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  1. Interplay of octahedral distortions in electronic and structural phase transitions in ABO3 perovskites

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    Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Rondinelli, James M.

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we investigate group-subgroup relationships afforded to ABO3 perovskites from combinations of BO6 distortions - bond stretching and bond angle rotations - with the objective of identifying new pathways for tuning their properties through electron-lattice interactions. Using nickelate and bismuthate perovskite compounds as a template, we decompose their low-symmetry structures into orthonormal symmetry-breaking lattice modes of the parent cubic space group. Statistical analysis of mode decomposition data uncovers previously unappreciated relationships between microscopic octahedral distortion modes and macroscopic physical properties. Finally, we propose novel crystal engineering strategies to study perovskites near phase boundaries that are otherwise extremely difficult to probe experimentally. This project is supported by The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (grant no. N66001-12-4224). The views, opinions, and/or findings reported here are solely those of the authors and do not represent official views of DARPA or DOD.

  2. First Principles Studies of ABO3 Perovskite Surfaces and Nanostructures

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    Pilania, Ghanshyam

    Perovskite-type complex oxides, with general formula ABO 3, constitute one of the most prominent classes of metal oxides which finds key applications in diverse technological fields. In recent years, properties of perovskites at reduced dimensions have aroused considerable interest. However, a complete atomic-level understanding of various phenomena is yet to emerge. To fully exploit the materials opportunities provided by nano-structured perovskites, it is important to characterize and understand their bulk and near-surface electronic structure along with the electric, magnetic, elastic and chemical properties of these materials in the nano-regime, where surface and interface effects naturally play a dominant role. In this thesis, state-of-the-art first principles computations are employed to systematically study properties of one- and two-dimensional perovskite systems which are of direct technological significance. Specifically, our bifocal study targets (1) polarization behavior and dielectric response of ABO3 ferroelectric nanowires, and (2) oxygen chemistry relevant for catalytic properties of ABO3 surfaces. In the first strand, we identify presence of novel closure or vortex-like polarization domains in PbTIO3 and BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanowires and explore ways to control the polarization configurations by means of strain and surface chemistry in these prototypical model systems. The intrinsic tendency towards vortex polarization at reduced dimensions and the underlying driving forces are discussed and previously unknown strain induced phase transitions are identified. Furthermore, to compute the dielectric permittivity of nanostructures, a new multiscale model is developed and applied to the PbTiO3 nanowires with conventional and vortex-like polarization configurations. The second part of the work undertaken in this thesis is comprised of a number of ab initio surface studies, targeted to investigate the effects of surface terminations, prevailing chemical

  3. Classification of ABO3 perovskite solids: a machine learning study.

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    Pilania, G; Balachandran, P V; Gubernatis, J E; Lookman, T

    2015-10-01

    We explored the use of machine learning methods for classifying whether a particular ABO3 chemistry forms a perovskite or non-perovskite structured solid. Starting with three sets of feature pairs (the tolerance and octahedral factors, the A and B ionic radii relative to the radius of O, and the bond valence distances between the A and B ions from the O atoms), we used machine learning to create a hyper-dimensional partial dependency structure plot using all three feature pairs or any two of them. Doing so increased the accuracy of our predictions by 2-3 percentage points over using any one pair. We also included the Mendeleev numbers of the A and B atoms to this set of feature pairs. Doing this and using the capabilities of our machine learning algorithm, the gradient tree boosting classifier, enabled us to generate a new type of structure plot that has the simplicity of one based on using just the Mendeleev numbers, but with the added advantages of having a higher accuracy and providing a measure of likelihood of the predicted structure.

  4. Temperature-dependent fatigue behaviors of ferroelectric ABO3-type and layered perovskite oxide thin films

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    Yuan, G. L.; Liu, J.-M.; Wang, Y. P.; Wu, D.; Zhang, S. T.; Shao, Q. Y.; Liu, Z. G.

    2004-04-01

    The temperature-dependent dielectric and ferroelectric fatigue behaviors of ABO3-type perovskite thin films Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) and Pb0.75La0.25TiO3 (PLT) and layered Aurivillius thin films SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) and Bi3.25La0.75Ti3O12 (BLT) with Pt electrodes are studied. The improved fatigue resistance of PZT and PLT at a low temperature can be explained by the defect-induced suppression of domain switch/nucleation near the film/electrode interface, which requires a long-range diffusion of defects and charges. It is argued that the fatigue effect of SBT and BLT is attributed to the competition between domain-wall pinning and depinning. The perovskitelike slabs and/or (Bi2O2)2+ layers act as barriers for long-range diffusion of defects and charges, resulting in localization of the defects and charges. Thus, the fatigued SBT and BLT can be easily rejuvenated by a high electric field over a wide temperature range.

  5. TOPICAL REVIEW: The relaxational properties of compositionally disordered ABO3 perovskites

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    Samara, George A.

    2003-03-01

    Random lattice disorder produced by chemical substitution in ABO3 perovskites can lead to the formation of dipolar impurities and defects that have a profound influence on the static and dynamic properties of these materials that are the prototypical soft ferroelectric (FE) mode systems. In these highly polarizable host lattices, dipolar entities form polar nanodomains whose size is determined by the dipolar correlation length, rc, of the host and that exhibit dielectric relaxation in an applied ac field. In the very dilute limit (< 0.1at.%) each domain behaves as a non-interacting dipolar entity with a single relaxation time. At higher concentrations of disorder, however, the domains can interact leading to more complex relaxational behaviour. Among the manifestations of such behaviour is the formation of a glass-like relaxor (R) state, or even an ordered FE state for a sufficiently high concentration of overlapping domains. After a brief discussion of the physics of random-site electric dipoles in dielectrics, this review begins with the simplest cases, namely the relaxational properties of substitutional impurities (e.g., Mn, Fe and Ca) in the quantum paraelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3. This is followed by discussions of the relaxational properties of Li-and Nb-doped KTaO3 and of the strong relaxors in the PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 and La-substituted PbZr1-xTixO3 families. Some emphasis will be on the roles of pressure and applied dc biasing electric fields in understanding the physics of these materials including the R-to-FE crossover.

  6. ABO3 (A = La, Ba, Sr, K; B = Co, Mn, Fe) perovskites for thermochemical energy storage

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    Babiniec, Sean M.; Coker, Eric N.; Ambrosini, Andrea; Miller, James E.

    2016-05-01

    The use of perovskite oxides as a medium for thermochemical energy storage (TCES) in concentrating solar power systems is reported. The known reduction/oxidation (redox) active perovskites LaxSr1-xCoyMn1-yO3 (LSCM) and LaxSr1-xCoyFe1-yO3 (LSCF) were chosen as a starting point for such research. Materials of the LSCM and LSCF family were previously synthesized, their structure characterized, and thermodynamics reported for TCES operation. Building on this foundation, the reduction onset temperatures are examined for LSCM and LSCF compositions. The reduction extents and onset temperatures are tied to the crystallographic phase and reaction enthalpies. The effect of doping with Ba and K is discussed, and the potential shortcomings of this subset of materials families for TCES are described. The potential for long-term stability of the most promising material is examined through thermogravimetric cycling, scanning electron microscopy, and dilatometry. The stability over 100 cycles (450-1050 °C) of an LSCM composition is demonstrated.

  7. First-principles effective Hamiltonian simulation of ABO3-type perovskite ferroelectrics for energy storage application

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    Luo, Bingcheng; Wang, Xiaohui; Tian, Enke; Wu, Longwen; Li, Longtu

    2016-08-01

    Dielectric materials with high power density and energy density are eagerly desired for the potential application in advanced pulsed capacitors. Here, we present the first-principles effective Hamiltonian simulation of perovskite ferroelectrics BaTiO3, PbTiO3, and KNbO3 in order to better predict and design materials for energy storage application. The lattice constant, dielectric constant and ferroelectric hysteresis, and energy-storage density of BaTiO3, PbTiO3, and KNbO3 were calculated with the consideration of the effects of temperature and external electric field.

  8. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Quantum chemical modelling of electron polarons and excitons in ABO3 perovskites

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    Kotomin, E. A.; Eglitis, R. I.; Borstel, G.

    2000-09-01

    Quantum chemical calculations using the intermediate neglect of the differential overlap (INDO) method, combined with the large unit cell periodic model argue for an existence of the self-trapped electrons in KNbO3 and KTaO3 perovskite crystals. An electron in the ground state occupies predominantly t2g orbital of a Nb4+ ion. Its orbital degeneracy is lifted by a combination of the breathing and Jahn-Teller modes where four nearest equatorial O atoms are displaced outwards and two oxygens shift inwards along the z axis. Triplet exciton is shown to be in a good approximation of a pair of nearest Jahn-Teller electron and hole polarons (a bipolaron) which is very likely responsible for the `green' luminescence observed in these crystals.

  9. Effect of A and B-site cations on surface exchange coefficient for ABO3 perovskite materials.

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    Armstrong, Eric N; Duncan, Keith L; Wachsman, Eric D

    2013-02-21

    A novel approach, called isothermal isotope exchange (IIE), was applied to varying A- and B-site lanthanum manganites, ferrites, and cobaltites in the perovskite crystal structure in order to extract accurate surface exchange coefficients (k*). Pure electronic conductors revealed temperature dependent isotope exchange, while for mixed ionic and electronic conductors (MIEC) the extent of exchange was independent of temperature. MIEC materials have higher k* values than pure electronic conductors in the temperature range from 500-850 °C, demonstrating the importance of both electronic species and oxygen vacancies being present for surface exchange. Strontium doped perovskites exhibited opposite temperature dependencies to parent materials. Some perovskites exhibited an apparent negative activation energy for k*, the behavior of which is explained by a precursor-mediated mechanism for dissociative adsorption. The results have significant implications for the improvement of the oxygen reduction reaction for fuel cells, metal-air batteries, and numerous other energy technologies.

  10. The role of deep acceptor centers in the oxidation of acceptor-doped wide-band-gap perovskites ABO3

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    Putilov, L. P.; Tsidilkovski, V. I.

    2017-03-01

    The impact of deep acceptor centers on defect thermodynamics and oxidation of wide-band-gap acceptor-doped perovskites without mixed-valence cations is studied. These deep centers are formed by the acceptor-bound small hole polarons whose stabilization energy can be high enough (significantly higher than the hole-acceptor Coulomb interaction energy). It is shown that the oxidation enthalpy ΔHox of oxide is determined by the energy εA of acceptor-bound states along with the formation energy EV of oxygen vacancies. The oxidation reaction is demonstrated to be either endothermic or exothermic, and the regions of εA and EV values corresponding to the positive or negative ΔHox are determined. The contribution of acceptor-bound holes to the defect thermodynamics strongly depends on the acceptor states depth εA: it becomes negligible at εA less than a certain value (at which the acceptor levels are still deep). With increasing εA, the concentration of acceptor-bound small hole polarons can reach the values comparable to the dopant content. The results are illustrated with the acceptor-doped BaZrO3 as an example. It is shown that the experimental data on the bulk hole conductivity of barium zirconate can be described both in the band transport model and in the model of hopping small polarons localized on oxygen ions away from the acceptor centers. Depending on the εA magnitude, the oxidation reaction can be either endothermic or exothermic for both mobility mechanisms.

  11. Metal-insulator transition in 3d transition-metal oxides with ABO 3 and A 2BO 4 type structures

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    Eisaki, H.; Ido, T.; Magoshi, K.; Mochizuki, M.; Yamatsu, H.; Ito, T.; Uchida, S.

    1991-12-01

    3d transition-metal oxides with perovskite and K 2NiF 4 crystal structures, (La,Sr)VO 3, (La,Sr)FeO 3, (La,Sr)CoO 3, LaNiO 3 and (La,Sr) 2NiO 4 systems are investigated focusing on the effect of carrier doping performed by the A-site ion substitution. Both (La,Sr)VO 3 and (La,Sr)CoO 3 systems show an insulator to metal transition by Sr substitution, however, the magnetic behavior differs drastically. The mid-infrared structure induced by Sr substitution is observed in the optical spectra of (La,Sr) 2NiO 4 system. Relation between the behavior of metal-insulator transition and the variation of the electronic and/or spin structure in these systems is discussed in comparison with the high-T c copper oxides.

  12. Crystallographic and Electronic Structure of the Sr3Sb2CoO9 Triple Perovskite

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    González, W.; Cardona, R.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-04-01

    Compounds The perovskites are materials with physical and chemical characteristics that make them optimal for application in the technological and scientist. When the ideal formula of perovskite ABO3 is modified by introducing a special structural arrangement can get to get triple perovskites, which correspond to the formula A3B2B'O9. In this work we report the synthesis process and the study of electronic structure and crystal Sr3Sb2CoO9 new triple perovskite. From the experiments of X-ray Diffraction and the application of the Rietveld refinement method was revealed that the system crystallizes in a perovskite structure with a characteristic triple given by the space group Immm (#71) and lattice parameters a=9.791(9) Å, b=5.656(7) Å and c=16.957(8) Å. Ab initio calculations of density of states (DOS) and electronic structure were carried out for this perovskite-like system by using the Quantum EXPRESSO code. The exchange-correlation potential was treated using the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). All calculations were carried-out using spin polarization. ©2013 Elsevier Science. All rights reserved.

  13. A review on visible light active perovskite-based photocatalysts.

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    Kanhere, Pushkar; Chen, Zhong

    2014-12-01

    Perovskite-based photocatalysts are of significant interest in the field of photocatalysis. To date, several perovskite material systems have been developed and their applications in visible light photocatalysis studied. This article provides a review of the visible light (λ > 400 nm) active perovskite-based photocatalyst systems. The materials systems are classified by the B site cations and their crystal structure, optical properties, electronic structure, and photocatalytic performance are reviewed in detail. Titanates, tantalates, niobates, vanadates, and ferrites form important photocatalysts which show promise in visible light-driven photoreactions. Along with simple perovskite (ABO3) structures, development of double/complex perovskites that are active under visible light is also reviewed. Various strategies employed for enhancing the photocatalytic performance have been discussed, emphasizing the specific advantages and challenges offered by perovskite-based photocatalysts. This review provides a broad overview of the perovskite photocatalysts, summarizing the current state of the work and offering useful insights for their future development.

  14. Pressure-induced isostructural transition in a distorted perovskite via octahedron reconfiguration

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    Hong, Fang; Yue, Binbin; Hirao, Naohisa; Ren, Guohao; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2016-12-01

    Perovskite material studies encompass many fields such as energy harvesting, superconductivity, magnetism, and beyond. Thus, it is very important to investigate their structural varieties in external environments. Here, the pressure-induced structure change of a distorted perovskite, Y0.7Lu0.3AlO3, was examined by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Upon compression, it underwent an isostructural transition near 22 GPa. The quenchable high-pressure phase had a much higher bulk modulus than the low-pressure phase. This work shows the flexibility of perovskite distortion and will help to understand the property anomalies in prevailing perovskite ABO3 systems and design more functional materials.

  15. Superconducting double perovskite bismuth oxide prepared by a low-temperature hydrothermal reaction.

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    Rubel, Mirza H K; Miura, Akira; Takei, Takahiro; Kumada, Nobuhiro; Mozahar Ali, M; Nagao, Masanori; Watauchi, Satoshi; Tanaka, Isao; Oka, Kengo; Azuma, Masaki; Magome, Eisuke; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro; Azharul Islam, A K M

    2014-04-01

    Perovskite-type structures (ABO3) have received significant attention because of their crystallographic aspects and physical properties, but there has been no clear evidence of a superconductor with a double-perovskite-type structure, whose different elements occupy A and/or B sites in ordered ways. In this report, hydrothermal synthesis at 220 °C produced a new superconductor with an A-site-ordered double perovskite structure, (Na(0.25)K(0.45))(Ba(1.00))3(Bi(1.00))4O12, with a maximum T(c) of about 27 K.

  16. Structure-property relationships: Synthesis and characterization of Perovskite-related transition metal oxides

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    Whaley, Louis

    The fundamental structural component of perovskite-related phases is the octahedrally coordinated transition metal ion, symbolized as BO6 . Corner-sharing networks of BO6 octahedra are present in perovskites and related Ruddlesden-Popper Phases, ABO3 and AO(ABO 3)n, respectively. Face-sharing octahedra arranged into columns are characteristic of hexagonal, perovskite-related phases, and the relationship will be described in detail in Chapter 1. Edge sharing octahedra are characteristic of Keggin- and Lindquist-type polyoxometallates, which at first glance, seem unconnected from perovskites. However, Chapter 1 will show the deep connections among all of the phases mentioned above, by starting with perovskite phases. Temperature- and field-dependent, magnetic and electronic transitions are linked to the structure by overlap of metal d-orbitals with oxygen 2p orbitals, and (in special cases) direct d-d overlap. A mixed-transition metal oxide with two or more type of B ions provides an environment in which dissimilar B-ion orbitals can interact via exchange of charge carriers (hole or electron transport). The general goal in choosing two B ions is to provide an opportunity for the large combined magnetic moment and a low barrier to hopping of charge carriers, achieved by pairing a 3d-ion having 3 to 5 unpaired d-electrons, with a 4d or 5d transition metal ion, having 1 or 2 unpaired electrons, such as Fe(III) and Mo(V), which have compatible reduction potentials (i.e., they can co-exist in the same oxide, and exchange takes place with a low barrier). This research includes the following systems: an n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) phase, Sr3Fe5/4Mo3/4O6.9, containing 3-7% Sr2FeMoO6, as intergrowths (not separate crystal grains, by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy), and G-type antiferromagnetism below 150°K and a "partial spin-reorientation transition" by powder neutron diffraction (PND), not previously reported for n = 2 RP phases in the Sr-Fe-Mo-O system

  17. Autothermal reforming catalyst having perovskite structure

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    Krumpel, Michael; Liu, Di-Jia

    2009-03-24

    The invention addressed two critical issues in fuel processing for fuel cell application, i.e. catalyst cost and operating stability. The existing state-of-the-art fuel reforming catalyst uses Rh and platinum supported over refractory oxide which add significant cost to the fuel cell system. Supported metals agglomerate under elevated temperature during reforming and decrease the catalyst activity. The catalyst is a perovskite oxide or a Ruddlesden-Popper type oxide containing rare-earth elements, catalytically active firs row transition metal elements, and stabilizing elements, such that the catalyst is a single phase in high temperature oxidizing conditions and maintains a primarily perovskite or Ruddlesden-Popper structure under high temperature reducing conditions. The catalyst can also contain alkaline earth dopants, which enhance the catalytic activity of the catalyst, but do not compromise the stability of the perovskite structure.

  18. Generalized trends in the formation energies of perovskite oxides.

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    Zeng, ZhenHua; Calle-Vallejo, Federico; Mogensen, Mogens B; Rossmeisl, Jan

    2013-05-28

    Generalized trends in the formation energies of several families of perovskite oxides (ABO3) and plausible explanations to their existence are provided in this study through a combination of DFT calculations, solid-state physics analyses and simple physical/chemical descriptors. The studied elements at the A site of perovskites comprise rare-earth, alkaline-earth and alkaline metals, whereas 3d and 5d metals were studied at the B site. We also include ReO3-type compounds, which have the same crystal structure of cubic ABO3 perovskites except without A-site elements. From the observations we extract the following four conclusions for the perovskites studied in the present paper: for a given cation at the B site, (I) perovskites with cations of identical oxidation state at the A site possess close formation energies; and (II) perovskites with cations of different oxidation states at the A site usually have quite different but ordered formation energies. On the other hand, for a given A-site cation, (III) the formation energies of perovskites vary linearly with respect to the atomic number of the elements at the B site within the same period of the periodic table, and the slopes depend systematically on the oxidation state of the A-site cation; and (IV) the trends in formation energies of perovskites with elements from different periods at the B site depend on the oxidation state of A-site cations. Since the energetics of perovskites is shown to be the superposition of the individual contributions of their constituent oxides, the trends can be rationalized in terms of A-O and B-O interactions in the ionic crystal. These findings reveal the existence of general systematic trends in the formation energies of perovskites and provide further insight into the role of ion-ion interactions in the properties of ternary compounds.

  19. Facile preparation of smooth perovskite films for efficient meso/planar hybrid structured perovskite solar cells.

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    Zhang, Meng; Yu, Hua; Yun, Jung-Ho; Lyu, Miaoqiang; Wang, Qiong; Wang, Lianzhou

    2015-06-21

    Smooth organolead halide perovskite films for meso/planar hybrid structured perovskite solar cells were prepared by a simple compressed air blow-drying method under ambient conditions. The resultant perovskite films show high surface coverage, leading to a device power conversion efficiency of over 10% with an open circuit voltage up to 1.003 V merely using pristine poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) as a hole transporter.

  20. Perovskite oxide nanowires: synthesis, property and structural characterization.

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    Zhu, Xinhua; Liu, Zhiguo; Ming, Naiben

    2010-07-01

    Perovskite oxide materials display a wide spectrum of functional properties, including switchable polarization, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity, and non-linear dielectric behavior. These properties are indispensable for application in electronic devices such as non-volatile memories, sensors, microactuators, infrared detectors, microwave phase filters, and so on. Recent advances in science and technology of perovskite oxide materials have resulted in the feature sizes of perovskite oxides-based electronic devices entering into nanoscale dimensions. At nanoscale perovskite oxide materials exhibit a pronounced size effect manifesting itself in a significant deviation of the properties of low-dimensional structures from the bulk and film counterparts. In the last decade low-dimensional perovskite nanosized oxides have been received much attention because of their superior physical and chemical properties. Among them, perovskite oxide nanowires are especially attractive for nanoscience studies and nanotechnology applications. Compared to other low-dimensional perovskite oxide systems, perovskite oxide nanowires are not only used as the building blocks of future nanodevices, but also they offer fundamental scientific opportunities for investigating the intrinsic size effects of physical properties. In the recent years, much progress has been made both in synthesis and physical property testing of perovskite oxide nanowires, which have a profound impact on the nanoelectronics. In this work, an overview of the state of art in perovskite oxide nanowires is presented, which covers their synthesis, property, and structural characterization. In the first part, the recent literatures for fabricating perovskite oxide nanowires with promising features, are critically reviewed. The second part deals with the recent advances on the physical property testing of perovskite oxide nanowires. The third part summarizes the recent progress on microstructural characterizations of

  1. Post-perovskite Transition in Anti-structure

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    Wang, Bosen; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2016-11-01

    The discovery of the post-perovskite transition, which is the structural transition from the perovskite to post-perovskite structure in MgSiO3 under pressure, has aroused great interests in geosciences. Despite of previous extensive studies, key factors of the post-perovsktie transition are still under hot debate primarily due to the big difficulty in performing systematic experiments under extreme conditions. Hence, search for new materials showing the post-perovskite transition under ambient pressure has been highly expected. We here report a new-type of materials Cr3AX (A = Ga, Ge; X = C, N), which exhibits the post-perovskite transition as a function of “chemical pressure” at ambient physical pressure. The detailed structural analysis indicates that the tolerance factor, which is the measure of the ionic radius mismatch, plays the key role in the post-perovskite transition. Moreover, we found a tetragonal perovskite structure with loss of inversion symmetry between the cubic perovskite and orthorhombic post-perovskite structures. This finding stimulates a search for a ferroelectric state in MgSiO3.

  2. Post-perovskite Transition in Anti-structure

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    Wang, Bosen; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of the post-perovskite transition, which is the structural transition from the perovskite to post-perovskite structure in MgSiO3 under pressure, has aroused great interests in geosciences. Despite of previous extensive studies, key factors of the post-perovsktie transition are still under hot debate primarily due to the big difficulty in performing systematic experiments under extreme conditions. Hence, search for new materials showing the post-perovskite transition under ambient pressure has been highly expected. We here report a new-type of materials Cr3AX (A = Ga, Ge; X = C, N), which exhibits the post-perovskite transition as a function of “chemical pressure” at ambient physical pressure. The detailed structural analysis indicates that the tolerance factor, which is the measure of the ionic radius mismatch, plays the key role in the post-perovskite transition. Moreover, we found a tetragonal perovskite structure with loss of inversion symmetry between the cubic perovskite and orthorhombic post-perovskite structures. This finding stimulates a search for a ferroelectric state in MgSiO3. PMID:27901099

  3. Post-perovskite Transition in Anti-structure.

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    Wang, Bosen; Ohgushi, Kenya

    2016-11-30

    The discovery of the post-perovskite transition, which is the structural transition from the perovskite to post-perovskite structure in MgSiO3 under pressure, has aroused great interests in geosciences. Despite of previous extensive studies, key factors of the post-perovsktie transition are still under hot debate primarily due to the big difficulty in performing systematic experiments under extreme conditions. Hence, search for new materials showing the post-perovskite transition under ambient pressure has been highly expected. We here report a new-type of materials Cr3AX (A = Ga, Ge; X = C, N), which exhibits the post-perovskite transition as a function of "chemical pressure" at ambient physical pressure. The detailed structural analysis indicates that the tolerance factor, which is the measure of the ionic radius mismatch, plays the key role in the post-perovskite transition. Moreover, we found a tetragonal perovskite structure with loss of inversion symmetry between the cubic perovskite and orthorhombic post-perovskite structures. This finding stimulates a search for a ferroelectric state in MgSiO3.

  4. Tailoring the Two Dimensional Electron Gas at Polar ABO3/SrTiO3 Interfaces for Oxide Electronics

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    Li, Changjian; Liu, Zhiqi; Lü, Weiming; Wang, Xiao Renshaw; Annadi, Anil; Huang, Zhen; Zeng, Shengwei; Ariando; Venkatesan, T.

    2015-01-01

    The 2D electron gas at the polar/non-polar oxide interface has become an important platform for several novel oxide electronic devices. In this paper, the transport properties of a wide range of polar perovskite oxide ABO3/SrTiO3 (STO) interfaces, where ABO3 includes LaAlO3, PrAlO3, NdAlO3, NdGaO3 and LaGaO3 in both crystalline and amorphous forms, were investigated. A robust 4 unit cell (uc) critical thickness for metal insulator transition was observed for crystalline polar layer/STO interface while the critical thickness for amorphous ones was strongly dependent on the B site atom and its oxygen affinity. For the crystalline interfaces, a sharp transition to the metallic state (i.e. polarization catastrophe induced 2D electron gas only) occurs at a growth temperature of 515 °C which corresponds to a critical relative crystallinity of ~70 ± 10% of the LaAlO3 overlayer. This temperature is generally lower than the metal silicide formation temperature and thus offers a route to integrate oxide heterojunction based devices on silicon. PMID:26307382

  5. Tailoring the Two Dimensional Electron Gas at Polar ABO3/SrTiO3 Interfaces for Oxide Electronics.

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    Li, Changjian; Liu, Zhiqi; Lü, Weiming; Wang, Xiao Renshaw; Annadi, Anil; Huang, Zhen; Zeng, Shengwei; Ariando; Venkatesan, T

    2015-08-26

    The 2D electron gas at the polar/non-polar oxide interface has become an important platform for several novel oxide electronic devices. In this paper, the transport properties of a wide range of polar perovskite oxide ABO3/SrTiO3 (STO) interfaces, where ABO3 includes LaAlO3, PrAlO3, NdAlO3, NdGaO3 and LaGaO3 in both crystalline and amorphous forms, were investigated. A robust 4 unit cell (uc) critical thickness for metal insulator transition was observed for crystalline polar layer/STO interface while the critical thickness for amorphous ones was strongly dependent on the B site atom and its oxygen affinity. For the crystalline interfaces, a sharp transition to the metallic state (i.e. polarization catastrophe induced 2D electron gas only) occurs at a growth temperature of 515 °C which corresponds to a critical relative crystallinity of ~70 ± 10% of the LaAlO3 overlayer. This temperature is generally lower than the metal silicide formation temperature and thus offers a route to integrate oxide heterojunction based devices on silicon.

  6. Tailoring the Two Dimensional Electron Gas at Polar ABO3/SrTiO3 Interfaces for Oxide Electronics

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    Li, Changjian; Liu, Zhiqi; Lü, Weiming; Wang, Xiao Renshaw; Annadi, Anil; Huang, Zhen; Zeng, Shengwei; Ariando; Venkatesan, T.

    2015-08-01

    The 2D electron gas at the polar/non-polar oxide interface has become an important platform for several novel oxide electronic devices. In this paper, the transport properties of a wide range of polar perovskite oxide ABO3/SrTiO3 (STO) interfaces, where ABO3 includes LaAlO3, PrAlO3, NdAlO3, NdGaO3 and LaGaO3 in both crystalline and amorphous forms, were investigated. A robust 4 unit cell (uc) critical thickness for metal insulator transition was observed for crystalline polar layer/STO interface while the critical thickness for amorphous ones was strongly dependent on the B site atom and its oxygen affinity. For the crystalline interfaces, a sharp transition to the metallic state (i.e. polarization catastrophe induced 2D electron gas only) occurs at a growth temperature of 515 °C which corresponds to a critical relative crystallinity of ~70 ± 10% of the LaAlO3 overlayer. This temperature is generally lower than the metal silicide formation temperature and thus offers a route to integrate oxide heterojunction based devices on silicon.

  7. Specific features of nonvalent interactions in orthorhombic perovskites

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    Serezhkin, V. N.; Pushkin, D. V.; Serezhkina, L. B.

    2014-07-01

    It is established that isostructural orthorhombic perovskites ABO3 (sp. gr. Pnma in different systems, no. 62, Z = 4), depending on the specificity of nonvalent interactions (which determine the combinatorial-topological type of the Voronoi-Dirichlet polyhedra (VDPs) of four basis atoms), are divided into ten different stereotypes. It is shown by the example of 259 perovskites belonging to the DyCrO3 stereotype that VDP characteristics can be used to quantitatively estimate the distortion of BO6 octahedra, including that caused by the Jahn-Teller effect. It is found that one of the causes of the distortion of the coordination polyhedra of atoms in the structure of orthorhombic perovskites is heteroatomic metal-metal interactions, for which the interatomic distances are much shorter than the sum of the Slater radii of A and B atoms.

  8. Perovskite oxides: Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, Ernest

    1987-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  9. Nano-structured electron transporting materials for perovskite solar cells

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    Liu, Hefei; Huang, Ziru; Wei, Shiyuan; Zheng, Lingling; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-03-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells have been developing rapidly in the past several years, and their power conversion efficiency has reached over 20%, nearing that of polycrystalline silicon solar cells. Because the diffusion length of the hole in perovskites is longer than that of the electron, the performance of the device can be improved by using an electron transporting layer, e.g., TiO2, ZnO and TiO2/Al2O3. Nano-structured electron transporting materials facilitate not only electron collection but also morphology control of the perovskites. The properties, morphology and preparation methods of perovskites are reviewed in the present article. A comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the structure and property will benefit the precise control of the electron transporting process and thus further improve the performance of perovskite solar cells.

  10. Nano-structured electron transporting materials for perovskite solar cells.

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    Liu, Hefei; Huang, Ziru; Wei, Shiyuan; Zheng, Lingling; Xiao, Lixin; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-03-28

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells have been developing rapidly in the past several years, and their power conversion efficiency has reached over 20%, nearing that of polycrystalline silicon solar cells. Because the diffusion length of the hole in perovskites is longer than that of the electron, the performance of the device can be improved by using an electron transporting layer, e.g., TiO2, ZnO and TiO2/Al2O3. Nano-structured electron transporting materials facilitate not only electron collection but also morphology control of the perovskites. The properties, morphology and preparation methods of perovskites are reviewed in the present article. A comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the structure and property will benefit the precise control of the electron transporting process and thus further improve the performance of perovskite solar cells.

  11. Analysis of electrostatic stability and ordering in quaternary perovskite solid solutions

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    Caetano, Clovis; Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron

    2016-04-01

    There are three distinct classes of perovskite structured metal oxides, defined by the charge states of the cations: AIBVO3,AIIBIVO3 , and AIIIBIIIO3 . We investigated the stability of cubic quaternary solid solutions A B O3-A'B'O3 using a model of point-charge lattices. The mixing enthalpies were calculated and compared for the three possible types of combinations of the compounds, both for the random alloys and the ground-state-ordered configurations. The mixing enthalpy of the (I,V)O3-(III,III)O3 alloy is always larger than the other alloys. We found that, different from homovalent alloys, for these heterovalent alloys a lattice constant mismatch between the constituent compounds could contribute to stabilize the alloy. At low temperatures, the alloys present a tendency to spontaneous ordering, forming superlattices consisting of alternated layers of AB O 3 and A'B'O3 along the [110 ] direction.

  12. Understanding chemical expansion in perovskite-structured oxides.

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    Marrocchelli, Dario; Perry, Nicola H; Bishop, Sean R

    2015-04-21

    In this work, chemical expansion in perovskite oxides was characterized in detail, motivated, inter alia, by a desire to understand the lower chemical expansion coefficients observed for perovskites in comparison to fluorite-structured oxides. Changes in lattice parameter and in local atomic arrangements taking place during compositional changes of perovskites, i.e., stoichiometric expansion, were investigated by developing an empirical model and through molecular dynamics and density functional theory atomistic simulations. An accurate empirical expression for predicting lattice constants of perovskites was developed, using a similar approach to previous reports. From this equation, analytical expressions relating chemical expansion coefficients to separate contributions from the cation and anion sublattices, assuming Shannon ionic radii, were developed and used to isolate the effective radius of an oxygen vacancy, rV. Using both experimental and simulated chemical expansion coefficient data, rV for a variety of perovskite compositions was estimated, and trends in rV were studied. In most cases, rV was slightly smaller than or similar to the radius of an oxide ion, but larger than in the fluorite structured materials. This result was in good agreement with the atomistic simulations, showing contractive relaxations of the closest oxide ions towards the oxygen vacancy. The results indicate that the smaller chemical expansion coefficients of perovskites vs. fluorites are largely due to the smaller change in cation radii in perovskites, given that the contraction around the oxygen vacancy appears to be less in this structure. Limitations of applicability for the model are discussed.

  13. Special quasirandom structures for perovskite solid solutions

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    Jiang, Zhijun; Nahas, Yousra; Xu, Bin; Prosandeev, Sergey; Wang, Dawei; Bellaiche, Laurent

    2016-11-01

    Special quasirandom structures (SQS) are presently generated for disordered (A‧1-x {{\\text{A}}\\prime \\prime} x )BX3 and A(B‧1-x {{\\text{B}}\\prime \\prime} x )X3 perovskite solid solutions, with x  =  1/2 as well as 1/3 and 2/3. These SQS configurations are obtained by imposing that the so-called Cowley parameters are as close to zero as possible for the three nearest neighboring shells. Moreover, these SQS configurations are slightly larger in size than those available in the literature for x  =  1/2, mostly because of the current capabilities of atomistic techniques. They are used here within effective Hamiltonian schemes to predict various properties, which are then compared to those associated with large random supercells, in a variety of compounds, namely (Ba1-x Sr x )TiO3, Pb(Zr1-x Ti x )O3, Pb(Sc0.5Nb0.5)O3, Ba(Zr1-x Ti x )O3, Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 and (Bi1-x Nd x )FeO3. It is found that these SQS configurations can reproduce many properties of large random supercells of most of these disordered perovskite alloys, below some finite material-dependent temperature. Examples of these properties are electrical polarization, anti-phase and in-phase octahedral tiltings, antipolar motions, antiferromagnetism, strain, piezoelectric coefficients, dielectric response, specific heat and even the formation of polar nanoregions (PNRs) in some relaxors. Some limitations of these SQS configurations are also pointed out and explained.

  14. Manifestation of screening effects and A-O covalency in the core level spectra of A site elements in the ABO3 structure of Ca1-xSrxRuO3

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    Singh, Ravi Shankar; Maiti, Kalobaran

    2007-08-01

    We investigate the evolution of Ca2p and Sr3d core level spectra in Ca1-xSrxRuO3 using photoemission spectroscopy. Core level spectra in this system exhibit multiple features and unusual evolution with the composition and temperatures. Analysis of the core level spectra in conjunction with the band structure results indicates final state effects due to different core hole screening channels. Such screening in the photoemission final states can be attributed to the large A-O covalency in these systems. Changes in the core level spectra with temperature and composition suggest significant modification in A-O (A=Ca/Sr) covalency in Ca-dominated samples, which gradually reduces with the increase in Sr content and becomes insignificant in SrRuO3 . This study thus provides a direct evidence of cation-oxygen covalency and its evolution with temperature, which may be useful in understanding the unusual ground state properties of these materials.

  15. Numerical modeling of perovskite solar cells with a planar structure

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    Malyukov, S. P.; Sayenko, A. V.; Ivanova, A. V.

    2016-10-01

    The paper is devoted to the research and development of high-efficiency solar cells with a planar perovskite n-i-p structure. A numerical model of this solar cell in the drift- diffusion approximation based on Poisson equation and continuity equations provided to determine their photoelectric characteristics and design optimization. The author considers the spectral photogeneration, bulk and surface recombination, transport charge carriers in perovskite and their collection by the electron and hole transport layers. As a result of the simulation, it was obtained efficiency dependence on perovskite absorber material thickness and lifetime (diffusion length) of the charge carriers. It is found that in addition to absorption coefficient optimal perovskite thickness is determined largely by the charge carrier diffusion length, and it has the upper limit in thickness of 500-600 nm.

  16. Cation Ordering within the Perovskite Block of a Six-layer Ruddlesden-Popper Oxide from Layer-by-layer Growth

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    Yan, Lei; Niu, H. J.; Rosseinsky, M. J.

    2011-03-01

    The (AO)(A BO3)n Ruddlesden-Popper structure is an archetypal complex oxide consisting of two distinct structural units, an (AO) rock salt layer separating an n-octahedra thick perovskite block. Conventional high-temperature oxide synthesis methods cannot access members with n > 3 , butlowtemperaturelayer - by - layerthinfilmmethodsallowthepreparationofmaterialswiththickerperovskiteblocks , exploitinghighsurfacemobilityandlatticematchingwiththesubstrate . Thispresentationdescribesthegrowthofann = 6 memberCaO / (ABO 3)n (ABO 3 : CaMnO 3 , La 0.67 Ca 0.33 MnO 3 orCa 0.85 Sm 0.15 MnO 3) epitaxialsinglecrystalfilmsonthe (001) SrTiO 3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition with the assistance of a reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED).

  17. A-site layer terminated perovskite substrate: NdGaO3

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    Ohnishi, Tsuyoshi; Takahashi, Kazuhiro; Nakamura, Masashi; Kawasaki, Masashi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru; Koinuma, Hideomi

    1999-04-01

    A perovskite single-crystal substrate, NdGaO3 (001), was thermally annealed in air to give an atomically defined surface structure. From analysis with coaxial impact-collision ion scattering spectroscopy, the terminating atomic layer was identified to be NdO1+δ , i.e., the A-site oxide monolayer in perovskite ABO3. This result is contrary to the B-site oxide (BO2-δ) termination observed in other perovskite surfaces, such as wet etched SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 or annealed (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT).

  18. Atomic Structure Refinement of Pbnm-type Perovskite Oxide Films

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    Choquette, Amber; Smith, Cole; May, Steve

    Complex ABO3 oxide heterostructures are of interest due to their wide variety of electronic, optical, and magnetic properties. One of the controlling factors to these functionalities is the distortions and rotations of the corner-connected BO6 octahedral network. This BO6 octahedra network directly couples to the electronic bandwidth of these materials, but the inability to determine the full atomic structure in thin films has inhibited quantitative understanding of how factors such as epitaxial strain alter the octahedral rotations in this broad class of materials. Earlier work of has demonstrate that half-order diffraction peaks can be used to quantify octahedral rotations in thin strained films. Here, we build on this approach to solve for both the oxygen and A-site positions in films of the commonly occurring Pbnm structure type. We present on epitaxial RFeO3 heterostructures, where R is a rare earth element, to demonstrate the feasibility of quantifying oxygen and A-site displacements in films using synchrotron diffraction. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation (DMR-1151649).

  19. Structural transformations in cubic structure of Mn/Co perovskites in reducing and oxidizing atmospheres

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    Koponen, Markus J.; Suvanto, Mika; Kallinen, Kauko; Kinnunen, Toni-J. J.; Härkönen, Matti; Pakkanen, Tapani A.

    2006-05-01

    ABO ( A=La, Pr; B=Mn, Co), ABBx'O ( A=La, Pr; B=Mn, Co; B=Co, Pd), and ABCoPdO ( A=La, Pr; B=Fe, Mn) ( x=0.05, 0.37; y=0.38) perovskites were synthesized via malic acid complexation. O 2-TPD, O 2-TPO, and H 2-TPR treatments were carried out to study the oxidation and reduction behavior of the synthesized perovskites. LaCo 0.95Pd 0.05O 3, PrCo 0.95Pd 0.05O 3, and PrCoO 3 perovskites had the highest desorption, oxidation, and reduction activity within the studied perovskite series. Powder XRD studies revealed structural transformation of the cubic structure of all synthesized perovskites except LaFe 0.57Co 0.38Pd 0.05O 3 in H 2/Ar atmosphere when the temperature was over 400 °C. The decomposed structure reverted to the original perovskite structure under oxidizing atmosphere. This reversion was accompanied by increased oxygen desorption activity. It was noticed that the Co and Mn combinations in the B-site of the perovskites structure decreased the thermal stability of the synthesized perovskites.

  20. Structural Polymorphism in Al-bearing Magnesiumsilicate Post-perovskite

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    Tschauner, O.; Kiefer, B.; Liu, H.; Somayazulu, M.; Luo, S. N.

    2006-12-01

    We show formation of a post-perovskite phase of Al-bearing magnesiummetasilicate which does not assume the CaIrO3 structure [1]. X-ray diffraction data and first principle calculations indicate that the present material assumes a structure composed of kinked SiO2- and MgO layers similar but not identical to topologies of novel post-perovskite phases recently proposed [2]. Minor element chemistry and actual stress regime are plausible reasons of the differences between the present and the previously reported post- perovskite phase. The presence of minor elements could stabilize this "kinked" post-perovskite structure and hence effect elasticity and the interpretations of seismic observations in cold areas of D". Acknowledgements: Supported through the NNSA Cooperative Agreement DE-FC88-01NV14049. Use of the HPCAT facility was supported by DOE-BES, DOE-NNSA, NSF, DOD -TACOM, and the W.M. Keck Foundation. APS is supported by DOE-BES under Contract No. W-31-109-Eng-38. [1] O. Tschauner, B. Kiefer, H.Z. Liu, M. Somayazulu, S.N. Luo, submitted [2] A.R.Oganov, R. Martonak, A. Laio, P. Raiteri, M. Parinello Nature 438, 1142-1144 (2005)

  1. Method for fabricating high aspect ratio structures in perovskite material

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    Karapetrov, Goran T.; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Crabtree, George W.; Iavarone, Maria

    2003-10-28

    A method of fabricating high aspect ratio ceramic structures in which a selected portion of perovskite or perovskite-like crystalline material is exposed to a high energy ion beam for a time sufficient to cause the crystalline material contacted by the ion beam to have substantially parallel columnar defects. Then selected portions of the material having substantially parallel columnar defects are etched leaving material with and without substantially parallel columnar defects in a predetermined shape having high aspect ratios of not less than 2 to 1. Etching is accomplished by optical or PMMA lithography. There is also disclosed a structure of a ceramic which is superconducting at a temperature in the range of from about 10.degree. K. to about 90.degree. K. with substantially parallel columnar defects in which the smallest lateral dimension of the structure is less than about 5 microns, and the thickness of the structure is greater than 2 times the smallest lateral dimension of the structure.

  2. Crystal structure of new Li + ion conducting perovskites: Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3

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    Pham, Quoc Nghi; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre; Le Berre, Françoise; Fauth, François; Fourquet, Jean-Louis

    2004-09-01

    Two new solid solutions—Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 (0.05⩽ x⩽0.25) and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3 (0< y⩽0.15)—based on the A defective ABO 3 perovskite structural type, are synthesized. The crystal structures of these Li + ion conducting compounds are solved from synchrotron radiation and conventional X-ray powder diffraction data. The unit cells exhibit a classical orthorhombic distortion of the cubic perovskite model (space group Pnma No. 62) with parameters close to 2a p, 2 ap, 2a p ( ap, primitive cubic cell parameter). The distortion of the cubic aristotype arises from the three tilts system a+b-b- of the TaO 6 octahedra. For the same lithium content ( x=0.10), the Sr 2+ substitution to Ca 2+ is found to enhance the electrical conductivity by quasi-one order of magnitude (at 200 °C, bulk dc conductivity values are close to 2.3×10 -6 and 1.1×10 -5 S cm -1 for Li 0.2Ca 0.4TaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 0.9Sr 0.1] 0.4TaO 3, respectively).

