Nonconfinement Structure Revealed in Dion–Jacobson Type Quasi-2D Perovskite Expedites Interlayer Charge Transport

Shuang Yu, Yajie Yan, Mohamed Abdellah, Tõnu Pullerits, Kaibo Zheng, Ziqi Liang

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Dion–Jacobson (DJ) type 2D perovskites with a single organic cation layer exhibit a narrower distance between two adjacent inorganic layers compared to the corresponding Ruddlesden–Popper perovskites, which facilitates interlayer charge transport. However, the internal crystal structures in 2D DJ perovskites remain elusive. Herein, in a p-xylylenediamine (PDMA)-based DJ perovskite bearing bifunctional NH3 + spacer, the compression from confinement structure (inorganic layer number, n = 1, 2) to nonconfinement structure (n > 3) with the decrease of PDMA molar ratio is unraveled. Remarkably, the nonconfined perovskite displays shorter spacing between 2D quantum wells, which results in a lower exciton binding energy and hence promotes exciton dissociation. The significantly diminishing quantum confinement promotes interlayer charge transport leading to a maximum photovoltaic efficiency of ≈11%. Additionally, the tighter interlayer packing arising from the squeezing of inorganic octahedra gives rise to enhanced ambient stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1905081
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Dion–Jacobson
  • excitons
  • nonconfinement structures
  • planar perovskite solar cells
  • quasi-2D perovskite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • General Materials Science
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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