Composite Nature of Layered Hybrid Perovskites: Assessment on Quantum and Dielectric Confinements and Band Alignment

Boubacar Traore*, Laurent Pedesseau, Linda Assam, Xiaoyang Che, Jean Christophe Blancon, Hsinhan Tsai, Wanyi Nie, Constantinos C. Stoumpos, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Sergei Tretiak, Aditya D. Mohite, Jacky Even, Mikaël Kepenekian, Claudine Katan

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

143 Scopus citations


Layered hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOPs) have re-emerged as potential technological solutions for next-generation photovoltaic and optoelectronic applications. Their two-dimensional (2D) nature confers them a significant flexibility and results in the appearance of quantum and dielectric confinements. Such confinements are at the origin of their fascinating properties, and understanding them from a fundamental level is of paramount importance for optimization. Here, we provide an in-depth investigation of band alignments of 2D HOP allowing access to carriers' confinement potentials. 2D HOPs are conceptualized as composite materials in which pseudoinorganic and -organic components are defined. In this way, computational modeling of band alignments becomes affordable using first-principles methods. First, we show that the composite approach is suitable to study the position-dependent dielectric profiles and enables clear differentiation of the respective contributions of inorganic and organic components. Then we apply the composite approach to a variety of 2D HOPs, assessing the impact on the confinement potentials of well and barrier thickness, of the nature of the inorganic well, and of structural transitions. Using the deduced potentials, we further discuss the limitations of the effective mass approximation, scrutinizing the electronic properties of this family of composite materials. Our simulations demonstrate type-I dominant band alignment in 2D HOPs. Finally, we outline design principles on band alignment toward achieving specific optoelectronic properties. Thus, we present alternative theoretical methods to inspect the properties of 2D hybrid perovskites and expect that the composite approach will be applicable to other classes of layered materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3321-3332
Number of pages12
JournalACS nano
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 24 2018


  • band alignment
  • composite
  • dielectric confinement
  • light emitters
  • photovoltaics
  • quantum confinement
  • type-I

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • General Materials Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Composite Nature of Layered Hybrid Perovskites: Assessment on Quantum and Dielectric Confinements and Band Alignment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this