  3. Photovoltaic switching mechanism in lateral structure hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Chae, Jungseok; Shao, Yuchuan; Wang, Qi; Xiao, Zhengguo; Centrone, Andrea; Huang, Jinsong

    2015-06-05

    In this study, long range electromigration of methylammonium ions (MA+) in methyl ammonium lead tri-iodide (MAPbI3) film is observed directly using the photo­thermal induced resonance technique. The electromigration of MA+ leads to the formation of a lateral p-i-n structure, which is the origin of the switchable photovoltaic effect in MAPbI3 perovskite devices.

  4. Photovoltaic switching mechanism in lateral structure hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Chae, Jungseok; Shao, Yuchuan; ...

    2015-06-05

    In this study, long range electromigration of methylammonium ions (MA+) in methyl ammonium lead tri-iodide (MAPbI3) film is observed directly using the photo­thermal induced resonance technique. The electromigration of MA+ leads to the formation of a lateral p-i-n structure, which is the origin of the switchable photovoltaic effect in MAPbI3 perovskite devices.

  5. Topological oxide insulator in cubic perovskite structure.

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    Jin, Hosub; Rhim, Sonny H; Im, Jino; Freeman, Arthur J

    2013-01-01

    The emergence of topologically protected conducting states with the chiral spin texture is the most prominent feature at the surface of topological insulators. On the application side, large band gap and high resistivity to distinguish surface from bulk degrees of freedom should be guaranteed for the full usage of the surface states. Here, we suggest that the oxide cubic perovskite YBiO3, more than just an oxide, defines itself as a new three-dimensional topological insulator exhibiting both a large bulk band gap and a high resistivity. Based on first-principles calculations varying the spin-orbit coupling strength, the non-trivial band topology of YBiO3 is investigated, where the spin-orbit coupling of the Bi 6p orbital plays a crucial role. Taking the exquisite synthesis techniques in oxide electronics into account, YBiO3 can also be used to provide various interface configurations hosting exotic topological phenomena combined with other quantum phases.

  6. Investigations of Transition Metal Oxide with the Perovskite Structure as Potential Multiferroics

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    2008-10-01

    Investigation of Transition Metal Oxides with the Perovskite Structure as Potential Multiferroics by Virginia Lea Miller and Steven C. Tidrow...Adelphi, MD 20783-1197 ARL-TR-4621 October 2008 Investigation of Transition Metal Oxides with the Perovskite Structure as Potential...5b. GRANT NUMBER 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Investigation of Transition Metal Oxides with the Perovskite Structure as Potential Multiferroics 5c

  7. Effect of cation ordering on oxygen vacancy diffusion pathways in double perovskites

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    Uberuaga, Blas Pedro; Pilania, Ghanshyam

    2015-07-08

    Perovskite structured oxides (ABO3) are attractive for a number of technological applications, including as superionics because of the high oxygen conductivities they exhibit. Double perovskites (AA’BB’O6) provide even more flexibility for tailoring properties. Using accelerated molecular dynamics, we examine the role of cation ordering on oxygen vacancy mobility in one model double perovskite SrLaTiAlO6. We find that the mobility of the vacancy is very sensitive to the cation ordering, with a migration energy that varies from 0.6 to 2.7 eV. In the extreme cases, the mobility is both higher and lower than either of the two end member single perovskites.more » Further, the nature of oxygen vacancy diffusion, whether one-dimensional, two-dimensional, or three-dimensional, also varies with cation ordering. We correlate the dependence of oxygen mobility on cation structure to the distribution of Ti4+ cations, which provide unfavorable environments for the positively charged oxygen vacancy. The results demonstrate the potential of using tailored double perovskite structures to precisely control the behavior of oxygen vacancies in these materials.« less

  8. Influence of Domain Structure on Magnetoresistance in Perovskite Manganite Grain Boundary Jnctions

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    2001-04-01

    Perovskite Manganite Grain Boundary Jnctions DISTRIBUTION: Approved for public release, distribution unlimited This paper is part of the following report...Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 674 © 2001 Materials Research Society Influence of Domain Structure on Magnetoresistance in Perovskite Manganite Grain...INTRODUCTION Since the discovery of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) [I I in perovskite manganites these materials have attracted a lot of scientific

  9. Lateral-Structure Single-Crystal Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells via Piezoelectric Poling.

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    Dong, Qingfeng; Song, Jingfeng; Fang, Yanjun; Shao, Yuchuan; Ducharme, Stephen; Huang, Jinsong

    2016-04-13

    Single-crystal perovskite solar cells with a lateral structure yield an efficiency enhancement 44-fold that of polycrystalline thin films, due to the much longer carrier diffusion length. A piezoelectric effect observed in perovskite single-crystal and the strain-generated grain-boundaries enable ion migration to form a p-i-n structure.

  10. Reversible Structural Swell-Shrink and Recoverable Optical Properties in Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Perovskite.

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    Zhang, Yupeng; Wang, Yusheng; Xu, Zai-Quan; Liu, Jingying; Song, Jingchao; Xue, Yunzhou; Wang, Ziyu; Zheng, Jialu; Jiang, Liangcong; Zheng, Changxi; Huang, Fuzhi; Sun, Baoquan; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-07-26

    Ion migration in hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites has been suggested to be an important factor for many unusual behaviors in perovskite-based optoelectronics, such as current-voltage hysteresis, low-frequency giant dielectric response, and the switchable photovoltaic effect. However, the role played by ion migration in the photoelectric conversion process of perovskites is still unclear. In this work, we provide microscale insights into the influence of ion migration on the microstructure, stability, and light-matter interaction in perovskite micro/nanowires by using spatially resolved optical characterization techniques. We observed that ion migration, especially the migration of MA(+) ions, will induce a reversible structural swell-shrink in perovskites and recoverably affect the reflective index, quantum efficiency, light-harvesting, and photoelectric properties. The maximum ion migration quantity in perovskites was as high as approximately 30%, resulting in lattice swell or shrink of approximately 4.4%. Meanwhile, the evidence shows that ion migration in perovskites could gradually accelerate the aging of perovskites because of lattice distortion in the reversible structural swell-shrink process. Knowledge regarding reversible structural swell-shrink and recoverable optical properties may shed light on the development of optoelectronic and converse piezoelectric devices based on perovskites.

  11. Magnetic coupling at perovskite and rock-salt structured interfaces

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    Matvejeff, M.; Ahvenniemi, E.; Takahashi, R.; Lippmaa, M.

    2015-10-05

    We study magnetic coupling between hole-doped manganite layers separated by either a perovskite or a rock-salt barrier of variable thickness. Both the type and the quality of the interface have a strong impact on the minimum critical barrier thickness where the manganite layers become magnetically decoupled. A rock-salt barrier layer only 1 unit cell (0.5 nm) thick remains insulating and is able to magnetically de-couple the electrode layers. The technique can therefore be used for developing high-performance planar oxide electronic devices such as magnetic tunnel junctions and quantum well structures that depend on magnetically and electronically sharp heterointerfaces.

  12. Photodetectors Based on Two-Dimensional Layer-Structured Hybrid Lead Iodide Perovskite Semiconductors.

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    Zhou, Jiachen; Chu, Yingli; Huang, Jia

    2016-10-05

    Hybrid lead iodide perovskite semiconductors have attracted intense research interests recently because of their easy fabrication processes and high power conversion efficiencies in photovoltaic applications. Layer-structured materials have interesting properties such as quantum confinement effect and tunable band gap due to the unique two-dimensional crystalline structures. ⟨100⟩-oriented layer-structured perovskite materials are inherited from three-dimensional ABX3 perovskite materials with a generalized formula of (RNH3)2(CH3NH3)n-1MnX3n+1, and adopt the Ruddlesden-Popper type crystalline structure. Here we report the synthesis and investigation of three layer-structured perovskite materials with different layer numbers: (C4H9NH3)2PbI4 (n = 1, one-layered perovskite), (C4H9NH3)2(CH3NH3)Pb2I7 (n = 2, two-layered perovskite) and (C4H9NH3)2(CH3NH3)2Pb3I10 (n = 3, three-layered perovskite). Their photoelectronic properties were investigated in related to their molecular structures. Photodetectors based on these two-dimensional (2D) layer-structured perovskite materials showed tunable photoresponse with short response time in milliseconds. The photodetectors based on three-layered perovskite showed better performances than those of the other two devices, in terms of output current, responsivity, Ilight/Idark ratio, and response time, because of its smaller optical band gap and more condensed microstructure comparing the other two materials. These results revealed the relationship between the molecular structures, film microstructures and the photoresponse properties of 2D layer-structured hybrid perovskites, and demonstrated their potentials as flexible, functional, and tunable semiconductors in optoelectronic applications, by taking advantage of their tunable quantum well molecular structure.

  13. Covalent dependence of octahedral rotations in orthorhombic perovskite oxides.

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    Cammarata, Antonio; Rondinelli, James M

    2014-09-21

    The compositional dependence of metal-oxygen BO6 octahedral distortions, including bond elongations and rotations, is frequently discussed in the ABO3 perovskite literature; structural distortions alleviate internal stresses driven by under- or over-coordinated bond environments. Here we identify the dependence of octahedral rotations from changes in metal-oxygen bond covalency in orthorhombic perovskites. Using density functional theory we formulate a covalency metric, which captures both the real and k-space interactions between the magnitude and sense, i.e., in-phase or out-of-phase, octahedral rotations, to explore the link between the ionic-covalent Fe-O bond and the interoctahedral Fe-O-Fe bond angles in Pbnm ferrates. Our survey finds that the covalency of the metal-oxygen bond is correlated with the rotation amplitude: We find the more covalent the Fe-O bond, the less distorted is the structure and the more important the long-range inter-octahedral (Fe-O-Fe bond angle) interactions. Finally, we show how to indirectly tune the B-O bond covalency by A-cation induced BO6 rotations independent of ionic size, facilitating design of targeted bonding interactions in complex perovskites.

  14. ABO3, a WRKY transcription factor, mediates plant responses to abscisic acid and drought tolerance in Arabidopsis

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    Ren, Xiaozhi; Chen, Zhizhong; Liu, Yue; Zhang, Hairong; Zhang, Min; Liu, Qian; Hong, Xuhui; Zhu, Jian-Kang; Gong, Zhizhong

    2011-01-01

    SUMMARY The biological functions of WRKY transcription factors in plants have been widely studied, but their roles in abiotic stress are still not well understood. We isolated an ABA overly sensitive mutant, abo3, which is disrupted by a T-DNA insertion in At1g66600 encoding a WRKY transcription factor AtWRKY63. The mutant was hypersensitive to ABA in both seedling establishment and seedling growth. However, stomatal closure was less sensitive to ABA, and the abo3 mutant was less drought tolerant than the wild type. Northern blot analysis indicated that the expression of the ABA-responsive transcription factor ABF2/AREB1 was markedly lower in the abo3 mutant than in the wild type. The abo3 mutation also reduced the expression of stress-inducible genes RD29A and COR47, especially early during ABA treatment. ABO3 is able to bind the W-box in the promoter of ABF2 in vitro. These results uncover an important role for a WRKY transcription factor in plant responses to ABA and drought stress. PMID:20487379

  15. ABO3, a WRKY transcription factor, mediates plant responses to abscisic acid and drought tolerance in Arabidopsis.

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    Ren, Xiaozhi; Chen, Zhizhong; Liu, Yue; Zhang, Hairong; Zhang, Min; Liu, Qian; Hong, Xuhui; Zhu, Jian-Kang; Gong, Zhizhong

    2010-08-01

    The biological functions of WRKY transcription factors in plants have been widely studied, but their roles in abiotic stress are still not well understood. We isolated an ABA overly sensitive mutant, abo3, which is disrupted by a T-DNA insertion in At1g66600 encoding a WRKY transcription factor AtWRKY63. The mutant was hypersensitive to ABA in both seedling establishment and seedling growth. However, stomatal closure was less sensitive to ABA, and the abo3 mutant was less drought tolerant than the wild type. Northern blot analysis indicated that the expression of the ABA-responsive transcription factor ABF2/AREB1 was markedly lower in the abo3 mutant than in the wild type. The abo3 mutation also reduced the expression of stress-inducible genes RD29A and COR47, especially early during ABA treatment. ABO3 is able to bind the W-box in the promoter of ABF2in vitro. These results uncover an important role for a WRKY transcription factor in plant responses to ABA and drought stress.

  16. Perovskite-type oxides - Oxygen electrocatalysis and bulk structure

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    Carbonio, R. E.; Fierro, C.; Tryk, D.; Scherson, D.; Yeager, E.

    1988-01-01

    Perovskite type oxides were considered for use as oxygen reduction and generation electrocatalysts in alkaline electrolytes. Perovskite stability and electrocatalytic activity are studied along with possible relationships of the latter with the bulk solid state properties. A series of compounds of the type LaFe(x)Ni1(-x)O3 was used as a model system to gain information on the possible relationships between surface catalytic activity and bulk structure. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate constants were measured for these compounds. Ex situ Mossbauer effect spectroscopy (MES), and magnetic susceptibility measurements were used to study the solid state properties. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to examine the surface. MES has indicated the presence of a paramagnetic to magnetically ordered phase transition for values of x between 0.4 and 0.5. A correlation was found between the values of the MES isomer shift and the catalytic activity for peroxide decomposition. Thus, the catalytic activity can be correlated to the d-electron density for the transition metal cations.

  17. Structure-Band Gap Relationships in Hexagonal Polytypes and Low-Dimensional Structures of Hybrid Tin Iodide Perovskites.

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    Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Mao, Lingling; Malliakas, Christos D; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2017-01-03

    The present study deals with the structural characterization and classification of the novel compounds 1-8 into perovskite subclasses and proceeds in extracting the structure-band gap relationships between them. The compounds were obtained from the employment of small, 3-5-atom-wide organic ammonium ions seeking to discover new perovskite-like compounds. The compounds reported here adopt unique or rare structure types akin to the prototype structure perovskite. When trimethylammonium (TMA) was employed, we obtained TMASnI3 (1), which is our reference compound for a "perovskitoid" structure of face-sharing octahedra. The compounds EASnI3 (2b), GASnI3 (3a), ACASnI3 (4), and IMSnI3 (5) obtained from the use of ethylammonium (EA), guanidinium (GA), acetamidinium (ACA), and imidazolium (IM) cations, respectively, represent the first entries of the so-called "hexagonal perovskite polytypes" in the hybrid halide perovskite library. The hexagonal perovskites define a new family of hybrid halide perovskites with a crystal structure that emerges from a blend of corner- and face-sharing octahedral connections in various proportions. The small organic cations can also stabilize a second structural type characterized by a crystal lattice with reduced dimensionality. These compounds include the two-dimensional (2D) perovskites GA2SnI4 (3b) and IPA3Sn2I7 (6b) and the one-dimensional (1D) perovskite IPA3SnI5 (6a). The known 2D perovskite BA2MASn2I7 (7) and the related all-inorganic 1D perovskite "RbSnF2I" (8) have also been synthesized. All compounds have been identified as medium-to-wide-band-gap semiconductors in the range of Eg = 1.90-2.40 eV, with the band gap progressively decreasing with increased corner-sharing functionality and increased torsion angle in the octahedral connectivity.

  18. Double Double Cation Order in the High-Pressure Perovskites MnRMnSbO6.

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    Solana-Madruga, Elena; Arévalo-López, Ángel M; Dos Santos-García, Antonio J; Urones-Garrote, Esteban; Ávila-Brande, David; Sáez-Puche, Regino; Attfield, J Paul

    2016-08-01

    Cation ordering in ABO3 perovskites adds to their chemical variety and can lead to properties such as ferrimagnetism and magnetoresistance in Sr2 FeMoO6 . Through high-pressure and high-temperature synthesis, a new type of "double double perovskite" structure has been discovered in the family MnRMnSbO6 (R=La, Pr, Nd, Sm). This tetragonal structure has a 1:1 order of cations on both A and B sites, with A-site Mn(2+) and R(3+) cations ordered in columns and Mn(2+) and Sb(5+) having rock salt order on the B sites. The MnRMnSbO6 double double perovskites are ferrimagnetic at low temperatures with additional spin-reorientation transitions. The ordering direction of ferrimagnetic Mn spins in MnNdMnSbO6 changes from parallel to [001] below TC =76 K to perpendicular below the reorientation transition at 42 K at which Nd moments also order. Smaller rare earths lead to conventional monoclinic double perovskites (MnR)MnSbO6 for Eu and Gd.

  19. Thermally induced structural evolution and performance of mesoporous block copolymer-directed alumina perovskite solar cells.

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    Tan, Kwan Wee; Moore, David T; Saliba, Michael; Sai, Hiroaki; Estroff, Lara A; Hanrath, Tobias; Snaith, Henry J; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2014-05-27

    Structure control in solution-processed hybrid perovskites is crucial to design and fabricate highly efficient solar cells. Here, we utilize in situ grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering and scanning electron microscopy to investigate the structural evolution and film morphologies of methylammonium lead tri-iodide/chloride (CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x)) in mesoporous block copolymer derived alumina superstructures during thermal annealing. We show the CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) material evolution to be characterized by three distinct structures: a crystalline precursor structure not described previously, a 3D perovskite structure, and a mixture of compounds resulting from degradation. Finally, we demonstrate how understanding the processing parameters provides the foundation needed for optimal perovskite film morphology and coverage, leading to enhanced block copolymer-directed perovskite solar cell performance.

  20. Structure and Growth Control of Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites for Optoelectronics: From Polycrystalline Films to Single Crystals.

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    Chen, Yani; He, Minhong; Peng, Jiajun; Sun, Yong; Liang, Ziqi

    2016-04-01

    Recently, organic-inorganic halide perovskites have sparked tremendous research interest because of their ground-breaking photovoltaic performance. The crystallization process and crystal shape of perovskites have striking impacts on their optoelectronic properties. Polycrystalline films and single crystals are two main forms of perovskites. Currently, perovskite thin films have been under intensive investigation while studies of perovskite single crystals are just in their infancy. This review article is concentrated upon the control of perovskite structures and growth, which are intimately correlated for improvements of not only solar cells but also light-emitting diodes, lasers, and photodetectors. We begin with the survey of the film formation process of perovskites including deposition methods and morphological optimization avenues. Strategies such as the use of additives, thermal annealing, solvent annealing, atmospheric control, and solvent engineering have been successfully employed to yield high-quality perovskite films. Next, we turn to summarize the shape evolution of perovskites single crystals from three-dimensional large sized single crystals, two-dimensional nanoplates, one-dimensional nanowires, to zero-dimensional quantum dots. Siginificant functions of perovskites single crystals are highlighted, which benefit fundamental studies of intrinsic photophysics. Then, the growth mechanisms of the previously mentioned perovskite crystals are unveiled. Lastly, perspectives for structure and growth control of perovskites are outlined towards high-performance (opto)electronic devices.

  1. Structure and Growth Control of Organic–Inorganic Halide Perovskites for Optoelectronics: From Polycrystalline Films to Single Crystals

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    Chen, Yani; He, Minhong; Peng, Jiajun; Sun, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Recently, organic–inorganic halide perovskites have sparked tremendous research interest because of their ground‐breaking photovoltaic performance. The crystallization process and crystal shape of perovskites have striking impacts on their optoelectronic properties. Polycrystalline films and single crystals are two main forms of perovskites. Currently, perovskite thin films have been under intensive investigation while studies of perovskite single crystals are just in their infancy. This review article is concentrated upon the control of perovskite structures and growth, which are intimately correlated for improvements of not only solar cells but also light‐emitting diodes, lasers, and photodetectors. We begin with the survey of the film formation process of perovskites including deposition methods and morphological optimization avenues. Strategies such as the use of additives, thermal annealing, solvent annealing, atmospheric control, and solvent engineering have been successfully employed to yield high‐quality perovskite films. Next, we turn to summarize the shape evolution of perovskites single crystals from three‐dimensional large sized single crystals, two‐dimensional nanoplates, one‐dimensional nanowires, to zero‐dimensional quantum dots. Siginificant functions of perovskites single crystals are highlighted, which benefit fundamental studies of intrinsic photophysics. Then, the growth mechanisms of the previously mentioned perovskite crystals are unveiled. Lastly, perspectives for structure and growth control of perovskites are outlined towards high‐performance (opto)electronic devices. PMID:27812463

  2. Crystal and electronic structures of substituted halide perovskites based on density functional calculation and molecular dynamics

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    Takaba, Hiromitsu; Kimura, Shou; Alam, Md. Khorshed

    2017-03-01

    Durability of organo-lead halide perovskite are important issue for its practical application in a solar cells. In this study, using density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics, we theoretically investigated a crystal structure, electronic structure, and ionic diffusivity of the partially substituted cubic MA0.5X0.5PbI3 (MA = CH3NH3+, X = NH4+ or (NH2)2CH+ or Cs+). Our calculation results indicate that a partial substitution of MA induces a lattice distortion, resulting in preventing MA or X from the diffusion between A sites in the perovskite. DFT calculations show that electronic structures of the investigated partially substituted perovskites were similar with that of MAPbI3, while their bandgaps slightly decrease compared to that of MAPbI3. Our results mean that partial substitution in halide perovskite is effective technique to suppress diffusion of intrinsic ions and tune the band gap.

  3. Significant enhancement of photovoltage in artificially designed perovskite oxide structures

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    Zhou, Wen-jia; Jin, Kui-juan; Guo, Hai-zhong; He, Xu; He, Meng; Xu, Xiu-lai; Lu, Hui-bin; Yang, Guo-zhen

    2015-03-01

    La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/insulator/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 multilayer and La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3/In2O3:SnO2(ITO)/La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 multilayer structures were designed to enhance the photovoltage. The photovoltages of these two structures under an illumination of 308 nm laser are 410 and 600 mV, respectively. The latter is 20 times larger than that (30 mV) observed in La0.9Sr0.1MnO3/SrNb0.007Ti0.993O3 single junction. The origin of such significant enhancement of photovoltage is discussed in this letter. These results suggest that the photoelectric property of perovskite oxides could be much improved by artificial structure designing. The enhanced photovoltaic effects have potential applications in the ultraviolet photodetection and solar cells.

  4. Substrate-dependent electronic structure and film formation of MAPbI3 perovskites

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    Olthof, Selina; Meerholz, Klaus

    2017-01-01

    We present investigations on the interface formation between the hybrid perovskite MAPbI3 and various substrates, covering a wide range of work functions. The perovskite films are incrementally evaporated in situ while the electronic structure is evaluated using photoelectron spectroscopy. Our results show that there is an induction period in the growth of the perovskite during which volatile compounds are formed, catalyzed by the substrate. The duration of the induction period depends strongly on the nature of the substrate material, and it can take up to 20–30 nm of formal precursor deposition before the surface is passivated and the perovskite film starts forming. The stoichiometry of the 2–3 nm thin passivation layer deviates from the expected perovskite stoichiometry, being rich in decomposition products of the organic cation. During the regular growth of the perovskite, our measurements show a deviation from the commonly assumed flat band condition, i.e., dipole formation and band bending dominate the interface. Overall, the nature of the substrate not only changes the energetic alignment of the perovskite, it can introduce gap states and influence the film formation and morphology. The possible impact on device performance is discussed.

  5. Substrate-dependent electronic structure and film formation of MAPbI3 perovskites

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    Olthof, Selina; Meerholz, Klaus

    2017-01-01

    We present investigations on the interface formation between the hybrid perovskite MAPbI3 and various substrates, covering a wide range of work functions. The perovskite films are incrementally evaporated in situ while the electronic structure is evaluated using photoelectron spectroscopy. Our results show that there is an induction period in the growth of the perovskite during which volatile compounds are formed, catalyzed by the substrate. The duration of the induction period depends strongly on the nature of the substrate material, and it can take up to 20–30 nm of formal precursor deposition before the surface is passivated and the perovskite film starts forming. The stoichiometry of the 2–3 nm thin passivation layer deviates from the expected perovskite stoichiometry, being rich in decomposition products of the organic cation. During the regular growth of the perovskite, our measurements show a deviation from the commonly assumed flat band condition, i.e., dipole formation and band bending dominate the interface. Overall, the nature of the substrate not only changes the energetic alignment of the perovskite, it can introduce gap states and influence the film formation and morphology. The possible impact on device performance is discussed. PMID:28084313

  6. Efficiency Enhancement of Inverted Structure Perovskite Solar Cells via Oleamide Doping of PCBM Electron Transport Layer.

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    Xia, Fei; Wu, Qiliang; Zhou, Pengcheng; Li, Yi; Chen, Xiang; Liu, Qing; Zhu, Jun; Dai, Songyuan; Lu, Yalin; Yang, Shangfeng

    2015-06-24

    An amphiphilic surfactant, oleamide, was applied to dope the PCBM electron transport layer (ETL) of inverted structure perovskite solar cells (ISPSCs), resulting in a dramatic efficiency enhancement. Under the optimized oleamide doping ratio of 5.0 wt %, the power conversion efficiency of the CH3NH3PbIxCl(3-x) perovskite-based ISPSC device is enhanced from 10.05% to 12.69%, and this is primarily due to the increases of both fill factor and short-circuit current. According to the surface morphology study of the perovskite/PCBM bilayer film, oleamide doping improves the coverage of PCBM ETL onto the perovskite layer, and this is beneficial for the interfacial contact between the perovskite layer and the Ag cathode and consequently the electron transport from perovskite to the Ag cathode. Such an improved electron transport induced by oleamide doping is further evidenced by the impedance spectroscopic study, revealing the prohibited electron-hole recombination at the interface between the perovskite layer and the Ag cathode.

  7. Highly Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Tunable Structural Color

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    2015-01-01

    The performance of perovskite solar cells has been progressing over the past few years and efficiency is likely to continue to increase. However, a negative aspect for the integration of perovskite solar cells in the built environment is that the color gamut available in these materials is very limited and does not cover the green-to-blue region of the visible spectrum, which has been a big selling point for organic photovoltaics. Here, we integrate a porous photonic crystal (PC) scaffold within the photoactive layer of an opaque perovskite solar cell following a bottom-up approach employing inexpensive and scalable liquid processing techniques. The photovoltaic devices presented herein show high efficiency with tunable color across the visible spectrum. This now imbues the perovskite solar cells with highly desirable properties for cladding in the built environment and encourages design of sustainable colorful buildings and iridescent electric vehicles as future power generation sources. PMID:25650872

  8. Highly efficient perovskite solar cells with tunable structural color.

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    Zhang, Wei; Anaya, Miguel; Lozano, Gabriel; Calvo, Mauricio E; Johnston, Michael B; Míguez, Hernán; Snaith, Henry J

    2015-03-11

    The performance of perovskite solar cells has been progressing over the past few years and efficiency is likely to continue to increase. However, a negative aspect for the integration of perovskite solar cells in the built environment is that the color gamut available in these materials is very limited and does not cover the green-to-blue region of the visible spectrum, which has been a big selling point for organic photovoltaics. Here, we integrate a porous photonic crystal (PC) scaffold within the photoactive layer of an opaque perovskite solar cell following a bottom-up approach employing inexpensive and scalable liquid processing techniques. The photovoltaic devices presented herein show high efficiency with tunable color across the visible spectrum. This now imbues the perovskite solar cells with highly desirable properties for cladding in the built environment and encourages design of sustainable colorful buildings and iridescent electric vehicles as future power generation sources.

  9. Magnetic and structural aspects of semiconducting perovskites RVO 3

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    Onoda, Masashige; Nagasawa, Hiroshi

    1996-08-01

    Magnetic and structural aspects of the perovskite system RVO 3 ( R = La, Ce, Pr and Nd) with V 3+ ions have been studied by the measurements of X-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity and magnetization. In LaVO 3, besides the antiferromagnetic transition at 147 K and the sharp change in the lattice constants around 140 K, there existed anomalies at 270 K and 670 K for the paramagnetic state. A high temperature series expansion analysis gave the antiferromagnetic exchange constant of 43 K. In CeVO 3, PrVO 3 and NdVO 3, the remanent magnetization essentially originated from the antisymmetric interaction of V ions appeared at about 150 K. There was the gradual change in the lattice constants of the last two compounds between 130 K and 200 K. Unusual temperature dependence of the remanence was observed and qualitatively understood from the molecular field of canted moment acting on the 4 f spins of R ions. At low temperatures, there was observed the peak of reversible susceptibility in CeVO 3 and PrVO 3 that was suggestive of additional structural transition.

  10. Interplay of octahedral rotations and breathing distortions in charge-ordering perovskite oxides

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    Balachandran, Prasanna V.; Rondinelli, James M.

    2013-08-01

    We investigate the structure-property relationships in ABO3 perovskites exhibiting octahedral rotations and cooperative octahedral breathing distortions (CBD) using group theoretical methods. Rotations of octahedra are ubiquitous in the perovskite family, while the appearance of breathing distortions—oxygen displacement patterns that lead to approximately uniform dilation and contraction of the BO6 octahedra—are rarer in compositions with a single, chemically unique B site. The presence of a CBD relies on electronic instabilities of the B-site cations, either orbital degeneracies or valence-state fluctuations, and often appear concomitant with charge order metal-insulator transitions or B-site cation ordering. We enumerate the structural variants obtained from rotational and breathing lattice modes and formulate a general Landau functional describing their interaction. We use this information and combine it with statistical correlation techniques to evaluate the role of atomic scale distortions on the critical temperatures in representative charge ordering nickelate and bismuthate perovskites. Our results provide microscopic insights into the underlying structure-property interactions across electronic and magnetic phase boundaries, suggesting plausible routes to tailor the behavior of functional oxides by design.

  11. Perovskite-supported palladium for methane oxidation - structure-activity relationships.

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    Eyssler, Arnim; Lu, Ye; Matam, Santhosh Kumar; Weidenkaff, Anke; Ferri, Davide

    2012-01-01

    Palladium is the precious metal of choice for methane oxidation and perovskite-type oxides offer the possibility to stabilize it as PdO, considered crucial for catalytic activity. Pd can adopt different oxidation and coordination states when associated with perovskite-type oxides. Here, we review our work on the effect of perovskite composition on the oxidation and coordination states of Pd and its influence on catalytic activity for methane oxidation in the case of typical Mn, Fe and Co perovskite-based oxidation catalysts. Especially X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy is shown to be crucial to fingerprint the different coordination states of Pd. Pd substitutes Fe and Co in the octahedral sites but without modifying catalytic activity with respect to the Pd-free perovskite. On LaMnO(3) palladium is predominantly exposed at the surface thus bestowing catalytic activity for methane oxidation. However, the occupancy of B-cation sites of the perovskite structure by Pd can be exploited to cyclically activate Pd and to protect it from particle growth. This is explicitly demonstrated for La(Fe, Pd)O(3), where catalytic activity for methane oxidation is enhanced under oscillating redox conditions at 500 °C, therefore paving the way to the practical application in three-way catalysts for stoichiometric natural gas engines.

  12. Tackling pseudosymmetry problems in electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analyses of perovskite structures

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    Mariani, Elisabetta; Kaercher, Pamela; Mecklenburgh, Julian; Wheeler, John

    2016-04-01

    Perovskite minerals form an important mineral group that has applications in Earth science and emerging alternative energy technologies, however crystallographic quantification of these minerals with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) is not accurate due to pseudosymmetry problems. The silicate perovskite Bridgmanite, (Mg,Fe)SiO3, is understood to be the dominant phase in the Earth's lower mantle. Gaining insight into its physical and rheological properties is therefore vital to understand the dynamics of the Earth's deep interior. Rock deformation experiments on analogue perovskite phases, for example (Ca,Sr)TiO3, combined with quantitative microstructural analyses of the recovered samples by EBSD, yield datasets that can reveal what deformation mechanisms may dominate the flow of perovskite in the lower mantle. Additionally, perovskite structures have important technological applications as new, suitable cathodes for the operation of more efficient and environmentally-friendly solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). In recent years they have also been recognised as a potential substitute for silicon in the next generation of photovoltaic cells for the construction of economic and energy efficient solar panels. EBSD has the potential to be a valuable tool for the study of crystal orientations achieved in perovskite substrates as crystal alignment has a direct control on the properties of these materials. However, perovskite structures currently present us with challenges during the automated indexing of Kikuchi bands in electron backscatter diffraction patterns (EBSPs). Such challenges are represented by the pseudosymmetric character of perovskites, where atoms are subtly displaced (0.005 nm to 0.05 nm) from their higher symmetry positions. In orthorhombic Pbnm perovskites, for example, pseudosymmetry may be evaluated from the c/a unit cell parameter ratio, which is very close to 1. Two main types of distortions from the higher symmetry structure are recognised: a

  13. High-pressure synthesis, crystal chemistry and physics of perovskites with small cations at the A site.

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    Belik, Alexei A; Yi, Wei

    2014-04-23

    ABO3 perovskites with small cations at the A site (A = Sc(3+), In(3+) and Mn(2+) and B = Al(3+) and transition metals) are reviewed. They extend the corresponding families of perovskites with A(3+) = Y, La-Lu, and Bi and A(2+) = Cd, Ca, Sr and Ba and exhibit the largest structural distortions. As a result of these large distortions, they show, in many cases, distinct structural and magnetic properties. These are manifested in: B-site-ordered monoclinic structures of ScMnO3 and 'InMnO3'; an unusual superstructure of ScRhO3 and InRhO3; antiferromagnetic ground states and multiferroic properties of Sc2NiMnO6 and In2NiMnO6; two magnetic transitions in ScCrO3 and InCrO3 with very close transition temperatures; a Pnma-to-P-1 structural transition and k = (½, 0, ½) magnetic ordering in ScVO3; and incommensurate magnetic ordering of Mn(2+) spins in metallic MnVO3. A large number of simple ScBO3, InBO3 and MnBO3 perovskites has not been synthesized yet, and the number of experimental and theoretical works on each known ScBO3, InBO3 and MnBO3 perovskites counts to only one or two (except for ScAlO3). The synthesis, crystal chemistry and physics of perovskites with small cations at the A site is an emerging field in perovskite science.

  14. Anomalous perovskite PbRuO3 stabilized under high pressure.

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    Cheng, J-G; Kweon, K E; Zhou, J-S; Alonso, J A; Kong, P-P; Liu, Y; Jin, Changqing; Wu, Junjie; Lin, Jung-Fu; Larregola, S A; Yang, Wenge; Shen, Guoyin; MacDonald, A H; Manthiram, Arumugam; Hwang, G S; Goodenough, John B

    2013-12-10

    Perovskite oxides ABO3 are important materials used as components in electronic devices. The highly compact crystal structure consists of a framework of corner-shared BO6 octahedra enclosing the A-site cations. Because of these structural features, forming a strong bond between A and B cations is highly unlikely and has not been reported in the literature. Here we report a pressure-induced first-order transition in PbRuO3 from a common orthorhombic phase (Pbnm) to an orthorhombic phase (Pbn21) at 32 GPa by using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. This transition has been further verified with resistivity measurements and Raman spectra under high pressure. In contrast to most well-studied perovskites under high pressure, the Pbn21 phase of PbRuO3 stabilized at high pressure is a polar perovskite. More interestingly, the Pbn21 phase has the most distorted octahedra and a shortest Pb-Ru bond length relative to the average Pb-Ru bond length that has ever been reported in a perovskite structure. We have also simulated the behavior of the PbRuO3 perovskite under high pressure by first principles calculations. The calculated critical pressure for the phase transition and evolution of lattice parameters under pressure match the experimental results quantitatively. Our calculations also reveal that the hybridization between a Ru:t2g orbital and an sp hybrid on Pb increases dramatically in the Pbnm phase under pressure. This pressure-induced change destabilizes the Pbnm phase to give a phase transition to the Pbn21 phase where electrons in the overlapping orbitals form bonding and antibonding states along the shortest Ru-Pb direction at P > Pc.

  15. Recent Advances in the Inverted Planar Structure of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Meng, Lei; You, Jingbi; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Yang, Yang

    2016-01-19

    Inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells research could be traced back to 2009, and initially showed 3.8% efficiency. After 6 years of efforts, the efficiency has been pushed to 20.1%. The pace of development was much faster than that of any type of solar cell technology. In addition to high efficiency, the device fabrication is a low-cost solution process. Due to these advantages, a large number of scientists have been immersed into this promising area. In the past 6 years, much of the research on perovskite solar cells has been focused on planar and mesoporous device structures employing an n-type TiO2 layer as the bottom electron transport layer. These architectures have achieved champion device efficiencies. However, they still possess unwanted features. Mesoporous structures require a high temperature (>450 °C) sintering process for the TiO2 scaffold, which will increase the cost and also not be compatible with flexible substrates. While the planar structures based on TiO2 (regular structure) usually suffer from a large degree of J-V hysteresis. Recently, another emerging structure, referred to as an "inverted" planar device structure (i.e., p-i-n), uses p-type and n-type materials as bottom and top charge transport layers, respectively. This structure derived from organic solar cells, and the charge transport layers used in organic photovoltaics were successfully transferred into perovskite solar cells. The p-i-n structure of perovskite solar cells has shown efficiencies as high as 18%, lower temperature processing, flexibility, and, furthermore, negligible J-V hysteresis effects. In this Account, we will provide a comprehensive comparison of the mesoporous and planar structures, and also the regular and inverted of planar structures. Later, we will focus the discussion on the development of the inverted planar structure of perovskite solar cells, including film growth, band alignment, stability, and hysteresis. In the film growth part, several

  16. Syntheses, structures, and ionic conductivities of perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum-oxides

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    Phraewphiphat, Thanya; Iqbal, Muhammad; Suzuki, Kota; Matsuda, Yasuaki; Yonemura, Masao; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji

    2015-05-15

    The ionic conductivities of new perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum oxides were investigated. Solid solutions of the new perovskite oxides, (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Al{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3} and (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Ga{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3}, were synthesized using a ball-milled-assisted solid-state method. The partial substitution of the smaller Ga{sup +3} for Ta{sup +5} resulted in new compositions, the structures of which were determined by neutron diffraction measurements using a cubic perovskite structural model with the Pm−3m space group. Vacancies were introduced into the Sr(Li) sites by the formation of solid solutions with compositions (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}, where the composition range of 0≤y≤0.20 was examined for x=0.2 and 0.25. The highest conductivity, 1.85×10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C, was obtained for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125). Enhanced ionic conductivities were achieved by the introduction of vacancies at the A-sites. - Graphical abstract: Novel lithium-conducting oxides with the cubic perovskite structure (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3} provide a specific solid-solution region with various x and y values, exhibiting the highest ionic conductivity (1.85 S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C) for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125 in (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}). The vacancies (☐) introduced into the A-sites contribute to the enhancement of lithium diffusion in the perovskite structure because of the enlargement of the bottleneck size and suppression of the interaction between lithium and oxygen. - Highlights: • The perovskite-structured novel Li

  17. Surface phonons near structural phase transitions of fluoridic perovskites

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    Prade, J.; Kulkarni, A. D.; De Wette, F. W.; Reiger, R.; Schröder, U.; Kress, W.

    1989-04-01

    The fluoridic perovskite KMnF 3 exhibits an antiferrodistortive phase transition which goes along with a soft mode at the R-point of the Brillouin zone. We investigate in this paper the surface phonons of the KF(001) surface at temperatures near this phase transition. The calculations are carried out for relaxed and reconstructed (001) slabs.

  18. Composition and crystal structure of perovskite films attained from electrodes of used car battery

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    Dhiaputra, Ilham; Permana, Bayu; Maulana, Yusep; Inayatie, Yuniar Dwi; Purba, Yonatan R.; Bahtiar, Ayi

    2016-02-01

    Perovskite solar cells have been intensively investigated for high performance and low-cost solid-state solar cells. Perovskite based-lead materials are commonly used as active material for high power conversion efficiency solar cells. Herein, we report our study on the development of used electrodes car battery as a cheap raw lead material to be converted into lead (II) iodide PbI2 by using simple chemical method. We have successfully obtained PbI2 material with purity higher than 85% and its crystal structure is comparable with that of commercial product. The perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film was prepared by spin-coating of PbI2 solution and followed by spin-coating two-times of methylamonium iodide (MAI) solution. In this paper, the crystal structure of perovskite film attained from used car battery is shown and compared with that of prepared from commercial PbI2. By utilizing the used car battery into perovskite valuable material for high performance solar cells, we can not only improve the economical value (added-value) of wasted car battery but also we can simultaneously save the environment.

  19. Tuning bipolar resistive switching by forming defect dipoles in A-site-deficient perovskite calcium titanate thin films

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    Xie, Wei; Hu, Wei; Zou, Lilan; Chen, Ruqi; Li, Baojun; Bao, Dinghua

    2015-04-01

    If we intentionally make the A-site in an ABO3 perovskite structure deficient, it is possible to tune the resistive switching effect by forming defect dipoles. In this study, an A-site-deficient calcium titanate (Ca0.95TiO3, CTO) thin film was fabricated on a Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate as an active layer for resistive random-access memory. The Pt/CTO/Pt device exhibited stable bipolar resistive switching performance with good endurance and long retention. The resistive switching may be attributable to the formation and rupture of the conduction filaments due to the O vacancies and defect dipoles resulting from the interaction between the Ca and O vacancies.

  20. High-Throughput Density Functional Theory Categorization of Ferroelectric Ternary Perovskite Oxides for Use as High-Performance Piezoelectrics

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    Armiento, Rickard; Kozinsky, Boris; Fornari, Marco; Ceder, Gerbrand

    2011-03-01

    We present a nearly exhaustive density functional theory (DFT) survey over the chemical space of perovskite compounds on ABO3 form, with the aim of identifying alloy end points for new piezoelectric materials. Our screening criteria on the DFT results selects 85 relevant compounds, among which all well known alloy end points for high performance piezoelectrics are present. We analyze the compounds with respect to macroscopic polarization, born effective charges, and energy differences between different structure distortions. We discuss the energy features that cause the high piezoelectric performance of the well known piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT), and to what extent these features are rare among the found compounds. The results are used to discuss relevant isovalent alloys of the selected compounds.

  1. Main-Group Halide Semiconductors Derived from Perovskite: Distinguishing Chemical, Structural, and Electronic Aspects.

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    Fabini, Douglas H; Labram, John G; Lehner, Anna J; Bechtel, Jonathon S; Evans, Hayden A; Van der Ven, Anton; Wudl, Fred; Chabinyc, Michael L; Seshadri, Ram

    2017-01-03

    Main-group halide perovskites have generated much excitement of late because of their remarkable optoelectronic properties, ease of preparation, and abundant constituent elements, but these curious and promising materials differ in important respects from traditional semiconductors. The distinguishing chemical, structural, and electronic features of these materials present the key to understanding the origins of the optoelectronic performance of the well-studied hybrid organic-inorganic lead halides and provide a starting point for the design and preparation of new functional materials. Here we review and discuss these distinguishing features, among them a defect-tolerant electronic structure, proximal lattice instabilities, labile defect migration, and, in the case of hybrid perovskites, disordered molecular cations. Additionally, we discuss the preparation and characterization of some alternatives to the lead halide perovskites, including lead-free bismuth halides and hybrid materials with optically and electronically active organic constituents.

  2. Structural and electronic properties of organo-halide hybrid perovskites from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Quarti, Claudio; Mosconi, Edoardo; De Angelis, Filippo

    2015-04-14

    The last two years have seen the unprecedentedly rapid emergence of a new class of solar cells, based on hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites. The success of this class of materials is due to their outstanding photoelectrochemical properties coupled to their low cost, mainly solution-based, fabrication techniques. Solution processed materials are however often characterized by an inherent flexible structure, which is hardly mapped into a single local minimum energy structure. In this perspective, we report on the interplay between structural and electronic properties of hybrid lead iodide perovskites investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations, which allow the dynamical simulation of disordered systems at finite temperature. We compare the prototypical MAPbI3 (MA = methylammonium) perovskite in its cubic and tetragonal structure with the trigonal phase of FAPbI3 (FA = formamidinium), investigating different starting arrangements of the organic cations. Despite the relatively short time scale amenable to AIMD, typically a few tens of ps, this analysis demonstrates the sizable structural flexibility of this class of materials, showing that the instantaneous structure could significantly differ from the time and thermal averaged structure. We also highlight the importance of the organic-inorganic interactions in determining the fluxional properties of this class of materials. A peculiar spatial localization of the valence and conduction band edges is also found, with a dynamics in the range of 0.1 ps, which is associated with the positional dynamics of the organic cations within the cubo-octahedral perovskite cage. This asymmetry in the spatial localization of the band edges is expected to ease exciton dissociation and assist the initial stages of charge separation, possibly constituting one of the key factors for the impressive photovoltaic performances of hybrid lead-iodide perovskites.

