Triplet sensitization of rubrene by bulk lead halide perovskites has recently resulted in efficient infrared-to-visible photon upconversion via triplet-triplet annihilation. Notably, this process can occur under solar relevant fluxes, potentially paving the way toward integration with photovoltaic devices. In order to further improve the upconversion efficiency, the fundamental photophysical pathways at the perovskite/rubrene interface must be clearly understood to maximize charge extraction. Here, we utilize ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy to elucidate the processes underlying triplet generation at the perovskite/rubrene interface. Our results point to a triplet generation mechanism based on hot carriers; thermally excited charge carriers in the perovskite cool more rapidly in the presence of rubrene, suggesting rapid extraction of these thermally excited carriers on the picosecond time scale. Subsequent triplet formation in rubrene is observed on a subnanosecond time scale.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemistry (miscellaneous)
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Materials Chemistry