Highly tunable properties in pressure-treated two-dimensional Dion–Jacobson perovskites

Lingping Kong, Gang Liu*, Jue Gong, Lingling Mao, Mengting Chen, Qingyang Hu, Xujie Lü, Wenge Yang, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Ho Kwang Mao

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The application of pressure can achieve novel structures and exotic phenomena in condensed matters. However, such pressure-induced transformations are generally reversible and useless for engineering materials for ambient-environment applications. Here, we report comprehensive high-pressure investigations on a series of Dion–Jacobson (D-J) perovskites A′An-1PbnI3n+1 [A′ = 3-(aminomethyl) piperidinium (3AMP), A = methylammonium (MA), n = 1, 2, 4]. Our study demonstrates their irreversible behavior, which suggests pressure/strain engineering could viably improve light-absorber material not only in situ but also ex situ, thus potentially fostering the development of optoelectronic and electroluminescent materials. We discovered that the photoluminescence (PL) intensities are remarkably enhanced by one order of magnitude at mild pressures. Also, higher pressure significantly changes the lattices, boundary conditions of electronic wave functions, and possibly leads to semiconductor–metal transitions. For (3AMP)(MA)3Pb4I13, permanent recrystallization from 2D to three-dimensional (3D) structure occurs upon decompression, with dramatic changes in optical properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16121-16126
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number28
StatePublished - Jul 14 2020


  • Bandgap
  • Dion–Jacobson perovskites
  • High pressure
  • Photoluminescence
  • Two-dimensional

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