  3. Etude par spectroscopie vibrationnelle des niobates de sodium et d'argent de structure perovskite

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    Husson, E.; Repelin, Y.

    Infrared and Raman spectra of the niobates NaNbO 3 and AgNbO 3 of perovskite structure are analysed. An assignment of the frequencies is proposed. The influence of the antiferroelectric direction upon the NbO bonds is shown, as the influence of the A cation upon the AO and NbO bonds.

  4. Classification of AB O 3 perovskite solids: a machine learning study

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    Pilania, G.; Balachandran, P. V.; Gubernatis, J. E.; ...

    2015-07-23

    Here we explored the use of machine learning methods for classifying whether a particularABO3chemistry forms a perovskite or non-perovskite structured solid. Starting with three sets of feature pairs (the tolerance and octahedral factors, theAandBionic radii relative to the radius of O, and the bond valence distances between theAandBions from the O atoms), we used machine learning to create a hyper-dimensional partial dependency structure plot using all three feature pairs or any two of them. Doing so increased the accuracy of our predictions by 2–3 percentage points over using any one pair. We also included the Mendeleev numbers of theAandBatoms tomore » this set of feature pairs. Moreover, doing this and using the capabilities of our machine learning algorithm, the gradient tree boosting classifier, enabled us to generate a new type of structure plot that has the simplicity of one based on using just the Mendeleev numbers, but with the added advantages of having a higher accuracy and providing a measure of likelihood of the predicted structure.« less

  5. Formulation of predictive models for use in first principles design of non-centrosymmetric perovskite oxides

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    Young, Joshua; Rondinelli, James

    2014-03-01

    Because many useful electronic properties such as ferroelectricity arise solely due to the lack of inversion in a material's crystal structure, predictive microscopic models describing how to deterministically remove this symmetry operation can allow for the rapid identification and design of new polar compounds. By understanding how structural distortions influence the connectivity between oxygen polyhedra in solid state oxides, we elucidate a series of geometric design rules necessary to develop polar materials. We then apply these criteria to the family of ABO3 perovskite oxides by systematically investigating how distortions of the corner-connected BO6 polyhedral network influence the A-site environments, resulting in a detailed description of the octahedral rotation patterns and A- and B-site cation ordering arrangements capable of producing centrosymmetric, polar, and enantiomorphic structures. Using this as a guide, we then show how such a method allows for the targeted design of new non-centrosymmetric oxides. We conclude by using these rules in combination with density functional theory calculations to predict a series of rhombohedral (A,A')B2O6 perovskites displaying electric polarizations in their ground state.

  6. Effect of Structure, Temperature, and Metal Work Function on Performance of Organometallic Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Hossain, M. I.; Aïssa, B.

    2017-01-01

    The impact of hole transport materials (HTMs) on the performance of methylammonium lead halide (CH3NH3PbI3)-based perovskite solar cells has been investigated using computational analysis. The main objective is to replace the HTM with the aim of enhancing the lifetime and decreasing the overall cost of the device. As the CH3NH3PbI3 absorber layer shows an absorption coefficient as high as 105/cm, all photons with incident energy larger the material bandgap are absorbed within only a 400-nm-thick layer. Also, all the electronic and optical properties of such an absorber layer are suitable for use in photovoltaic (PV) devices. Hence, the effects of the HTM thickness, operating temperature, incident light spectrum, and metal electrode work function on the charge collection were studied numerically. For a cell with Cu2O as HTM, efficiency exceeding 25% is predicted for a 350-nm-thick absorber layer. Also, a fully optimized device architecture without HTM shows the possibility of fabricating a perovskite solar cell with PV efficiency exceeding 15%. We expect considerable minimization of the energy loss in this structure due to charge transfer across the heterojunction. Moreover, the effect of temperature on perovskite solar cells and potential electrodes with different work functions has been investigated. Our results are believed to help open an experimental avenue to achieve optimum results for perovskite solar cells with various structures.

  7. Effect of Structure, Temperature, and Metal Work Function on Performance of Organometallic Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Hossain, M. I.; Aïssa, B.

    2017-03-01

    The impact of hole transport materials (HTMs) on the performance of methylammonium lead halide (CH3NH3PbI3)-based perovskite solar cells has been investigated using computational analysis. The main objective is to replace the HTM with the aim of enhancing the lifetime and decreasing the overall cost of the device. As the CH3NH3PbI3 absorber layer shows an absorption coefficient as high as 105/cm, all photons with incident energy larger the material bandgap are absorbed within only a 400-nm-thick layer. Also, all the electronic and optical properties of such an absorber layer are suitable for use in photovoltaic (PV) devices. Hence, the effects of the HTM thickness, operating temperature, incident light spectrum, and metal electrode work function on the charge collection were studied numerically. For a cell with Cu2O as HTM, efficiency exceeding 25% is predicted for a 350-nm-thick absorber layer. Also, a fully optimized device architecture without HTM shows the possibility of fabricating a perovskite solar cell with PV efficiency exceeding 15%. We expect considerable minimization of the energy loss in this structure due to charge transfer across the heterojunction. Moreover, the effect of temperature on perovskite solar cells and potential electrodes with different work functions has been investigated. Our results are believed to help open an experimental avenue to achieve optimum results for perovskite solar cells with various structures.

  8. The ground states properties and the spin effect on the cubic and hexagonal perovskite manganese oxide BaMnO 3: GGA+ U calculation

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    Hamdad, Noura

    2011-03-01

    Particularly interesting as candidates to technological applications are the manganese perovskites with AMnO 3 formula. Their magnetic structure was described as resulting from a particular ordering of the occupied d orbitals which possess. This reflects my understanding of the structural, electronic and magnetic phenomena, which is well established only in the limit where the systems show localized or itinerant electron behavior. In general, the perovskites of ABO 3-type are well known with their (anti)ferroelectric, piezoelectric and (anti)ferromagnetism properties applied in considerable technological investigations. In my paper, I studied the ground states properties of the BaMnO 3 perovskite oxide. My structural properties are given using LSDA, GGA, LSDA+ U and GGA+ U in the aim to introduce the exchange correlation potential. In the following paper, I use the GGA+ U on the electronic and magnetic properties calculation. I show in my study the density of states, the band structures and also the charge density figures. My results such as lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative agree very well with available theoretical works and experimental data. I discuss the magnetic moment and the U-Hubbard effect introduced by LSDA+ U and GGA+ U on my results given in this paper.

  9. Flexible perovskite solar cells based on the metal-insulator-semiconductor structure.

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    Wei, Jing; Li, Heng; Zhao, Yicheng; Zhou, Wenke; Fu, Rui; Pan, Huiyue; Zhao, Qing

    2016-09-14

    The metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structure is applied to perovskite solar cells, in which the traditional compact layer TiO2 is replaced by Al2O3 as the hole blocking material to realize an all-low-temperature process. Flexible devices based on this structure are also realized with excellent flexibility, which hold 85% of their initial efficiency after bending 100 times.

  10. Zintl layer formation during perovskite atomic layer deposition on Ge (001).

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    Hu, Shen; Lin, Edward L; Hamze, Ali K; Posadas, Agham; Wu, HsinWei; Smith, David J; Demkov, Alexander A; Ekerdt, John G

    2017-02-07

    Using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, reflection high-energy electron diffraction, and density functional theory, we analyzed the surface core level shifts and surface structure during the initial growth of ABO3 perovskites on Ge (001) by atomic layer deposition, where A = Ba, Sr and B = Ti, Hf, Zr. We find that the initial dosing of the barium- or strontium-bis(triisopropylcyclopentadienyl) precursors on a clean Ge surface produces a surface phase that has the same chemical and structural properties as the 0.5-monolayer Ba Zintl layer formed when depositing Ba by molecular beam epitaxy. Similar binding energy shifts are found for Ba, Sr, and Ge when using either chemical or elemental metal sources. The observed germanium surface core level shifts are consistent with the flattening of the initially tilted Ge surface dimers using both molecular and atomic metal sources. Similar binding energy shifts and changes in dimer tilting with alkaline earth metal adsorption are found with density functional theory calculations. High angle angular dark field scanning transmission microscopy images of BaTiO3, SrZrO3, SrHfO3, and SrHf0.55Ti0.45O3 reveal the location of the Ba (or Sr) atomic columns between the Ge dimers. The results imply that the organic ligands dissociate from the precursor after precursor adsorption on the Ge surface, producing the same Zintl template critical for perovskite growth on Group IV semiconductors during molecular beam epitaxy.

  11. Zintl layer formation during perovskite atomic layer deposition on Ge (001)

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    Hu, Shen; Lin, Edward L.; Hamze, Ali K.; Posadas, Agham; Wu, HsinWei; Smith, David J.; Demkov, Alexander A.; Ekerdt, John G.

    2017-02-01

    Using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, reflection high-energy electron diffraction, and density functional theory, we analyzed the surface core level shifts and surface structure during the initial growth of ABO3 perovskites on Ge (001) by atomic layer deposition, where A = Ba, Sr and B = Ti, Hf, Zr. We find that the initial dosing of the barium- or strontium-bis(triisopropylcyclopentadienyl) precursors on a clean Ge surface produces a surface phase that has the same chemical and structural properties as the 0.5-monolayer Ba Zintl layer formed when depositing Ba by molecular beam epitaxy. Similar binding energy shifts are found for Ba, Sr, and Ge when using either chemical or elemental metal sources. The observed germanium surface core level shifts are consistent with the flattening of the initially tilted Ge surface dimers using both molecular and atomic metal sources. Similar binding energy shifts and changes in dimer tilting with alkaline earth metal adsorption are found with density functional theory calculations. High angle angular dark field scanning transmission microscopy images of BaTiO3, SrZrO3, SrHfO3, and SrHf0.55Ti0.45O3 reveal the location of the Ba (or Sr) atomic columns between the Ge dimers. The results imply that the organic ligands dissociate from the precursor after precursor adsorption on the Ge surface, producing the same Zintl template critical for perovskite growth on Group IV semiconductors during molecular beam epitaxy.

  12. Observation of Nanoscale Morphological and Structural Degradation in Perovskite Solar Cells by In-Situ TEM

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    Yang, Bin; Dyck, Ondrej K.; Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; ...

    2016-11-04

    The chemical stability of organometallic halide perovskites is a major barrier facing their application in the fast rising field of next generation photovoltaics. These materials were shown to undergo degradation due to the influence of heat or moisture, significantly limiting the lifetime of associated devices. To overcome this stability issue, a fundamental understanding of degradation mechanisms is of foremost importance. Here, high resolution in situ transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy elemental mapping were applied to probe morphological and structural changes in perovskite films during controlled environmental exposure treatments. Both moisture and oxygen in ambient air are revealedmore » to facilitate degradation in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskites through decomposition and oxidation pathways, respectively. In addition, even in moisture- and oxygen-free environment evident degradation could be induced by heating at the solar cell s real-field operating temperature and the degradation was found to originate from defect sites. These findings provide fundamental insight to prevent degradation of perovskite materials and associated devices for realistic applications.« less

  13. Observation of Nanoscale Morphological and Structural Degradation in Perovskite Solar Cells by In-Situ TEM

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    Yang, Bin; Dyck, Ondrej K.; Ming, Wenmei; Du, Mao-Hua; Das, Sanjib; Rouleau, Christopher M.; Duscher, Gerd; Geohegan, David B.; Xiao, Kai

    2016-11-04

    The chemical stability of organometallic halide perovskites is a major barrier facing their application in the fast rising field of next generation photovoltaics. These materials were shown to undergo degradation due to the influence of heat or moisture, significantly limiting the lifetime of associated devices. To overcome this stability issue, a fundamental understanding of degradation mechanisms is of foremost importance. Here, high resolution in situ transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy elemental mapping were applied to probe morphological and structural changes in perovskite films during controlled environmental exposure treatments. Both moisture and oxygen in ambient air are revealed to facilitate degradation in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskites through decomposition and oxidation pathways, respectively. In addition, even in moisture- and oxygen-free environment evident degradation could be induced by heating at the solar cell s real-field operating temperature and the degradation was found to originate from defect sites. These findings provide fundamental insight to prevent degradation of perovskite materials and associated devices for realistic applications.

  14. Tuning the band gap in hybrid tin iodide perovskite semiconductors using structural templating.

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    Knutson, Jeremy L; Martin, James D; Mitzi, David B

    2005-06-27

    Structural distortions within the extensive family of organic/inorganic hybrid tin iodide perovskite semiconductors are correlated with their experimental exciton energies and calculated band gaps. The extent of the in- and out-of-plane angular distortion of the SnI4(2-) perovskite sheets is largely determined by the relative charge density and steric requirements of the organic cations. Variation of the in-plane Sn-I-Sn bond angle was demonstrated to have the greatest impact on the tuning of the band gap, and the equatorial Sn-I bond distances have a significant secondary influence. Extended Hückel tight-binding band calculations are employed to decipher the crystal orbital origins of the structural effects that fine-tune the band structure. The calculations suggest that it may be possible to tune the band gap by as much as 1 eV using the templating influence of the organic cation.

  15. Entropy-driven structural transition and kinetic trapping in formamidinium lead iodide perovskite

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    Chen, Tianran; Foley, Benjamin J.; Park, Changwon; Brown, Craig M.; Harriger, Leland W.; Lee, Jooseop; Ruff, Jacob; Yoon, Mina; Choi, Joshua J.; Lee, Seung-Hun

    2016-01-01

    A challenge of hybrid perovskite solar cells is device instability, which calls for an understanding of the perovskite structural stability and phase transitions. Using neutron diffraction and first-principles calculations on formamidinium lead iodide (FAPbI3), we show that the entropy contribution to the Gibbs free energy caused by isotropic rotations of the FA+ cation plays a crucial role in the cubic-to-hexagonal structural phase transition. Furthermore, we observe that the cubic-to-hexagonal phase transition exhibits a large thermal hysteresis. Our first-principles calculations confirm the existence of a potential barrier between the cubic and hexagonal structures, which provides an explanation for the observed thermal hysteresis. By exploiting the potential barrier, we demonstrate kinetic trapping of the cubic phase, desirable for solar cells, even at 8.2 K by thermal quenching. PMID:27819055

  16. Entropy-driven structural transition and kinetic trapping in formamidinium lead iodide perovskite.

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    Chen, Tianran; Foley, Benjamin J; Park, Changwon; Brown, Craig M; Harriger, Leland W; Lee, Jooseop; Ruff, Jacob; Yoon, Mina; Choi, Joshua J; Lee, Seung-Hun

    2016-10-01

    A challenge of hybrid perovskite solar cells is device instability, which calls for an understanding of the perovskite structural stability and phase transitions. Using neutron diffraction and first-principles calculations on formamidinium lead iodide (FAPbI3), we show that the entropy contribution to the Gibbs free energy caused by isotropic rotations of the FA(+) cation plays a crucial role in the cubic-to-hexagonal structural phase transition. Furthermore, we observe that the cubic-to-hexagonal phase transition exhibits a large thermal hysteresis. Our first-principles calculations confirm the existence of a potential barrier between the cubic and hexagonal structures, which provides an explanation for the observed thermal hysteresis. By exploiting the potential barrier, we demonstrate kinetic trapping of the cubic phase, desirable for solar cells, even at 8.2 K by thermal quenching.

  17. First-principles exploration of multiferroic oxides with double-perovskite structure

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    Oguchi, Tamio; Shishidou, Tatsuya; Uratani, Yoshitaka

    2006-03-01

    Multiferroics have attracted much attention recently because of their novel properties. There are a few known as ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials, particularly with perovskite-type crystal structure. Ferroelectrics should be insulating and likely ionic. Furthermore, it is widely recognized that covalent bonds between the cation and anion orbitals are crucial to realize atomic displacements to a noncentrosymmetric structure. As for magnetism, most of magnetic perovskite oxides usually have an antiferromagnetic order (mostly frustrating) due to a superexchange coupling. According to the Kanamori-Goodenough rule for the superexchange coupling, certain combinations of the transition-metals ions (d^3-d^5 and d^3-d^8 configurations) may possibly give a ferromagnetic coupling by the 180^o superexchange mechanism. In this study, we explore possible co-existence of spontaneous electric polarization and ferromagnetic ordering from first principles, by focusing bismuth double-perovskite oxides Bi2BB'O6 (B, B' = 3d ions) as target materials. Ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic solutions are obtained for cubic Bi2MnNiO6, Bi2CrFeO6 and Bi2CrCuO6 with nearly gapped electronic structure. Quite recently, Bi2MnNiO6 has been successfully synthesized by a high-pressure technique and revealed multiferroic properties. Possible multiferroic properties of Bi2MnNiO6 with the observed monoclinic structure are investigated in detail.

  18. Computational Study of Structural and Electrical Properties of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite

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    Boinapally, Vamshidhar Rao

    Methyl ammonium lead iodide perovskite (CH3NH3PbI 3) plays an important role in light absorption in perovskite solar cells. The main aim of this thesis is to investigate the structural and electrical properties of cubic and tetragonal phases of CH3NH3PbI 3. The optimized structure and minimum energy lattice constants of relaxed cubic unit cells were initially computed. The most stable orientation of methylammonium cation was found to be in the [1 1 -1] direction. This directional preference is described by bonding analysis of the atomic cage of PbI3 with the C≡N dimer. The variation of c/a ratio with the distortion angle of PbI6 underlies the understanding of the transition from the cubic to the tetragonal phase. For the equilibrium structures band structures and effective masses were computed. The computed effective masses of both holes and electrons of CH 3NH3PbI3 are comparable to the widely used silicon in commercial inorganic solar cells. These results describe the light absorption nature of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite and its importance in future solar cell technology.

  19. Perovskite Oxide Thin Film Growth, Characterization, and Stability

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    Izumi, Andrew

    Studies into a class of materials known as complex oxides have evoked a great deal of interest due to their unique magnetic, ferroelectric, and superconducting properties. In particular, materials with the ABO3 perovskite structure have highly tunable properties because of the high stability of the structure, which allows for large scale doping and strain. This also allows for a large selection of A and B cations and valences, which can further modify the material's electronic structure. Additionally, deposition of these materials as thin films and superlattices through techniques such as pulsed laser deposition (PLD) results in novel properties due to the reduced dimensionality of the material. The novel properties of perovskite oxide heterostructures can be traced to a several sources, including chemical intermixing, strain and defect formation, and electronic reconstruction. The correlations between microstructure and physical properties must be investigated by examining the physical and electronic structure of perovskites in order to understand this class of materials. Some perovskites can undergo phase changes due to temperature, electrical fields, and magnetic fields. In this work we investigated Nd0.5Sr 0.5MnO3 (NSMO), which undergoes a first order magnetic and electronic transition at T=158K in bulk form. Above this temperature NSMO is a ferromagnetic metal, but transitions into an antiferromagnetic insulator as the temperature is decreased. This rapid transition has interesting potential in memory devices. However, when NSMO is deposited on (001)-oriented SrTiO 3 (STO) or (001)-oriented (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr 2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT) substrates, this transition is lost. It has been reported in the literature that depositing NSMO on (110)-oriented STO allows for the transition to reemerge due to the partial epitaxial growth, where the NSMO film is strained along the [001] surface axis and partially relaxed along the [11¯0] surface axis. This allows the NSMO film enough

  20. Electronic energy band structure of the double perovskite Ba2MnWO6.

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    Fujioka, Yukari; Frantti, Johannes; Nieminen, Risto M

    2008-06-05

    The electronic and magnetic structures of the double perovskite oxide Ba 2MnWO6 (BMW) were determined by employing the density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) + U approach. BMW is considered a prototype double perovskite due to its high degree of B-site ordering and is a good case study for making a comparison between computations and experiments. By adjusting the U-parameter, the electronic energy band structure and magnetic properties, which were consistent with the experimental results, were obtained. These computations revealed that the valence bands are mainly formed from Mn 3d and O 2p states, while the conduction bands are derived from W 5d and O 2p states. The localized bands composed from Mn 3d states are located in the bandgap. The results imply that the formation of polarons in the conduction band initiate the resonance Raman modes observed as a series of equidistant peaks.

  1. Crystallographic and electronic structure of the Ca2TiMnO6 double perovskite

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    López, J. P. Garzón; Cardona, R.; Santos, A. Sarmiento; Téllez, D. A. Landínez; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-12-01

    In this work, we report synthesis and crystalline structure study of the Ca2TiMnO6 complex perovskite, by X-ray diffraction experiments and through the application of the Rietveld refinement using the GSAS code. Results revealed the crystallization of the system in a tetragonal perovskite with the characteristic structure given by I4/m (#87) space group and lattice parameters a=5.339(4) Å and c=7.736(6) Å. Ab initio calculations of density of states (DOS) and electronic structure were carried out for this perovskite-like system, by the Density Functional Theory (DFT) and using the Full-potential Linearized Augmented Plane Waves (FP-LAPW) method. The exchange-correlation potential was treated using the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). All calculations were carried-out using spin polarization. For the up spin orientation the compound has a semiconducting behavior and for down spin polarization it behaves like a conductor. The calculated effective magnetic moment in cell was 4.02 μB, which is close to the expected value calculated from Hund's rules.

  2. Study of Structural Phase Transitions in Na1-xSrx/2NbO3

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    Bahuguna, Rajni; Wankhede, M. G.; Mishra, S. K.; Shinde, A. B.; Krishna, P. S. R.

    2015-02-01

    The solid solution Na1-xSrx/2NbO3 is prepared by solid state reaction method. Detailed analyses of powder x-ray diffraction data clearly suggest a change of structure from ABO3 perovskite (NaNbO3 like) to complicated Tungsten Bronze SrNb2O6 like. The presence of additional reflections clearly suggests that cell multiplicity for x>=0.20 is different to that of pure NaNbO3. For composition x>=0.20, the lattice parameters are related with pseudocubic perovskite cell parameters as follows: Ao= 4ap, Bo= 3bp Co= 5cp. The lattice parameters and volume increases monotonically with increasing concentration of Sr2+ in NaNbO3 matrix.

  3. The Structural Disorder and Lattice Stability of (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3 Complex Perovskites

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    S.N.Rashkeev

    2011-05-01

    The structural disorder and lattice stability of complex perovskite (Ba,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3, a promising cathode material for solid oxide fuel cells and oxygen permeation membranes, is explored by means of first principles DFT calculations. It is predicted that Ba and Sr ions easily exchange their lattice positions (A-cation disorder) similarly to Co and Fe ions (B-cation disorder). The cation antisite defects (exchange of A- and B-type cations) have a relatively high formation energy. The BSCF is predicted to exist in an equilibrium mixture of several phases and can decompose exothermically into the Ba- and Co-rich hexagonal (Ba,Sr)CoO3 and Sr- and Fe-rich cubic (Ba,Sr)FeO3 perovskites.

  4. Lattice dynamics and the nature of structural transitions in organolead halide perovskites

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    Comin, Riccardo; Crawford, Michael K.; Said, Ayman H.; Herron, Norman; Guise, William E.; Wang, Xiaoping; Whitfield, Pamela S.; Jain, Ankit; Gong, Xiwen; McGaughey, Alan J. H.; Sargent, Edward H.

    2016-09-09

    Organolead halide perovskites are a family of hybrid organic-inorganic compounds whose remarkable optoelectronic properties have been under intensive scrutiny in recent years. Here we use inelastic x-ray scattering to study low-energy lattice excitations in single crystals of methylammonium lead iodide and bromide perovskites. Our findings confirm the displacive nature of the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition, which is further shown, using neutron and x-ray diffraction, to be close to a tricritical point. Lastly, we detect quasistatic symmetry-breaking nanodomains persisting well into the high-temperature cubic phase, possibly stabilized by local defects. These findings reveal key structural properties of these materials, and also bear important implications for carrier dynamics across an extended temperature range relevant for photovoltaic applications.

  5. Lattice dynamics and the nature of structural transitions in organolead halide perovskites

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    Comin, Riccardo; Crawford, Michael K.; Said, Ayman H.; Herron, Norman; Guise, William E.; Wang, Xiaoping; Whitfield, Pamela S.; Jain, Ankit; Gong, Xiwen; McGaughey, Alan J. H.; Sargent, Edward H.

    2016-09-01

    Organolead halide perovskites are a family of hybrid organic-inorganic compounds whose remarkable optoelectronic properties have been under intensive scrutiny in recent years. Here we use inelastic x-ray scattering to study low-energy lattice excitations in single crystals of methylammonium lead iodide and bromide perovskites. Our findings confirm the displacive nature of the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition, which is further shown, using neutron and x-ray diffraction, to be close to a tricritical point. Lastly, we detect quasistatic symmetry-breaking nanodomains persisting well into the high-temperature cubic phase, possibly stabilized by local defects. These findings reveal key structural properties of these materials, and also bear important implications for carrier dynamics across an extended temperature range relevant for photovoltaic applications.

  6. Lattice dynamics and the nature of structural transitions in organolead halide perovskites

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    Comin, Riccardo; Crawford, Michael K.; Said, Ayman H.; ...

    2016-09-09

    Organolead halide perovskites are a family of hybrid organic-inorganic compounds whose remark- able optoelectronic properties have been under intensive scrutiny in recent years. Here we use inelastic X-ray scattering to study low-energy lattice excitations in single crystals of methylammonium lead iodide and bromide perovskites. Our ndings conrm the displacive nature of the cubic-to- tetragonal phase transition, which is further shown, using neutron and x-ray diraction, to be close to a tricritical point. The experimental sound speed, around 100-200 m/s, suggests that electron- phonon scattering is likely a limiting factor for further improvements in carrier mobility. Lastly, we detect quasistatic symmetry-breakingmore » nanodomains persisting well into the high-temperature cubic phase, possibly stabilized by local defects. These ndings reveal key structural properties of these materials, but also bear important implications for carrier dynamics across an extended temperature range relevant for photovoltaic applications.« less

  7. Lattice dynamics and the nature of structural transitions in organolead halide perovskites

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    Comin, Riccardo; Crawford, Michael K.; Said, Ayman H.; Herron, Norman; Guise, William E.; Wang, Xiaoping; Whitfield, Pamela S.; Jain, Ankit; Gong, Xiwen; McGaughey, Alan J. H.; Sargent, Edward H.

    2016-09-09

    Organolead halide perovskites are a family of hybrid organic-inorganic compounds whose remark- able optoelectronic properties have been under intensive scrutiny in recent years. Here we use inelastic X-ray scattering to study low-energy lattice excitations in single crystals of methylammonium lead iodide and bromide perovskites. Our ndings conrm the displacive nature of the cubic-to- tetragonal phase transition, which is further shown, using neutron and x-ray diraction, to be close to a tricritical point. The experimental sound speed, around 100-200 m/s, suggests that electron- phonon scattering is likely a limiting factor for further improvements in carrier mobility. Lastly, we detect quasistatic symmetry-breaking nanodomains persisting well into the high-temperature cubic phase, possibly stabilized by local defects. These ndings reveal key structural properties of these materials, but also bear important implications for carrier dynamics across an extended temperature range relevant for photovoltaic applications.

  8. Tilts, dopants, vacancies and non-stoichiometry: Understanding and designing the properties of complex solid oxide perovskites from first principles

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    Bennett, Joseph W.

    Perovskite oxides of formula ABO3 have a wide range of structural, electrical and mechanical properties, making them vital materials for many applications, such as catalysis, ultrasound machines and communication devices. Perovskite solid solutions with high piezoelectric response, such as ferroelectrics, are of particular interest as they can be employed as sensors in SONAR devices. Ferroelectric materials are unique in that their chemical and electrical properties can be non-invasively and reversibly changed, by switching the bulk polarization. This makes ferroelectrics useful for applications in non-volatile random access memory (NVRAM) devices. Perovskite solid solutions with a lower piezoelectric response than ferroelectrics are important for communication technology, as they function well as electroceramic capacitors. Also of interest is how these materials act as a component in a solid oxide fuel cell, as they can function as an efficient source of energy. Altering the chemical composition of these solid oxide materials offers an opportunity to change the desired properties of the final ceramic, adding a degree of flexibility that is advantageous for a variety of applications. These solid oxides are complex, sometimes disordered systems that are a challenge to study experimentally. However, as it is their complexity which produces favorable properties, highly accurate modeling which captures the essential features of the disordered structure is necessary to explain the behavior of current materials and predict favorable compositions for new materials. Methodological improvements and faster computer speeds have made first-principles and atomistic calculations a viable tool for understanding these complex systems. Offering a combination of accuracy and computational speed, the density functional theory (DFT) approach can reveal details about the microscopic structure and interactions of complex systems. Using DFT and a combination of principles from both

  9. CaTiO.sub.3 Interfacial template structure on semiconductor-based material and the growth of electroceramic thin-films in the perovskite class

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    McKee, Rodney Allen; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    1998-01-01

    A structure including a film of a desired perovskite oxide which overlies and is fully commensurate with the material surface of a semiconductor-based substrate and an associated process for constructing the structure involves the build up of an interfacial template film of perovskite between the material surface and the desired perovskite film. The lattice parameters of the material surface and the perovskite of the template film are taken into account so that during the growth of the perovskite template film upon the material surface, the orientation of the perovskite of the template is rotated 45.degree. with respect to the orientation of the underlying material surface and thereby effects a transition in the lattice structure from fcc (of the semiconductor-based material) to the simple cubic lattice structure of perovskite while the fully commensurate periodicity between the perovskite template film and the underlying material surface is maintained. The film-growth techniques of the invention can be used to fabricate solid state electrical components wherein a perovskite film is built up upon a semiconductor-based material and the perovskite film is adapted to exhibit ferroelectric, piezoelectric, pyroelectric, electro-optic or large dielectric properties during use of the component.

  10. Thermal evolution of the crystal structure of the orthorhombic perovskite LaFeO{sub 3}

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    Dixon, Charlotte A.L.; Kavanagh, Christopher M.; Knight, Kevin S.; Kockelmann, Winfried; Morrison, Finlay D.; Lightfoot, Philip

    2015-10-15

    The thermal evolution of the crystal structure of the prototypical orthorhombic perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} has been studied in detail by powder neutron diffraction in the temperature range 25perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} is rationalized from a detailed powder neutron diffraction study. - Highlights: • Crystal structure of the perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} studied in detail by powder neutron diffraction. • Unusual thermal evolution of lattice metrics rationalized. • Contrasting behavior to Bi-doped LaFeO{sub 3}. • Octahedral distortion/tilt parameters explain unusual a and c lattice parameter behavior.

  11. Role of structure imperfection in the formation of the magnetotransport properties of rare-earth manganites with a perovskite structure

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    Pashchenko, A. V.; Pashchenko, V. P.; Prokopenko, V. K.; Turchenko, V. A.; Revenko, Yu. F.; Mazur, A. S.; Sycheva, V. Ya.; Liedienov, N. A.; Pitsyuga, V. G.; Levchenko, G. G.

    2017-01-01

    The structure, the structure imperfection, and the magnetoresistance, magnetotransport, and microstructure properties of rare-earth perovskite La0.3Ln0.3Sr0.3Mn1.1O3-δ manganites are studied by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetry, electrical resistivity measurement, magnetic, 55Mn NMR, magnetoresistance measurement, and scanning electron microscopy. It is found that the structure imperfection increases, and the symmetry of a rhombohedrally distorted R3̅ c perovskite structure changes into its pseudocubic type during isovalent substitution for Ln = La3+, Pr3+, Nd3+, Sm3+, or Eu3+ when the ionic radius of an A cation decreases. Defect molar formulas are determined for a real perovskite structure, which contains anion and cation vacancies. The decrease in the temperatures of the metal-semiconductor ( T ms) and ferromagnet-paramagnet ( T C) phase transitions and the increase in electrical resistivity ρ and activation energy E a with increasing serial number of Ln are caused by an increase in the concentration of vacancy point defects, which weaken the double exchange 3 d 4(Mn3+)-2 p 6(O2-)-3 d 3(Mn4+)- V ( a)-3 d 4(Mn3+). The crystal structure of the compositions with Ln = La contains nanostructured planar clusters, which induce an anomalous magnetic hysteresis at T = 77 K. Broad and asymmetric 55Mn NMR spectra support the high-frequency electronic double exchange Mn3+(3 d 4) ↔ O2-(2 p 6) ↔ Mn4+(3 d 3) and indicate a heterogeneous surrounding of manganese by other ions and vacancies. A correlation is revealed between the tunneling magnetoresistance effect and the crystallite size. A composition-structure imperfection-property experimental phase diagram is plotted. This diagram supports the conclusion about a strong influence of structure imperfection on the formation of the magnetic, magnetotransport, and magnetoresistance properties of rare-earth perovskite manganites.

  12. Atomistic Origins of Surface Defects in CH3NH3PbBr3 Perovskite and Their Electronic Structures.

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    Liu, Yunxia; Palotas, Krisztian; Yuan, Xiao; Hou, Tingjun; Lin, Haiping; Li, Youyong; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2017-02-28

    The inherent instability of CH3NH3PbX3 remains a major technical barrier for the industrial applications of perovskite materials. Recently, the most stable surface structures of CH3NH3PbX3 have been successfully characterized by using density functional theory (DFT) calculations together with the high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) results. The two coexisting phases of the perovskite surfaces have been ascribed to the alternate orientation of the methylammonium (MA) cations. Notably, similar surface defect images (a dark depression at the sites of X atoms) have been observed on surfaces produced with various experimental methods. As such, these defects are expected to be intrinsic to the perovskite crystals and may play an important role in the structural decomposition of perovskite materials. Understanding the nature of such defects should provide some useful information toward understanding the instability of perovskite materials. Thus, we investigate the chemical identity of the surface defects systematically with first-principles density functional theory calculations and STM simulations. The calculated STM images of the Br and Br-MA vacancies are both in good agreement with the experimental measurements. In vacuum conditions, the formation energy of Br-MA is 0.43 eV less than the Br vacancy. In the presence of solvation effects, however, the formation energy of a Br vacancy becomes 0.42 eV lower than the Br-MA vacancy. In addition, at the vacancy sites, the adsorption energies of water, oxygen, and acetonitrile molecules are significantly higher than those on the pristine surfaces. This clearly demonstrated that the structural decomposition of perovskites are much easier to start from these vacancy sites than the pristine surfaces. Combining DFT calculations and STM simulations, this work reveals the chemical identities of the intrinsic defects in the CH3NH3PbX3 perovskite crystals and their effects on the stability of perovskite materials.

  13. First principle study of band structure of SrMO3 perovskites

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    Daga, Avinash; Sharma, Smita

    2016-05-01

    First principle study of band structure calculations in the local density approximations (LDA) as well as in the generalized gradient approximations (GGA) have been used to determine the electronic structure of SrMO3 where M stands for Ti, Zr and Mo. Occurrence of band gap proves SrTiO3 and SrZrO3 to be insulating. A small band gap is observed in SrMoO3 perovskite signifies it to be metallic. Band structures are found to compare well with the available data in the literature showing the relevance of this approach. ABINIT computer code has been used to carry out all the calculations.

  14. Molecularly Engineered Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite with Multiple Quantum Well Structure for Multicolored Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Hu, Hongwei; Salim, Teddy; Chen, Bingbing; Lam, Yeng Ming

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have the potential to be used as a new class of emitters with tunable emission, high color purity and good ease of fabrication. Recent studies have so far been focused on three-dimensional (3D) perovskites, such as CH3NH3PbBr3 and CH3NH3PbI3 for green and infrared emission. Here, we explore a new series of hybrid perovskite emitters with a general formula of (C4H9NH3)2(CH3NH3)n−1PbnI3n+1 (where n = 1, 2, 3), which possesses a multiple quantum well structure. The quantum well thickness of these materials is adjustable through simple molecular engineering which results in a continuously tunable bandgap and emission spectra. Deep saturated red emission was obtained with a peak external quantum efficiency of 2.29% and a maximum luminance of 214 cd/m2. Green and blue LEDs were also demonstrated through halogen substitutions in these hybrid perovskites. We expect these results to open up the way towards high performance perovskite LEDs through molecular-structure engineering of these perovskite emitters. PMID:27633084

  15. Inhibition of a structural phase transition in one-dimensional organometal halide perovskite nanorods grown inside porous silicon nanotube templates

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    Arad-Vosk, N.; Rozenfeld, N.; Gonzalez-Rodriguez, R.; Coffer, J. L.; Sa'ar, A.

    2017-02-01

    One-dimensional organo-metal halide perovskite (C H3N H3Pb I3 ) nanorods whose diameter and length are dictated by the inner size of porous silicon nanotube templates have been grown, characterized, and compared to bulk perovskites in the form of microwires. We have observed a structural phase transition for bulk perovskites, where the crystal structure changes from tetragonal to orthorhombic at about 160 K, as opposed to small diameter one-dimensional perovskite nanorods, of the order of 30-70 nm in diameter, where the phase transition is inhibited and the dominant phase remains tetragonal. Two major experimental techniques, infrared absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence, were utilized to probe the temperature dependence of the perovskite phases over the 4-300 K temperature range. Yet, different characteristics of the phase transition were measured by the two spectroscopic methods and explained by the presence of small, tetragonal inclusions embedded in the orthorhombic phase. The inhibition of the phase transition is attributed to the large surface area of these one-dimensional perovskite nanorods, which gives rise to a large stress that, in turn, prevents the formation of the orthorhombic phase. The absence of phase transition enables the measurement of the tetragonal bandgap energy down to low temperatures.

  16. Topotactic synthesis of strontium cobalt oxyhydride thin film with perovskite structure

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira Kamisaka, Hideyuki; Yokoyama, Yuichi; Hirata, Yasuyuki; Wadati, Hiroki; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2015-10-15

    The substitution of hydride anions (H{sup −}) into transition metal oxides has recently become possible through topotactic reactions or high-pressure synthesis methods. However, the fabrication of oxyhydrides is still difficult because of their inherently less-stable frameworks. In this study, we successfully fabricated perovskite SrCoO{sub x}H{sub y} thin films via the topotactic hydride doping of brownmillerite SrCoO{sub 2.5} epitaxial thin films with CaH{sub 2}. The perovskite-type cation framework was maintained during the topotactic treatment owing to epitaxial stabilization. Structural and chemical analyses accompanied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements revealed that the doped hydride ions form a two-dimensional network of Co-H{sup −}-Co bonds, in contrast to other reported perovskite oxyhydrides, SrMO{sub 3−x}H{sub x} (M = Cr, Ti, V). The SrCoO{sub x}H{sub y} thin film exhibited insulating behavior and had a direct band gap of 2.1 eV. Thus, topotactic hydride doping of transition-metal-oxide thin films on suitable substrates is a promising method for the synthesis of new transition metal oxyhydrides.

  17. All Inorganic Halide Perovskites Nanosystem: Synthesis, Structural Features, Optical Properties and Optoelectronic Applications.

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    Li, Xiaoming; Cao, Fei; Yu, Dejian; Chen, Jun; Sun, Zhiguo; Shen, Yalong; Zhu, Ying; Wang, Lin; Wei, Yi; Wu, Ye; Zeng, Haibo

    2017-03-01

    The recent success of organometallic halide perovskites (OHPs) in photovoltaic devices has triggered lots of corresponding research and many perovskite analogues have been developed to look for devices with comparable performance but better stability. Upon the preparation of all inorganic halide perovskite nanocrystals (IHP NCs), research activities have soared due to their better stability, ultrahigh photoluminescence quantum yield (PL QY), and composition dependent luminescence covering the whole visible region with narrow line-width. They are expected to be promising materials for next generation lighting and display, and many other applications. Within two years, a lot of interesting results have been observed. Here, the synthesis of IHPs is reviewed, and their progresses in optoelectronic devices and optical applications, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), photodetectors (PDs), solar cells (SCs), and lasing, is presented. Information and recent understanding of their crystal structures and morphology modulations are addressed. Finally, a brief outlook is given, highlighting the presently main problems and their possible solutions and future development directions.

  18. Ferroelectric, pyroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of a photovoltaic perovskite oxide

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    Bai, Yang; Siponkoski, Tuomo; Peräntie, Jani; Jantunen, Heli; Juuti, Jari

    2017-02-01

    A perovskite solid-solution, (1-x)KNbO3-xBaNi1/2Nb1/2O3-δ (KBNNO), has been found to exhibit tunable bandgaps in the visible light energy range, making it suitable for light absorption and conversion applications, e.g., solar energy harvesting and light sensing. Such a common ABO3-type perovskite structure, most widely used for ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics, enables the same solid-solution material to be used for the simultaneous harvesting or sensing of solar, kinetic, and thermal energies. In this letter, the ferroelectric, pyroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of KBNNO with x = 0.1 have been reported above room temperature. The investigation has also identified the optimal bandgap for visible light absorption. The stoichiometric composition and also a composition with potassium deficiency have been investigated, where the latter has shown more balanced properties. As a result, a remanent polarization of 3.4 μC/cm2, a pyroelectric coefficient of 26 μC/m2 K, piezoelectric coefficients d33 ≈ 23 pC/N and g33 ≈ 4.1 × 10-3 Vm/N, and a direct bandgap of 1.48 eV have been measured for the KBNNO ceramics. These results are considered to be a significant improvement compared to those of other compositions (e.g., ZnO and AlN), which could be used for the same applications. The results pave the way for the development of hybrid energy harvesters/sensors, which can convert multiple energy sources into electrical energy simultaneously in the same material.

  19. Effect of Mn valence on crystal structure of La-Mn-O perovskite oxides

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    Yao, Takeshi; Ito, Toyoji; Kokubo, Tadashi

    1995-05-01

    La:Mn = 1:1 mixtures of lanthanum oxide and manganese carbonate were heat-treated under various oxygen partial pressures at 1400 C or 1300 C. The Mn valence of the samples was measured by a chemical analysis, and the crystal structures were refined by the powder x-ray diffraction and the Rietveld analysis. A novel orthorhombic perovskite phase, belonging to the space group Pbnm and containing Mn(2+) ions, was formed by heat-treatment under low oxygen partial pressures. The structure was very close to a cubic symmetry. It is supposed that the micro Jahn-Teller effects of Mn(2+) ions were nearly canceled by one another.

  20. Identifying the Molecular Structures of Intermediates for Optimizing the Fabrication of High-Quality Perovskite Films.

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    Cao, Jing; Jing, Xiaojing; Yan, Juanzhu; Hu, Chengyi; Chen, Ruihao; Yin, Jun; Li, Jing; Zheng, Nanfeng

    2016-08-10

    During the past two years, the introduction of DMSO has revolutionized the fabrication of high-quality pervoskite MAPbI3 (MA = CH3NH3) films for solar cell applications. In the developed DMSO process, the formation of (MA)2Pb3I8·2DMSO (shorted as Pb3I8) has well recognized as a critical factor to prepare high-quality pervoskite films and thus accomplish excellent performances in perovskite solar cells. However, Pb3I8 is an I-deficient intermediate and must further react with methylammonium iodide (MAI) to be fully converted into MAPbI3. By capturing and solving the molecular structures of several intermediates involved in the fabrication of perovskite films, we report in this work that the importance of DMSO is NOT due to the formation of Pb3I8. The use of different PbI2-DMSO ratios leads to two different structures of PbI2-DMSO precursors (PbI2·DMSO and PbI2·2DMSO), thus dramatically influencing the quality of fabricated perovskite films. However, such an influence can be minimized when the PbI2-DMSO precursor films are thermally treated to create mesoporous PbI2 films before reacting with MAI. Such a development makes the fabrication of high-quality pervoskite films highly reproducible without the need to precisely control the PbI2:DMSO ratio. Moreover, the formation of ionic compound (MA)4PbI6 is observed when excess MAI is used in the preparation of perovskite film. This I-rich phase heavily induces the hysteresis in PSCs, but is readily removed by isopropanol treatment. On the basis of all these findings, we develop a new effective protocol to fabricate high-performance PSCs. In the new protocol, high-quality perovskite films are prepared by simply treating the mesoporous PbI2 films (made from PbI2-DMSO precursors) with an isopropanol solution of MAI, followed by isopropanol washing. The best efficiency of fabricated MAPbI3 PSCs is up to 19.0%. As compared to the previously reported DMSO method, the devices fabricated by the method reported in this work

  1. Role of Dispersive Interactions in Determining Structural Properties of Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites: Insights from First-Principles Calculations.

