situ photoluminescence microspectroscopy and observe surprising phase dynamics at the beginning of the illumination. The initial phase segregation to I-rich and Br-rich phases is observed followed by the formation of a new mixed-halide phase within several seconds that has not been reported before. We propose that the photothermal effect is amplified at the small-size I-rich domains, which significantly changes the local phase segregation in the otherwise uniform film within milliseconds after illumination.