Effect of cation rotation on charge dynamics in hybrid lead halide perovskites

María C. Gélvez-Rueda, Duyen H. Cao, Sameer Patwardhan, Nicolas Renaud, Constantinos C. Stoumpos, George C. Schatz, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha, Tom J. Savenije, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Ferdinand C. Grozema*

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Organic-inorganic hybrid halide perovskites are a promising class of materials for photovoltaic application with reported power efficiencies over ∼22%. However, not much is known about the influence of the organic dipole rotation and phase transitions on charge carrier dynamics. Here, we report substantial changes in mobility and lifetime of charge carriers in CH3NH3PbI3 after the low-temperature tetragonal (β) to orthorhombic (γ) phase transition. By using microwave conductivity measurements, we observed that the mobility and lifetime of ionized charge carriers increase as the temperature decreases and a sudden increment is seen after the β-γ phase transition. For CH3NH3PbI3, the mobility and the half-lifetime increase by a factor of 3-6 compared with the values before the β-γ phase transition. We attribute the considerable change in the dynamics at low temperature to the decrease of the inherent dynamic disorder of the organic cation (CH3NH3+) inside the perovskite crystal structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16577-16585
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number30
StatePublished - Aug 4 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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