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    Egger, David A; Kronik, Leeor

    2014-08-07

    A microscopic picture of structure and bonding in organic-inorganic perovskites is imperative to understanding their remarkable semiconducting and photovoltaic properties. On the basis of a density functional theory treatment that includes both spin-orbit coupling and dispersive interactions, we provide detailed insight into the crystal binding of lead-halide perovskites and quantify the effect of different types of interactions on the structural properties. Our analysis reveals that cohesion in these materials is characterized by a variety of interactions that includes important contributions from both van der Waals interactions among the halide atoms and hydrogen bonding. We also assess the role of spin-orbit coupling and show that it causes slight changes in lead-halide bonding that do not significantly affect the lattice parameters. Our results establish that consideration of dispersive effects is essential for understanding the structure and bonding in organic-inorganic perovskites in general and for providing reliable theoretical predictions of structural parameters in particular.

  2. First-principles calculations of the OH- adsorption energy on perovskite oxide

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    Ohzuku, Hideo; Ikeno, Hidekazu; Yamada, Ikuya; Yagi, Shunsuke

    2016-08-01

    The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) that occurs during water oxidation is of considerable importance as an essential energy conversion reaction for rechargeable metal-air batteries and direct solar water splitting. ABO3 perovskite oxides have been extensively studied because of their high catalytic OER activity. In the present study, the OH- adsorption process on the perovskite surface about different B site cations was investigated by the first-principles calculations. We concluded that the adsorption energy of SrFeO3 surface is larger than that of SrTiO3.

  3. Probing the electronic structures of ternary perovskite and pyrochlore oxides containing Sn(4+) or Sb(5+).

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    Mizoguchi, Hiroshi; Eng, Hank W; Woodward, Patrick M

    2004-03-08

    Experimental and computational studies were performed to understand the electronic structure of ternary perovskites (ASnO(3), A = Ca, Sr, Ba, Cd), pyrochlores (RE(2)Sn(2)O(7), RE = Y, La, Lu; Cd(2)Sb(2)O(7)), and defect pyrochlore oxides (Ag(2)Sb(2)O(6)) containing the main group ions Sn(4+) and Sb(5+). In all compounds, the lowest energy states in the conduction band arise primarily from the antibonding Sn/Sb 5s-O 2p interaction. In the alkaline-earth stannate perovskites (BaSnO(3), SrSnO(3), and CaSnO(3)) the conduction bandwidth decreases strongly in response to the octahedral tilting distortion triggered by the decreasing size of the alkaline-earth cation. This in turn leads to a corresponding increase in the band gap from 3.1 eV in BaSnO(3) to 4.4 eV in CaSnO(3). The band gap of CdSnO(3) is relatively small (3.0 eV) considering the large octahedral tilting distortion. The origin of this apparent anomaly is the mixing between the empty Cd 5s orbitals and the antibonding Sn 5s-O 2p states. This mixing leads to a widening of the conduction band and a corresponding decrease in the band gap. The participation of the normally inert A-site cation in the electronic structure near the Fermi level can be considered an inductive effect, as it utilizes substitution on the A-site to directly modify the electronic structure of the SnO(3)(2)(-) framework. While the pyrochlore structure is more complicated, the energy level and width of the lowest energy conduction band can be analyzed in a manner similar to that utilized on the perovskite structure. The Sn-O-Sn and Sb-O-Sb bonds are highly distorted from linear geometry in pyrochlore, leading to a relatively narrow conduction band and a wide band gap. In Cd(2)Sb(2)O(7) and Ag(2)Sb(2)O(6) the Cd(2+) and Ag(+) ions exhibit a strong inductive effect that widens the conduction band and lowers the band gap significantly, very similar to the effect observed in the perovskite form of CdSnO(3).

  4. Discovery of Novel Perovskites for Solar Thermochemical Water Splitting from High-Throughput First-Principles Calculations

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    Emery, Antoine; Wolverton, Chris

    Among the several possible routes of hydrogen synthesis, thermochemical water splitting (TWS) cycles is a promising method for large scale production of hydrogen. The choice of metal oxide used in a TWS cycle is critical since it governs the rate and efficiency of the gas splitting process. In this work, we present a high-throughput density functional theory (HT-DFT) study of ABO3 perovskite compounds to screen for thermodynamically favorable two-step thermochemical water splitting materials. We demonstrate the use of two screens, based on thermodynamic stability and oxygen vacancy formation energy, on 5,329 different compositions to predict 139 stable potential candidate materials for water splitting applications. Several of these compounds have not been experimentally explored yet and present promising avenues for further research. Additionally, the large dataset of compounds and stability in our possession allowed us to revisit the structural maps for perovskites. This study shows the benefit of using first-principles calculations to efficiently screen an exhaustively large number of compounds at once. It provides a baseline for further studies involving more detailed exploration of a restricted number of those compounds.

  5. Anharmonicity and disorder in simple and complex perovskites: a high energy synchrotron and hot neutron diffraction study

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    Kiat, Jean-Michel; Baldinozzi, Gianguido; Dunlop, Muriel; Malibert, Charlotte; Dkhil, Brahim; Ménoret, Carole; Masson, Olivier; Fernandez-Diaz, Maria-Teresa

    2000-10-01

    We report a study of simple ABO3 type perovskites BaTiO3, PbTiO3, KNbO3, SrTiO3 and the relaxor perovskites PbSc1/2Nb1/2O3 (PSN) in their cubic phase using hard synchrotron radiation and hot neutrons. Gram-Charlier expansions of the thermal parameters have been performed and have revealed interesting features about the probability density function and the one-particle potential of the different atoms. This description is compared with other descriptions in terms of the split atom model and in terms of the rotator model. Structural trends regarding the order-disorder versus displacive character of the phase transitions have been obtained. It is concluded that SrTiO3 and BaTiO3 are quasi-harmonic systems whereas KNbO3 shows weak anharmonicity and PbTiO3 and PSN display strong anharmonic features.

  6. The electronic structure of metal oxide/organo metal halide perovskite junctions in perovskite based solar cells.

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    Dymshits, Alex; Henning, Alex; Segev, Gideon; Rosenwaks, Yossi; Etgar, Lioz

    2015-03-03

    Cross-sections of a hole-conductor-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell were characterized with Kelvin probe force microscopy. A depletion region width of about 45 nm was determined from the measured potential profiles at the interface between CH3NH3PbI3 and nanocrystalline TiO2, whereas a negligible depletion was measured at the CH3NH3PbI3/Al2O3 interface. A complete solar cell can be realized with the CH3NH3PbI3 that functions both as light harvester and hole conductor in combination with a metal oxide. The band diagrams were estimated from the measured potential profile at the interfaces, and are critical findings for a better understanding and further improvement of perovskite based solar cells.

  7. The electronic structure of metal oxide/organo metal halide perovskite junctions in perovskite based solar cells

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    Dymshits, Alex; Henning, Alex; Segev, Gideon; Rosenwaks, Yossi; Etgar, Lioz

    2015-01-01

    Cross-sections of a hole-conductor-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cell were characterized with Kelvin probe force microscopy. A depletion region width of about 45 nm was determined from the measured potential profiles at the interface between CH3NH3PbI3 and nanocrystalline TiO2, whereas a negligible depletion was measured at the CH3NH3PbI3/Al2O3 interface. A complete solar cell can be realized with the CH3NH3PbI3 that functions both as light harvester and hole conductor in combination with a metal oxide. The band diagrams were estimated from the measured potential profile at the interfaces, and are critical findings for a better understanding and further improvement of perovskite based solar cells. PMID:25731963

  8. New hybrid lead iodides: From one-dimensional chain to two-dimensional layered perovskite structure

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    Xiong, Kecai; Liu, Wei; Teat, Simon J.; An, Litao; Wang, Hao; Emge, Thomas J.; Li, Jing

    2015-10-15

    Two new hybrid lead halides (H{sub 2}BDA)[PbI{sub 4}] (1) (H{sub 2}BDA=1,4-butanediammonium dication) and (HNPEIM)[PbI{sub 3}] (2) (HNPEIM=N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation) have been synthesized and structurally characterized. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that compound 1 features a two-dimensional corner-sharing perovskite layer whereas compound 2 contains one-dimensional edge-sharing double chains. The N-​phenyl-ethanimidamidine cation within compound 2 was generated in-situ under solvothermal conditions. The optical absorption spectra collected at room temperature suggest that both compounds are semiconductors having direct band gaps, with estimated values of 2.64 and 2.73 eV for 1 and 2, respectively. Results from the density functional theory (DFT) calculations are consistent with the experimental data. Density of states (DOS) analysis reveals that in both compounds 1 and 2, the energy states in the valence band maximum region are iodine 5p atomic orbitals with a small contribution from lead 6s, while in the region of conduction band minimum, the major contributions are from the inorganic (Pb 6p atomic orbitals) and organic components (C and N 2p atomic orbitals) in compound 1 and 2, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Two new hybrid lead halides built on one-dimensional edge-sharing double chains and two-dimensional corner-sharing perovskite layers are synthesized and their structural and electronic properties are analyzed. - Highlights: • Two new hybrid lead iodides are designed, synthesized, and characterized. • They are closely related to, but different from, perovskite structures. • The electronic properties of both compounds are analyzed by DFT calculations.

  9. New hexagonal perovskite with Mn4+ and Mn5+ at distinct structural positions

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    Tarakina, N. V.; Tyutyunnik, A. P.; Bazuev, G. V.; Vasiliev, A. D.; Berger, I. F.; Gould, C.; Nikolaenko, I. V.

    2015-10-01

    A new hexagonal perovskite, Ba7Li1.75Mn3.5O15.75, has been synthesised using microwave-assisted solid-state synthesis. Its crystal structure has elements typical for the layered hexagonal perovskites and quasi-one-dimensional oxides, hence representing a new polytype. Structural solution based on simultaneous refinement of X-ray and neutron diffraction data shows that Ba7Li1.75Mn3.5O15.75 crystallizes in a hexagonal unit cell with parameters a = 5.66274(2) Å and c = 16.7467(1) Å (V = 465.063(4) Å3). Columns of face- shared octahedra occupied by Mn4+, Li+ cations and vacancies along the c axis are separated in the ab plane by barium atoms, so that every sixth layer, the coordination of Mn5+ and Li+ changes to tetrahedral. Separation of Mn4+ and Mn5+ cations in two distinct structural positions makes the structure unique. A scanning transmission electron microscopy study revealed the formation of a rhombohedrally centered supercell, which might be attributed to the ordering of manganese and lithium atoms among cationic sites.

  10. Revised structural phase transitions in the archetype KMnF3 perovskite crystal

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    Kapusta, Joanna; Daniel, Philippe; Ratuszna, Alicja

    1999-06-01

    Reinvestigation of the structural and vibrational properties of the typical perovskite KMnF3, exhibiting two antiferrodistortive structural phase transitions, was performed using x-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy in the range between 30 and 300 K. The x-ray-diffraction work has unambiguously shown that a monoclinic distortion (ra-b+c- tilt system P21/m space group) is observed at low temperature below TC2=91 K. This result corresponds with the Raman temperature study which shows that this transition, in spite of its first-order character, can be associated with a group-subgroup relation between tetragonal and monoclinic symmetries. Additionally, existence of a large structural disorder far above the cubic to tetragonal transition (TC1=186 K) is suggested by the two following experimental indications: (i) persistence of hard modes of the tetragonal phase in the cubic symmetry, and (ii) existence of Raman broad bands in normally inactive ideal cubic phase, which are interpreted by the folding of the whole phonons branches of the cubic Brillouin zone. This last observation allows us to follow the evolution of the cubic R'15 soft mode versus temperature, based only on the Raman-scattering data, in full agreement with previous inelastic neutron data. The results of Raman investigations into KMnF3 are discussed in more general framework of structural disorder in perovskite systems which exhibit anisotropic correlation between octahedra.

  11. Plasmonic Structure Enhanced Exciton Generation at the Interface between the Perovskite Absorber and Copper Nanoparticles

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    Lin, Kuen-Feng; Chiang, Chien-Hung; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2014-01-01

    The refractive index and extinction coefficient of a triiodide perovskite absorber (TPA) were obtained by fitting the transmittance spectra of TPA/PEDOT:PSS/ITO/glass using the transfer matrix method. Cu nanoplasmonic structures were designed to enhance the exciton generation in the TPA and to simultaneously reduce the film thickness of the TPA. Excitons were effectively generated at the interface between TPA and Cu nanoparticles, as observed through the 3D finite-difference time-domain method. The exciton distribution is advantageous for the exciton dissociation and carrier transport. PMID:25295290

  12. Temperature and Pressure Sensors Based on Spin-Allowed Broadband Luminescence of Doped Orthorhombic Perovskite Structures

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    Eldridge, Jeffrey I. (Inventor); Chambers, Matthew D. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Systems and methods that are capable of measuring pressure or temperature based on luminescence are discussed herein. These systems and methods are based on spin-allowed broadband luminescence of sensors with orthorhombic perovskite structures of rare earth aluminates doped with chromium or similar transition metals, such as chromium-doped gadolinium aluminate. Luminescence from these sensors can be measured to determine at least one of temperature or pressure, based on either the intense luminescence of these sensors, even at high temperatures, or low temperature techniques discussed herein.

  13. Dynamics of orbital in hole doped and undoped titanates and vanadates with perovskite structure

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    Ishihara, S.; Hatakeyama, T.

    2004-05-01

    The dynamics of the orbital degree of freedom in t 2g orbital systems, titanates and vanadates with perovskite structure, are investigated. The dispersion relation of the collective orbital excitations termed orbitons are studied in undoped vanadates RVO 3. A motion of a doped hole in orbital ordered states is investigated in the variational method. It is shown that the doped hole in the staggered orbital order with the ferromagnetic order is more mobile than that in the uniform orbital order with the antiferromagnetic one.

  14. An Ultrahigh-Performance Photodetector based on a Perovskite-Transition-Metal-Dichalcogenide Hybrid Structure.

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    Kang, Dong-Ho; Pae, Seong Ryul; Shim, Jaewoo; Yoo, Gwangwe; Jeon, Jaeho; Leem, Jung Woo; Yu, Jae Su; Lee, Sungjoo; Shin, Byungha; Park, Jin-Hong

    2016-09-01

    An ultrahigh performance MoS2 photodetector with high photoresponsivity (1.94 × 10(6) A W(-1) ) and detectivity (1.29 × 10(12) Jones) under 520 nm and 4.63 pW laser exposure is demonstrated. This photodetector is based on a methyl-ammonium lead halide perovskite/MoS2 hybrid structure with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane doping. The performance degradation caused by moisture is also minimized down to 20% by adopting a new encapsulation bilayer of octadecyltrichlorosilane/polymethyl methacrylate.

  15. Synthesis, structural and morphological characterization of the perovskite LaYbO3

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    Cabrera Ramírez, A.; Charry Pastrana, F. E.; Roa Rojas, J.; Landinez Tellez, D. A.; Fajardo, F.

    2016-02-01

    In this work we report synthesis of the LaYbO3 ceramics material by the solid state reaction technique and its structural and morphological characterization from X-ray diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy experiments. Rietveld refinement of the diffraction patterns reveals that this material crystallizes in an orthorhombic perovskite, Pnma space group (#62) with lattice parameters a=6.0233Å, b=8.2080Å and c=5.7203Å. Systematic monitoring of the synthesis process is carried out through analysis of results of X-ray diffraction. The surface morphology of the samples was qualitatively analysed as a function of the sintering process.

  16. White-Light Emission and Structural Distortion in New Corrugated Two-Dimensional Lead Bromide Perovskites.

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    Mao, Lingling; Wu, Yilei; Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Wasielewski, Michael R; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2017-03-29

    Hybrid inorganic-organic perovskites are developing rapidly as high performance semiconductors. Recently, two-dimensional (2D) perovskites were found to have white-light, broadband emission in the visible range that was attributed mainly to the role of self-trapped excitons (STEs). Here, we describe three new 2D lead bromide perovskites incorporating a series of bifunctional ammonium dications as templates which also emit white light: (1) α-(DMEN)PbBr4 (DMEN = 2-(dimethylamino)ethylamine), which adopts a unique corrugated layered structure in space group Pbca with unit cell a = 18.901(4) Å, b = 11.782(2) Å, and c = 23.680(5) Å; (2) (DMAPA)PbBr4 (DMAPA = 3-(dimethylamino)-1-propylamine), which crystallizes in P21/c with a = 10.717(2) Å, b = 11.735(2) Å, c = 12.127(2) Å, and β = 111.53(3)°; and (3) (DMABA)PbBr4 (DMABA = 4-dimethylaminobutylamine), which adopts Aba2 with a = 41.685(8) Å, b = 23.962(5) Å, and c = 12.000(2) Å. Photoluminescence (PL) studies show a correlation between the distortion of the "PbBr6" octahedron in the 2D layer and the broadening of PL emission, with the most distorted structure having the broadest emission (183 nm full width at half-maximum) and longest lifetime (τavg = 1.39 ns). The most distorted member α-(DMEN)PbBr4 exhibits white-light emission with a color rendering index (CRI) of 73 which is similar to a fluorescent light source and correlated color temperature (CCT) of 7863 K, producing "cold" white light.

  17. A two-layer structured PbI2 thin film for efficient planar perovskite solar cells

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    Ying, Chao; Shi, Chengwu; Wu, Ni; Zhang, Jincheng; Wang, Mao

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, a two-layer structured PbI2 thin film was constructed by the spin-coating procedure using a 0.80 M PbI2 solution in DMF and subsequent close-spaced vacuum thermal evaporation using PbI2 powder as a source. The bottom PbI2 thin film was compact with a sheet-like appearance, parallel to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a compact perovskite thin film to suppress the charge recombination of the electrons of the TiO2 conduction band and the holes of the spiro-OMeTAD valence band. The top PbI2 thin film was porous with nano-sheet arrays, perpendicular to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a porous perovskite thin film to improve the hole migration from the perovskite to spiro-OMeTAD and the charge separation at the perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD interface. The planar perovskite solar cells based on the two-layer structured PbI2 thin film exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 11.64%, along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 19.29 mA cm-2 and a fill factor of 0.67.

  18. A two-layer structured PbI2 thin film for efficient planar perovskite solar cells.

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    Ying, Chao; Shi, Chengwu; Wu, Ni; Zhang, Jincheng; Wang, Mao

    2015-07-28

    In this paper, a two-layer structured PbI2 thin film was constructed by the spin-coating procedure using a 0.80 M PbI2 solution in DMF and subsequent close-spaced vacuum thermal evaporation using PbI2 powder as a source. The bottom PbI2 thin film was compact with a sheet-like appearance, parallel to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a compact perovskite thin film to suppress the charge recombination of the electrons of the TiO2 conduction band and the holes of the spiro-OMeTAD valence band. The top PbI2 thin film was porous with nano-sheet arrays, perpendicular to the FTO substrate, and can be easily converted to a porous perovskite thin film to improve the hole migration from the perovskite to spiro-OMeTAD and the charge separation at the perovskite/spiro-OMeTAD interface. The planar perovskite solar cells based on the two-layer structured PbI2 thin film exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 11.64%, along with an open-circuit voltage of 0.90 V, a short-circuit photocurrent density of 19.29 mA cm(-2) and a fill factor of 0.67.

  19. Structural and electric evidence of ferrielectric state in Pb₂MnWO₆ double perovskite system.

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    Orlandi, Fabio; Righi, Lara; Cabassi, Riccardo; Delmonte, Davide; Pernechele, Chiara; Bolzoni, Fulvio; Mezzadri, Francesco; Solzi, Massimo; Merlini, Marco; Calestani, Gianluca

    2014-10-06

    In this paper we describe the new ferri-electric compound Pb2MnWO6 (PMW), a double perovskite that can be considered as a novel structural prototype showing complex nuclear structure and interesting electric properties. According to single-crystal synchrotron data, PMW crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric polar group Pmc21, in which the two symmetry-independent lead atoms give rise to a ferrielectric arrangement. The accurate crystallographic characterization indicates the presence of a complex distortion of the perovskite lattice driven by the local instability induced by the 6s(2) lone pair of the lead atoms. These peculiar structural features are confirmed by the complete electrical characterization of the system. Dielectric and transport measurements indicate an insulating character of the sample, while pyroelectric measurements point out a ferrielectric state characterized by different contributions. The magnetic transition at 45 K is accompanied by a magnetostrictive effect indicating a probable spin-lattice coupling. The characterizations carried out on PMW, showing the evidence of a coexistence of antiferromagnetism and ferrielectricity at low temperature, could lead to the definition of a new class of multiferroic materials.

  20. Electroluminescent devices using a layered organic-inorganic perovskite structure as emitter

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    Coelle, Michael; Bruetting, Wolfgang; Schwoerer, Markus; Yahiro, Masayuki; Tsutsui, Tetsuo

    2001-02-01

    Self-organizing layered perovskite compounds like (formula available in paper) naturally form a dielectric quantum-well structure in which semiconducting PbI4 layers and organic (C6H5C2H4NH3) layers are alternately piled up. Due to their low- dimensional semiconductor nature they exhibit a strong absorption and sharp photoluminescence from the exciton band. In electroluminescent devices pure green emission peaking at 520 nm with a very narrow half-width of about 10 nm has been reported. As the organic-inorganic layered structure has promising properties for EL-devices, we investigated two- and three layer structures using this perovskite as emitter material in combination with additional hole and electron injection layers. To get more insight into electrical properties and electroluminescence- mechanisms of this material, temperature dependent current- voltage-luminance characteristics have been measured, showing an increasing onset-voltage for current flow from 2.6 V at room temperature to about 8.8 V at 80 K. Electroluminescence is detected at temperatures below 150 K with onset voltages of about 13 V. At liquid nitrogen temperature efficiencies of (formula available in paper) are obtained.

  1. Structural Evolution, Strain and Elasticity of Perovskites at High Pressures and Temperatures

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    Carpenter,M.; Sondergeld, P.; Li, B.; Liebermann, R.; Walch, J.; Schreuer, J.; Darling, T.

    2006-01-01

    Analysis of pressure-temperature dependent monochromatic X-ray powder diffraction data yield the bulk modulus [KT = 180.2(28) GPa] and thermal expansion coefficients [{alpha}0 = 2.841(34) x 10-5 K-1; {alpha}1 = 3.37(48) x 10-9 K-2] of CaIrO3, the structure model for post-perovskite MgSiO3. CaIrO3 is orthorhombic (Cmcm, space group 63, Z = 4) with best-fit unit-cell parameters, a = 3.14147(5) Angstroms, b = 9.87515(19), c = 7.29711(11), and V = 226.3754(78) Angstroms 3 at 1 bar and 300 K. The c-axis of CaIrO3 has a small compressibility and a large thermal expansion when compared to the other principal axes. Rietveld structure refinement reveals changes in CaIrO3 as a function of temperature in terms of IrO6 octahedra distortion. Dissociation of CaIrO3 at high temperature has possible implications for the post-perovskite MgSiO3 structure, Earth's lower mantle, and D' layer.

  2. Crystal structure and electrical transport properties of single layered perovskite LaSrCoO4

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    Ahad, Abdul; Shukla, D. K.; Rahman, F.; Majid, S.; Tarachand; Okram, G. S.; Phase, D. M.

    2016-10-01

    We present here investigations on the influence of structure on electrical transport properties of polycrystalline LaSrCoO4 that is single layered perovskite with K2NiF4 type structure synthesized using solid state reaction route. Using Reitveld refinement of X-ray diffraction (XRD) data, it is found that the sample is in single phase with tetragonal structure (space group I4/mmm). Electrical resistivity performed in the temperature range 140-300K shows semiconducting character of the sample. Considerable contrasts in the Co-O bond length is associated with the intermediate spin (IS) state of Co ion that correlates the structural and transport properties. Detailed analysis indicates that the temperature dependent electrical resistivity follows the three-dimensional variable range hopping (VRH) model in low temperature region below 225K. The high temperature (225-300K) resistivity data has been found to follow the thermally activated behaviour.

  3. Direct Observation of Band Structure Modifications in Nanocrystals of CsPbBr3 Perovskite.

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    Lin, Junhao; Gomez, Leyre; de Weerd, Chris; Fujiwara, Yasufumi; Gregorkiewicz, Tom; Suenaga, Kazutomo

    2016-11-09

    We investigate the variation of the bandgap energy of single quantum dots of CsPbBr3 inorganic halide perovskite as a function of size and shape and upon embedding within an ensemble. For that purpose, we make use of valence-loss electron spectroscopy with Z-contrast annular dark-field (ADF) imaging in a state-of-the-art low-voltage monochromatic scanning transmission electron microscope. In the experiment, energy absorption is directly mapped onto individual quantum dots, whose dimensions and location are simultaneously measured to the highest precision. In that way, we establish an intimate relation between quantum dot size and even shape and its bandgap energy on a single object level. We explicitly follow the bandgap increase in smaller quantum dots due to quantum confinement and demonstrate that it is predominantly governed by the smallest of the three edges of the cuboidal perovskite dot. We also show the presence of an effective coupling between proximal dots in an ensemble, leading to band structure modification. These unique insights are directly relevant to the development of custom-designed quantum structures and solids which will be realized by purposeful assemblage of individually characterized and selected quantum dots, serving as building blocks.

  4. Strontium superstoichiometry and defect structure of SrCeO3 perovskite.

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    Mather, Glenn C; Figueiredo, Filipe M; Paz, Julio Romero de; García-Martín, Susana

    2008-02-04

    Strontium cerate (SrCeO(3)) is the parent phase of a family of prototype proton-conducting perovskites with important potential applications as electrolytes in protonic ceramic fuel cells, hydrogen-separation membranes, and sensors for hydrogen and humidity. Apparent nonstoichiometric behavior and the microstructure of SrCeO(3) have been investigated. Phase analysis by X-ray diffraction indicates that single-phase material in the system Sr(1+x)CeO(3+)delta is obtained for compositions x = 0.02-0.03 and that nominally stoichiometric SrCeO(3) (x = 0) synthesized by either solid-state reaction or the citrate method is Sr-rich. Selected area electron diffraction confirms that the system crystallizes with the GdFeO(3)-type orthorhombic perovskite structure (space group Pnma). Structural defects characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy include twin domain boundaries and SrO-rich, Ruddlesden-Popper-type planar defects. Magnetic susceptibility measurements down to 2 K indicate that the Ce(3+) content is minor ( approximately 0.01 mol per formula unit for slow-cooled material) and does not influence the observed nonstoichiometry.

  5. Real-Space Imaging of the Atomic Structure of Organic-Inorganic Perovskite.

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    Ohmann, Robin; Ono, Luis K; Kim, Hui-Seon; Lin, Haiping; Lee, Michael V; Li, Youyong; Park, Nam-Gyu; Qi, Yabing

    2015-12-30

    Organic-inorganic perovskite is a promising class of materials for photovoltaic applications and light emitting diodes. However, so far commercialization is still impeded by several drawbacks. Atomic-scale effects have been suggested to be possible causes, but an unequivocal experimental view at the atomic level is missing. Here, we present a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy study of single crystal methylammonium lead bromide CH3NH3PbBr3. Topographic images of the in situ cleaved perovskite surface reveal the real-space atomic structure. Compared to the bulk we observe modified arrangements of atoms and molecules on the surface. With the support of density functional theory we explain these by surface reconstruction and a substantial interplay of the orientation of the polar organic cations (CH3NH3)(+) with the position of the hosting anions. This leads to structurally and electronically distinct domains with ferroelectric and antiferroelectric character. We further demonstrate local probing of defects, which may also impact device performance.

  6. Nanoscale structural oscillations in perovskite oxides induced by oxygen evolution.

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    Han, Binghong; Stoerzinger, Kelsey A; Tileli, Vasiliki; Gamalski, Andrew D; Stach, Eric A; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2017-01-01

    Understanding the interaction between water and oxides is critical for many technological applications, including energy storage, surface wetting/self-cleaning, photocatalysis and sensors. Here, we report observations of strong structural oscillations of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCF) in the presence of both H2O vapour and electron irradiation using environmental transmission electron microscopy. These oscillations are related to the formation and collapse of gaseous bubbles. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy provides direct evidence of O2 formation in these bubbles due to the incorporation of H2O into BSCF. SrCoO3-δ was found to exhibit small oscillations, while none were observed for La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ and LaCoO3. The structural oscillations of BSCF can be attributed to the fact that its oxygen 2p-band centre is close to the Fermi level, which leads to a low energy penalty for oxygen vacancy formation, high ion mobility, and high water uptake. This work provides surprising insights into the interaction between water and oxides under electron-beam irradiation.

  7. Nanoscale structural oscillations in perovskite oxides induced by oxygen evolution

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    Han, Binghong; Stoerzinger, Kelsey A.; Tileli, Vasiliki; ...

    2016-10-03

    Understanding the interaction between water and oxides is critical for many technological applications, including energy storage, surface wetting/self-cleaning, photocatalysis and sensors. In this paper, we report observations of strong structural oscillations of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3$-$δ (BSCF) in the presence of both H2O vapour and electron irradiation using environmental transmission electron microscopy. These oscillations are related to the formation and collapse of gaseous bubbles. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy provides direct evidence of O2 formation in these bubbles due to the incorporation of H2O into BSCF. SrCoO3$-$δ was found to exhibit small oscillations, while none were observed for La0.5Sr0.5CoO3$-$δ and LaCoO3. The structural oscillations ofmore » BSCF can be attributed to the fact that its oxygen 2p-band centre is close to the Fermi level, which leads to a low energy penalty for oxygen vacancy formation, high ion mobility, and high water uptake. This work provides surprising insights into the interaction between water and oxides under electron-beam irradiation.« less

  8. Nanoscale structural oscillations in perovskite oxides induced by oxygen evolution

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    Han, Binghong; Stoerzinger, Kelsey A.; Tileli, Vasiliki; Gamalski, Andrew  D.; Stach, Eric A.; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2016-10-03

    Understanding the interaction between water and oxides is critical for many technological applications, including energy storage, surface wetting/self-cleaning, photocatalysis and sensors. In this paper, we report observations of strong structural oscillations of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3$-$δ (BSCF) in the presence of both H2O vapour and electron irradiation using environmental transmission electron microscopy. These oscillations are related to the formation and collapse of gaseous bubbles. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy provides direct evidence of O2 formation in these bubbles due to the incorporation of H2O into BSCF. SrCoO3$-$δ was found to exhibit small oscillations, while none were observed for La0.5Sr0.5CoO3$-$δ and LaCoO3. The structural oscillations of BSCF can be attributed to the fact that its oxygen 2p-band centre is close to the Fermi level, which leads to a low energy penalty for oxygen vacancy formation, high ion mobility, and high water uptake. This work provides surprising insights into the interaction between water and oxides under electron-beam irradiation.

  9. Nanoscale structural oscillations in perovskite oxides induced by oxygen evolution

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    Han, Binghong; Stoerzinger, Kelsey A.; Tileli, Vasiliki; Gamalski, Andrew D.; Stach, Eric A.; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2017-01-01

    Understanding the interaction between water and oxides is critical for many technological applications, including energy storage, surface wetting/self-cleaning, photocatalysis and sensors. Here, we report observations of strong structural oscillations of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCF) in the presence of both H2O vapour and electron irradiation using environmental transmission electron microscopy. These oscillations are related to the formation and collapse of gaseous bubbles. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy provides direct evidence of O2 formation in these bubbles due to the incorporation of H2O into BSCF. SrCoO3-δ was found to exhibit small oscillations, while none were observed for La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ and LaCoO3. The structural oscillations of BSCF can be attributed to the fact that its oxygen 2p-band centre is close to the Fermi level, which leads to a low energy penalty for oxygen vacancy formation, high ion mobility, and high water uptake. This work provides surprising insights into the interaction between water and oxides under electron-beam irradiation.

  10. High-efficiency perovskite solar cells prepared by using a sandwich structure MAI-PbI2-MAI precursor film.

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    Zhang, Xuhui; Ye, Jiajiu; Zhu, Liangzheng; Zheng, Haiying; Liu, Guozhen; Liu, Xuepeng; Duan, Bin; Pan, Xu; Dai, Songyuan

    2017-04-06

    Two-step deposition has been widely used in the perovskite layer preparation for perovskite solar cells due to its attractive morphology controllability. However, the limited diffusivity of CH3NH3I (MAI) might cause some PbI2 to remain in the perovskite film. The residual PbI2 in the perovskite film would lead to inferior performance of devices, such as, low power conversion efficiency (PCE), poor reproducibility and weak air stability. In this work, we developed a sandwich structure MAI-PbI2-MAI precursor film to prepare a PbI2-free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite film. In comparison to the two-step approach, the MAI-PbI2-MAI precursor film with a typical sandwich structure formed a uniform and pinhole-free perovskite film without any PbI2 residue, which could significantly improve the performance of the devices. Moreover, the bottom MAI layer of the MAI-PbI2-MAI precursor film could improve the interfacial contact of the porous TiO2 layer, leading to the promotion of the charge transfer and reduction of the recombination rate. Therefore, the devices fabricated from the sandwich structure MAI-PbI2-MAI precursor films showed dramatic improvements of open-circuit voltage (Voc), short-circuit current density (Jsc), fill factor (FF) and PCE. As a result, a promising PCE of 17.8% with good long-term air stability was achieved for the MAI-PbI2-MAI precursor film based PSC, which is better than that prepared by a two-step approach.

  11. High-throughput determination of Hubbard U for cubic perovskites using the ACBN0 functional

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    Liyanage, Laalitha; Supka, Andrew; Gopal, Priya; Agapito, Luis; Hart, Gus; Fornari, Marco; Curtarolo, Stefano; Nardelli, Marco Buongiorno

    High-throughput (HT) density functional theory (DFT) computations are the method of choice for rapid screening of materials properties and materials development. However, traditional DFT is not adequate for the investigation of all systems. For materials containing transition metal elements, methods such as DFT +U or hybrid functionals are needed for an accurate prediction of the electronic structure. As an efficient and accurate alternative we have recently introduced the ACBN0 functional for DFT as a new pseudo-hybrid Hubbard density functional that is a parameter-free extension of traditional DFT +U that has been proved to correct both the band gap and the relative position of the different bands in transition metal compounds. We implemented ACBN0 in a Medium-Throughput Framework (MTFrame) designed to automate DFT calculations for systems that share a single reference crystal structure. Using the MTFrame, we have determined the effective U values for 3969 cubic perovskites (ABO3) built by permutating 63 different elements in the A and B sites. Analysis of resulting data reveals the effects of Hubbard U on the electronic properties and crystal structure. Finally, machine learning algorithms are used to find correlations in the extracted data and the U values.

  12. Si-compatible candidates for high-K dielectrics with the Pbnm perovskite structure

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    Coh, Sinisa; Heeg, Tassilo; Haeni, Jeffery; Biegalski, Michael D; Letteri, James; Bernhagen, M; Reiche, Paul; O'brien, Kevin; Uecker, Rinhold; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Schlom, Darrell; Vanderbilt, David

    2010-01-01

    We analyze both experimentally (where possible) and theoretically from first-principles the dielectric tensor components and crystal structure of five classes of Pbnm perovskites. All of these materials are believed to be stable on silicon and are therefore promising candidates for high-K dielectrics. We also analyze the structure of these materials with various simple models, decompose the lattice contribution to the dielectric tensor into force constant matrix eigenmode contributions, explore a peculiar correlation between structural and dielectric anisotropies in these compounds and give phonon frequencies and infrared activities of those modes that are infrared-active. We find that CaZrO3, SrZrO3, LaHoO3, and LaYO3 are among the most promising candidates for high-K dielectrics among the compounds we considered.

  13. Structural refinement of Pbnm-type perovskite films from analysis of half-order diffraction peaks

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    Brahlek, M.; Choquette, A. K.; Smith, C. R.; Engel-Herbert, R.; May, S. J.

    2017-01-01

    Engineering structural modifications of epitaxial perovskite thin films is an effective route to induce new functionalities or enhance existing properties due to the close relation of the electronic ground state to the local bonding environment. As such, there is a necessity to systematically refine and precisely quantify these structural displacements, particularly those of the oxygen octahedra, which is a challenge due to the weak scattering factor of oxygen and the small diffraction volume of thin films. Here, we present an optimized algorithm to refine the octahedral rotation angles using specific unit-cell-doubling half-order diffraction peaks for the a-a-c+ Pbnm structure. The oxygen and A-site positions can be obtained by minimizing the squared-error between calculated and experimentally determined peak intensities using the (1/2 1/2 3/2) and (1/2 1/2 5/2) reflections to determine the rotation angle α about in-plane axes and the (1/2 5/2 1), (1/2 3/2 1), and (1/2 3/2 2) reflections to determine the rotation angle γ about the out-of-plane axis, whereas the convoluting A-site displacements associated with the octahedral rotation pattern can be determined using (1 1 1/2) and (1/2 1/2 1/2) reflections to independently determine A-site positions. The validity of the approach is confirmed by applying the refinement procedure to determine the A-site and oxygen displacements in a NdGaO3 single crystal. The ability to refine both the oxygen and A-site displacements relative to the undistorted perovskite structure enables a deeper understanding of how structural modifications alter functionality properties in epitaxial films exhibiting this commonly occurring crystal structure.

  14. Impact of Atomic Structure on Absolute Energy Levels of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite

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    Choi, Joshua

    2015-03-01

    There has been a staggeringly rapid increase in the photovoltaic performance of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite - greater than 19 percent solar cell power conversion efficiency has been reported in less than five years since the first report in 2009. Despite the progress in device performance, structure-property relationships in MAPbI3 are still poorly understood. I will present our recent findings on the impact of changing the Pb-I bond length and Pb-I-Pb bond angle on the electronic structure of MAPbI3. By using the combination of temperature dependent X-ray scattering, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, absorbance and PL spectroscopy, we show that the energy levels of highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) shift in the same direction as MAPbI3 goes through tetragonal-to-cubic structural phase transition wherein the rotational angle of PbI6 octahedra is the order parameter of the transition. Our experimental results are corroborated by density functional theory calculations which show that the lattice expansion and bond angle distortion cause different degree of orbital overlap between the Pb and I atoms and the anti-bonding orbital nature of both HOMO and LUMO results in the same direction of their shift. Moreover, through pair distribution function analysis of X-ray scattering, we discovered that the majority of MAPbI3 in thin film solar cell layer has highly disordered structure with a coherence range of only 1.4 nm. The nanostructuring correlates with a blueshift of the absorption onset and increases the photoluminescence. Our results underscore the importance of understanding the structure-property relationships in order to improve the device performance of metal-organic perovskites.

  15. A First-Principles Study on the Structural and Electronic Properties of Sn-Based Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites

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    Ma, Zi-Qian; Pan, Hui; Wong, Pak Kin

    2016-11-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskites have attracted increasing interest on solar-energy harvesting because of their outstanding electronic properties. In this work, we systematically investigate the structural and electronic properties of Sn-based hybrid perovskites MASnX3 and FASnX3 (X = I, Br) based on density-functional-theory calculations. We find that their electronic properties strongly depend on the organic molecules, halide atoms, and structures. We show that there is a general rule to predict the band gap of the Sn-based hybrid perovskite: its band gap increases as the size of halide atom decreases as well as that of organic molecule increase. The band gap of high temperature phase (cubic structure) is smaller than that of low temperature phase (orthorhombic structure). The band gap of tetragonal structure (medium-temperature phase) may be larger or smaller than that of cubic phase, depending on the orientation of the molecule. Tunable band gap within a range of 0.73-1.53 eV can be achieved by choosing halide atom and organic molecule, and controlling structure. We further show that carrier effective mass also reduces as the size of halide atom increases and that of molecule decreases. By comparing with Pb-based hybrid perovskites, the Sn-based systems show enhanced visible-light absorption and carrier mobility due to narrowed band gap and reduced carrier effective mass. These Sn-based organic-inorganic halide perovskites may find applications in solar energy harvesting with improved performance.

  16. Novel perovskite-related barium tungstate Ba 11W 4O 23

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    Hong, Seung-Tae

    2007-11-01

    Ba 11W 4O 23 was synthesized at 1300 °C, followed by quenching with liquid nitrogen. The crystal structure, which was known to be cryolite-related but has remained unclear, was initially determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction for the isostructural Ru-substituted compound Ba 11(W 3.1Ru 0.9)O 22.5, which was discovered during exploratory synthesis in the Ba-Ru-O system. The structure of Ba 11W 4O 23 was refined by a combined powder X-ray and neutron Rietveld method ( Fd-3 m, a=17.1823(1) Å, Z=8, Rp=3.09%, Rwp=4.25%, χ2=2.8, 23 °C). The structure is an example of A-site vacancy-ordered 4×4×4 superstructure of a simple perovskite ABO 3, and it may be written as (Ba 1.75□ 0.25)BaWO 5.75□ 0.25, emphasizing vacancies on both metal and anion sites. The local structure of one of two asymmetric tungsten ions is the WO 6 octahedron, typical of perovskite. The other tungsten, however, is surrounded by oxygen and anionic vacancies statistically distributed over three divided sites to form 18 partially occupied oxygen atoms (˜30% on average), represented as WO 18/3. The A-site cation-vacancies are ordered at the 8a ( {1}/{8}, {1}/{8}, {1}/{8}) site in between adjoining WO 18/3 polyhedra which form 1-D arrangements along [110] and equivalent directions. In situ high-temperature XRD data have shown that the quenched Ba 11W 4O 23 at room temperature is isostructural to the high-temperature phase at 1100 °C.

  17. Relaxation and dynamics of the (001) surfaces of crystals with perovskite structure

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    Schröder, U.; Prade, J.; de Wette, F. W.; Kulkarni, A. D.; Kress, W.

    Surface relaxation is the result of the imbalance of the forces acting on particles at or near a crystal surface, when they occupy their unrelaxed bulk positions. While in most alkali halides the relaxation has practically no influence on the surface dynamics, the situation is totally different for crystals with perovskite structure. These compounds undergo various structural phase transitions which are associated with a softening of bulk lattice modes. Correspondingly, there exist soft surface modes which are strongly dependent on relaxation. In this paper we investigate the relaxation pattern and the surface dynamics of KMnF 3 and SrTiO 3. The temperature dependence of the surface modes and the surface reconstruction associated with the soft surface mode in KMnF 3 will be discussed.

  18. Photocatalytic Water Oxidation over Metal Oxide Nanosheets Having a Three-Layer Perovskite Structure.

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    Oshima, Takayoshi; Eguchi, Miharu; Maeda, Kazuhiko

    2016-02-19

    Metal oxide nanosheets having a three-layer perovskite structure were studied as photocatalysts for water oxidation in the presence of IO3 (-) as a reversible electron acceptor. This work examined the effects of the lateral dimensions and composition of the nanosheets as well as metal oxide co-catalysts deposited on the restacked nanosheets. Depositing metal oxides capable of promoting reduction reactions on the nanosheets were found to promote the water oxidation activity. In contrast, the lateral dimensions and the degree of crystallinity of the nanosheets had little effect on the activity. Experimental results demonstrated that the reduction of IO3 (-) is the rate-limiting step in this reaction and that nanosheets with less distorted structures are advantageous with regard to increasing both light absorption and the mobility of photoexcited charge carriers.

  19. Hybrid Perovskite/Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Hu, Yinghong; Schlipf, Johannes; Wussler, Michael; Petrus, Michiel L; Jaegermann, Wolfram; Bein, Thomas; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Docampo, Pablo

    2016-06-28

    Recently developed organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells combine low-cost fabrication and high power conversion efficiency. Advances in perovskite film optimization have led to an outstanding power conversion efficiency of more than 20%. Looking forward, shifting the focus toward new device architectures holds great potential to induce the next leap in device performance. Here, we demonstrate a perovskite/perovskite heterojunction solar cell. We developed a facile solution-based cation infiltration process to deposit layered perovskite (LPK) structures onto methylammonium lead iodide (MAPI) films. Grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering experiments were performed to gain insights into the crystallite orientation and the formation process of the perovskite bilayer. Our results show that the self-assembly of the LPK layer on top of an intact MAPI layer is accompanied by a reorganization of the perovskite interface. This leads to an enhancement of the open-circuit voltage and power conversion efficiency due to reduced recombination losses, as well as improved moisture stability in the resulting photovoltaic devices.

