Publications by Pabitra Nayak

Mechanism for rapid growth of organic-inorganic halide perovskite crystals.

Nature communications 7 (2016) 13303-

PK Nayak, DT Moore, B Wenger, S Nayak, AA Haghighirad, A Fineberg, NK Noel, OG Reid, G Rumbles, P Kukura, KA Vincent, HJ Snaith

Optoelectronic devices based on hybrid halide perovskites have shown remarkable progress to high performance. However, despite their apparent success, there remain many open questions about their intrinsic properties. Single crystals are often seen as the ideal platform for understanding the limits of crystalline materials, and recent reports of rapid, high-temperature crystallization of single crystals should enable a variety of studies. Here we explore the mechanism of this crystallization and find that it is due to reversible changes in the solution where breaking up of colloids, and a change in the solvent strength, leads to supersaturation and subsequent crystallization. We use this knowledge to demonstrate a broader range of processing parameters and show that these can lead to improved crystal quality. Our findings are therefore of central importance to enable the continued advancement of perovskite optoelectronics and to the improved reproducibility through a better understanding of factors influencing and controlling crystallization.

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