Authors: Ghada H Ahmed, Jiakai Liu, Manas R Parida, Banavoth Murali, Riya Bose, Noktan M AlYami, Mohamed N Hedhili, Wei Peng, Jun Pan, Tabot MD Besong, Osman M Bakr, Omar F Mohammed
Keywords: Hybrid organic/inorganic perovskites, perovskite nanocrystals.
Abstract: Hybrid organic/inorganic perovskites have recently emerged as an important class of materials and have exhibited remarkable performance in photovoltaics. To further improve their device efficiency, an insightful understanding of the interfacial charge transfer (CT) process is required. Here, we report the first direct experimental observation of the tremendous effect that the shape of perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) has on interfacial CT in the presence of a molecular acceptor. A dramatic change in CT dynamics at the interfaces of three different NC shapes, spheres, platelets, and cubes, is recorded. Our results clearly demonstrate that the mechanism of CT is significantly affected by the NC shape. More importantly, the results demonstrate that complexation on the NC surface acts as an additional driving force not only to tune the CT dynamics but also to control the reaction mechanism at the interface. This observation opens a new venue for further developing perovskite NCs-based applications.