  20. Structural and Magnetic Phase Coexistence in Oxygen Deficient Perovskites (Sr,Ca)FeO 2 . 5 + δ

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    Carlo, J. P.; Evans, M. E.; Anczarski, J. A.; Ock, J.; Boyd, K.; Pollichemi, J. R.; Leahy, I. A.; Vogel, W.; Viescas, A. J.; Papaefthymiou, G. C.

    A variety of compounds crystallize into perovskite and similar structures, making them versatile laboratories for many phenomena and applications, including multiferroicity, superconductivity, and photovoltaics. Oxygen-deficient perovskites ABOx have attracted interest for use in fuel cells and related applications due to high oxygen mobility and the possibility of charge disproportionation. Vast chemical flexibility is obtained through reductions in lattice symmetry and rotation/distortion of the BO6 octahedra, as well as ordering of oxygen vacancies. We have synthesized and studied the structural and magnetic properties of oxygen-deficient perovskites (Sr,Ca)FeO2 . 5 + δ using x-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. While the ideal perovskite has δ = 0.5, this requires Fe4+, and hence strongly oxidizing environments. When grown in air, Fe3+ is favored, yielding δ ~ 0. SrFeO2 . 5 + δ exhibits cubic symmetry and paramagnetism at 300K, but CaFeO2 . 5 + δ crystallizes into the orthorhombic brownmillerite structure, and is magnetically ordered at 300K. In the doped intermediaries we find coexistence of cubic/paramagnetic and orthorhombic/magnetic phases over a wide range of Ca content. Financial support from the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

  1. Crystalline, Magnetic and Electronic Structure of the Ba2DySbO6 Complex Perovskite

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    Cardona, R.; Moreno Mendoza, R.; Carrero Bermúdez, L. A.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we report the synthesis of the Ba2DySbO6 new double perovskite by means of the solid-state reaction recipe from high-purity oxide powders of BaCO3, Dy2O3, and Sb2O5. The analysis of the crystal structure was carried out through the X-ray diffraction technique with posterior Rietveld refinement of the experimental diffraction data by the GSAS code. Results reveal that the Ba2DySbO6 material crystallizes in a rhombohedral perovskite structure, belonging to the R-3 (#148) space group with lattice parameter a = 5.96260(5) Å, and angle α = 60.008°. The magnetic characterization was performed by measurements of magnetic susceptibility as a function of temperature. The behavior observed in the temperature regime from 4 K up to 300 K was paramagnetic. The characteristic magnetic parameters were obtained from the fitting with the Curie equation, obtaining the values of susceptibility independent of temperature 0.00633 emu/mol and effective magnetic moment 8.9 \\upmu B, which is 84 % in agreement with the expected value predicted by the Hund's rules. The electronic structure was calculated by means of linearized augmented plane waves in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT). This study considers the cohesion energies as a function of the lattice parameter, with a lattice constant a, whose value is 98 % in agreement with the experimental result. Curves of density of states as a function of the wave number reveal that this material behaves as an insulator with energy gap 3.65 eV. This result was corroborated by diffuse reflectance experiments adjusted to the Kubelka-Munk equation. The effective magnetic moment obtained from the DFT calculations was 7.7 \\upmu B.

  2. Structural, electronic and optical properties of ilmenite and perovskite CdSnO3 from DFT calculations.

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    Sesion, P D; Henriques, J M; Barboza, C A; Albuquerque, E L; Freire, V N; Caetano, E W S

    2010-11-03

    CdSnO(3) ilmenite and perovskite crystals were investigated using both the local density and generalized gradient approximations, LDA and GGA, respectively, of the density functional theory (DFT). The electronic band structures, densities of states, dielectric functions, optical absorption and reflectivity spectra related to electronic transitions were obtained, as well as the infrared absorption spectra after computing the vibrational modes of the crystals at q = 0. Dielectric optical permittivities and polarizabilities at ω = 0 and ∞ were also calculated. The results show that GGA-optimized geometries are more accurate than LDA ones, and the Kohn-Sham band structures obtained for the CdSnO(3) polymorphs confirm that ilmenite has an indirect band gap, while perovskite has a direct band gap, both being semiconductors. Effective masses for both crystals are obtained for the first time, being highly isotropic for electrons and anisotropic for holes. The optical properties reveal a very small degree of anisotropy of both crystals with respect to different polarization planes of incident light. The phonon calculation at q = 0 for perovskite CdSnO(3) does not show any imaginary frequencies, in contrast to a previous report suggesting the existence of a more stable crystal of perovskite CdSnO(3) with ferroelectric properties.

  3. Chalcogenide perovskites for photovoltaics.

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    Sun, Yi-Yang; Agiorgousis, Michael L; Zhang, Peihong; Zhang, Shengbai

    2015-01-14

    Chalcogenide perovskites are proposed for photovoltaic applications. The predicted band gaps of CaTiS3, BaZrS3, CaZrSe3, and CaHfSe3 with the distorted perovskite structure are within the optimal range for making single-junction solar cells. The predicted optical absorption properties of these materials are superior compared with other high-efficiency solar-cell materials. Possible replacement of the alkaline-earth cations by molecular cations, e.g., (NH3NH3)(2+), as in the organic-inorganic halide perovskites (e.g., CH3NH3PbI3), are also proposed and found to be stable. The chalcogenide perovskites provide promising candidates for addressing the challenging issues regarding halide perovskites such as instability in the presence of moisture and containing the toxic element Pb.

  4. Effective field study of ising model on a double perovskite structure

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    Ngantso, G. Dimitri; El Amraoui, Y.; Benyoussef, A.; El Kenz, A.

    2017-02-01

    By using the effective field theory (EFT), the mixed spin-1/2 and spin-3/2 Ising ferrimagnetic model adapted to a double perovskite structure has been studied. The EFT calculations have been carried out from Ising Hamiltonian by taking into account first and second nearest-neighbors interactions and the crystal and external magnetic fields. Both first- and second-order phase transitions have been found in phase diagrams of interest. Depending on crystal-field values, the thermodynamic behavior of total magnetization indicated the compensation phenomenon existence. The hysteresis behaviors are studied by investigating the reduced magnetic field dependence of total magnetization and a series of hysteresis loops are shown for different reduced temperatures around the critical one.

  5. Reentrant Structural and Optical Properties and Large Positive Thermal Expansion in Perovskite Formamidinium Lead Iodide.

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    Fabini, Douglas H; Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Laurita, Geneva; Kaltzoglou, Andreas; Kontos, Athanassios G; Falaras, Polycarpos; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Seshadri, Ram

    2016-12-05

    The structure of the hybrid perovskite HC(NH2 )2 PbI3 (formamidinium lead iodide) reflects competing interactions associated with molecular motion, hydrogen bonding tendencies, thermally activated soft octahedral rotations, and the propensity for the Pb(2+) lone pair to express its stereochemistry. High-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction reveals a continuous transition from the cubic α-phase (Pm3‾ m, #221) to a tetragonal β-phase (P4/mbm, #127) at around 285 K, followed by a first-order transition to a tetragonal γ-phase (retaining P4/mbm, #127) at 140 K. An unusual reentrant pseudosymmetry in the β-to-γ phase transition is seen that is also reflected in the photoluminescence. Around room temperature, the coefficient of volumetric thermal expansion is among the largest for any extended crystalline solid.

  6. Optical and Structural Study of Organometal Halide Materials for Applications in Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

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    Nguyen, Minh Tu; Phan Vu, Thi Van; Bui, Bao Thoa; Luong, Thu Trang; Nguyen, Minh Hieu; Hoang Ngoc, Lam Huong; Bui, Van Diep; Truong, Thanh Tu; Nguyen-Tran, Thuat

    2016-05-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 and CH3NH3PbI2Br crystal powders and thin films with chemical formula CH3NH3PbI3- x Br x have been synthesized by reacting methylammonium bromide/iodide with lead iodide. The films were fabricated by a low-temperature solution process using the spin-coating method followed by thermal annealing, which is an effective means for controlling the composition and morphology of the CH3NH3PbI3- x Br x thin films. The resulting perovskite films exhibit good optical absorption and crystalline structure, being promising for potential application as light absorbers in future solar cells.

  7. An experimental study of perovskite-structured mixed ionic- electronic conducting oxides and membranes

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    Zeng, Pingying

    In recent decades, ceramic membranes based on mixed ionic and electronic conducting (MIEC) perovskite-structured oxides have received many attentions for their applications for air separation, or as a membrane reactor for methane oxidation. While numerous perovskite oxide materials have been explored over the past two decades; there are hardly any materials with sufficient practical economic value and performance for large scale applications, which justifies continuing the search for new materials. The main purposes of this thesis study are: (1) develop several novel SrCoO3-delta based MIEC oxides, SrCoCo1-xMxO3-delta, based on which membranes exhibit excellent oxygen permeability; (2) investigate the significant effects of the species and concentration of the dopants M (metal ions with fixed valences) on the various properties of these membranes; (3) investigate the significant effects of sintering temperature on the microstructures and performance of oxygen permeation membranes; and (4) study the performance of oxygen permeation membranes as a membrane reactor for methane combustion. To stabilize the cubic phase structure of the SrCoO3-delta oxide, various amounts of scandium was doped into the B-site of SrCoO 3-delta to form a series of new perovskite oxides, SrScxCoCo 1-xO3-delta (SSCx, x = 0-0.7). The significant effects of scandium-doping concentration on the phase structure, electrical conductivity, sintering performance, thermal and structural stability, cathode performance, and oxygen permeation performance of the SSCx membranes, were systematically studied. Also for a more in-depth understanding, the rate determination steps for the oxygen transport process through the membranes were clarified by theoretical and experimental investigation. It was found that only a minor amount of scandium (5 mol%) doping into the B-site of SrCoO3-delta can effectively stabilize the cubic phase structure, and thus significantly improve the electrical conductivity and

  8. Degradation of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite Structures through Light and Electron Beam Driven Ion Migration.

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    Yuan, Haifeng; Debroye, Elke; Janssen, Kris; Naiki, Hiroyuki; Steuwe, Christian; Lu, Gang; Moris, Michèle; Orgiu, Emanuele; Uji-I, Hiroshi; De Schryver, Frans; Samorì, Paolo; Hofkens, Johan; Roeffaers, Maarten

    2016-02-04

    Organometal halide perovskites show promising features for cost-effective application in photovoltaics. The material instability remains a major obstacle to broad application because of the poorly understood degradation pathways. Here, we apply simultaneous luminescence and electron microscopy on perovskites for the first time, allowing us to monitor in situ morphology evolution and optical properties upon perovskite degradation. Interestingly, morphology, photoluminescence (PL), and cathodoluminescence of perovskite samples evolve differently upon degradation driven by electron beam (e-beam) or by light. A transversal electric current generated by a scanning electron beam leads to dramatic changes in PL and tunes the energy band gaps continuously alongside film thinning. In contrast, light-induced degradation results in material decomposition to scattered particles and shows little PL spectral shifts. The differences in degradation can be ascribed to different electric currents that drive ion migration. Moreover, solution-processed perovskite cuboids show heterogeneity in stability which is likely related to crystallinity and morphology. Our results reveal the essential role of ion migration in perovskite degradation and provide potential avenues to rationally enhance the stability of perovskite materials by reducing ion migration while improving morphology and crystallinity. It is worth noting that even moderate e-beam currents (86 pA) and acceleration voltages (10 kV) readily induce significant perovskite degradation and alter their optical properties. Therefore, attention has to be paid while characterizing such materials using scanning electron microscopy or transmission electron microscopy techniques.

  9. Degradation of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite Structures through Light and Electron Beam Driven Ion Migration

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    2016-01-01

    Organometal halide perovskites show promising features for cost-effective application in photovoltaics. The material instability remains a major obstacle to broad application because of the poorly understood degradation pathways. Here, we apply simultaneous luminescence and electron microscopy on perovskites for the first time, allowing us to monitor in situ morphology evolution and optical properties upon perovskite degradation. Interestingly, morphology, photoluminescence (PL), and cathodoluminescence of perovskite samples evolve differently upon degradation driven by electron beam (e-beam) or by light. A transversal electric current generated by a scanning electron beam leads to dramatic changes in PL and tunes the energy band gaps continuously alongside film thinning. In contrast, light-induced degradation results in material decomposition to scattered particles and shows little PL spectral shifts. The differences in degradation can be ascribed to different electric currents that drive ion migration. Moreover, solution-processed perovskite cuboids show heterogeneity in stability which is likely related to crystallinity and morphology. Our results reveal the essential role of ion migration in perovskite degradation and provide potential avenues to rationally enhance the stability of perovskite materials by reducing ion migration while improving morphology and crystallinity. It is worth noting that even moderate e-beam currents (86 pA) and acceleration voltages (10 kV) readily induce significant perovskite degradation and alter their optical properties. Therefore, attention has to be paid while characterizing such materials using scanning electron microscopy or transmission electron microscopy techniques. PMID:26804213

  10. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of double perovskite Mn{sub 2}FeSbO{sub 6}

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    Tyutyunnik, A.P.; Bazuev, G.V.; Kuznetsov, M.V.; Zainulin, Yu.G.

    2011-08-15

    Graphical abstract: Projection along the cubic perovskite axes [0 0 1] of the double perovskite Mn{sub 2}FeSbO{sub 6}. Highlights: {yields} Mn{sub 2}FeSbO{sub 6} is prepared from Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} at 6 GPa and 1000 {sup o}C. {yields} According to XPS measurements, manganese is present as Mn{sup 2+}, the iron - as Fe{sup 3+}. {yields} This compound has the smallest unit cell among double perovskites. {yields} It was suppose that Mn{sub 2}FeSbO{sub 6} exhibited antiferromagnetism below 19.5 K. -- Abstract: The double perovskite Mn{sub 2}FeSbO{sub 6} has been synthesized under pressure 6 GPa and temperature 1000 {sup o}C. The crystal structure refinement of Mn{sub 2}FeSbO{sub 6} was carried out with the GSAS program suite using X-ray diffraction data. XRD pattern of Mn{sub 2}FeSbO{sub 6} was indexed with a monoclinic unit cell (space group P2{sub 1}/n) with parameters: a = 5.2431(3) A, b = 5.3935(3) A, c = 7.6358(5) A, {beta} = 89.693(2){sup o}, V = 215.927 A{sup 3}, Z = 2. It found that Fe and Sb atoms are completely ordered in 2d and 2c positions of double perovskite structure respectively. According to XPS measurements, manganese in this compound is present as Mn{sup 2+}, whiles the iron - as Fe{sup 3+}. Magnetization measurements revealed the presence about 3 mass% of ferromagnetic impurity in the sample. Dependence of AC susceptibility {chi}'' from temperature showed that magnetic properties compound are determined probably by transformation in antiferromagnetic state below 19.5 K.

  11. Enhanced Structural Stability and Photo Responsiveness of CH3 NH3 SnI3 Perovskite via Pressure-Induced Amorphization and Recrystallization.

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    Lü, Xujie; Wang, Yonggang; Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Hu, Qingyang; Guo, Xiaofeng; Chen, Haijie; Yang, Liuxiang; Smith, Jesse S; Yang, Wenge; Zhao, Yusheng; Xu, Hongwu; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Jia, Quanxi

    2016-10-01

    An organic-inorganic halide CH3 NH3 SnI3 perovskite with significantly improved structural stability is obtained via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization. In situ high-pressure resistance measurements reveal an increased electrical conductivity by 300% in the pressure-treated perovskite. Photocurrent measurements also reveal a substantial enhancement in visible-light responsiveness. The mechanism underlying the enhanced properties is shown to be associated with the pressure-induced structural modification.

  12. Enhanced structural stability and photo responsiveness of CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization

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    Lu, Xujie; Wang, Yonggang; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; ...

    2016-10-01

    An organic–inorganic halide CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite with significantly improved structural stability is obtained via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization. In situ high-pressure resistance measurements reveal an increased electrical conductivity by 300% in the pressure-treated perovskite. Photocurrent measurements also reveal a substantial enhancement in visible-light responsiveness. In conclusion, the mechanism underlying the enhanced properties is shown to be associated with the pressure-induced structural modification.

  13. Structural, Magnetic and Electronic Properties of the Sr2CoNbO6 Complex Perovskite

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    Rendón Ramírez, J. M.; Almanza M., O. A.; Cardona, R.; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2013-11-01

    We report a study of crystallographic parameters of the Sr2CoNbO6 double perovskite obtained from Rietveld analysis of X-ray diffraction data and electronic properties predictions using the density functional theory (DFT). The Sr2CoNbO6 material was prepared by the citrate precursor method. Diffraction analysis reveal that this material crystallizes in a structure which is tetragonal with lattice parameters a = 5.5960(3) Å and c = 7.9881(1) Å (space group I4/m). The density of states of Sr2CoNbO6 tetragonal distorted structure was calculated using DFT within the generalized gradient approximation. Results predict the semiconductor characteristics of this material which is majority due to the 3d-Co orbital with a energy gap of 0.2 eV. Structural lattice parameters obtained from the Rietveld refinement present a matching of 97% with that obtained from the Structure Prediction Diagnostic Software and 98% with the theoretical DFT results. Measurements of magnetization as a function of temperature evidence the occurrence of a magnetic ordering transition at T = 220 K and a marked irreversibility with a blocking temperature of 250 K for applied fields up to 100 Oe, which disappears for higher fields. Electronic paramagnetic resonance experiments evidence that the valence Co3+ is the most possible in the synthesized material.

  14. Neutral and charged exciton fine structure in single lead halide perovskite nanocrystals revealed by magneto-optical spectroscopy.

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    Fu, Ming; Tamarat, Philippe; Huang, He; Even, Jacky; Rogach, Andrey L; Lounis, Brahim

    2017-02-27

    Revealing the crystal structure of lead halide perovskite nanocrystals is essential for the optimization of stability of these emerging materials in applications such as solar cells, photodetectors and light emitting devices. We use magneto-photoluminescence spectroscopy of individual perovskite CsPbBr3 nanocrystals as a unique tool to determine their crystal structure, which imprints distinct signatures in the excitonic sublevels of charge complexes at low temperatures. At zero magnetic field, the identification of two classes of photoluminescence spectra, displaying either two or three sublevels in their exciton fine structure, shows evidence for the existence of two crystalline structures, namely tetragonal D4h and orthorhombic D2h phases. Magnetic field shifts, splitting and coupling of the sublevels provide a determination of the diamagnetic coefficient and valuable information on the exciton g-factor and its anisotropic character. Moreover, this spectroscopic study reveals the optical properties of charged excitons and allows the extraction of the electron and hole g-factors for perovskite systems.

  15. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; Page, K.; Cheng, Y. Q.; Milas, I.; Crawford, M. K.

    2016-01-01

    We have examined the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q ∼ (Tc−T)β, where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent β was close to ¼, as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. However, we also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperature in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells. PMID:27767049

  16. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; Page, K.; Cheng, Y. Q.; Milas, I.; Crawford, M. K.

    2016-10-21

    Here, we examine the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q (Tc-T) , where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent was close to , as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. We also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperature in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Finally, based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells.

  17. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; Page, K.; Cheng, Y. Q.; Milas, I.; Crawford, M. K.

    2016-10-01

    We have examined the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q ˜ (Tc-T)β, where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent β was close to ¼, as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. However, we also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperature in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells.

  18. First principal studya of structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of KTaO3-perovskite.

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    Bouafia, H.; Akriche, A.; Ascri, R.; Ghalouci, L.; Sahli, B.; Hiadsi, S.; Abidri, B.; Amrani, B.

    2013-03-01

    The results of first-principles theoretical study of structural, elastic, electronic and thermodynamic properties of KTaO3 compound, have been performed using the full-potential linear augmented plane-wave method plus local orbitals (FP-APW+lo) as implemented in the Wien2k code. The exchange-correlation energy, is treated in generalized gradient approximation (GGA) using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE96) and PBEsol, Perdew 2008 parameterization. Also we have used the Engel-Vosko GGA optimizes the corresponding potential for band structure calculations. The calculated equilibrium parameter is in good agreement with other works. The elastic constants were calculated by using the Mehl method. The electronic band structure of this compound has been calculated using the Angel-Vosko (EV) generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange correlation potential. We deduced that KTaO3-perovskite exhibit an indirect from R to Γ point. To complete the fundamental characterization of KTaO3 material we have analyzed the thermodynamic properties using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  19. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; ...

    2016-10-21

    Here, we examine the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q (Tc-T) , where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent was close to , as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. We also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperaturemore » in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Finally, based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells.« less

  20. Correlation of annealing time with crystal structure, composition, and electronic properties of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx mixed-halide perovskite films.

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    Ralaiarisoa, Maryline; Busby, Yan; Frisch, Johannes; Salzmann, Ingo; Pireaux, Jean-Jacques; Koch, Norbert

    2016-12-21

    Using 3D imaging with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) complemented by grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), we spatially resolve changes in both the composition and structure of CH3NH3I3-xClx perovskite films on conducting polymer substrates at different annealing stages, in particular, before and after complete perovskite crystallization. The early stage of annealing is characterized by phase separation throughout the entire film into domains with perovskite and domains with a dominating chloride-rich phase. After sufficiently long annealing, one single perovskite phase of homogeneous composition on the (lateral) micrometer scale is observed, along with pronounced film texture. This composition evolution is accompanied by diffusion of chloride from the perovskite layer towards the conducting polymer substrate, and even accumulation there. Photoelectron spectroscopy analysis further shows that perovskite films become increasingly n-type with annealing time and upon full conversion, which correlates with the change of film composition. Our results accentuate the importance of chloride for the formation of crystalline and textured films, which are crucial for enhancing the PV performance of perovskite-based solar cells.

  1. The effect of moisture on the structures and properties of lead halide perovskites: a first-principles theoretical investigation.

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    Zhang, Lei; Ju, Ming-Gang; Liang, WanZhen

    2016-08-17

    With efficiencies exceeding 20% and low production costs, lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have become potential candidates for future commercial applications. However, there are serious concerns about their long-term stability and environmental friendliness, heavily related to their commercial viability. Herein, we present a theoretical investigation based on the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations and the first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations to investigate the effects of sunlight and moisture on the structures and properties of MAPbI3 perovskites. AIMD simulations have been performed to simulate the impact of a few water molecules on the structures of MAPbI3 surfaces terminated in three different ways. The evolution of geometric and electronic structures as well as the absorption spectra has been shown. It is found that the PbI2-terminated surface is the most stable while both the MAI-terminated and PbI2-defective surfaces undergo structural reconstruction, leading to the formation of hydrated compounds in a humid environment. The moisture-induced weakening of photoabsorption is closely related to the formation of hydrated species, and the hydrated crystals MAPbI3·H2O and MA4PbI6·2H2O scarcely absorb the visible light. The electronic excitation in the bare and water-absorbed MAPbI3 nanoparticles tends to weaken Pb-I bonds, especially those around water molecules, and the maximal decrease of photoexcitation-induced bond order can reach up to 20% in the excited state in which the water molecules are involved in the electronic excitation, indicating the accelerated decomposition of perovskites in the presence of sunlight and moisture. This work is valuable for understanding the mechanism of chemical or photochemical instability of MAPbI3 perovskites in the presence of moisture.

  2. Structural and magnetic characterization of the Y xSr 1-xMnO 3 systems

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    Saleta, Martín E.; Polla, Griselda; Quintero, Mariano; Vega, Daniel

    2006-10-01

    Structural, magnetic and electrical transport properties were studied in the solid solution Y xSr 1-xMnO 3 for the range of 0.4⩽ x⩽0.9. These compounds were obtained in the perovskite phase (ABO 3) and scan a wide range of mean ionic radii for the A site and the corresponding tolerance factor. The samples were synthesized using a liquid mix method, at 900 °C in O 2 atmosphere, and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), magnetic susceptibility and electric transport measurements. XRD data for all samples were refined by the Rietveld method in the space group Pnma. Magnetic measurements indicate a paramagnetic behavior in the range between 100 and 300 K. The dependence of structural parameters, like octahedron distortion and A site coordination number as a function of Y content was obtained showing a clear correlation with the magnetic behavior.

  3. Temperature-induced A-B intersite charge transfer in an A-site-ordered LaCu(3)Fe(4)O(12) perovskite.

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    Long, Y W; Hayashi, N; Saito, T; Azuma, M; Muranaka, S; Shimakawa, Y

    2009-03-05

    Changes of valence states in transition-metal oxides often cause significant changes in their structural and physical properties. Chemical doping is the conventional way of modulating these valence states. In ABO(3) perovskite and/or perovskite-like oxides, chemical doping at the A site can introduce holes or electrons at the B site, giving rise to exotic physical properties like high-transition-temperature superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance. When valence-variable transition metals at two different atomic sites are involved simultaneously, we expect to be able to induce charge transfer-and, hence, valence changes-by using a small external stimulus rather than by introducing a doping element. Materials showing this type of charge transfer are very rare, however, and such externally induced valence changes have been observed only under extreme conditions like high pressure. Here we report unusual temperature-induced valence changes at the A and B sites in the A-site-ordered double perovskite LaCu(3)Fe(4)O(12); the underlying intersite charge transfer is accompanied by considerable changes in the material's structural, magnetic and transport properties. When cooled, the compound shows a first-order, reversible transition at 393 K from LaCu(2+)(3)Fe(3.75+)(4)O(12) with Fe(3.75+) ions at the B site to LaCu(3+)(3)Fe(3+)(4)O(12) with rare Cu(3+) ions at the A site. Intersite charge transfer between the A-site Cu and B-site Fe ions leads to paramagnetism-to-antiferromagnetism and metal-to-insulator isostructural phase transitions. What is more interesting in relation to technological applications is that this above-room-temperature transition is associated with a large negative thermal expansion.

  4. Improper electric polarization in simple perovskite oxides with two magnetic sublattices

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    Zhao, Hong Jian; Bellaiche, L.; Chen, Xiang Ming; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2017-01-01

    ABO3 perovskite oxides with magnetic A and B cations offer a unique playground to explore interactions involving two spin sublattices and the emergent effects they may drive. Of particular interest is the possibility of having magnetically driven improper ferroelectricity, as in the much studied families of rare-earth orthoferrites and orthochromites; yet, the mechanisms behind such effects remain to be understood in detail. Here we show that the strongest polar order corresponds to collinear spin configurations and is driven by non-relativistic exchange-strictive mechanisms. Our first-principles simulations reveal the dominant magnetostructural couplings underlying the observed ferroelectricity, including a striking magnetically driven piezoelectric effect. Further, we derive phenomenological and atomistic theories that describe such couplings in a generic perovskite lattice. This allows us to predict how the observed effects can be enhanced, and even how similar ones can be obtained in other perovskite families. PMID:28106057

  5. Improper electric polarization in simple perovskite oxides with two magnetic sublattices

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    Zhao, Hong Jian; Bellaiche, L.; Chen, Xiang Ming; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2017-01-01

    ABO3 perovskite oxides with magnetic A and B cations offer a unique playground to explore interactions involving two spin sublattices and the emergent effects they may drive. Of particular interest is the possibility of having magnetically driven improper ferroelectricity, as in the much studied families of rare-earth orthoferrites and orthochromites; yet, the mechanisms behind such effects remain to be understood in detail. Here we show that the strongest polar order corresponds to collinear spin configurations and is driven by non-relativistic exchange-strictive mechanisms. Our first-principles simulations reveal the dominant magnetostructural couplings underlying the observed ferroelectricity, including a striking magnetically driven piezoelectric effect. Further, we derive phenomenological and atomistic theories that describe such couplings in a generic perovskite lattice. This allows us to predict how the observed effects can be enhanced, and even how similar ones can be obtained in other perovskite families.

  6. Improper electric polarization in simple perovskite oxides with two magnetic sublattices.

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    Zhao, Hong Jian; Bellaiche, L; Chen, Xiang Ming; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2017-01-20

    ABO3 perovskite oxides with magnetic A and B cations offer a unique playground to explore interactions involving two spin sublattices and the emergent effects they may drive. Of particular interest is the possibility of having magnetically driven improper ferroelectricity, as in the much studied families of rare-earth orthoferrites and orthochromites; yet, the mechanisms behind such effects remain to be understood in detail. Here we show that the strongest polar order corresponds to collinear spin configurations and is driven by non-relativistic exchange-strictive mechanisms. Our first-principles simulations reveal the dominant magnetostructural couplings underlying the observed ferroelectricity, including a striking magnetically driven piezoelectric effect. Further, we derive phenomenological and atomistic theories that describe such couplings in a generic perovskite lattice. This allows us to predict how the observed effects can be enhanced, and even how similar ones can be obtained in other perovskite families.

  7. Influence of transition metal electronegativity on the oxygen storage capacity of perovskite oxides.

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    Liu, Lu; Taylor, Daniel D; Rodriguez, Efrain E; Zachariah, Michael R

    2016-08-16

    The selection of highly efficient oxygen carriers (OCs) is a key step necessary for the practical development of chemical looping combustion (CLC). In this study, a series of ABO3 perovskites, where A = La, Ba, Sr, Ca and B = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, are synthesized and tested in a fixed bed reactor for reactivity and stability as OCs with CH4 as the fuel. We find that the electronegativity of the transition metal on the B-site (λB), is a convenient descriptor for oxygen storage capacity (OSC) of our perovskite samples. By plotting OSC for total methane oxidation against λB, we observe an inverted volcano plot relationship. These results could provide useful guidelines for perovskite OC design and their other energy related applications.

  8. Structural transitions in fluorine-based perovskites: A molecular-dynamics study of KMnF3

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    Lewis, Laurent J.; Lépine, Yves

    1989-08-01

    Constant-pressure molecular dynamics is used to investigate the structure of the fluorine-based perovskite KMnF3. On cooling from the high-temperature cubic phase, the system undergoes two structural transitions, first to a tetragonal, then to a base-centered orthorhombic structure. These transitions are accompanied by cooperative antiferrodistortive rearrangements of the MnF6 octahedra corresponding, respectively, to the condensation of an R[010] phonon mode, and to the simultaneous condensation of an M[010] and an R[101] mode. No evidence is found for the experimentally observed ground-state structure, suggesting that magnetism is responsible for this phase in real crystals.

  9. Charge Carriers in Planar and Meso-Structured Organic-Inorganic Perovskites: Mobilities, Lifetimes, and Concentrations of Trap States.

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    Hutter, Eline M; Eperon, Giles E; Stranks, Samuel D; Savenije, Tom J

    2015-08-06

    Efficient solar cells have been obtained using thin films of solution-processed organic-inorganic perovskites. However, there remains limited knowledge about the relationship between preparation route and optoelectronic properties. We use complementary time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements to investigate the charge carrier dynamics in thin planar films of CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), CH3NH3PbI3, and their meso-structured analogues. High mobilities close to 30 cm(2)/(V s) and microsecond-long lifetimes are found in thin films of CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), compared to lifetimes of only a few hundred nanoseconds in CH3NH3PbI3 and meso-structured perovskites. We describe our TRMC and PL experiments with a global kinetic model, using one set of kinetic parameters characteristic for each sample. We find that the trap density is less than 5 × 10(14) cm(-3) in CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x), 6 × 10(16) cm(-3) in the CH3NH3PbI3 thin film and ca. 10(15) cm(-3) in both meso-structured perovskites. Furthermore, our results imply that band-to-band recombination is enhanced by the presence of dark carriers resulting from unintentional doping of the perovskites. Finally, our general approach to determine concentrations of trap states and dark carriers is also highly relevant to other semiconductor materials.

  10. Structural and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxide Ba2CeSbO6

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    Dutta, Alo; Mukhopadhyay, P. K.; Sinha, T. P.; Das, Dipankar; Shannigrahi, Santiranjan

    2016-08-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of a double perovskite oxide Ba2CeSbO6 (BCSO) synthesized by solid state reaction technique have been investigated. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction pattern of BCSO suggests the monoclinic crystal structure at room temperature with P21/n space group. The vibrational properties of BCSO are investigated by the Fourier transform Infrared and Raman spectroscopy. The Raman spectrum confirms the B-site ordering of cations in BCSO. The temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility data in the field cooled mode show the anti-ferromagnetic behaviour of BCSO below 59 K. The core level X-ray photoemission (XPS) spectrum of Ce-3d and Sb-3d states confirms the presence of multiple oxidation states of these cations. The presence of both the Ce3+ and Ce4+ ions in BCSO gives the 4f4-δ intermediate valence state which may reduce the effective magnetic moment with respect to the system having single valence Ce3+ ion.

  11. Pressure-Induced Structural and Electronic Transition in Sr2ZnWO6 Double Perovskite.

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    Li, Nana; Manoun, Bouchaib; Tang, Lingyun; Ke, Feng; Liu, Fengliang; Dong, Haini; Lazor, Peter; Yang, Wenge

    2016-07-05

    High-pressure structural and electrical properties of Sr2ZnWO6 double perovskite were investigated using in situ angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, and alternating current (AC) impedance spectroscopy. A structural transition from monoclinic (P21/n) to triclinic (P1̅) phase around 9 GPa was observed due to the pressure-induced distortion of (W, Zn)O6 octahedron. In situ high-pressure Raman spectroscopy showed the increasing interaction among O-W-O in WO6 octahedron with pressure and a transition pressure consistent with the XRD results. From the AC impedance spectroscopy measurements, the resistivity increased steeply by ∼1 order of magnitude around 11 GPa, indicating an electronic transition accompanying the symmetry change. The increase in the interaction among O-W-O enhances the attraction of O(2-) electrons toward W(6+), thus increasing the covalence, which in turn lowers the charge transfer energy between O(2-) and W(6+) and induces the resistivity increase under high pressure.

  12. Correlating structure and electronic band-edge properties in organolead halide perovskites nanoparticles.

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    Zhu, Qiushi; Zheng, Kaibo; Abdellah, Mohamed; Generalov, Alexander; Haase, Dörthe; Carlson, Stefan; Niu, Yuran; Heimdal, Jimmy; Engdahl, Anders; Messing, Maria E; Pullerits, Tonu; Canton, Sophie E

    2016-06-01

    After having emerged as primary contenders in the race for highly efficient optoelectronics materials, organolead halide perovskites (OHLP) are now being investigated in the nanoscale regime as promising building blocks with unique properties. For example, unlike their bulk counterpart, quantum dots of OHLP are brightly luminescent, owing to large exciton binding energies that cannot be rationalized solely on the basis of quantum confinement. Here, we establish the direct correlation between the structure and the electronic band-edge properties of CH3NH3PbBr3 nanoparticles. Complementary structural and spectroscopic measurements probing long-range and local order reveal that lattice strain influences the nature of the valence band and modifies the subtle stereochemical activity of the Pb(2+) lone-pair. More generally, this work demonstrates that the stereochemical activity of the lone-pair at the metal site is a specific physicochemical parameter coupled to composition, size and strain, which can be employed to engineer novel functionalities in OHLP nanomaterials.

  13. Iridium double perovskite Sr2YIrO6 : A combined structural and specific heat study

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    Corredor, L. T.; Aslan-Cansever, G.; Sturza, M.; Manna, Kaustuv; Maljuk, A.; Gass, S.; Dey, T.; Wolter, A. U. B.; Kataeva, Olga; Zimmermann, A.; Geyer, M.; Blum, C. G. F.; Wurmehl, S.; Büchner, B.

    2017-02-01

    Recently, the iridate double perovskite Sr2YIrO6 has attracted considerable attention due to the report of unexpected magnetism in this Ir5 + (5 d4 ) material, in which according to the Jeff model, a nonmagnetic ground state is expected. However, in recent works on polycrystalline samples of the series Ba2 -xSrxYIrO6 no indication of magnetic transitions have been found. We present a structural, magnetic, and thermodynamic characterization of Sr2YIrO6 single crystals, with emphasis on the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the specific heat. As determined by x-ray diffraction, the Sr2YIrO6 single crystals have a cubic structure, with space group F m 3 ¯m . In agreement with the expected nonmagnetic ground state of Ir5 + (5d 4 ) in Sr2YIrO6 , no magnetic transition is observed down to 430 mK. Moreover, our results suggest that the low-temperature anomaly observed in the specific heat is not related to the onset of long-range magnetic order. Instead, it is identified as a Schottky anomaly caused by paramagnetic impurities present in the sample, of the order of n ˜0.5 (2 )% . These impurities lead to non-negligible spin correlations, which nonetheless, are not associated with long-range magnetic ordering.

  14. Interconversion of perovskite and fluorite structures in Ce-Sc-O system.

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    Shukla, Rakesh; Arya, Ashok; Tyagi, Avesh K

    2010-02-01

    CeScO(3) was synthesized by a two-step synthesis route involving a combustion method followed by vacuum heating at 1100 degrees C in the presence of Zr sponge which acts as an oxygen getter. The compound was characterized by various techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), high temperature XRD, thermogravimetry, diffuse reflectance (DR)-UV visible spectrophotometry, and Raman spectroscopy. Fluorite-type (F-type) solid solution with composition Ce(0.5)Sc(0.5)O(1.75) was observed as an intermediate during the synthesis of CeScO(3). Only by mere redox reaction was a reversible transformation between fluorite-type structure and perovskites structure observed. CeScO(3) was found as semiconducting oxide with band gap of 3.2 eV arising mainly between O p states in the valence band and Sc d and Ce d states in the conduction band with small contributions coming from Ce f and Sc p states. First-principles potential plane-wave-based calculations were performed for the band gap and its origin in CeScO(3). Photoluminescence measurement showed that CeScO(3) is a potential host material giving broad blue emission. This was further confirmed by demonstrating CeScO(3) doped with 2 mol % Tb(3+) compound as an efficient green light emitter.

  15. Structural and Chemical Evolution of Methylammonium Lead Halide Perovskites during Thermal Processing from Solution

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    Nenon, David P.; Christians, Jeffrey A.; Wheeler, Lance M.; Blackburn, Jeffrey L.; Sanehira, Erin M.; Dou, Benjia; Olsen, Michele L.; Zhu, Kai; Berry, Joseph J.; Luther, Joseph M.

    2016-06-01

    Following the prominent success of CH3NH3PbI3 in photovoltaics and other optoelectronic applications, focus has been placed on better understanding perovskite crystallization from precursor and intermediate phases in order to facilitate improved crystallinity often desirable for advancing optoelectronic properties. Understanding of stability and degradation is also of critical importance as these materials seek commercial applications. In this study, we investigate the evolution of perovskites formed from targeted precursor chemistries by correlating in situ temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and mass spectral analysis of the evolved species. This suite of analyses reveals important precursor composition-induced variations in the processes underpinning perovskite formation and degradation. The addition of Cl- leads to widely different precursor evolution and perovskite formation kinetics, and results in significant changes to the degradation mechanism, including suppression of crystalline PbI2 formation and modification of the thermal stability of the perovskite phase. This work highlights the role of perovskite precursor chemistry in both its formation and degradation.

  16. Total energy study of the microscopic structure and electronic properties of tetragonal perovskite SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Rubio-Ponce, A.; Olguín, D.

    2014-05-15

    To study the structural and electronic properties of cubic perovskite SrTiO{sub 3} and its stress-induced tetragonal phase, we have performed total energy calculations and studied the effect of oxygen vacancies on the electronic properties of tetragonal perovskite SrTiO{sub 3}. The method used was the relativistic full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method. To obtain the geometry that minimizes the total energy, we relaxed the internal atomic sites of the tetragonal cell. As a result of this procedure, we have found that the titanium atoms move toward the plane of the vacancy by 0.03 Å, and the apical oxygen atoms move to the same plane by approximately 0.14 Å. These results are discussed in comparison with experimental data.

  17. Mapping growth windows in quaternary perovskite oxide systems by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy

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    Brahlek, Matthew; Zhang, Lei; Zhang, Hai-Tian; Lapano, Jason; Dedon, Liv R.; Martin, Lane W.; Engel-Herbert, Roman

    2016-09-01

    Requisite to growing stoichiometric perovskite thin films of the solid-solution A'1-xAxBO3 by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy is understanding how the growth conditions interpolate between the end members A'BO3 and ABO3, which can be grown in a self-regulated fashion, but under different conditions. Using the example of La1-xSrxVO3, the two-dimensional growth parameter space that is spanned by the flux of the metal-organic precursor vanadium oxytriisopropoxide and composition, x, was mapped out. The evolution of the adsorption-controlled growth window was obtained using a combination of X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, reflection high-energy electron-diffraction (RHEED), and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. It is found that the stoichiometric growth conditions can be mapped out quickly with a single calibration sample using RHEED. Once stoichiometric conditions have been identified, the out-of-plane lattice parameter can be utilized to precisely determine the composition x. This strategy enables the identification of growth conditions that allow the deposition of stoichiometric perovskite oxide films with random A-site cation mixing, which is relevant to a large number of perovskite materials with interesting properties, e.g., high-temperature superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance, that emerge in solid solution A'1-xAxBO3.

  18. Structural characterization of a new acentric Ruddlesden-Popper layered perovskite compound: LiHSrTa2O7.

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    Galven, Cyrille; Fourquet, Jean-Louis; Suard, Emmanuelle; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre; Le Berre, Françoise

    2010-04-07

    A new n = 2 member acentric Ruddlesden-Popper layered perovskite LiHSrTa(2)O(7) (LiDSrTa(2)O(7)) has been synthesized and structurally characterized from Rietveld treatment of its powder X-ray and high-resolution neutron diffraction data. It can be synthesized by a partial Li(+)/H(+) exchange from the mother phase Li(2)SrTa(2)O(7) either in solid state by NH(4)Cl or in dilute HNO(3) by controlling the amount of H(+). This compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic acentric space group Ama2 (no. 40) with lattice constants a = radical2a(p) approximately 5.5522(1) A, b = radical2a(p) approximately 5.5248(1) A and c approximately 18.7745(4) A. Classically, Ta(5+) ions occupy the octahedral sites of the kinked perovskite blocks and Sr(2+) ions completely fill the perovskite cages while Li(+) and D(+) ions are found in the interlayer spacing. Efficient positive second harmonic generation response, performed at room temperature on a polycrystalline sample, shows unambiguously the acentric character of this new phase. Interestingly, the choice of the acentric Ama2 space group to describe the structure is revealed only by high-resolution neutron diffraction data: in the interlayer spacing, Li(+) and D(+) cations are unequally distributed on different sites (two 4a sites for Li(+) and two 4b sites for D(+) ions).

  19. Influence of structural distortions on the Ir magnetism in Ba2-xSrxYIrO6 double perovskites

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    Phelan, Brendan F.; Seibel, Elizabeth M.; Badoe, Daniel; Xie, Weiwei; Cava, R. J.

    2016-06-01

    We explore the relative strengths of spin orbit coupling and crystal field splitting in the Ir5+ compounds Ba2-xSrxYIrO6. In the case of strong spin orbit coupling and regular Ir5+ octahedra, one expects a non-magnetic J=0 state; in the case of distorted octahedra where crystal field effects dominate, the t2g manifold splits into a magnetic ground state. We report the results of continuously transitioning from the cubic Ba2YIrO6 double perovskite with ideal octahedra to the monoclinic Sr2YIrO6 double perovskite with distorted octahedra. We see no emergence of an enhanced Ir5+ magnetic moment in the series on increasing the structural distortions, as would have been the case for significant crystal field splitting. The near-constant magnetic moment observed through the Ba2-xSrxYIrO6 series reinforces the notion that spin-orbit coupling is the dominant force in determining the magnetism of iridium-oxygen octahedra in perovskite-like structures.

