Tailoring the Energy Landscape in Quasi-2D Halide Perovskites Enables Efficient Green-Light Emission

Li Na Quan, Yongbiao Zhao, F. Pelayo García De Arquer, Randy Sabatini, Grant Walters, Oleksandr Voznyy, Riccardo Comin, Yiying Li, James Z. Fan, Hairen Tan, Jun Pan, Mingjian Yuan, Osman M. Bakr, Zhenghong Lu, Dong Ha Kim, Edward H. Sargent

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Organo-metal halide perovskites are a promising platform for optoelectronic applications in view of their excellent charge-transport and bandgap tunability. However, their low photoluminescence quantum efficiencies, especially in low-excitation regimes, limit their efficiency for light emission. Consequently, perovskite light-emitting devices are operated under high injection, a regime under which the materials have so far been unstable. Here we show that, by concentrating photoexcited states into a small subpopulation of radiative domains, one can achieve a high quantum yield, even at low excitation intensities. We tailor the composition of quasi-2D perovskites to direct the energy transfer into the lowest-bandgap minority phase and to do so faster than it is lost to nonradiative centers. The new material exhibits 60% photoluminescence quantum yield at excitation intensities as low as 1.8 mW/cm2, yielding a ratio of quantum yield to excitation intensity of 0.3 cm2/mW; this represents a decrease of 2 orders of magnitude in the excitation power required to reach high efficiency compared with the best prior reports. Using this strategy, we report light-emitting diodes with external quantum efficiencies of 7.4% and a high luminescence of 8400 cd/m2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3701-3709
Number of pages9
JournalNano Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 14 Jun 2017

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Funding Information:
This publication is based in part on work supported by award no. KUS-11-009-21, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), by the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Program and by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. L.N.Q. and D.H.K. acknowledge the financial support by National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (2014R1A2A1A09005656 and 2015M1A2A2058365). F.P.G.d.A. acknowledges financial support from the Connaught fund.

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© 2017 American Chemical Society.


  • energy transfer
  • Light-emitting diodes
  • Monte Carlo
  • Perovskites
  • photoluminescence quantum yield
  • Quasi-2D perovskites


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