Direct Experimental Evidence for Photoinduced Strong-Coupling Polarons in Organolead Halide Perovskite Nanoparticles

Kaibo Zheng, Mohamed Abdellah, Qiushi Zhu, Qingyu Kong, Guy Jennings, Charles A. Kurtz, Maria E. Messing, Yuran Niu, David J. Gosztola, Mohammed J. Al-Marri, Xiaoyi Zhang, Tönu Pullerits, Sophie E. Canton

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Echoing the roaring success of their bulk counterparts, nano-objects built from organolead halide perovskites (OLHP) present bright prospects for surpassing the performances of their conventional organic and inorganic analogues in photodriven technologies. Unraveling the photoinduced charge dynamics is essential for optimizing the optoelectronic functionalities. However, mapping the carrier-lattice interactions remains challenging, owing to their manifestations on multiple length scales and time scales. By correlating ultrafast time-resolved optical and X-ray absorption measurements, this work reveals the photoinduced formation of strong-coupling polarons in CH3NH3PbBr3 nanoparticles. Such polarons originate from the self-trapping of electrons in the Coulombic field caused by the displaced inorganic nuclei and the oriented organic cations. The transient structural change detected at the Pb L3 X-ray absorption edge is well-captured by a distortion with average bond elongation in the [PbBr6]2- motif. General implications for designing novel OLHP nanomaterials targeting the active utilization of these quasi-particles are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4535-4539
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 17 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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