  20. Perovskite-structure TlMnO₃: a new manganite with new properties.

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    Yi, Wei; Kumagai, Yu; Spaldin, Nicola A; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Sato, Akira; Presniakov, Igor A; Sobolev, Alexey V; Glazkova, Yana S; Belik, Alexei A

    2014-09-15

    We synthesize a new member of the AMnO3 perovskite manganite family (where A is a trivalent cation)--thallium manganite, TlMnO3--under high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 K) conditions and show that the structural and magnetic properties are distinct from those of all other AMnO3 manganites. The crystal structure of TlMnO3 is solved and refined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. We obtain a triclinically distorted structure with space group P1̅ (No. 2), Z = 4, and lattice parameters a = 5.4248(2) Å, b = 7.9403(2) Å, c = 5.28650(10) Å, α = 87.8200(10)°, β = 86.9440(10)°, and γ = 89.3130(10)° at 293 K. There are four crystallographic Mn sites in TlMnO3 forming two groups based on the degree of their Jahn-Teller distortions. Physical properties of insulating TlMnO3 are investigated with Mössbauer spectroscopy and resistivity, specific heat, and magnetization measurements. The orbital ordering, which persists to the decomposition temperature of 820 K, suggests A-type antiferromagnetic ordering with the ferromagnetic planes along the [-101] direction, consistent with the measured collinear antiferromagnetism below the Néel temperature of 92 K. Hybrid density functional calculations are consistent with the experimentally identified structure, insulating ground state, and suggested magnetism, and show that the low symmetry originates from the strongly Jahn-Teller distorted Mn(3+) ions combined with the strong covalency of the Tl(3+)-O bonds.

  1. Controlling the Electronic Structures of Perovskite Oxynitrides and their Solid Solutions for Photocatalysis.

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    Umezawa, Naoto; Janotti, Anderson

    2016-05-10

    Band-gap engineering of oxide materials is of great interest for optoelectronics, photovoltaics, and photocatalysis applications. In this study, electronic structures of perovskite oxynitrides, LaTiO2 N and SrNbO2 N, and solid solutions, (SrTiO3 )1-x (LaTiO2 N)x and (SrTiO3 )1-x (SrNbO2 N)x , are investigated using hybrid density functional calculations. Band gaps of LaTiO2 N and SrNbO2 N are much smaller than that of SrTiO3 owing to the formation of a N 2p band, which is higher in energy than the O 2p band. The valence- and conduction-band offsets of SrTiO3 /LaTiO2 N and SrTiO3 /SrNbO2 N are computed, and the adequacy for H2 evolution is analyzed by comparing the positions of the band edges with respect to the standard hydrogen electrode (SHE). The band gap of (SrTiO3 )1-x (LaTiO2 N)x and (SrTiO3 )1-x (SrNbO2 N)x solid solutions are also discussed.

  2. Electronic structure studies of high-T/sub c/ perovskites and related materials

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    Wachs, A.L.; Turchi, P.E.A.; Kaiser, J.H.; West, R.N.; Howell, R.H.; Jean, Y.C.; Merkle, K.L.; Revcolevschi, A.; Fluss, M.J.

    1988-10-01

    We have performed 2D-ACPAR measurements on La/sub 2/CuO/sub 4/ and NiO. The ACPAR distributions were very isotropic, with small anisotropic deviations on the order of 10% of the total counts. It was not possible to clearly discern a Fermi surface in either set of data, nor was it possible to identify any features with the symmetry and periodicity of the crystalline reciprocal lattices. Attempts to model both systems by starting with a localized ionic picture and allowing covalency overlap to take place among the atoms comprising an isolated metal atom-oxygen octahedral cluster have proven successful. This result suggests that it might be appropriate for analyses of the electronic structure for high-T/sub c/ perovskites to begin with the ansatz of localized electronic states. This approach has worked very well for the transition-metal monoxides. Finally, application of the LCW formalism to data from both systems yields a result very close to filled-band behavior. We believe the deviations from the latter are significant, but that they originate from positronic wavefunction mixing of the electronic states and not from a Fermi surface. 9 refs., 3 figs.

  3. Device modeling of perovskite solar cells based on structural similarity with thin film inorganic semiconductor solar cells

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    Minemoto, Takashi; Murata, Masashi

    2014-08-01

    Device modeling of CH3NH3PbI3-xCl3 perovskite-based solar cells was performed. The perovskite solar cells employ a similar structure with inorganic semiconductor solar cells, such as Cu(In,Ga)Se2, and the exciton in the perovskite is Wannier-type. We, therefore, applied one-dimensional device simulator widely used in the Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells. A high open-circuit voltage of 1.0 V reported experimentally was successfully reproduced in the simulation, and also other solar cell parameters well consistent with real devices were obtained. In addition, the effect of carrier diffusion length of the absorber and interface defect densities at front and back sides and the optimum thickness of the absorber were analyzed. The results revealed that the diffusion length experimentally reported is long enough for high efficiency, and the defect density at the front interface is critical for high efficiency. Also, the optimum absorber thickness well consistent with the thickness range of real devices was derived.

  4. Metal halide perovskite light emitters

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    Kim, Young-Hoon; Cho, Himchan; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2016-01-01

    Twenty years after layer-type metal halide perovskites were successfully developed, 3D metal halide perovskites (shortly, perovskites) were recently rediscovered and are attracting multidisciplinary interest from physicists, chemists, and material engineers. Perovskites have a crystal structure composed of five atoms per unit cell (ABX3) with cation A positioned at a corner, metal cation B at the center, and halide anion X at the center of six planes and unique optoelectronic properties determined by the crystal structure. Because of very narrow spectra (full width at half-maximum ≤20 nm), which are insensitive to the crystallite/grain/particle dimension and wide wavelength range (400 nm ≤ λ ≤ 780 nm), perovskites are expected to be promising high-color purity light emitters that overcome inherent problems of conventional organic and inorganic quantum dot emitters. Within the last 2 y, perovskites have already demonstrated their great potential in light-emitting diodes by showing high electroluminescence efficiency comparable to those of organic and quantum dot light-emitting diodes. This article reviews the progress of perovskite emitters in two directions of bulk perovskite polycrystalline films and perovskite nanoparticles, describes current challenges, and suggests future research directions for researchers to encourage them to collaborate and to make a synergetic effect in this rapidly emerging multidisciplinary field. PMID:27679844

  5. Advances in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Zuo, Chuantian; Bolink, Henk J; Han, Hongwei; Huang, Jinsong; Cahen, David; Ding, Liming

    2016-07-01

    Organolead halide perovskite materials possess a combination of remarkable optoelectronic properties, such as steep optical absorption edge and high absorption coefficients, long charge carrier diffusion lengths and lifetimes. Taken together with the ability for low temperature preparation, also from solution, perovskite-based devices, especially photovoltaic (PV) cells have been studied intensively, with remarkable progress in performance, over the past few years. The combination of high efficiency, low cost and additional (non-PV) applications provides great potential for commercialization. Performance and applications of perovskite solar cells often correlate with their device structures. Many innovative device structures were developed, aiming at large-scale fabrication, reducing fabrication cost, enhancing the power conversion efficiency and thus broadening potential future applications. This review summarizes typical structures of perovskite solar cells and comments on novel device structures. The applications of perovskite solar cells are discussed.

  6. Perovskite: A Structure of Great Interest to Geophysics and Materials Science

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    Navrotsky, Alexandra; Weidner, Donald J.

    Perovskite, CaTiO3, was discovered and named in 1839 by Gustav Rose, German chemist and mineralogist (1798-1873), the year he was appointed professor at Berlin University. To Rose we owe sanidine (1808), anorthite (1823), and cancrinite (1859) as well. Alexander von Humboldt whom the Tsar of Russia had asked to explore the far reaches of his empire chose Rose as a fellow traveller. Rose's report "Reise nach dem Ural, Altai und dem Kaspischen Meer", was published in Berlin between 1837 and 1842. It is presumably there that Rose first mentioned perovskite.

  7. Unusual magnetic structure of the high-pressure synthesized perovskites A CrO3 (A =Sc , In, Tl)

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    Ding, Lei; Manuel, Pascal; Khalyavin, Dmitry D.; Orlandi, Fabio; Kumagai, Yu; Oba, Fumiyasu; Yi, Wei; Belik, Alexei A.

    2017-02-01

    Magnetic structures of metastable perovskites ScCrO3, InCrO3, and TlCrO3, stabilized under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, have been studied by neutron powder diffraction. Similar to the other orthochromites LnCrO3 (Ln = lanthanide or Y), these materials crystallize into the orthorhombic structure with P n m a 1' symmetry. The spin configuration of the metastable perovskites has been found to be C type, contrasting with the G -type structure usually observed in LnCrO3. First-principles calculations demonstrate that the C -type structure found in ScCrO3 and InCrO3 is attributed to a ferromagnetic (FM) nearest-neighbor interaction, while in TlCrO3, this type of magnetic ordering is stabilized by a strong next-nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic (AFM) exchange. The spins in the C -type magnetic structure line up along the orthorhombic b axis, yielding the P n m a magnetic symmetry. The dominant mechanism controlling this spin direction has been concluded to be the single ion anisotropy imposed by a uniaxial distortion of CrO6 octahedra.

  8. Variability of impurity doping in the modified Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3 ceramics of type ABO 3

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    Huang, Cheng-Liang; Chen, Bing-Huei; Wu, Long

    2004-04-01

    The influence of sintering effects on microstructure, mechanical quality factor Qm and electromechanical coupling factor κ of 1 mol% Nb-doped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoceramics with a composition Zr/Ti=53/47 prepared by the conventional ceramic technology were investigated. Replacement of Ti +4 by Nb +5 in such perovskite type solid solutions was accomplished by the creation of cation vacancies. These created vacancies seemed to facilitate material transport and benefit from sintering. Calcined at 850 °C/2 h and sintered at 1250 °C/2 h, the PZT ceramics had the minimum value of Qm 50 and exhibited maximum electromechanical coupling factor κp 0.62 in accordance with the relationship between mechanical quality factor and electromechanical coupling factor. The measured P- E hysteresis loop illustrated that the remanent polarization ( Pr) and coercive field ( Ec) were 8.63 μC/cm 2 and 17.2 kV/cm, respectively. The fundamental resonance frequency was around 200 kHz, which was suitable for piezoelectric resonator and filter applications.

  9. Electronic, magnetic and structural properties of the RFe03 antiferromagnetic-perovskites at very high pressures

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    Pasternak, M.; Xu, W. M.; Rozenberg, G. Kh.; Taylor, R. D.

    2002-01-01

    At ambient pressure the orthorhombic perovskites R-orthoferrites (R {triple_bond}Lu, Eu, Y, Pr, and La) exhibit very large optical gaps. These large-gap Mott insulators in which the 3d{sup 5} high-spin ferric ions carry large local moments and magnetically order at T{sub N} > 600 K, undergo a sluggish structural first-order phase transition in the 30-50 GPa range, with the exception of the LuFeO{sub 3} which undergoes an isostructural volume reduction resulting from a high to low-spin crossover. High-pressure methods to 170 GPa using Moessbauer spectroscopy, resistance, and synchrotron-based XRD in diamond anvil cells were applied. Following the quasi-isostructural volume reduction (3-5%) the new phase the magnetic-ordering temperature is drastically reduced, to {approx}100 K, the direct and super-exchange interactions are drastically weakened, and the charge-transfer gap is substantially reduced. The high-pressure (HP) phases of the La and Pr oxides, at their inception, are composed of high- and low-spin Fe{sup 3+} magnetic sublattices, the abundance of the latter increasing with pressure but HP phases of the Eu, Y, and Lu oxides consist solely of low-spin Fe{sup 3+}. Resistance and Moessbauer studies in La and Pr orthoferrites reveal the onset of a metallic state with moments starting at P > 120 GPa. Based on the magnetic and electrical data of the latter species, a Mott phase diagram was established.

  10. Scaling Effects in Perovskite Ferroelectrics: Fundamental Limits and Process-Structure-Property Relations

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    Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Harris, David T.; Keech, Ryan; ...

    2016-07-05

    Ferroelectric materials are well-suited for a variety of applications because they can offer a combination of high performance and scaled integration. Examples of note include piezoelectrics to transform between electrical and mechanical energies, capacitors used to store charge, electro-optic devices, and non-volatile memory storage. Accordingly, they are widely used as sensors, actuators, energy storage, and memory components, ultrasonic devices, and in consumer electronics products. Because these functional properties arise from a non-centrosymmetric crystal structure with spontaneous strain and a permanent electric dipole, the properties depend upon physical and electrical boundary conditions, and consequently, physical dimension. The change of properties withmore » decreasing physical dimension is commonly referred to as a size effect. In thin films, size effects are widely observed, while in bulk ceramics, changes in properties from the values of large-grained specimens is most notable in samples with grain sizes below several microns. It is important to note that ferroelectricity typically persists to length scales of about 10 nm, but below this point is often absent. Despite the stability of ferroelectricity for dimensions greater than ~10 nm, the dielectric and piezoelectric coefficients of scaled ferroelectrics are suppressed relative to their bulk counterparts, in some cases by changes up to 80%. The loss of extrinsic contributions (domain and phase boundary motion) to the electromechanical response accounts for much of this suppression. In this article the current understanding of the underlying mechanisms for this behavior in perovskite ferroelectrics are reviewed. We focus on the intrinsic limits of ferroelectric response, the roles of electrical and mechanical boundary conditions, grain size and thickness effects, and extraneous effects related to processing. Ultimately, in many cases, multiple mechanisms combine to produce the observed scaling

  11. Scaling Effects in Perovskite Ferroelectrics: Fundamental Limits and Process-Structure-Property Relations

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    Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Harris, David T.; Keech, Ryan; Jones, Jacob L.; Maria, Jon-Paul; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2016-07-05

    Ferroelectric materials are well-suited for a variety of applications because they can offer a combination of high performance and scaled integration. Examples of note include piezoelectrics to transform between electrical and mechanical energies, capacitors used to store charge, electro-optic devices, and non-volatile memory storage. Accordingly, they are widely used as sensors, actuators, energy storage, and memory components, ultrasonic devices, and in consumer electronics products. Because these functional properties arise from a non-centrosymmetric crystal structure with spontaneous strain and a permanent electric dipole, the properties depend upon physical and electrical boundary conditions, and consequently, physical dimension. The change of properties with decreasing physical dimension is commonly referred to as a size effect. In thin films, size effects are widely observed, while in bulk ceramics, changes in properties from the values of large-grained specimens is most notable in samples with grain sizes below several microns. It is important to note that ferroelectricity typically persists to length scales of about 10 nm, but below this point is often absent. Despite the stability of ferroelectricity for dimensions greater than ~10 nm, the dielectric and piezoelectric coefficients of scaled ferroelectrics are suppressed relative to their bulk counterparts, in some cases by changes up to 80%. The loss of extrinsic contributions (domain and phase boundary motion) to the electromechanical response accounts for much of this suppression. In this article the current understanding of the underlying mechanisms for this behavior in perovskite ferroelectrics are reviewed. We focus on the intrinsic limits of ferroelectric response, the roles of electrical and mechanical boundary conditions, grain size and thickness effects, and extraneous effects related to processing. Ultimately, in many cases, multiple mechanisms combine to produce the observed scaling effects.

  12. Ion-Beam-Induced Defects and Defect Interactions in Perovskite-Structure Titanates

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    Boatner, L.A.; Jiang, W.; Meldrum, A.; Thevuthasan, S.; Weber, W.J.; Williford, R.E.

    1999-08-23

    Ion-beam irradiation of perovskite structures results in the production and accumulation of defects. Below a critical temperature, irradiation also leads to a crystalline-to-amorphous transformation. The critical temperature for amorphization under 800 keV Kr{sup +} ion irradiation is 425,440 and 550 K for SrTiO{sub 3}, CaTiO{sub 3} and BaTiO{sub 3}, respectively. The results of ion-channeling studies on SrTiO{sub 3} irradiated with 1.0 MeV Au{sup 2+} ions suggest that the crystalline-to-amorphous transformation is dominated by the accumulation and interaction of irradiation-induced defects. In SiTiO{sub 3} irradiated with He{sup +} and 0{sup +} ions at 180 K, isochronal annealing studies indicate that there is significant recovery of defects on both the oxygen and cation sublattices between 200 and 400 K. These results suggest that defect recovery processes may control the kinetics of amorphization. A fit of the direct-impact/defect-stimulated model to the data for SrTiO{sub 3} suggests that the kinetics of amorphization are controlled by both a nearly athermal irradiation-assisted recovery process with an activation energy of 0.1 plus or minus 0.05 eV and a thermal defect recovery process with an activation energy of 0.6 plus or minus 0.1 eV. In SrTi0{sub 3} implanted with 40 keV H{sup +} to 5.0 x 10{sup 16} and 1.0 x 10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2}, annealing at 470 K increases the backscattering yield from Sr and Ti and is mostly likely due to the coalescence of H{sub 2} into bubble nuclei. Annealing at 570 K and higher results in the formation of blisters or large cleaved areas.

  13. Bandgap Control via Structural and Chemical Tuning of Transition Metal Perovskite Chalcogenides.

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    Niu, Shanyuan; Huyan, Huaixun; Liu, Yang; Yeung, Matthew; Ye, Kevin; Blankemeier, Louis; Orvis, Thomas; Sarkar, Debarghya; Singh, David J; Kapadia, Rehan; Ravichandran, Jayakanth

    2017-03-01

    Transition metal perovskite chalcogenides are a new class of versatile semiconductors with high absorption coefficient and luminescence efficiency. Polycrystalline materials synthesized by an iodine-catalyzed solid-state reaction show distinctive optical colors and tunable bandgaps across the visible range in photoluminescence, with one of the materials' external efficiency approaching the level of single-crystal InP and CdSe.

  14. Quasiparticle band gap of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites: Crystal structure, spin-orbit coupling, and self-energy effects

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    Gao, Weiwei; Gao, Xiang; Abtew, Tesfaye A.; Sun, Yi-Yang; Zhang, Shengbai; Zhang, Peihong

    2016-02-01

    The quasiparticle band gap is one of the most important materials properties for photovoltaic applications. Often the band gap of a photovoltaic material is determined (and can be controlled) by various factors, complicating predictive materials optimization. An in-depth understanding of how these factors affect the size of the gap will provide valuable guidance for new materials discovery. Here we report a comprehensive investigation on the band gap formation mechanism in organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites by decoupling various contributing factors which ultimately determine their electronic structure and quasiparticle band gap. Major factors, namely, quasiparticle self-energy, spin-orbit coupling, and structural distortions due to the presence of organic molecules, and their influences on the quasiparticle band structure of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites are illustrated. We find that although methylammonium cations do not contribute directly to the electronic states near band edges, they play an important role in defining the band gap by introducing structural distortions and controlling the overall lattice constants. The spin-orbit coupling effects drastically reduce the electron and hole effective masses in these systems, which is beneficial for high carrier mobilities and small exciton binding energies.

  15. Doped lanthanum nickelates with a layered perovskite structure as bifunctional cathode catalysts for rechargeable metal-air batteries.

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    Jung, Kyu-Nam; Jung, Jong-Hyuk; Im, Won Bin; Yoon, Sukeun; Shin, Kyung-Hee; Lee, Jong-Won

    2013-10-23

    Rechargeable metal-air batteries have attracted a great interest in recent years because of their high energy density. The critical challenges facing these technologies include the sluggish kinetics of the oxygen reduction-evolution reactions on a cathode (air electrode). Here, we report doped lanthanum nickelates (La2NiO4) with a layered perovskite structure that serve as efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution in an aqueous alkaline electrolyte. Rechargeable lithium-air and zinc-air batteries assembled with these catalysts exhibit remarkably reduced discharge-charge voltage gaps (improved round-trip efficiency) as well as high stability during cycling.

  16. Lattice instability and competing spin structures in the double perovskite insulator Sr2FeOsO6.

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    Paul, Avijit Kumar; Reehuis, Manfred; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Yan, Binghai; Hoser, Andreas; Többens, Daniel M; Abdala, Paula M; Adler, Peter; Jansen, Martin; Felser, Claudia

    2013-10-18

    The semiconductor Sr2FeOsO6, depending on temperature, adopts two types of spin structures that differ in the spin sequence of ferrimagnetic iron-osmium layers along the tetragonal c axis. Neutron powder diffraction experiments, 57Fe Mössbauer spectra, and density functional theory calculations suggest that this behavior arises because a lattice instability resulting in alternating iron-osmium distances fine-tunes the balance of competing exchange interactions. Thus, Sr2FeOsO6 is an example of a double perovskite, in which the electronic phases are controlled by the interplay of spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom.

  17. Bi(3n+1)Ti7Fe(3n-3)O(9n+11) Homologous Series: Slicing Perovskite Structure with Planar Interfaces Containing Anatase-like Chains.

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    Batuk, Dmitry; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Filimonov, Dmitry S; Zakharov, Konstantin V; Volkova, Olga S; Vasiliev, Alexander; Hadermann, Joke; Abakumov, Artem M

    2016-02-01

    The n = 3-6 members of a new perovskite-based homologous series Bi(3n+1)Ti7Fe(3n-3)O(9n+11) are reported. The crystal structure of the n = 3 Bi10Ti7Fe6O38 member is refined using a combination of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data (a = 11.8511(2) Å, b = 3.85076(4) Å, c = 33.0722(6) Å, S.G. Immm), unveiling the partially ordered distribution of Ti(4+) and Fe(3+) cations and indicating the presence of static random displacements of the Bi and O atoms. All Bi(3n+1)Ti7Fe(3n-3)O(9n+11) structures are composed of perovskite blocks separated by translational interfaces parallel to the (001)p perovskite planes. The thickness of the perovskite blocks increases with n, while the atomic arrangement at the interfaces remains the same. The interfaces comprise chains of double edge-sharing (Fe,Ti)O6 octahedra connected to the octahedra of the perovskite blocks by sharing edges and corners. This configuration shifts the adjacent perovskite blocks relative to each other over a vector ½[110]p and creates S-shaped tunnels along the [010] direction. The tunnels accommodate double columns of the Bi(3+) cations, which stabilize the interfaces owing to the stereochemical activity of their lone electron pairs. The Bi(3n+1)Ti7Fe(3n-3)O(9n+11) structures can be formally considered either as intergrowths of perovskite modules and polysynthetically twinned modules of the Bi2Ti4O11 structure or as intergrowths of the 2D perovskite and 1D anatase fragments. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) on Bi10Ti7Fe6O38 reveals that static atomic displacements of Bi and O inside the perovskite blocks are not completely random; they are cooperative, yet only short-range ordered. According to TEM, the interfaces can be laterally shifted with respect to each other over ±1/3a, introducing an additional degree of disorder. Bi10Ti7Fe6O38 is paramagnetic in the 1.5-1000 K temperature range due to dilution of the magnetic Fe(3+) cations with nonmagnetic Ti(4+). The n = 3, 4 compounds demonstrate a

  18. Electronic band structure trends of perovskite halides: Beyond Pb and Sn to Ge and Si

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    Huang, Ling-yi; Lambrecht, Walter R. L.

    2016-05-01

    The trends in electronic band structure are studied in the cubic A B X3 halide perovskites for A =Cs ; B =Pb , Sn, Ge, Si; and X =I , Br, Cl. The gaps are found to decrease from Pb to Sn and from Ge to Si, but increase from Sn to Ge. The trend is explained in terms of the atom s levels of the group-IV element and the atomic sizes which changes the amount of hybridization with X -p and hence the valence bandwidth. Along the same series spin-orbit coupling also decreases and this tends to increase the gap because of the smaller splitting of the conduction band minimum. Both effects compensate each other to a certain degree. The trend with halogens is to reduce the gap from Cl to I, i.e., with decreasing electronegativity. The role of the tolerance factor in avoiding octahedron rotations and octahedron edge sharing is discussed. The Ge containing compounds have tolerance factor t >1 and hence do not show the series of octahedral rotation distortions and the existence of edge-sharing octahedral phases known for Pb and Sn-based compounds, but rather a rhombohedral distortion. CsGeI3 is found to have a suitable gap for photovoltaics both in its cubic (high-temperature) and rhombohedral (low-temperature) phases. The structural stability of the materials in the different phases is also discussed. We find the rhombohedral phase to have lower total energy and slightly larger gaps but to present a less significant distortion of the band structure than the edge-sharing octahedral phases, such as the yellow phase in CsSnI3. The corresponding silicon based compounds have not yet been synthesized and therefore our estimates are less certain but indicate a small gap for cubic CsSiI3 and CsSiBr3 of about 0.2 ±0.2 eV and 0.8 ±0.6 eV for CsSiCl3. The intrinsic stability of the Si compounds is discussed.

  19. Structural relaxation around Cr3+ in YAlO3-YCrO3 perovskites from electron absorption spectra.

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    Cruciani, Giuseppe; Ardit, Matteo; Dondi, Michele; Matteucci, Francesco; Blosi, Magda; Dalconi, Maria Chiara; Albonetti, Stefania

    2009-12-10

    The structural relaxation around Cr(3+) in YAl(1-x)Cr(x)O(3) perovskites was investigated and compared with analogous Cr-Al joins (corundum, spinel, garnet). Eight compositions (x(Cr)((3+)) from 0 to 1) were prepared by sol-gel combustion and were analyzed by a combined X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron absorption spectroscopy (EAS) approach. The unit cell parameters and the XRD averaged octahedral (Cr,Al)-O and ([VIII])Y-O bond distances scale linearly with the chromium fraction. The optical parameters show an expected decrease of crystal field strength (10Dq) and an increase of covalency (B(35)) and polarizability (B(55)) toward YCrO(3), but a nonlinear trend outlines some excess 10Dq below x(Cr)((3+)) approximately 0.4. The local Cr-O bond lengths, as calculated from EAS, indicate a compression from 1.98 A (x(Cr)((3+)) = 1.0) down to 1.95 A (x(Cr)((3+)) = 0.035) so that the relaxation coefficient of perovskite (epsilon = 0.54) is the lowest in comparison with garnet (epsilon = 0.74), spinel (epsilon = 0.68), and corundum (epsilon = 0.58) in contrast with its structural features. The enhanced covalent character of the Cr(3+)-O-Cr(3+) bond in the one-dimensional arrangement of corner-sharing octahedra can be invoked as a factor limiting the perovskite polyhedral network flexibility. The increased probability of Cr-O-Cr clusters for x(Cr)((3+)) greater than approximately 0.4 is associated to diverging trends of nonequivalent interoctahedral angles. The relatively low relaxation degree of Y(Al,Cr)O(3) can be also understood by considering an additional contribution to 10Dq because of the electrostatic potential of the rest of the lattice ions upon the localized electrons of the CrO(6) octahedron. Such an "excess" of 10Dq increases when the point symmetry of the Cr site is low, as in perovskite, and would be affected by the change of yttrium effective coordination number observed by XRD for x(Cr)((3+)) greater than approximately 0.4. This would justify the

  20. Electronic structure of ferromagnetic semiconductor material on the monoclinic and rhombohedral ordered double perovskites La{sub 2}FeCoO{sub 6}

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    Fuh, Huei-Ru; Chang, Ching-Ray; Weng, Ke-Chuan; Wang, Yin-Kuo

    2015-05-07

    Double perovskite La{sub 2}FeCoO{sub 6} with monoclinic structure and rhombohedra structure show as ferromagnetic semiconductor based on density functional theory calculation. The ferromagnetic semiconductor state can be well explained by the superexchange interaction. Moreover, the ferromagnetic semiconductor state remains under the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA plus onsite Coulomb interaction calculation.

  1. Magnetic order and electronic structure of 5d3 double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6

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    Taylor, A. E.; Morrow, R.; Singh, D. J.; ...

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic susceptibility, crystal and magnetic structures, and electronic structure of double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6 are reported. Using both neutron and x-ray powder diffraction we find that the crystal structure is monoclinic P21/n from 3.5 to 300 K. Magnetization measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic transition at TN=92 K, one of the highest transition temperatures of any double perovskite hosting only one magnetic ion. Type I antiferromagnetic order is determined by neutron powder diffraction, with an Os moment of only 1.6(1) muB, close to half the spin-only value for a crystal field split 5d electron state with t2g^3 ground state. Density functional calculationsmore » show that this reduction is largely the result of strong Os-O hybridization, with spin-orbit coupling responsible for only a ~0.1 muB reduction in the moment.« less

  2. Structural and transport properties of double perovskite Dy{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6}

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    Chanda, Sadhan Saha, Sujoy; Dutta, Alo; Sinha, T.P.

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Sol–gel citrate method is used to prepare the double perovskite Dy{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6}. • Structure and dielectric relaxation of the sample are studied for nano and bulk phases. • The relaxation mechanism of the sample is modeled by Cole–Cole equation. • With increasing sintering temperature conductivity increases. • Electronic structures and magnetic properties have been studied by DFT calculations. - Abstract: The double perovskite oxide Dy{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} (DNMO) is synthesized in nano and bulk phase by the sol–gel citrate method. The Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction pattern of the sample at room temperature shows the monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n phase. Dielectric relaxation of the sample is investigated in the impedance and electric modulus formalisms in the frequency range from 50 Hz to 1 MHz and in the temperature range from 253 to 415 K. The Cole–Cole model is used to explain the relaxation mechanism in DNMO. The frequency-dependent maxima in the imaginary part of impedance are found to obey an Arrhenius law with activation energy of 0.346 and 0.344 eV for nano and bulk DNMO, respectively. A significant increase in conductivity of bulk DNMO has been observed than that of the nanoceramic. Electronic structures and magnetic properties of DNMO have been studied by performing first principles calculation based on density functional theory.

  3. Structure Peculiarities of Micro- and Nanocrystalline Perovskite Ferrites La1- x Sm x FeO3

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    Pavlovska, O. B.; Vasylechko, L. O.; Lutsyuk, I. V.; Koval, N. M.; Zhydachevskii, Ya A.; Pieniążek, A.

    2017-02-01

    Micro- and nanocrystalline lanthanum-samarium ferrites La1- x Sm x FeO3 with orthorhombic perovskite structure were obtained by using both solid state reactions ( x = 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8) and sol-gel synthesis ( x = 0.5) techniques. Obtained structural parameters of both series of La1- x Sm x FeO3 are in excellent agreement with the "pure" LaFeO3 and SmFeO3 compounds, thus proving formation of continuous solid solution in the LaFeO3-SmFeO3 system. Peculiarity of La1- x Sm x FeO3 solid solution is divergence behaviour of unit cell dimensions with increasing x: systematic decrease of the a and c lattice parameters is accompanied with increasing b parameter. Such behaviour of the unit cell dimensions in La1- x Sm x FeO3 series led to crossover of the a and c perovskite lattice parameters and formation of dimensionally tetragonal structure near x = 0.04. Linear decrease of the unit cell volume of La1- x Sm x FeO3 with decreasing x according with the Vegard's rule indicate absence of short-range ordering of R-cations in the LaFeO3-SmFeO3 system.

  4. Multiple-stage structure transformation of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Chen, Qiong; Liu, Henan; Kim, Hui -Seon; ...

    2016-09-15

    In this study, by performing spatially resolved Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy with varying excitation wavelength, density, and data acquisition parameters, we achieve a unified understanding towards the spectroscopy signatures of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite, transforming from the pristine state (CH3NH3PbI3) to the fully degraded state (i.e., PbI2) for samples with varying crystalline domain size from mesoscopic scale (approximately 100 nm) to macroscopic size (centimeters), synthesized by three different techniques. We show that the hybrid perovskite exhibits multiple stages of structure transformation occurring either spontaneously or under light illumination, with exceptionally high sensitivity to the illumination conditions (e.g., power, illumination time,more » and interruption pattern). We highlight four transformation stages (stages I-IV, with stage I being the pristine state) along either the spontaneous or photoinduced degradation path exhibiting distinctly different Raman spectroscopy features at each stage, and point out that previously reported Raman spectra in the literature reflect highly degraded structures of either stage III or stage IV. Additional characteristic optical features of partially degraded materials under the joint action of spontaneous and photodegradation are also given. This study offers reliable benchmark results for understanding the intrinsic material properties and structure transformation of this unique category of hybrid materials, and the findings are pertinently important to a wide range of potential applications where the hybrid material is expected to function in greatly different environment and light-matter interaction conditions.« less

  5. Ionic and Optical Properties of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite across the Tetragonal-Cubic Structural Phase Transition

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    Hoque, Md Nadim Ferdous; Islam, Nazifah; Li, Zhen; Ren, Guofeng; Zhu, Kai; Fan, Zhaoyang

    2016-09-01

    Practical hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) must endure temperatures above the tetragonal-cubic structural phase transition of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3). However, the ionic and optical properties of MAPbI3 in such a temperature range, and particularly, dramatic changes in these properties resulting from a structural phase transition, are not well studied. Herein, we report a striking contrast at approximately 45 degrees C in the ionic/electrical properties of MAPbl3 owing to a change of the ion activation energy from 0.7 to 0.5 eV, whereas the optical properties exhibit no particular transition except for the steady increase of the bandgap with temperature. These observations can be explained by the 'continuous' nature of perovskite phase transition. We speculate that the critical temperature at which the ionic/electrical properties change, although related to crystal symmetry variation, is not necessarily the same temperature as when tetragonal-cubic structural phase transition occurs.

  6. Mechanism of charge recombination in meso-structured organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells: A macroscopic perspective

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    Yang, Wenchao; Yao, Yao Wu, Chang-Qin

    2015-04-21

    In the currently popular organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, the slowness of the charge recombination processes is found to be a key factor for contributing to their high efficiencies and high open circuit voltages, but the underlying recombination mechanism remains unclear. In this work, we investigate the bimolecular recombination (BR) and the trap-assisted monomolecular recombination (MR) in meso-structured perovskite solar cells under steady state working condition, and try to reveal their roles on determining the device performance. Some interfacial effects such as the injection barriers at the selective contacts are examined as well. Based on the macroscopic device modeling, the recombination resistance-voltage (R{sub rec}−V) and the current density-voltage (J–V) curves are calculated to characterize the recombination mechanism and describe the device performance, respectively. Through comparison with the impedance spectroscopy extracted R{sub rec} data, it is found that under the typical BR reduction factor and deep trap densities observed in experiments, the MR dominates the charge recombination in the low voltage regime, while the BR dominates in the high voltage regime. The short circuit current and the fill factor could be reduced by the significant MR but the open circuit voltage is generally determined by the BR. The different electron injection barriers at the contact can change the BR rate and induce different patterns for the R{sub rec}–V characteristics. For the perovskites of increased band gaps, the R{sub rec}'s are significantly enhanced, corresponding to the high open circuit voltages. Finally, it is revealed that the reduced effective charge mobility due to the transport in electron and hole transporting material makes the R{sub rec} decrease slowly with the increasing voltage, which leads to increased open circuit voltage.

  7. Probing the links between structure and magnetism in Sr(2-x)Ca(x)FeOsO₆ double perovskites.

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    Morrow, Ryan; Freeland, John W; Woodward, Patrick M

    2014-08-04

    The synthesis, structure, and properties of the ordered double perovskites Sr2FeOsO6, Ca2FeOsO6, and SrCaFeOsO6 are reported. The latter two compounds have monoclinic P2₁/n symmetry and a(-)a(-)b(+) tilting of the octahedra, while Sr2FeOsO6 is tetragonal with I4/m symmetry and a(0)a(0)c(-) tilting. Magnetic measurements indicate and neutron powder diffraction studies confirm that Ca2FeOsO6 is a ferrimagnet with a Curie temperature of 350 K. The ferrimagnetism is retained if half of the Ca(2+) ions are replaced with larger Sr(2+) ions to form SrCaFeOsO6 (T(C) = 210 K). This substitution reduces the degree of octahedral tilting, but unlike most perovskites, the magnetic ordering temperature decreases as the Fe-O-Os bond angles approach a linear geometry. In contrast, Sr2FeOsO6 orders antiferromagnetically, as previously reported. X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms the assignment of Fe(III) and Os(V) oxidation states for all three compounds. In these insulating double perovskites, the magnetic ground state is governed by a competition between the four-bond Fe-O-Os-O-Fe antiferromagnetic superexchange coupling of Fe(III) ions and the two-bond Fe-O-Os antiferromagnetic superexchange coupling between neighboring Fe(III) and Os(V) ions. When the Fe-O-Os bonds are linear, as they are in the c direction in Sr2FeOsO6, the four-bond coupling between Fe(III) ions prevails. The competition shifts in favor of antiferromagnetic coupling of Fe(III) and Os(V) as the Fe-O-Os bond angles bend in response to chemical pressure.

  8. Mechanism of charge recombination in meso-structured organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells: A macroscopic perspective

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    Yang, Wenchao; Yao, Yao; Wu, Chang-Qin

    2015-04-01

    In the currently popular organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells, the slowness of the charge recombination processes is found to be a key factor for contributing to their high efficiencies and high open circuit voltages, but the underlying recombination mechanism remains unclear. In this work, we investigate the bimolecular recombination (BR) and the trap-assisted monomolecular recombination (MR) in meso-structured perovskite solar cells under steady state working condition, and try to reveal their roles on determining the device performance. Some interfacial effects such as the injection barriers at the selective contacts are examined as well. Based on the macroscopic device modeling, the recombination resistance-voltage (Rrec-V) and the current density-voltage (J-V) curves are calculated to characterize the recombination mechanism and describe the device performance, respectively. Through comparison with the impedance spectroscopy extracted Rrec data, it is found that under the typical BR reduction factor and deep trap densities observed in experiments, the MR dominates the charge recombination in the low voltage regime, while the BR dominates in the high voltage regime. The short circuit current and the fill factor could be reduced by the significant MR but the open circuit voltage is generally determined by the BR. The different electron injection barriers at the contact can change the BR rate and induce different patterns for the Rrec-V characteristics. For the perovskites of increased band gaps, the Rrec's are significantly enhanced, corresponding to the high open circuit voltages. Finally, it is revealed that the reduced effective charge mobility due to the transport in electron and hole transporting material makes the Rrec decrease slowly with the increasing voltage, which leads to increased open circuit voltage.

  9. Facile fabrication of three-dimensional TiO2 structures for highly efficient perovskite solar cells

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    Jang, Segeun; Yoon, Jungjin; Ha, Kyungyeon; Kim, Min-cheol; Kim, Dong Hoe; Kim, Sang Moon; Kang, Seong Min; Park, Sei Jin; Jung, Hyun Suk; Choi, Mansoo

    2016-04-01

    The capability of fabricating three dimensional (3-D) nanostructures with desired morphology is a key to realizing effective light-harvesting strategy in optical applications. In this work, we report a novel 3-D nanopatterning technique that combines ion-assisted aerosol lithography (IAAL) and soft lithography that serves as a facile method to fabricate 3-D nanostructures. Aerosol nanoparticles can be assembled into desired 3-D nanostructures via ion-induced electrostatic focusing and antenna effects from charged nanoparticle structures. Replication of the structures with a polymeric mold allows high throughput fabrication of 3-D nanostructures with various liquid-soluble materials. 3-D flower-patterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp was prepared using the reported technique and utilized for fabricating 3-D nanopatterned mesoporous TiO2 layer, which was employed as the electron transport layer in perovskite solar cells. By incorporating the 3-D nanostructures, absorbed photon-to-current efficiency of >95% at 650 nm wavelength and overall power conversion efficiency of 15.96% were achieved. The enhancement can be attributed to an increase in light harvesting efficiency in a broad wavelength range from 400 to 800 nm and more efficient charge collection from enlarged interfacial area between TiO2 and perovskite layers. This hybrid nanopatterning technique has demonstrated to be an effective method to create textures that increase light harvesting and charge collection with 3-D nanostructures in solar cells.

  10. Crystalline structure, magnetic response and electronic properties of RE2MgTiO6 (RE = Dy, Gd) double perovskites

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    Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Martínez Buitrago, D.; Cardona C, R.; Barrera, E. W.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-06-01

    The synthesis, crystal structure, morphology, magnetic properties and electronic calculations of two members of the family of double perovskite materials RE2MgTiO6 (RE = Dy, Gd) are described. X-ray powder diffraction measurements show that these materials crystallize in monoclinic perovskite structures with space group P21/n (#14). Unit cell parameters, atomic positions, tilt angle, inter-atomic distances and site occupancies were calculated by Rietveld through the GSAS code reveal. Lattice parameters for Dy2MgTiO6 were a = 5.3624(4) Å, b = 5.5973(2) Å and c = 7.6794(2) Å, and for Gd2MgTiO6a = 5.3143(5) Å, b = 5.5826(2) Å and c = 7.6324(2) Å. Samples morphology analyzed by scanning electron microscopy reveal strongly coupled grains with mean size 3 μm. Paramagnetic behavior is evidenced by magnetic susceptibility measurements and Curie-Weiss fitting supplies effective magnetic moments which lay 98% in agreement with the theoretical predictions for the isolated rare earth elements for each compound.

  11. Hierarchically Structured Hole Transport Layers of Spiro-OMeTAD and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Lee, Jiyong; Menamparambath, Mini Mol; Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Baik, Seunghyun

    2015-07-20

    The low electrical conductivity of spiro-OMeTAD hole transport layers impedes further enhancements of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cells. We embedded multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in spiro-OMeTAD (spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs) to increase carrier mobility and conductivity. However, direct electrical contact between CH3 NH3 PbI3 and the MWNTs created pathways for undesirable back-electron transfer, owing to the large work function of MWNTs, limiting enhancements of the PCE. A hierarchical structure of pure spiro-OMeTAD and spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs was designed to block back-electron transfer and fully exploit the enhanced charge transport of spiro-OMeTAD/MWNTs. The enhanced fill factor, short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, and PCE (15.1 %) were achieved by using this hierarchical hole transport layer structure (MWNT concentration=2 wt %). The perovskite solar cells were fabricated by a low-temperature solution process, further decreasing their per-Watt cost.

  12. Structural, elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of Ba2XOsO6 (X = Li, Na, Ca) double perovskites

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    Faizan, M.; Khan, S. H.; Murtaza, G.; Khan, A.; Khenata, R.; Mahmood, Asif; Hussain, S.; Ali, M. A.

    2016-11-01

    The double perovskite oxides have diverse applications in the fields such as magnetism and spintronics. We report on the structural, elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskites Ba2XOsO6 (X = Li, Na, Ca) calculated using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method. For the treatment of the exchange-correlation energy, the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of Wu and Cohen (WC-GGA), Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof (PBE-GGA), Engel-Vosko's (EV-GGA) and GGA plus Hubbard U parameter (GGA+ U) have been utilized. The calculated lattice constant, band structure and density of states are found in good agreement with the existing experimental and theoretical results. In particular, we present theoretical calculation of the bulk modulus of these compounds which, according to our knowledge, has not been reported. The calculation of elastic parameters suggests that these compounds possess ductile nature. The GGA+ U approach provides better band gap results as compared to others approximations. The density of states shows that Ba-5 p, Ba-4 f, Os-5 d and O-2 p states contribute majorly in the conduction and valence bands. The calculated magnetic moments of all these compounds reveal ferromagnetic nature. These compounds seem to possess half-metallic properties which may make them useful candidates for spintronics device applications.

  13. Structural chemistry and magnetic properties of the perovskite Sr3Fe2TeO9

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    Tang, Yawei; Hunter, Emily C.; Battle, Peter D.; Sena, Robert Paria; Hadermann, Joke; Avdeev, Maxim; Cadogan, J. M.

    2016-10-01

    A polycrystalline sample of perovskite-like Sr3Fe2TeO9 has been prepared in a solid-state reaction and studied by a combination of electron microscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetometry, X-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction. The majority of the reaction product is shown to be a trigonal phase with a 2:1 ordered arrangement of Fe3+ and Te6+ cations. However, the sample is prone to nano-twinning and tetragonal domains with a different pattern of cation ordering exist within many crystallites. Antiferromagnetic ordering exists in the trigonal phase at 300 K and Sr3Fe2TeO9 is thus the first example of a perovskite with 2:1 trigonal cation ordering to show long-range magnetic order. At 300 K the antiferromagnetic phase coexists with two paramagnetic phases which show spin-glass behaviour below ~80 K.

  14. Tilting structures in inverse perovskites, M3TtO (M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu; Tt = Si, Ge, Sn, Pb).

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    Nuss, Jürgen; Mühle, Claus; Hayama, Kyouhei; Abdolazimi, Vahideh; Takagi, Hidenori

    2015-06-01

    Single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments were performed for a series of inverse perovskites, M3TtO (M = Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu; Tt = tetrel element: Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) in the temperature range 500-50 K. For Tt = Sn, Pb, they crystallize as an 'ideal' perovskite-type structure (Pm3m, cP5); however, all of them show distinct anisotropies of the displacement ellipsoids of the M atoms at room temperature. This behavior vanishes on cooling for M = Ca, Sr, Eu, and the structures can be regarded as `ideal' cubic perovskites at 50 K. The anisotropies of the displacement ellipsoids are much more enhanced in the case of the Ba compounds. Finally, their structures undergo a phase transition at ∼ 150 K. They change from cubic to orthorhombic (Ibmm, oI20) upon cooling, with slightly tilted OBa6 octahedra, and bonding angles O-Ba-O ≃ 174° (100 K). For the larger Ba(2+) cations, the structural changes are in agreement with smaller tolerance factors (t) as defined by Goldschmidt. Similar structural behavior is observed for Ca3TtO. Smaller Tt(4-) anions (Si, Ge) introduce reduced tolerance factors. Both compounds Ca3SiO and Ca3GeO with cubic structures at 500 K, change into orthorhombic (Ibmm) at room temperature. Whereby, Ca3SiO is the only representative within the M3TtO family where three polymorphs can be found within the temperature range 500-50 K: Pm3m-Ibmm-Pbnm. They show tiny differences in the tilting of the OCa6 octahedra, expressed by O-Ca-O bond angles of 180° (500 K), ∼ 174° (295 K) and 170° (100 K). For larger M (Sr, Eu, Ba), together with smaller Tt (Si, Ge) atoms, pronounced tilting of the OM6 octahedra, and bonding angles of O-M-O ≃ 160° (295 K) are observed. They crystallize in the anti-GdFeO3 type of structure (Pbnm, oP20), and no phase transitions occur between 500 and 50 K. The observed phase transitions are all accompanied by multiple twinning, in terms of pseudo-merohedry or reticular pseudo-merohedry.

  15. An efficient electron transport material of tin oxide for planar structure perovskite solar cells

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    Murugadoss, Govindhasamy; Kanda, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Soichiro; Nishino, Hitoshi; Ito, Seigo; Imahoric, Hiroshi; Umeyama, Tomokazu

    2016-03-01

    The photovoltaic performance of a perovskite solar cell based on a new electron conducting SnO2 film prepared at low temperature using different solvents was investigated. SnO2 was selected as an electron conducting medium due to its superior properties over TiO2, such as better antireflective properties, higher electron mobility, more suitable band edges and a wider band gap. A SnO2 layer was developed by spin-coating SnCl2 solution followed by annealing at 200 °C in air. The low-temperature (200 °C) annealed SnO2 layer exhibits enhanced crystallization, high transmittance, and uniform surface morphology using ethanol as a solvent rather than water. Solid state CuSCN hole conductor was used as HTM for reducing the device cost. A planar solar cell fabricated with CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite infiltrated SnO2 showed a power conversion efficiency of 8.38% with short-circuit current density of 18.99 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.96 mV and a fill factor of 45%. The devices were fabricated at >60% humidity level at room temperature. The results suggest that SnO2 is an effective charge collection system for CH3NH3PbI3 based planar perovskite solar cells. In addition, these results provide a new direction for the future improvement of perovskite solar cells using new electron conducting layers.

  16. Coupling and electrical control of structural, orbital and magnetic orders in perovskites

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    Varignon, Julien; Bristowe, Nicholas C.; Bousquet, Eric; Ghosez, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite oxides are already widely used in industry and have huge potential for novel device applications thanks to the rich physical behaviour displayed in these materials. The key to the functional electronic properties exhibited by perovskites is often the so-called Jahn-Teller distortion. For applications, an electrical control of the Jahn-Teller distortions, which is so far out of reach, would therefore be highly desirable. Based on universal symmetry arguments, we determine new lattice mode couplings that can provide exactly this paradigm, and exemplify the effect from first-principles calculations. The proposed mechanism is completely general, however for illustrative purposes, we demonstrate the concept on vanadium based perovskites where we reveal an unprecedented orbital ordering and Jahn-Teller induced ferroelectricity. Thanks to the intimate coupling between Jahn-Teller distortions and electronic degrees of freedom, the electric field control of Jahn-Teller distortions is of general relevance and may find broad interest in various functional devices. PMID:26482414

  17. Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) Anti-Perovskite Compounds

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    Ullah, Imran; Murtaza, G.; Khenata, R.; Mahmood, Asif; Muzzamil, M.; Amin, N.; Saleh, M.

    2016-06-01

    We employed first-principles calculations to predict the structural and optoelectronic properties of X3ZN (X = Ca, Sr, Ba; Z = As, Sb, Bi) anti-perovskite compounds using an all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. Optimized structural parameters are found to be in good agreement with the available experimental measurements. The electronic band structure is calculated using different exchange-correlation potentials which reveal that the investigated compounds are narrow direct band gap semiconductors. A direct narrow band gap at the center of the Brillouin zone emphasises the optical activity of these compounds. Prediction of the optical properties, such as the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function and refractive index along with reflectivity and optical conductivity, reveals the importance of these compounds in the visible and near UV optoelectronic devices industry.

  18. Crystal structure of tetra-wickmanite, Mn(2+)Sn(4+)(OH)6.

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    Lafuente, Barbara; Yang, Hexiong; Downs, Robert T

    2015-02-01

    The crystal structure of tetra-wickmanite, ideally Mn(2+)Sn(4+)(OH)6 [mangan-ese(II) tin(IV) hexa-hydroxide], has been determined based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected from a natural sample from Långban, Sweden. Tetra-wickmanite belongs to the octa-hedral-framework group of hydroxide-perovskite minerals, described by the general formula BB'(OH)6 with a perovskite derivative structure. The structure differs from that of an ABO3 perovskite in that the A site is empty while each O atom is bonded to an H atom. The perovskite B-type cations split into ordered B and B' sites, which are occupied by Mn(2+) and Sn(4+), respectively. Tetra-wickmanite exhibits tetra-gonal symmetry and is topologically similar to its cubic polymorph, wickmanite. The tetra-wickmanite structure is characterized by a framework of alternating corner-linked [Mn(2+)(OH)6] and [Sn(4+)(OH)6] octa-hedra, both with point-group symmetry -1. Four of the five distinct H atoms in the structure are statistically disordered. The vacant A site is in a cavity in the centre of a distorted cube formed by eight octa-hedra at the corners. However, the hydrogen-atom positions and their hydrogen bonds are not equivalent in every cavity, resulting in two distinct environments. One of the cavities contains a ring of four hydrogen bonds, similar to that found in wickmanite, while the other cavity is more distorted and forms crankshaft-type chains of hydrogen bonds, as previously proposed for tetra-gonal stottite, Fe(2+)Ge(4+)(OH)6.

  19. Crystal structure of tetra­wickmanite, Mn2+Sn4+(OH)6

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    Lafuente, Barbara; Yang, Hexiong; Downs, Robert T.

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structure of tetra­wickmanite, ideally Mn2+Sn4+(OH)6 [mangan­ese(II) tin(IV) hexa­hydroxide], has been determined based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected from a natural sample from Långban, Sweden. Tetra­wickmanite belongs to the octa­hedral-framework group of hydroxide-perovskite minerals, described by the general formula BB’(OH)6 with a perovskite derivative structure. The structure differs from that of an ABO3 perovskite in that the A site is empty while each O atom is bonded to an H atom. The perovskite B-type cations split into ordered B and B′ sites, which are occupied by Mn2+ and Sn4+, respectively. Tetra­wickmanite exhibits tetra­gonal symmetry and is topologically similar to its cubic polymorph, wickmanite. The tetra­wickmanite structure is characterized by a framework of alternating corner-linked [Mn2+(OH)6] and [Sn4+(OH)6] octa­hedra, both with point-group symmetry -1. Four of the five distinct H atoms in the structure are statistically disordered. The vacant A site is in a cavity in the centre of a distorted cube formed by eight octa­hedra at the corners. However, the hydrogen-atom positions and their hydrogen bonds are not equivalent in every cavity, resulting in two distinct environments. One of the cavities contains a ring of four hydrogen bonds, similar to that found in wickmanite, while the other cavity is more distorted and forms crankshaft-type chains of hydrogen bonds, as previously proposed for tetra­gonal stottite, Fe2+Ge4+(OH)6. PMID:25878828

  20. Perovskite fever

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    2014-09-01

    Staggering increases in the performance of organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have renewed the interest in these materials. However, further developments and the support from academic and industrial partners will hinge on the reporting of accurate efficiency values.

  1. Structural and complex AC impedance spectroscopic studies of A 2CoNbO 6 (A = Sr, Ba) ordered double perovskites

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    Bashir, J.; Shaheen, R.

    2011-05-01

    Powder X-ray diffraction has been employed to study the crystal structures of Sr 2CoNbO 6 ( SCNO) and Ba 2CoNbO 6 ( BCNO) double perovskites. Rietveld fit to the X-ray diffraction data showed that Ba 2CoNbO 6 perovskites was monoclinic with space group P2 1/ n whereas Sr 2CoNbO 6 was found to be tetragonal with space group I4/ m. Like other cobalt based perovskites, both materials exhibit high values of dielectric constant at room temperature and low frequencies. Room temperature impedance and modulus spectra, measured over the 1 Hz to 10 MHz, reveal two relaxation processes with different relaxation times which were attributed to the grain and grain boundaries.

  2. Structural and magnetic study of the double-perovskites Ba2(Fe, B)2O6 (B = Mo, W and Re)

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    Rammeh, N.; Bramnik, K. G.; Ehrenberg, H.; Ritter, C.; Fuess, H.; Cheikh-Rouhou, A.

    2004-05-01

    Ceramics of Ba2(Fe,B)2O6 double-perovskites have been prepared and studied for B = Mo, W and Re. Rietveld analysis confirms that all samples crystallize in a cubic double-perovskite structure with Fmm space group. Magnetization measurements performed in the temperature range from 5 K to 350 K show a ferromagnetic behaviour for both materials Ba2(Fe,Mo)2O6 and Ba2(Fe,Re)2O6, with TC = 335 K, 318 K respectively, and antiferromagnetic behaviour for Ba2(Fe,W)2O6 with TN = 20 K.

  3. Local structural distortion and electrical transport properties of Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Liuxiang; Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Zhang, Jianzhong; Yang, Wenge; Hong, Xinguo; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite-structure materials generally exhibit local structural distortions that are distinct from long-range, average crystal structure. The characterization of such distortion is critical to understanding the structural and physical properties of materials. In this work, we combined Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique with Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurement to study Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure. PDF analysis reveals strong local structural distortion at ambient conditions. As pressure increases, the local structure distortions are substantially suppressed and eventually vanish around 4 GPa, leading to concurrent changes in the electronic band structure and anomalies in the electrical resistivity. Consistent with PDF analysis, Raman spectroscopy data suggest that the local structure changes to a higher ordered state at pressures above 4 GPa. PMID:26671171

  4. Local structural distortion and electrical transport properties of Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Liuxiang; Wang, Hsiu -Wen; ...

    2015-12-16

    Perovskite-structure materials generally exhibit local structural distortions that are distinct from long-range, average crystal structure. The characterization of such distortion is critical to understanding the structural and physical properties of materials. In this work, we combined Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique with Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurement to study Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure. PDF analysis reveals strong local structural distortion at ambient conditions. As pressure increases, the local structure distortions are substantially suppressed and eventually vanish around 4 GPa, leading to concurrent changes in the electronic band structure and anomalies in the electrical resistivity. We find, consistent withmore » PDF analysis, Raman spectroscopy data suggest that the local structure changes to a higher ordered state at pressures above 4 GPa.« less

  5. Elucidating the band structure and free charge carrier dynamics of pure and impurities doped CH3NH3PbI(3-x)Cl(x) perovskite thin films.

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    Zhang, Zhen-Yu; Chen, Xin; Wang, Hai-Yu; Xu, Ming; Gao, Bing-Rong; Chen, Qi-Dai; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2015-11-28

    CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite material has been commonly used as the free charge generator and reservoir in highly efficient perovskite-based solid-state solar photovoltaic devices. However, many of the underlying fundamental photophysical mechanisms in this material such as the perovskite transition band structure as well as the dependent relationship between the carrier properties and lattice properties still lack sufficient understanding. Here, we elucidated the fundamental band structure of the pure CH3NH3PbI3-xClx pervoskite lattice, and then reported about the dependent relationship between the free charge carrier characteristic and the different CH3NH3PbI3-xClx pervoskite lattice thin films utilizing femtosecond time-resolved pump-probe technologies. The data demonstrated that the pure perovskite crystal band structure should only have one conduction and one valence band rather than dual valences, and the pure perovskite lattice could trigger more free charge carriers with a slower recombination rate under an identical pump intensity compared with the impurities doped perovskite crystal. We also investigated the perovskite film performance when exposed to moisture and water, the corresponding results gave us a dip in the optimization of the performance of perovskite based devices, and so as a priority this material should be isolated from moisture (water). This work may propose a deeper perspective on the comprehension for this material and it is useful for future optimization of applications in photovoltaic and light emission devices.

  6. The Impact of the Crystallization Processes on the Structural and Optical Properties of Hybrid Perovskite Films for Photovoltaics.

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    Grancini, Giulia; Marras, Sergio; Prato, Mirko; Giannini, Cinzia; Quarti, Claudio; De Angelis, Filippo; De Bastiani, Michele; Eperon, Giles E; Snaith, Henry J; Manna, Liberato; Petrozza, Annamaria

    2014-11-06

    We investigate the relationship between structural and optical properties of organo-lead mixed halide perovskite films as a function of the crystallization mechanism. For methylammonium lead tri-iodide, the organic cations rearrange within the inorganic cage, moving from crystals grown in a mesoporous scaffold to larger, oriented crystals grown on a flat substrate. This reduces the strain felt by the bonds forming the cage and affects the motion of the organic cation in it, influencing the electronic transition at the onset of the optical absorption spectrum of the semiconductor. Moreover, we demonstrate that in mixed-halide perovskite, though Cl(-) ions are not present in a detectable concentration in the unit cell, they drive the crystallization dynamics. This induces a preferential order during crystallization, from a molecular, i.e., organic-inorganic moieties arrangement, to a nano-mesoscopic level, i.e., larger crystals with anisotropic shape. Finally, we show that while Cl is mainly expelled from flat films made of large crystals, in the presence of an oxide mesoporous scaffold they are partially retained in the composite.

  7. Oxygen nonstoichiometry, defect structure and oxygen diffusion in the double perovskite GdBaCo2O6-δ.

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    Tsvetkov, D S; Ananjev, M V; Eremin, V A; Zuev, A Yu; Kurumchin, E Kh

    2014-11-14

    Oxygen nonstoichiometry of GdBaCo2O6-δ was studied by means of the thermogravimetric technique in the temperature range 600-1000 °C. The defect structure model based on the simple cubic perovskite GdCoO3-δ was shown to be valid for GdBaCo2O6-δ up to temperatures as low as 600 °C. Two independent methods, namely dc-polarization with the YSZ microelectrode and (18)O-isotope exchange with gas phase analysis, were used to determine the oxygen self-diffusion coefficient in the double perovskite GdBaCo2O6-δ. All measurements were carried out using ceramic samples identically prepared from the same single phase powder of GdBaCo2O6-δ. The experimental data on oxygen nonstoichiometry of GdBaCo2O6-δ allowed a precise calculation of the oxygen interphase exchange rate and the oxygen tracer diffusion coefficient on the basis of the isotope exchange measurements. The values of the oxygen self-diffusion coefficient measured by the dc-polarization technique were found to be in very good agreement with the ones of the oxygen tracer diffusion coefficient.

  8. Electronic structures of non-half-metallic antiferromagnetic double perovskites ALaVMoO6 (A = Ca, Sr, and Ba)

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    Kim, I. G.; Park, M. S.

    2005-03-01

    Recently, double perovskites ALaVMoO6 (A= Ca and Sr) of the Fm3m space group were proposed experimentally to be half-metallic antiferromagnets.ootnotetextUehara, Yamada, and Kimishima, Solid St. Commun. 129, 385 (2004). The electronic structures and magnetism of the double perovskites ALaVMoO6 (A= Ca, Sr, and Ba) were determined within the generalized gradient approximation to density functional theory using the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method.ootnotetextWimmer, Krakauer, Weinert, and Freeman, PRB 24, 864 (1981). The A= Ca case shows metallic ferrimagnetism as the most stable phase, with magnetic moments of 1.15;μB for V and -0.53;μB for Mo, whereas the Sr and Ba cases are calculated to be almost non-magnetic metals. Comparing the calculated density of states, we find that the heavier A implies stronger hybridization between the divalent atom sp states and the transition metal atom d states. The stronger sp-d hybridization is considered to be responsible for the suppression of magnetism for the Sr and Ba cases. These results, at least for the Fm3m space group, are in contrast with the recent experimental result proposing half-metallic antiferromagnetism for A= Ca and Sr.

  9. Electronic structure of interfaces between insulating LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 perovskite oxides

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    Park, Min Sik; Rhim, S. H.; Freeman, A. J.

    2006-03-01

    Since heteroepitaxial structures of perovskite oxides are potent candidates for multifunctional devices, understanding their interface properties is very important for applications, because they often show completely different properties from bulk. Recently, interfaces between the wide-band gap insulators of LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, were found to be insulating when hole-doped, and conducting when electron-doped. First-principles calculations with the highly precise full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method for the stoichiometric compounds on [001] superlattices composed of perovskite unit cells of LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, show metallicity in both the hole-doped AlO2/SrO and electron-doped LaO/TiO2 interfaces, even with inclusion of geometry relaxation. Only by considering oxygen vacancies is the experimental result of insulating behavior in the hole-doped AlO2/SrO interface obtained. A. Ohtommo and H. Y. Hwang, Nature 427, 423 (2004). Wimmer, Krakauer, Weinert, Freeman, Phys.Rev.B, 24, 864 (1981)

  10. Advances in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Zuo, Chuantian; Bolink, Henk J.; Han, Hongwei; Huang, Jinsong

    2016-01-01

    Organolead halide perovskite materials possess a combination of remarkable optoelectronic properties, such as steep optical absorption edge and high absorption coefficients, long charge carrier diffusion lengths and lifetimes. Taken together with the ability for low temperature preparation, also from solution, perovskite‐based devices, especially photovoltaic (PV) cells have been studied intensively, with remarkable progress in performance, over the past few years. The combination of high efficiency, low cost and additional (non‐PV) applications provides great potential for commercialization. Performance and applications of perovskite solar cells often correlate with their device structures. Many innovative device structures were developed, aiming at large‐scale fabrication, reducing fabrication cost, enhancing the power conversion efficiency and thus broadening potential future applications. This review summarizes typical structures of perovskite solar cells and comments on novel device structures. The applications of perovskite solar cells are discussed. PMID:27812475

  11. Efficient Visible Quasi-2D Perovskite Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Byun, Jinwoo; Cho, Himchan; Wolf, Christoph; Jang, Mi; Sadhanala, Aditya; Friend, Richard H; Yang, Hoichang; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2016-09-01

    Efficient quasi-2D-structure perovskite light-emitting diodes (4.90 cd A(-1) ) are demonstrated by mixing a 3D-structured perovskite material (methyl ammonium lead bromide) and a 2D-structured perovskite material (phenylethyl ammonium lead bromide), which can be ascribed to better film uniformity, enhanced exciton confinement, and reduced trap density.

  12. Simulation of current-voltage curves for inverted planar structure perovskite solar cells using equivalent circuit model with inductance

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    Cojocaru, Ludmila; Uchida, Satoshi; Jayaweera, Piyankarage V. V.; Kaneko, Shoji; Toyoshima, Yasutake; Nakazaki, Jotaro; Kubo, Takaya; Segawa, Hiroshi

    2017-02-01

    Physical modeling of hysteretic behavior in current-voltage (I-V) curves of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is necessary for further improving their power conversion efficiencies (PCEs). The reduction of hysteresis in inverted planar structure PSCs (p-PSCs) has been achieved by using a [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) layer. In the cases, the opposite trend of the I-V hysteresis has been observed where the forward scan shows slightly higher efficiency than the reverse scan. In this paper, an equivalent circuit model with inductance is proposed. This model consists of a Schottky diode involving a parasitic inductance focusing PCBM/Al(Ca) interface and accurately represents the opposite trend of the I-V hysteresis of the p-PSC with an inverted structure.

  13. Single Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals at Low Temperature: Fast Single-Photon Emission, Reduced Blinking, and Exciton Fine Structure

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    2016-01-01

    Metal-halide semiconductors with perovskite crystal structure are attractive due to their facile solution processability, and have recently been harnessed very successfully for high-efficiency photovoltaics and bright light sources. Here, we show that at low temperature single colloidal cesium lead halide (CsPbX3, where X = Cl/Br) nanocrystals exhibit stable, narrow-band emission with suppressed blinking and small spectral diffusion. Photon antibunching demonstrates unambiguously nonclassical single-photon emission with radiative decay on the order of 250 ps, representing a significant acceleration compared to other common quantum emitters. High-resolution spectroscopy provides insight into the complex nature of the emission process such as the fine structure and charged exciton dynamics. PMID:26771336

  14. Purple photochromism in Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ with layered perovskite-related structure

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    Kamimura, Sunao; Yamada, Hiroshi; Xu, Chao-Nan

    2013-01-01

    We report photochromism (PC) in Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ with layered perovskite-related structure. The Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ turned purple upon irradiation with UV light (λ < 350 nm), and the colored Sr2SnO4:Eu3+ returned to its initial colorless state when visible light (λ = 400-700 nm) was irradiated. Furthermore, the PC was strongly dependent on the firing temperature; purple color upon UV irradiation can be enhanced by increasing the firing temperature, which was attributed to an increase of the Sr vacancies in the host lattice from the results of crystal structure analysis. This suggests that controlling the lattice defect plays an important role for enhancing the PC performance.

  15. Structure, Elasticity, and Wave-Velocities of MgSiO3-PEROVSKITE at Lower Mantle Conditions

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    Wentzcovitch, R. M.; Karki, B. B.; Coccocioni, M.

    2002-12-01

    The crystal structure, elastic constants, and wave-velocities of MgSiO3-perovskite (Mg-pv) have been determined throughout the lower mantle's (LM) pressure/temperature (P,T) regime by means of first principles computations of its vibrational density of states at various strained configurations and free energy calculations within the quasi-harmonic-approximation (QHA). The latter is tested "a posteriori" and shown to be valid at expected conditions. This completes the series of calculations on the thermoelastic properties of Mg-pv that are necessary to 1) narrow down constraints on LM's composition and thermal state, 2) shed light on the relative role of temperature on 3D velocity structures, and 3)on the anisotropy of this phase.

  16. Effects of cation-size disorder in (La0.67Ca0.15Sr0.18)1-x(Gd0.67Ba0.33)xCoO3 perovskites

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    Sun, J. R.; Wong, H. K.

    1999-07-01

    Effects of the A-cation disorder on the structural, magnetic and transport properties of the ABO3-type (La0.67Ca0.15Sr0.18)1-x(Gd0.67Ba0.33)xCoO3 (x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4) are studied. Based on x-ray diffraction, two crystallographic phases coexist in the compounds, and a progressive transition from rhombohedral structure to orthorhombic structure takes place with increasing x, with which the cation disorder increases. Two resistive transitions, a metal-to-metal and a metal-to-semiconductor, occur subsequently with decreasing temperature, with the upper resistive transition coinciding with a magnetic one. Both resistive transitions vary against x, with the upper one from ~223 to ~190 K and the lower one from ~95 to ~160 K corresponding to a change of x from 0.0-0.3. The presence of cation-size disorder drives the system from the cluster-glass state into the spin-glass state, accompanied by an enhancement of the semiconducting character of the compounds. The weak Jahn-Teller effects and the spin state transition could be responsible for the special cation disorder effects in the Co-based perovskites.

  17. Effect of sintering time on structural, microstructural and chemical composition of Ni-doped lanthanum gallate perovskites

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    Colomer, M.T.

    2015-08-15

    This work reports the effect of two different sintering times, 6 and 48 h on the structural, microstructural, and chemical features of Ni-doped La{sub 0.90}Sr{sub 0.10}GaO{sub 3.00−δ}. Independently of the sintering time, La{sub 0.90}Sr{sub 0.10}Ga{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3.00−δ} (where x=0.10, and 0.20 (mol)) presents a rhombohedral symmetry with a lattice volume that decreases when NiO dopant increases. Besides the perovskite, LaSrGa{sub 3.00}O{sub 7.00} (nominal composition) is present as second phase in all cases. When the samples are doped with NiO, the peaks of this second phase are shifted with respect to the peaks of the pure phase. These shifts suggest that this second phase could admit some Ni ions in its structure. According to the XRD patterns, the amount of the latter phase is larger when sintering time is increased. Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) indicated that the matrix of the samples sintered for 6 h is constituted by a perovskite with an experimental composition very close to the nominal one. However, when the samples are sintered for 48 h the matrix of each sample is constituted by two perovskites; both with compositional deviations with respect to their nominal one. In particular, a significant Sr depletion compensated by a La increment in the A site is observed. Those compositional deviations could be mainly due to the diffusion of the cations in the bulk and/or from the bulk to the surface of the samples. That diffusion can favour the formation, not only, of a second perovskite with a different composition in relation with the first one formed, but also, the formation of second phases. In addition, a very slight broadening of Bragg peaks of the perovskites sintered for 48 h is observed by XRD and can be related to the presence of two different perovskites in each sample according to EPMA results. By BSEM and EPMA analyses La{sub 4.00}Ga{sub 2.00}O{sub 9.00} (nominal composition) is also observed as second phase when samples are

  18. The ordered double perovskite PrBaCo2O6: Synthesis, structure, and magnetism

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    Motin Seikh, Md.; Pralong, V.; Lebedev, O. I.; Caignaert, V.; Raveau, B.

    2013-07-01

    The stoichiometric layered perovskite cobaltite PrBaCo2O6 has been synthesized using an oxidative reaction of PrBaCo2O5.80 by sodium hypochlorite. The ferromagnetic properties of this oxide, which exhibits the highest TC of 210 K among the "112" layered cobaltites, are interpreted by double exchange mechanism. In contrast, the creation of oxygen vacancies in this framework leads for the oxides PrBaCo2O5+δ (0.80 ≤ δ < 1) to a strong competition between ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism due to the appearance of superexchange Co3+—O—Co3+ antiferromagnetic interactions.

  19. Activity and stability trends of perovskite oxides for oxygen evolution catalysis at neutral pH.

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    Han, Binghong; Risch, Marcel; Lee, Yueh-Lin; Ling, Chen; Jia, Hongfei; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2015-09-21

    Perovskite oxides (ABO3) have been studied extensively to promote the kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline electrolytes. However, developing highly active catalysts for OER at near-neutral pH is desirable for many photoelectrochemical/electrochemical devices. In this paper, we systematically studied the activity and stability of well-known perovskite oxides for OER at pH 7. Previous activity descriptors established for perovskite oxides at pH 13, such as having an eg occupancy close to unity or having an O p-band center close to Fermi level, were shown to scale with OER activity at pH 7. Stability was a greater challenge at pH 7 than at pH 13, where two different modes of instability were identified from combined transmission electron microscopy and density functional theory analyses. Perovskites with O p-band close to Fermi level showed leaching of A-site atoms and surface amorphization under all overpotentials examined at pH 7, while those with O p-band far from Fermi level were stable under low OER current/potential but became unstable at high current/potential accompanied by leaching of B-site atoms. Therefore, efforts are needed to enhance the activity and stability of perovskites against A-site or B-site loss if used at neutral pH.

  20. High-Pressure Single-Crystal Structures of 3D Lead-Halide Hybrid Perovskites and Pressure Effects on their Electronic and Optical Properties.

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    Jaffe, Adam; Lin, Yu; Beavers, Christine M; Voss, Johannes; Mao, Wendy L; Karunadasa, Hemamala I

    2016-04-27

    We report the first high-pressure single-crystal structures of hybrid perovskites. The crystalline semiconductors (MA)PbX3 (MA = CH3NH3 (+), X = Br(-) or I(-)) afford us the rare opportunity of understanding how compression modulates their structures and thereby their optoelectronic properties. Using atomic coordinates obtained from high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction we track the perovskites' precise structural evolution upon compression. These structural changes correlate well with pressure-dependent single-crystal photoluminescence (PL) spectra and high-pressure bandgaps derived from density functional theory. We further observe dramatic piezochromism where the solids become lighter in color and then transition to opaque black with compression. Indeed, electronic conductivity measurements of (MA)PbI3 obtained within a diamond-anvil cell show that the material's resistivity decreases by 3 orders of magnitude between 0 and 51 GPa. The activation energy for conduction at 51 GPa is only 13.2(3) meV, suggesting that the perovskite is approaching a metallic state. Furthermore, the pressure response of mixed-halide perovskites shows new luminescent states that emerge at elevated pressures. We recently reported that the perovskites (MA)Pb(Br x I1-x )3 (0.2 < x < 1) reversibly form light-induced trap states, which pin their PL to a low energy. This may explain the low voltages obtained from solar cells employing these absorbers. Our high-pressure PL data indicate that compression can mitigate this PL redshift and may afford higher steady-state voltages from these absorbers. These studies show that pressure can significantly alter the transport and thermodynamic properties of these technologically important semiconductors.

  1. New routes to synthesizing an ordered perovskite CaCu3Fe2Sb2O12 and its magnetic structure by neutron powder diffraction.

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    Larregola, Sebastian A; Zhou, Jianshi; Alonso, Jose A; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Goodenough, John B

    2014-05-05

    The search for new double-perovskite oxides has grown rapidly in recent years because of their interesting physical properties like ferroelectricity, magnetism, and multiferroics. The synthesis of double perovskites, especially the A-site-ordered perovskites, in most cases needs to be made under high pressure, which is a drawback for applying these materials. Here we have demonstrated synthetic routes at ambient pressure by which we have obtained a high-quality duo-sites-ordered double perovskite, CaCu3Fe2Sb2O12, which has been previously synthesized under high pressure. The availability of a large quantity of the powder sample allows us to determine the crystal and magnetic structures by neutron powder diffraction (NPD) at 300 and 1.3 K. Measurements of the magnetization and heat capacity showed a ferrimagnetic transition at 160 K. A ferrimagnetic structure consisting of the uncompensated antiferromagnetic coupling between neighboring collinear copper and iron spins has been resolved from the low-temperature NPD data.

  2. Crystal Structure, Defects, Magnetic and Dielectric Properties of the Layered Bi3n+1Ti7Fe3n-3O9n+11 Perovskite-Anatase Intergrowths.

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    Batuk, Dmitry; Batuk, Maria; Filimonov, Dmitry S; Zakharov, Konstantin V; Volkova, Olga S; Vasiliev, Alexander N; Tyablikov, Oleg A; Hadermann, Joke; Abakumov, Artem M

    2017-01-17

    The Bi3n+1Ti7Fe3n-3O9n+11 materials are built of (001)p plane-parallel perovskite blocks with a thickness of n (Ti,Fe)O6 octahedra, separated by periodic translational interfaces. The interfaces are based on anatase-like chains of edge-sharing (Ti,Fe)O6 octahedra. Together with the octahedra of the perovskite blocks, they create S-shaped tunnels stabilized by lone pair Bi(3+) cations. In this work, the structure of the n = 4-6 Bi3n+1Ti7Fe3n-3O9n+11 homologues is analyzed in detail using advanced transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The connectivity of the anatase-like chains to the perovskite blocks results in a 3ap periodicity along the interfaces, so that they can be located either on top of each other or with shifts of ±ap along [100]p. The ordered arrangement of the interfaces gives rise to orthorhombic Immm and monoclinic A2/m polymorphs with the unit cell parameters a = 3ap, b = bp, c = 2(n + 1)cp and a = 3ap, b = bp, c = 2(n + 1)cp - ap, respectively. While the n = 3 compound is orthorhombic, the monoclinic modification is more favorable in higher homologues. The Bi3n+1Ti7Fe3n-3O9n+11 structures demonstrate intricate patterns of atomic displacements in the perovskite blocks, which are supported by the stereochemical activity of the Bi(3+) cations. These patterns are coupled to the cationic coordination of the oxygen atoms in the (Ti,Fe)O2 layers at the border of the perovskite blocks. The coupling is strong in the n = 3, 4 homologues, but gradually reduces with the increasing thickness of the perovskite blocks, so that, in the n = 6 compound, the dominant mode of atomic displacements is aligned along the interface planes. The displacements in the adjacent perovskite blocks tend to order antiparallel, resulting in an overall antipolar structure. The Bi3n+1Ti7Fe3n-3O9n+11 materials demonstrate an unusual diversity of structure defects. The n = 4-6 homologues are robust antiferromagnets below TN = 135, 220

  3. Investigation on structural, optical and magnetic properties of double perovskite Gd{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6}

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    Mohapatra, S. R.; Sahu, B.; Raut, S.; Singh, A. K.; Kaushik, S. D.

    2015-06-24

    Single phase double perovskite Gd{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} was prepared by conventional solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result reveals that the compound possess monoclinic structure with space group P2{sub 1}/n. Optical characterization performed at room temperature via UV-visible spectroscopy confirms Gd{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} as a direct band-gap material with band gap of ∼1.5 eV. Magnetization measurement in Zero field cooled (ZFC) condition at H = 100 Oe shows magnetic transition at ∼ 125 K. Due to competing interactions between magnetic ions (Ni{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 4+}), we could observe two magnetic transition below 40 K.

  4. Structural and Thermal Disorder of Solution-Processed CH3NH3PbBr3 Hybrid Perovskite Thin Films.

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    Wolf, Christoph; Kim, Joo-Sung; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2017-03-29

    We extracted the electronic disorder energy of the organic-inorganic lead-halide hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbBr3 from temperature-dependent absorption data. We showed that the disorder at room temperature is ∼30 meV and is due to strong electron-phonon coupling with the longitudinal-optical mode of energy 16 meV. This mode can be attributed to longitudinal-optical phonons of the inorganic PbBr6 frame; this conclusion highlights the polaronic nature of electronic excitations in CH3NH3PbBr3. We showed that structural disorder is of the same impact as thermal disorder. A temperature-dependence of the exciton binding energy was observed close to the orthorhombic-to-tetragonal phase-transition temperature.

  5. Structure and magnetic properties of spinel-perovskite nanocomposite thin films on SrTiO3 (111) substrates

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    Kim, Dong Hun; Yang, Junho; Kim, Min Seok; Kim, Tae Cheol

    2016-09-01

    Epitaxial CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 nanocomposite thin films were synthesized on perovskite structured SrTiO3 (001) and (111) substrates by combinatorial pulsed laser deposition and characterized using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and vibrating sample magnetometer. Triangular BiFeO3 nanopillars were formed in a CoFe2O4 matrix on (111) oriented SrTiO3 substrates, while CoFe2O4 nanopillars with rectangular or square top surfaces grew in a BiFeO3 matrix on (001) substrates. The magnetic hysteresis loops of nanocomposites on (111) oriented SrTiO3 substrates showed isotropic properties due to the strain relaxation while those of films on SrTiO3 (001) substrates exhibited a strong out-of-plane anisotropy originated from shape and strain effects.

  6. Effect of metal cation replacement on the electronic structure of metalorganic halide perovskites: Replacement of lead with alkaline-earth metals

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    Pazoki, Meysam; Jacobsson, T. Jesper; Hagfeldt, Anders; Boschloo, Gerrit; Edvinsson, Tomas

    2016-04-01

    Organic and inorganic lead halogen perovskites, and in particular, C H3N H3Pb I3 , have during the last years emerged as a class of highly efficient solar cell materials. Herein we introduce metalorganic halogen perovskite materials for energy-relevant applications based on alkaline-earth metals. Based on the classical notion of Goldschmidt's rules and quantum mechanical considerations, the three alkaline-earth metals, Ca, Sr, and Ba, are shown to be able to exchange lead in the perovskite structure. The three alkaline-earth perovskites, C H3N H3Ca I3,C H3N H3Sr I3 , and C H3N H3Ba I3 , as well as the reference compound, C H3N H3Pb I3 , are in this paper investigated with density functional theory (DFT) calculations, which predict these compounds to exist as stable perovskite materials, and their electronic properties are explored. A detailed analysis of the projected molecular orbital density of states and electronic band structure from DFT calculations were used for interpretation of the band-gap variations in these materials and for estimation of the effective masses of the electrons and holes. Neglecting spin-orbit effects, the band gap of MACa I3,MASr I3 , and MABa I3 were estimated to be 2.95, 3.6, and 3.3 eV, respectively, showing the relative change expected for metal cation exchange. The shifts in the conduction band (CB) edges for the alkaline-earth perovskites were quantified using scalar relativistic DFT calculations and tight-binding analysis, and were compared to the situation in the more extensively studied lead halide perovskite, C H3N H3Pb I3 , where the change in the work function of the metal is the single most important factor in tuning the CB edge and band gap. The results show that alkaline-earth-based organometallic perovskites will not work as an efficient light absorber in photovoltaic applications but instead could be applicable as charge-selective contact materials. The rather high CB edge and the wide band gap together with the large

  7. Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of novel B-site ordered double perovskites, SrLaMReO6 (M = Mg, Mn, Co and Ni).

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    Thompson, Corey M; Chi, Lisheng; Hayes, John R; Hallas, Alannah M; Wilson, Murray N; Munsie, Timothy J S; Swainson, Ian P; Grosvenor, Andrew P; Luke, Graeme M; Greedan, John E

    2015-06-21

    Four new double perovskites, SrLaMReO(6) (M = Mg, Mn, Co, Ni) in which Re(5+) (5d(2)) is present, were prepared via conventional solid state reactions and characterized by X-ray and neutron powder diffraction, XANES, SQUID magnetometry, and muon spin relaxation (μSR). Synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments confirmed that all compounds crystallize in the monoclinic P2(1)/n structure type, which consists of alternately corner-shared octahedra of MO(6) and ReO(6). Rietveld refinement results indicated anti-site mixing of less than 7% on the M/Re sites. Bond valence sum calculations (BVS) suggest all M and Re ions are 2+ and 5+, respectively, and for the Mn-containing phase this is also supported by XANES measurements. All of the materials are paramagnetic at room-temperature and their Curie-Weiss temperatures are positive (except for Mg) indicating net ferromagnetic interactions. No evidence for long-range magnetic order is evident in the dc magnetic susceptibility and μSR measurements for SrLaMgReO(6) to 2 K. The Mn-phase shows long-range order at T(C) = 190 K and neutron diffraction revealed a ferromagnetic structure with a refined net moment of ∼3.7μ(B). Both Co- and Ni-containing phases exhibit spin glass behavior at T(G) = 23 and 30 K, respectively, which is supported by neutron diffraction and a.c. susceptibility data. The structure and physical properties of these four new rhenium based ordered double perovskites are compared to the closely related "pillared perovskites", La(5)Re(3)MO(16), the isoelectronic Os(6+) (5d(2)) double perovskite Sr(2)CoOsO(6), and the Re(6+) (5d(1)) double perovskites, Sr(2)MReO(6), (M = Mg, Ca, Mn, Co, Ni).

  8. La2MnV)6 Double Perovskite: a Structural Magnetic and X-ray Absorption Investigation

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    T Mandal; M Croft; J Hadermann; G Van Tendeloo; P Stephens; M Greenblatt

    2011-12-31

    The synthesis, electron diffraction (ED), synchrotron X-ray and neutron structure, X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and magnetic property studies of La{sub 2}MnVO{sub 6} double perovskite are described. Analysis of the synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction data for La{sub 2}MnVO{sub 6} indicates a disordered arrangement of Mn and V at the B-site of the perovskite structure. Absence of super-lattice reflections in the ED patterns for La{sub 2}MnVO{sub 6} supports the disordered cation arrangement. Room temperature time-of-flight (TOF) neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data show no evidence of cation ordering, in corroboration with the ED and synchrotron studies (orthorhombic Pnma, a = 5.6097(3), b = 7.8837(5) and c = 5.5668(3) {angstrom}; 295 K, NPD). A comparison of XAS analyses of La{sub 2}TVO{sub 6} with T = Ni and Co shows T{sup 2+} formal oxidation state while the T = Mn material evidences a Mn{sup 3+} admixture into a dominantly Mn{sup 2+} ground state. V-K edge measurements manifest a mirror image behavior with a V{sup 4+} state for T = Ni and Co with a V{sup 3+} admixture arising in the T = Mn material. The magnetic susceptibility data for La{sub 2}MnVO{sub 6} show ferromagnetic correlations; the observed effective moment, {mu}{sub eff} (5.72 {micro}B) is much smaller than the calculated moment (6.16 {micro}B) based on the spin-only formula for Mn{sup 2+} (d{sup 5}, HS)/V{sup 4+} (d{sup 1}), supportive of the partly oxidized Mn and reduced V scenario (Mn{sup 3+}/V{sup 3+}).

  9. Inorganic perovskite photocatalysts for solar energy utilization.

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    Zhang, Guan; Liu, Gang; Wang, Lianzhou; Irvine, John T S

    2016-10-24

    The development and utilization of solar energy in environmental remediation and water splitting is being intensively studied worldwide. During the past few decades, tremendous efforts have been devoted to developing non-toxic, low-cost, efficient and stable photocatalysts for water splitting and environmental remediation. To date, several hundreds of photocatalysts mainly based on metal oxides, sulfides and (oxy)nitrides with different structures and compositions have been reported. Among them, perovskite oxides and their derivatives (layered perovskite oxides) comprise a large family of semiconductor photocatalysts because of their structural simplicity and flexibility. This review specifically focuses on the general background of perovskite and its related materials, summarizes the recent development of perovskite photocatalysts and their applications in water splitting and environmental remediation, discusses the theoretical modelling and calculation of perovskite photocatalysts and presents the key challenges and perspectives on the research of perovskite photocatalysts.

  10. Commensurate structural modulation in the charge- and orbitally ordered phase of the quadruple perovskite (NaMn3)Mn4O12

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    Prodi, A.; Daoud-Aladine, A.; Gozzo, F.; Schmitt, B.; Lebedev, O.; van Tendeloo, G.; Gilioli, E.; Bolzoni, F.; Aruga-Katori, H.; Takagi, H.; Marezio, M.; Gauzzi, A.

    2014-11-01

    By means of synchrotron x-ray and electron diffraction, we studied the structural changes at the charge order transition TCO=176 K in the mixed-valence quadruple perovskite (NaMn3)Mn4O12. Below TCO we find satellite peaks indicating a commensurate structural modulation with the same propagation vector q =(1 /2 ,0 ,-1 /2 ) of the CE magnetic structure that orders at low temperatures, similarly to the case of simple perovskites such as La0.5Ca0.5MnO3. In the present case, the modulated structure, together with the observation of a large entropy change at TCO, gives evidence of a rare case of full Mn3 +/Mn4 + charge and orbital order, consistent with the Goodenough-Kanamori model.

  11. A nano-grid structure made of perovskite SrTiO3 nanowires for efficient electron transport layers in inverted polymer solar cells.

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    Kim, Jeong Won; Suh, Yo-han; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Won Bae

    2015-03-14

    A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ∼32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film.

  12. On the Role of Interfaces in Planar-Structured HC(NH2 )2 PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Seol, Dong-Jin; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2015-07-20

    Planar-structured HC(NH2 )2 PbI3 (FAPbI3 ) perovskite solar cells were prepared via a two-step deposition process. To investigate the role of interface, the perovskite morphology was intentionally modified by varying HC(NH2 )2 I concentration. Surface and grain sizes of the deposited FAPbI3 became rougher and larger as the HC(NH2 )2 I concentration decreased from 58.2 to 40.7 mM. Average photocurrent was improved but photovoltage deteriorated slightly with decreasing concentration. Consequently, the average efficiency was improved from 7.82 % to 10.70 % and the best efficiency of 12.17 % was obtained at 40.7 mM. Photoluminescence (PL) at TiO2 /FAPbI3 interface was reduced with decreasing concentration, which was, however, reversed at FAPbI3 /spiro-MeOTAD one. By correlating PL data and the photovoltaic performance, we concluded that the TiO2 /perovskite interface plays a crucial role in determining photocurrent while the perovskite/spiro-MeOTAD interface is important in governing photovoltage.

  13. Structural manipulation and tailoring of dielectric properties in SrTi1−xFexTaxO3 perovskites: Design of new lead free relaxors

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    Shukla, R.; Patwe, S. J.; Deshpande, S. K.; Achary, S. N.; Krishna, P. S. R.; Shinde, A. B.; Gopalakrishnan, J.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2016-01-01

    We report composition dependent structure evolution from SrTiO3 to SrFe0.5Ta0.5O3 by powder X-ray and neutron diffraction studies of SrTi1−2xFexTaxO3 (0.00 ≤ × ≤ 0.50) compositions. Structural studies reveal cubic (Pm3m) perovskite-type structure of the parent SrTiO3 for x up to 0.075 and cation disordered orthorhombic (Pbnm) perovskite-type structure for x ≥ 0.33. A biphasic region consisting of a mixture of cubic and orthorhombic structures is found in the range for 0.10 ≤ × ≤ 0.25. Dielectric studies reveal transformation from a normal dielectric to relaxor like properties with increasing Fe3+ and Ta5+ concentration. Dielectric response is maximum at x = 0.33 in the series. The results establish a protocol for designing new lead-free relaxor materials based on the co-substitution of Fe3+ and Ta5+ for Ti4+ in SrTiO3. A complex interplay of strain effects arising from distribution of cations at the octahedral sites of the perovskite structure controls the dielectric properties. PMID:27514668

  14. Vacancy-Induced Electronic Structure Variation of Acceptors and Correlation with Proton Conduction in Perovskite Oxides.

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    Kim, Hye-Sung; Jang, Ahreum; Choi, Si-Young; Jung, WooChul; Chung, Sung-Yoon

    2016-10-17

    In most proton-conducing perovskite oxides, the electrostatic attraction between negatively charged acceptor dopants and protonic defects having a positive charge is known to be a major cause of retardation of proton conduction, a phenomenon that is generally referred to as proton trapping. We experimentally show that proton trapping can be suppressed by clustering of positively charged oxygen vacancies to acceptors in BaZrO3-δ and BaCeO3-δ . In particular, to ensure the vacancy-acceptor association is effective against proton trapping, the valence electron density of acceptors should not significantly vary when the oxygen vacancies cluster, based on the weak hybridization between the valence d or p orbitals of acceptors and the 2p orbitals of oxygen.

  15. Crystal Orientation Control of Bismuth Layer-Structured Dielectric Films Using Interface Layers of Perovskite-Type Oxides

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    Kondoh, Yohta; Sasajima, Keiichi; Hayashi, Mari; Kimura, Junichi; Takuwa, Itaru; Ehara, Yoshitaka; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Uchida, Hiroshi

    2011-09-01

    Thin films of SrBi4Ti4O15, a kind of bismuth layer-structured dielectrics (BLSDs), were prepared on platinized silicon wafers buffered by perovskite-type oxide interface layers, (100)LaNiO3/(111)Pt/TiO2/(100)Si and (001)Ca2Nb3O10-nanosheets/(111)Pt/TiO2/(100)Si, by chemical solution deposition (CSD). The Ca2Nb3O10 nanosheets were supported on a (111)Pt/TiO2/(100)Si substrate by dip coating using an aqueous dispersion, while (100)LaNiO3 was prepared by CSD. The (00l) planes of BLSD crystal were preferentially oriented on the surface of both substrates, which is caused by suitable lattice matching between the a-(b-)axis of BLSD and perovskite-type oxide layers. The film deposition on (001)Ca2Nb3O10 nanosheets yielded (001)-oriented BLSD films with higher crystallinity and smaller fluctuation in the tilting angle of the (001)BLSD plane than those on the (100)LaNiO3 interface layer. The dielectric constant (ɛr) of (001)-oriented SrBi4Ti4O15 film on (001)Ca2Nb3O10-nanosheets/(111)Pt/TiO2/(100)Si substrate was approximately 190, which was significantly stable against the change of frequency and bias voltage compared with that of the randomly-oriented SrBi4Ti4O15 film.

  16. Crystal, magnetic and electronic structures of 3d-5d ordered double perovskite Ba2CoReO6

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    Musa Saad H.-E., M.; Rammeh, N.

    2016-12-01

    A comprehensive study on crystal, magnetic and electronic structures of ordered double perovskite Ba2CoReO6 was carried out using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). Also, the density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed by full potential linear muffin-tin orbital (FP-LMTO) method within the localized spin density approximation (LSDA+U) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA+U). At room temperature, the crystal structure of Ba2CoReO6 is face-centered cubic, space group Fm 3 bar m , containing an almost completely ordered arrangement of CoO6-ReO6 octahedra. Magnetic structure showed an antiferromagnetic (AF) behavior below TN=41 K. The magnetic and electronic structures are consistent with the electronic configurations Co2+(3d7)-Re6+(5d1) having a total spin magnetic moment of about 2.0 μB/f.u. DFT electronic structures predicted half-metallic yields from 3d-t2g↓ and 5d-t2g↓ through O2-.

  17. Solid State Structure-Reactivity Studies on Bixbyites, Fluorites and Perovskites Belonging to the Vanadate, Titanate and Cerate Families

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    Shafi, Shahid P.

    This thesis primarily focuses on the systematic understanding of structure-reactivity relationships in two representative systems: bixbyite and related structures as well as indium doped CeO2. Topotactic reaction routes have gained significant attention over the past two decades due to their potential to access kinetically controlled metastable materials. This has contributed substantially to the understanding of solid state reaction pathways and provided first insights into mechanisms. Contrary to the widely used ex-situ methods, in-situ techniques including powder x-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis have been employed extensively throughout this work in order to follow the reaction pathways in real time. Detailed analysis of the AVO3 (A = In, Sc) bixbyite reactivity under oxidative conditions has been carried out and a variety of novel metastable oxygen defect phases have been identified and characterized. The novel metastable materials have oxygen deficient fluorite structures and consequently are potential ion conductors. Structural aspects of the topotactic vs. reconstructive transformations are illustrated with this model system. The structure-reactivity study of AVO3 phases was extended to AVO3 perovskite family. Based on the research methodologies and results from AVO3 bixbyite reactivity studies a generalized mechanistic oxidation pathway has been established with a non-vanadium phase, ScTiO3 bixbyite. However, there is stark contrast in terms of structural stability and features beyond this stability limit during AVO3 and ScTiO3 bixbyite reaction pathways. A series of complex reaction sequences including phase separation and phase transitions were identified during the investigation of ScTiO3 reactivity. The two-step formation pathway for the fluorite-type oxide ion conductor Ce1-xInxO2-delta (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) is being reported. The formation of the BaCe1-xInxO 3-delta perovskites and the subsequent CO2-capture reaction

  18. Magnetic order and electronic structure of 5d3 double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6

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    Taylor, A. E.; Morrow, R.; Singh, D. J.; Calder, S.; Lumsden, M. D.; Woodward, P. M.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic susceptibility, crystal and magnetic structures, and electronic structure of double perovskite Sr2ScOsO6 are reported. Using both neutron and x-ray powder diffraction we find that the crystal structure is monoclinic P21/n from 3.5 to 300 K. Magnetization measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic transition at TN=92 K, one of the highest transition temperatures of any double perovskite hosting only one magnetic ion. Type I antiferromagnetic order is determined by neutron powder diffraction, with an Os moment of only 1.6(1) muB, close to half the spin-only value for a crystal field split 5d electron state with t2g^3 ground state. Density functional calculations show that this reduction is largely the result of strong Os-O hybridization, with spin-orbit coupling responsible for only a ~0.1 muB reduction in the moment.

  19. The Bright Side of Perovskites.

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    Colella, Silvia; Mazzeo, Marco; Rizzo, Aurora; Gigli, Giuseppe; Listorti, Andrea

    2016-11-03

    Incubating in the rise of perovskite photovoltaic era, the advances in material design encourage further promising optoelectronic exploitations. Here, we evaluate halide perovskite envisioning light-emitting applications, with a particular focus to the role that this material can effectively play in the field, discussing advantages and limitations with respect to state of art competing players. Specific benefits derive from the use of low dimensional and nanostructured perovskites, marginally exploited in photovoltaic devices, allowing for a tuning of the excited states properties and for the obtainment of intrinsic resonating structures. Thanks to these unique properties, halide perovskite ensure a great potential for the development of high-power applications, such as lighting and lasing.

  20. Relaxor or classical ferroelectric behavior in A-site substituted perovskite type Ba 1- x(Sm 0.5Na 0.5) xTiO 3

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    Abdelmoula, N.; Chaabane, H.; Khemakhem, H.; Von der Mühll, R.; Simon, A.

    2006-08-01

    New ferroelectric ceramics of ABO 3 perovskite type were synthetized in the Ba 1- x(Sm 0.5Na 0.5) xTiO 3 system by solid state reaction technique. The effect of the replacement of barium by samarium and sodium in the A cationic site on structural and physical properties was investigated. These compounds crystallize with tetragonal or cubic symmetry. The material is classical ferroelectric for 0⩽x⩽0.1 and x⩾0.5, and present a relaxor behavior for 0.2⩽x<0.4. The dielectric behavior depends upon the cationic disorder in the A-site and the cell size. Small rate substitution allows a ferroelectric-paraelectric transition. For higher rate of substitution the possible random position of the Sm-Na cations brings to a relaxor state and when the substitution rate x becomes higher than 0.5, the material comes back to a ferroelectric state due to the reduced cell size. Some of these new compositions are of interest for applications due to their physical properties and environmentally friendly character.

  1. Structure and dehydration of layered perovskite niobate with bilayer hydrates prepared by exfoliation/self-assembly process

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    Chen Yufeng; Zhao Xinhua; Ma Hui; Ma Shulan; Huang Gailing; Makita, Yoji; Bai Xuedong; Yang Xiaojing

    2008-07-15

    The crystals of an H-form niobate of HCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=0.5) being tetragonal symmetry (space group P4/mbm) with unit cell parameters a=5.4521(6) and c=14.414(2) A were exfoliated into nanosheets with the triple-layered perovskite structure. The colloid suspension of the nanosheets was put into dialysis membrane tubing and allowed self-assembly in a dilute KCl solution. By this method, a novel layered K-form niobate KCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=1.3, typically) with bilayer hydrates in the interlayer was produced. The Rieveld refinement and transmission electron microscope (TEM)/selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) observation indicated that the orientations of the a-/b-axis of each nanosheet as well as the c-axis are uniform, and the self-assembled compound had the same symmetry, tetragonal (P4/mbm) with a=5.453(2) and c=16.876(5) A, as the H-form precursor; the exfoliation/self-assembly process does not markedly affect the two-dimensional lattice of the layer. The large basal spacing resulted from the interlayer K{sup +} ions solvated by two layers of water molecules. The interlayer bilayers-water was gradually changed to monolayer when the temperatures higher than 100 deg. C, and all the water molecules lost when over 600 deg. C. Accompanying the dehydration, the crystal structure transformed from tetragonal to orthorhombic symmetry. Water molecules may take an important role for the layer layered compound to adjust the unit cell to tetragonal symmetry. - Graphical abstract: The structure of layered perovskite niobate KCa{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}.xH{sub 2}O (x=1.3) having a bilayers-hydrates interlayer, obtained via the exfoliation of an H-form precursor and the self-assembly of Ca{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10}{sup -} nanosheets, was first discussed in detail and determined to be tetragonal symmetry (P4/mbm). The dehydration resulted in the structural transformation to orthorhombic structure.

  2. Pressure-induced structural transformations in pure and Ru-doped 0.9PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3-0.1PbTiO3 near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Waeselmann, N.; Maier, B. J.; Mihailova, B.; Angel, R. J.; Zhao, J.; Gospodinov, M.; Paulmann, C.; Ross, N.; Bismayer, U.

    2012-01-01

    Pressure-induced structural transformations in relaxor-based perovskite-type (ABO3) 0.9PbZn1/3Nb2/3O3-0.1PbTiO3 single crystals which have a very high piezoelectric response were studied by single-crystal x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy at room temperature and pressures up to 18.1 GPa. Changes in the state of long-range order were observed near 1.0, 2.1, and 5.9 GPa. Initially, upon pressure increase, the ferroic deviation of the atomic positions from the cubic structure is reduced, but the ferroelectric twinning is enhanced, and near 1.0 GPa, the intrinsic ferroelectric multiphase domain pattern formed in the as-synthesized crystals is changed. At 2.1 GPa, the system undergoes a phase transition from a ferroelectric to a relaxor state, which exhibits an average cubic structure but still contains polar nanoregions. At 5.9 GPa, a reversible phase transition typical of Pb-based perovskite-type relaxors occurs, namely a cubic-to-antiferrodistortive phase transition resulting in a long-range order of antiphase octahedral tilts. On decompression, the ferroelectric state reappears below 2.1 GPa, and the local atomic structure is fully recovered at ambient pressure, but the final domain texture differs from the initial one. Ruthenium doping on the B site does not influence the pressure-induced structural transformations.

  3. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6}

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    Feng, Hai L.; Arai, Masao; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Yuan, Yahua; Sathish, Clastin I.; He, Jianfeng; Tanaka, Masahiko; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2014-09-15

    A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was synthesized under high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) conditions. The polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was characterized by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and magnetic susceptibility, isothermal magnetization, and specific heat measurements. The oxide crystallizes in a double-perovskite structure with an I4/m space group, in which Os(VI) and Cu(II) are ordered in the perovskite B-site. Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} is electrically insulating with an activation energy of 0.813(2) eV and shows antiferromagnetic-like characteristics at temperatures of ∼55 K and ∼70 K. The results of the first-principle calculation suggested that the spin–orbit interaction of Os(VI) plays a substantial role in the insulating state. The Jahn–Teller distortion of CuO{sub 6} octahedra influences the magnetic characteristics with regard to possible two-dimensional magnetic correlations. - Graphical abstract: A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} synthesized by a high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) method. - Highlights: • A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was synthesized. • Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} is electrically insulating and antiferromagnetic below ∼70 K. • The Jahn–Teller distortion of CuO{sub 6} has relevance to possible magnetic anisotropy.

  4. Hybrid functional band gap calculation of SnO{sub 6} containing perovskites and their derived structures

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    Lee, Hyewon; Cheong, S.W.; Kim, Bog G.

    2015-08-15

    We have studied the properties of SnO{sub 6} octahedra-containing perovskites and their derived structures using ab initio calculations with different density functionals. In order to predict the correct band gap of the materials, we have used B3LYP hybrid density functional, and the results of B3LYP were compared with those obtained using the local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation data. The calculations have been conducted for the orthorhombic ground state of the SnO{sub 6} containing perovskites. We also have expended the hybrid density functional calculation to the ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} system with different cation orderings. We propose an empirical relationship between the tolerance factor and the band gap of SnO{sub 6} containing oxide materials based on first principles calculation. - Graphical abstract: (a) Structure of ASnO{sub 3} for orthorhombic ground state. The green ball is A (Ba, Sr, Ca) cation and the small (red) ball on edge is oxygen. SnO{sub 6} octahedrons are plotted as polyhedron. (b) Band gap of ASnO{sub 3} as a function of the tolerance factor for different density functionals. The experimental values of the band gap are marked as green pentagons. (c) ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} superlattices with two types cation arrangement: [001] layered structure and [111] rocksalt structure, respectively. (d) B3LYP hybrid functional band gaps of ASnO{sub 3}, [001] ordered superlattices, and [111] ordered superlattices of ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3} as a function of the effective tolerance factor. Note the empirical linear relationship between the band gap and effective tolerance factor. - Highlights: • We report the hybrid functional band gap calculation of ASnO{sub 3} and ASnO{sub 3}/A'SnO{sub 3}. • The band gap of ASnO{sub 3} using B3LYP functional reproduces the experimental value. • We propose the linear relationship between the tolerance factor and the band gap.

  5. Structure and magnetic properties of the double-perovskites Ba2(B,Re)2O6 (B = Fe, Mn, Co and Ni)

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    Rammeh, N.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.; Cheikkh-Rouhou, A.

    2006-09-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of Ba2(B,Re)2O6 (B = Fe, Mn, Co and Ni) double-perovskite oxides have been investigated. Rietveld analysis shows that all our synthesized samples are single phase and crystallize at room temperature in the cubic double-perovskite structure with Fm3m space group. Magnetization measurements versus temperature and versus magnetic applied field up to 5 T show that Ba2(Fe,Re)2O6, Ba2(Mn,Re)2O6 and Ba2(Ni,Re)2O6 are ferromagnetic at low temperature with TC = 318 K, 113 K and 32 K respectively while Ba2(Co,Re)2O6 is antiferromagnetic below TN = 25 K.

  6. Structural and thermoelectric properties of A-site substituted (Sr1-x-yCaxNdy)TiO3 perovskites

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    Somaily, Hamoud H.

    Detailed structural results and models are reported for a special class of A-site substituted perovskites, (Sr1-x-yCaxNd y)TiO3, obtained with high resolution NPD data as a function of temperature and Nd composition. Two series with various A-site concentrations were synthesized and investigated. Each series was designed to have a nominally constant tolerance factor. At room temperature (RT), I determine the space groups of the Sr-rich and Sr poor series as being tetragonal I4/mcm and orthorhombic Pbnm, respectively. The RT structures remain unchanged upon increasing the Nd3+ content. However, three different orthorhombic phases, Pbnm, Ibmm, Pbcm, are determined for the Sr-rich series as a function of decreasing temperature; whereas, for the Sr-poor series the orthorhombic Pbnm structure is found to persist throughout the full range of measured temperatures. A phase diagram is constructed and proposed in the temperature range 0-1000 K. Thermoelectric properties of (Sr 1-x-yCaxNdy)TiO3 were also investigated and the best figure of merit ZT=0.07 was obtained with the Sr-rich series.

  7. High-Pressure Single-Crystal Structures of 3D Lead-Halide Hybrid Perovskites and Pressure Effects on their Electronic and Optical Properties

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    2016-01-01

    We report the first high-pressure single-crystal structures of hybrid perovskites. The crystalline semiconductors (MA)PbX3 (MA = CH3NH3+, X = Br– or I–) afford us the rare opportunity of understanding how compression modulates their structures and thereby their optoelectronic properties. Using atomic coordinates obtained from high-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction we track the perovskites’ precise structural evolution upon compression. These structural changes correlate well with pressure-dependent single-crystal photoluminescence (PL) spectra and high-pressure bandgaps derived from density functional theory. We further observe dramatic piezochromism where the solids become lighter in color and then transition to opaque black with compression. Indeed, electronic conductivity measurements of (MA)PbI3 obtained within a diamond-anvil cell show that the material’s resistivity decreases by 3 orders of magnitude between 0 and 51 GPa. The activation energy for conduction at 51 GPa is only 13.2(3) meV, suggesting that the perovskite is approaching a metallic state. Furthermore, the pressure response of mixed-halide perovskites shows new luminescent states that emerge at elevated pressures. We recently reported that the perovskites (MA)Pb(BrxI1–x)3 (0.2 < x < 1) reversibly form light-induced trap states, which pin their PL to a low energy. This may explain the low voltages obtained from solar cells employing these absorbers. Our high-pressure PL data indicate that compression can mitigate this PL redshift and may afford higher steady-state voltages from these absorbers. These studies show that pressure can significantly alter the transport and thermodynamic properties of these technologically important semiconductors. PMID:27163050

  8. Structural evolution of (Ca{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 0.65})TiO{sub 3} perovskite at high pressures

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    Carpenter, Michael A. Rios, Susana; Sondergeld, Peter; Crichton, Wilson; Bouvier, Pierre

    2007-01-15

    Lattice parameters of a synthetic powder sample of Ca{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 0.65}TiO{sub 3} perovskite have been determined by the method of Le Bail refinement, using synchrotron X-ray diffraction patterns collected at pressures up to 15.5 GPa with a membrane-driven diamond anvil cell. At ambient conditions, diffraction data were consistent with the I4/mcm structure reported previously in the literature for the same composition. Diffraction data collected at high pressures were consistent with tetragonal (or, at least, pseudo-tetragonal) lattice geometry, and no evidence was found for the development of any of the orthorhombic structures identified in other studies of (Ca, Sr)TiO{sub 3} perovskites. Additional weak reflections, which could not be accounted for by the normal I4/mcm perovskite structure, were detected in diffraction patterns collected at pressures of 0.9-2.5 GPa, and above {approx}13.5 GPa, however. Small anomalies in the evolution of unit cell volume and tetragonal strain were observed near 3 GPa, coinciding approximately with breaks in slope with increasing pressure of bulk and shear moduli for a sample with the same composition which had previously been reported. The anomalies could be due either to new tetragonal{r_reversible}tetragonal/pseudo-tetragonal phase transitions or to subtle changes in compression mechanism of the tetragonal perovskite structure. - Graphical abstract: Variation of the tetragonal strain, e {sub t} {sub z} , as a function of pressure for Ca{sub 0.35}Sr{sub 0.65}TiO{sub 3}, showing a break in slope in the vicinity of 3-4 GPa.

  9. Atomic layer deposition of perovskite oxides and their epitaxial integration with Si, Ge, and other semiconductors

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    McDaniel, Martin D.; Ngo, Thong Q.; Hu, Shen; Posadas, Agham; Demkov, Alexander A.; Ekerdt, John G.

    2015-12-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a proven technique for the conformal deposition of oxide thin films with nanoscale thickness control. Most successful industrial applications have been with binary oxides, such as Al2O3 and HfO2. However, there has been much effort to deposit ternary oxides, such as perovskites (ABO3), with desirable properties for advanced thin film applications. Distinct challenges are presented by the deposition of multi-component oxides using ALD. This review is intended to highlight the research of the many groups that have deposited perovskite oxides by ALD methods. Several commonalities between the studies are discussed. Special emphasis is put on precursor selection, deposition temperatures, and specific property performance (high-k, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, etc.). Finally, the monolithic integration of perovskite oxides with semiconductors by ALD is reviewed. High-quality epitaxial growth of oxide thin films has traditionally been limited to physical vapor deposition techniques (e.g., molecular beam epitaxy). However, recent studies have demonstrated that epitaxial oxide thin films may be deposited on semiconductor substrates using ALD. This presents an exciting opportunity to integrate functional perovskite oxides for advanced semiconductor applications in a process that is economical and scalable.

  10. Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O Complex Thin Film for Application in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Chen, Lung-Chieh; Chen, Cheng-Chiang; Liang, Kai-Chieh; Chang, Sheng Hsiung; Tseng, Zhong-Liang; Yeh, Shih-Chieh; Chen, Chin-Ti; Wu, Wen-Ti; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2016-09-01

    Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film-based perovskite solar cells were fabricated on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass and studied. Copper (Cu) thin films with a purity of 99.995 % were deposited on an ITO-coated glass by magnetron reactive sputtering. To optimize the properties of the nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin films, the deposited Cu thin films were thermally oxidized at various temperatures from 300 to 400 °C. A CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite absorber was fabricated on top of CuO-Cu2O complex thin film by a one-step spin-coating process with a toluene washing treatment. Following optimization, the maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) exceeded 8.1 %. Therefore, the low-cost, solution-processed, stable nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film can be used as an alternative hole transport layer (HTL) in industrially produced perovskite solar cells.

  11. Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O Complex Thin Film for Application in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Chen, Lung-Chieh; Chen, Cheng-Chiang; Liang, Kai-Chieh; Chang, Sheng Hsiung; Tseng, Zhong-Liang; Yeh, Shih-Chieh; Chen, Chin-Ti; Wu, Wen-Ti; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2016-12-01

    Nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film-based perovskite solar cells were fabricated on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass and studied. Copper (Cu) thin films with a purity of 99.995 % were deposited on an ITO-coated glass by magnetron reactive sputtering. To optimize the properties of the nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin films, the deposited Cu thin films were thermally oxidized at various temperatures from 300 to 400 °C. A CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite absorber was fabricated on top of CuO-Cu2O complex thin film by a one-step spin-coating process with a toluene washing treatment. Following optimization, the maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) exceeded 8.1 %. Therefore, the low-cost, solution-processed, stable nano-structured CuO-Cu2O complex thin film can be used as an alternative hole transport layer (HTL) in industrially produced perovskite solar cells.

  12. Electronic structure and exchange interactions of insulating double perovskite La2CuRuO6

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    Panda, S. K.; Kvashnin, Y. O.; Sanyal, B.; Dasgupta, I.; Eriksson, O.

    2016-08-01

    We have performed first-principles calculations of the electronic and magnetic properties of insulating double perovskite compound La2CuRuO6 (LCRO) which has recently been reported to exhibit intriguing magnetic properties. We derived a tight-binding Hamiltonian for LCRO based on the N th -order muffin-tin orbital (NMTO) downfolding technique. The computed on-site energies and hopping integrals are used to estimate the dominant exchange interactions employing an extended Kugel-Khomskii model. This way the dominant exchange paths were identified and a low-energy spin model was proposed. The Green function method based on the magnetic force theorem has also been used to extract the exchange interactions to provide a more accurate estimation and to justify the model calculations. Our results show that the nearest neighbor (NN) Cu-Ru magnetic interactions are very much direction dependent and a strong antiferromagnetic next nearest neighbor Ru-Ru interaction along the crystallographic b axis is responsible for the magnetic frustration observed experimentally in this system. We argue that due to the broken symmetry, NN Cu-Ru interaction becomes stronger along one direction than the other, which essentially reduces the amount of frustration and helps the system to achieve an antiferromagnetic ground state at low temperature. A detailed microscopic explanation of the exchange mechanism is discussed. We also find that spin-orbit coupling effect is significant and causes a canting of the Ru spin with respect to the Cu moments.

  13. Highly stable solution processed metal-halide perovskite lasers on nanoimprinted distributed feedback structures

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    Brenner, Philipp; Stulz, Mareike; Kapp, Dorothee; Abzieher, Tobias; Paetzold, Ulrich W.; Quintilla, Aina; Howard, Ian A.; Kalt, Heinz; Lemmer, Uli

    2016-10-01

    We report on the performance and stability of distributed feedback lasers based on the solution-processed methylammonium lead iodide perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3). The CH3NH3PbI3 layers are processed via solution-casting in ambient atmosphere onto nanoimprinted second order Bragg gratings. This way, we achieve highly polarized surface-emitted lasing at room temperature with a linewidth of less than 0.2 nm and a laser threshold of 120 kW/cm2. The lasing is stable; no change in the laser emission within 15 h of pulsed excitation with a repetition rate of 1 kHz (corresponding to >5 × 107 pulses) is observed, exceeding the stability achieved for solution processed organic semiconductor lasers. Furthermore, adjustment of the grating period allowed the lasing wavelength to be varied over the entire bandwidth of the amplified spontaneous emission (between 781 and 794 nm). The fabrication process of nanoimprinting followed by solution-casting of the gain material demonstrates that stable CH3NH3PbI3 lasers are compatible with scalable production technologies and offers a route towards electrically pumped diode architectures.

  14. Fabrication of nanofibrous A- or B-sites substituted LaCoO{sub 3} perovskites with macroscopic structures and their catalytic applications

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    Wu, Qiang; Zhao, Li; Wu, Meixia; Yao, Weifeng; Qi, Meixue; Shi, Xiaoyan

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Fabrication of nanofibrous La{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.2) and LaMn{sub x}Co{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.2, 0.5, 0.8) perovskite-type oxides with macroscopic structures can be successfully achieved by using carbon nanofibers (CNFs) as templates. Furthermore, their application for the combustion of carbon black (CB), which is a model of particulate matter exhausted from diesel engines, was demonstrated. - Highlights: • Nanofibrous perovskites with macroscopic shapes were successfully obtained. • CNFs template method used here is facile, effective and reproducible. • This method might be applicable to other novel material fabrication. • The obtained materials show superior catalytic activity in soot combustion. - Abstract: Fabrication of nanofibrous La{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (x = 0.05, 0.1, 0.2) and LaMn{sub x}Co{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.2, 0.5, 0.8) perovskite-type oxides with macroscopic structures can be successfully achieved by using carbon nanofibers (CNFs) as templates. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), coupled with X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the template effect and formation of the perovskite-type oxides on the macroscopic substrate. It turned out that this facile method can ensure the desired single-phase perovskite-type oxides formation by controlling the corresponding metal ratio during the preparation procedure. In addition, the immobilized nanofibrous La{sub 1−x}Ce{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (x = 0.05) and LaMn{sub x}Co{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.5) perovskite-type oxides can greatly decrease the combustion temperature of nanosized carbon black particles, which has the high potential application prospects in the treatment of diesel soot particles.

  15. High throughput evaluation of perovskite-based anode catalysts for direct methanol fuel cells

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    Deshpande, Kishori; Mukasyan, Alexander; Varma, Arvind

    Liquid feed direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) are promising candidates for portable power applications. However, owing to the problems associated with expensive Pt-based catalysts, viz., CO poisoning, a promising approach is to use complex oxides of the type ABO 3 (A = Sr, Ce, La, etc. and B = Co, Fe, Ni, Pt, Ru, etc.). In the current work, a variety of ABO 3 and A 2BO 4 type non-noble and partially substituted noble metal high surface area compounds were synthesized by an effective and rapid aqueous combustion synthesis (CS). Their catalytic activity was evaluated by using "High Throughput Screening Unit"-NuVant System, which compares up to 25 compositions simultaneously under DMFC conditions. It was found that the Sr-based perovskites showed performance comparable with the standard Pt-Ru catalyst. Further, it was observed that the method of doping SrRuO 3 with Pt influenced the activity. Specifically, platinum added during aqueous CS yielded better catalyst than when added externally at the ink preparation stage. Finally, it was also demonstrated that the presence of SrRuO 3 significantly enhanced the catalytic properties of Pt, leading to superior performance even at lower noble metal loadings.

  16. Electronic structure, lattice dynamics, and magnetoelectric properties of double perovskite La2CuTiO6

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    Zinenko, V. I.; Pavlovskii, M. S.; Shinkorenko, A. S.

    2016-11-01

    The results of ab initio calculations of the electronic structure, vibrational properties, and the magnetoelectric effect in the La2CuTiO6 crystal with double perovskite structure are presented. The lattice dynamics calculation shows the presence of unstable modes in the phonon spectrum of the high-symmetry cubic phase with space group Fmoverline 3 m. Condensation of two most unstable modes belonging to the center and the boundary point X of the Brillouin zone leads to the formation of a nonpolar stable phase with space group P21/ n. The calculation taking into account spin polarization shows that the magnetic ground state is E*-type antiferromagnetic with doubled magnetic cell and with the two spin-up and two spin-down configuration of magnetic moments of copper ions along the [010] crystallographic direction. Such ordering of magnetic moments leads to polar space group and polarization formation. The polarization magnitude is estimated as 71 μC/m2.

  17. Ab initio study of structural, mechanical, thermal and electronic properties of perovskites Sr(Li,Pd)H3

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    Benlamari, S.; Amara Korba, S.; Lakel, S.; Meradji, H.; Ghemid, S.; El Haj Hassan, F.

    2016-01-01

    The structural, elastic, thermal and electronic properties of perovskite hydrides SrLiH3 and SrPdH3 have been investigated using the all-electron full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on the density functional theory (DFT). For the exchange-correlation potential, local-density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) have been used to calculate theoretical lattice parameters, bulk modulus, and its pressure derivative. The present results are in good agreement with available theoretical and experimental data. The three independent elastic constants (C11, C12 and C44) are also reported. From electronic band structure and density of states (DOSs), it is found that SrLiH3 is an insulator characterized by an indirect gap of 3.48 eV, while SrPdH3 is metallic with a calculated DOSs at Fermi energy of 0.745 states/eV-unit cell. Poisson’s ratio (σ), Young’s modulus (E), shear modulus (G), anisotropy factor (A), average sound velocities (vm) and density (ρ) of these compounds are also estimated for the first time. The Debye temperature is deduced from the average sound velocity. Variation of elastic constants and bulk modulus of these compounds as a function of pressure is also reported. Pressure and thermal effects on some macroscopic properties are predicted using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  18. Effects of Bi doping on structural and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxides Sr2FeMoO6

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    Lan, Yaohai; Feng, Xiaomei; Zhang, Xin; Shen, Yifu; Wang, Ding

    2016-08-01

    A new series of double perovskite compounds Sr2 - δBixFeMoO6 have been synthesized by solid-state reaction. δ refers to the nominal doping content of Bi (δ = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5), while the Bi content obtained by the Rietveld refinement is x = 0, 0.01, 0.05, 0.08, 0.10 and 0.12. Their crystal structure and magnetic properties are investigated. Rietveld analysis of the room temperature XRD data shows all the samples crystallize in the cubic crystal structure with the space group Fm 3 ‾ m and have no phase transition. SEM images show that substituted samples present a denser microstructure and bigger grains than Sr2FeMoO6, which is caused by a liquid sintering process due to the effumability of Bi. The unit cell volume increases with augment of Bi3+ concentration despite the smaller ionic radius Bi3+ compared with the Sr2+, which is attributed to the electronic effect. The degree of Fe/Mo order (η) increases first and then decreases to almost disappearance with augment of Bi doping, which is the result of contribution from electronic effect. Calculated saturation magnetization Ms(3) according to our phase separation likeness model matches well with the experimental ones. The observed variations of magnetoresistance (MR) are consistent with the Fe/Mo order (η) due to the internal connection with anti-site defect (ASD).

  19. Structural origin of the enhanced ionic conductivity upon Nb doping in Sr11Mo4O23 defective double perovskite.

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    Miranda, C D; López, C A; Pedregosa, J C; Alonso, J A

    2017-03-21

    We report a substantial enhancement of the oxide-ion conductivity in Sr11Mo4O23 achieved by Nb doping the Mo sites. This series responds to the formula: Sr11Mo4-xNbxO23-δ (with x = 0.0, 0.5 and 1.0). The original structure can be related to the conventional double perovskite; however, it presents a broken corner sharing connectivity of the octahedral framework, hence leading to a complex and highly defective network. The samples were prepared via citrate precursor method, followed by thermal treatments at 1300 °C for 12 hours in air. The crystal structures were refined from X-ray and neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data. A phase transition from tetragonal to cubic symmetry is identified in a temperature-dependent NPD study, driven by an oxygen delocalization effect. The ionic conductivity measured by impedance spectroscopy is enhanced upon Nb-doping; the x = 1 doped phase exhibits a threefold increase compared to the pristine Sr11Mo4O23 oxide, with conductivity values of 7.6 × 10(-3) and 2.7 × 10(-2) S·cm(-1) at 650 and 800 °C, which are even greater than for YSZ in the 650-800 °C temperature range, and close to those reported for other state-of-the art solid-oxide electrolytes.

  20. Structural and magnetic properties of RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) perovskite nitride oxides

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    Porter, Spencer H.; Huang, Zhenguo; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Avdeev, Maxim; Chen, Zhixin; Dou, Shixue; Woodward, Patrick M.

    2015-03-15

    Neutron powder diffraction indicates that CeTiNO{sub 2} and PrTiNO{sub 2} crystallize with orthorhombic Pnma symmetry (Ce: a=5.5580(5), b=7.8369(7), and c=5.5830(4) Å; Pr: a=5.5468(5), b=7.8142(5), and c=5.5514(5) Å) as a result of a{sup –}b{sup +}a{sup –} tilting of the titanium-centered octahedra. Careful examination of the NPD data, confirms the absence of long range anion order in both compounds, while apparent superstructure reflections seen in electron diffraction patterns provide evidence for short range anion order. Inverse magnetic susceptibility plots reveal that the RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) compounds are paramagnetic with Weiss constants that vary from −28 to −42 K. Effective magnetic moments for RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) are 2.43 μ{sub B}, 3.63 μ{sub B}, and 3.47 μ{sub B}, respectively, in line with values expected for free rare-earth ions. Deviations from Curie–Weiss behavior that occur below 150 K for CeTiNO{sub 2} and below 30 K for NdTiNO{sub 2} are driven by magnetic anisotropy, spin–orbit coupling, and crystal field effects. - Graphical abstract: The structure and magnetism of the oxide nitride perovskites RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr, Nd) have been explored. The average symmetry is shown to be Pnma with a random distribution of oxide and nitride ions and a{sup −}b{sup +}a{sup −} tilting of the titanium-centered octahedra, but electron diffraction shows evidence for short range anion order. All three compounds are paramagnetic but deviations from the Curie Weiss law are seen below 150 K for R=Ce and below 30 K for R=Nd. - Highlights: • The oxide nitride perovskites RTiNO{sub 2} (R=Ce, Pr) have been prepared and their structures determined. • Diffraction measurements indicate short range cis-order of O and N, but no long range order. • Compounds are paramagnetic with Weiss constants that vary from −28 to −42 K. • CeTiO{sub 2}N and NdTiO{sub 2}N deviate from Curie–Weiss behavior below 150 and 30 K, respectively.

  1. Hybrid germanium iodide perovskite semiconductors: active lone pairs, structural distortions, direct and indirect energy gaps, and strong nonlinear optical properties.

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    Stoumpos, Constantinos C; Frazer, Laszlo; Clark, Daniel J; Kim, Yong Soo; Rhim, Sonny H; Freeman, Arthur J; Ketterson, John B; Jang, Joon I; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2015-06-03

    The synthesis and properties of the hybrid organic/inorganic germanium perovskite compounds, AGeI3, are reported (A = Cs, organic cation). The systematic study of this reaction system led to the isolation of 6 new hybrid semiconductors. Using CsGeI3 (1) as the prototype compound, we have prepared methylammonium, CH3NH3GeI3 (2), formamidinium, HC(NH2)2GeI3 (3), acetamidinium, CH3C(NH2)2GeI3 (4), guanidinium, C(NH2)3GeI3 (5), trimethylammonium, (CH3)3NHGeI3 (6), and isopropylammonium, (CH3)2C(H)NH3GeI3 (7) analogues. The crystal structures of the compounds are classified based on their dimensionality with 1–4 forming 3D perovskite frameworks and 5–7 1D infinite chains. Compounds 1–7, with the exception of compounds 5 (centrosymmetric) and 7 (nonpolar acentric), crystallize in polar space groups. The 3D compounds have direct band gaps of 1.6 eV (1), 1.9 eV (2), 2.2 eV (3), and 2.5 eV (4), while the 1D compounds have indirect band gaps of 2.7 eV (5), 2.5 eV (6), and 2.8 eV (7). Herein, we report on the second harmonic generation (SHG) properties of the compounds, which display remarkably strong, type I phase-matchable SHG response with high laser-induced damage thresholds (up to ∼3 GW/cm(2)). The second-order nonlinear susceptibility, χS(2), was determined to be 125.3 ± 10.5 pm/V (1), (161.0 ± 14.5) pm/V (2), 143.0 ± 13.5 pm/V (3), and 57.2 ± 5.5 pm/V (4). First-principles density functional theory electronic structure calculations indicate that the large SHG response is attributed to the high density of states in the valence band due to sp-hybridization of the Ge and I orbitals, a consequence of the lone pair activation.

  2. Electroluminescence from perovskite LEDs with the structure of Ag/Spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2/FTO

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    Wang, Minhuan; Shi, Yantao; Bian, Jiming; Dong, Qingshun; Sun, Hongjun; Liu, Hongzhu; Luo, Yingmin; Zhang, Yuzhi

    2016-10-01

    The perovskite light-emitting diodes (Pe-LEDs) with the structure of Ag/Spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2/FTO were synthesized, where the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite layer was deposited by a two-step spin-coating process. A dominant near-infrared electroluminescence (EL) at 773 nm was detected from the Pe-LEDs under forward bias at room temperature. The origin and mechanism of the EL were discussed in comparison with the photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and it was attributed to the radiative recombination of electrons and holes confined in the CH3NH3PbI3 emissive layer. Moreover, the corresponding energy band diagrams was proposed to illustrate the carrier transport mechanism in the Pe-LED device.

  3. Large grained perovskite solar cells derived from single-crystal perovskite powders with enhanced ambient stability

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    Yen, Hung -Ju; Liang, Po -Wei; Chueh, Chu -Chen; ...

    2016-05-25

    In this study, we demonstrate the large grained perovskite solar cells prepared from precursor solution comprising single-crystal perovskite powders for the first time. Here, the resultant large grained perovskite thin film possesses negligible physical (structural) gap between each large grain and are highly crystalline as evidenced by its fan-shaped birefringence observed under polarized light, which is very different to the thin film prepared from the typical precursor route (MAI + PbI2).

  4. Large grained perovskite solar cells derived from single-crystal perovskite powders with enhanced ambient stability

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    Yen, Hung -Ju; Liang, Po -Wei; Chueh, Chu -Chen; Yang, Zhibin; Jen, Alex K. -Y.; Wang, Hsing -Lin

    2016-05-25

    In this study, we demonstrate the large grained perovskite solar cells prepared from precursor solution comprising single-crystal perovskite powders for the first time. Here, the resultant large grained perovskite thin film possesses negligible physical (structural) gap between each large grain and are highly crystalline as evidenced by its fan-shaped birefringence observed under polarized light, which is very different to the thin film prepared from the typical precursor route (MAI + PbI2).

  5. A new perovskite polytype in the high-pressure sequence of BaIrO(3).

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    Cheng, Jin-Guang; Alonso, José Antonio; Suard, Emmanuelle; Zhou, Jian-Shi; Goodenough, John B

    2009-06-03

    The high-pressure sequence of the perovskite polytypes of BaIrO(3) has been investigated in the pressure range up to 10 GPa. At ambient pressure the so-called "9R" polytype has been prepared by solid-state reaction and slow cooling in air to yield an almost fully oxygen-stoichiometric BaIrO(2.96(1)) composition. The crystal structure has been refined from XRD data in the monoclinic C2/m space group with a = 10.0046(3) A, b = 5.75362(14) A, c = 15.1839(4) A, beta = 103.27(1) degrees ; it contains trimers of face-sharing octahedra (or Ir(3)O(12) trioctahedra) that are linked by their vertices to form columns parallel to the c-axis with a stacking of layers of corner sharing (c) and face sharing (h) IrO(6) octahedra along the sequence hhchhc. This structure is stable up to 3 GPa; at 4 GPa a new 5H polytype has been stabilized as a pure phase. The crystal structure has been solved by ab initio procedures from powder XRD data. It is monoclinic with a = 9.9511(2) A, b = 5.7503(1) A, c = 13.71003(3) A, beta = 118.404(2) degrees , and it was refined in the C2/m space group from NPD data collected at room temperature. This polytype can be described as a stacking of IrO(6) octahedra along the sequence hchcc. The structure contains chains of double dimer units of face-sharing octahedra; the twin dimers are connected to single layers of vertex-sharing octahedra, forming infinite chains along c. This is a unique stacking that, with this repetition length, has never been described before among the hexagonal polytypes of ABO(3) perovskites. The 5H polytype is stable in a narrow pressure range; at 5 GPa the 6H structure is formed, stable up to 10 GPa. The 6H-BaIrO(3) polytype is monoclinic, space group C2/c, with a = 5.7483(2) A, b = 9.9390(3) A, c = 14.3582(5) A, beta = 91.319(2) degrees . The structure consists of dimers of face-sharing octahedra separated by single corner-sharing octahedra, showing the sequence hcchcc along the c-axis. At 10 GPa the cubic 3C perovskite

  6. Compositional and Structural Versatility in an Unusual Family of anti-Perovskite Fluorides: [Cu(H2O)4]3[(MF6)(M'F6)].

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    Felder, Justin B; Yeon, Jeongho; Smith, Mark D; Zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2016-07-18

    A series of six anti-perovskite fluorides of the type [Cu(H2O)4]3(M1-xM'xF6)2 (where M and M' = V, Cr, Mn, Fe as well as M = Fe and M' = V and Cr) was synthesized as high-quality single crystals via a mild hydrothermal route. These materials belong to a class of perovskite-based structures in which the anions and cations of the regular ABX3 perovskite structure have exchanged positions. Two complex anions, MF6(3-) and M'F6(3-), occupy the normal A and B cation positions, while three complex cations, [Cu(H2O)4](2+), occupy the normally anionic X positions. As in the ABX3 compositions, the A and B positions can be occupied by different complex anions, allowing for the preparation of a wide range of compositions. Magnetic property measurements were performed on all six phases, and complex magnetic behavior was observed at low temperatures in the Mn, Fe, and bimetallic Fe/V and Fe/Cr phases.

  7. Crystal structures and microwave dielectric properties of Zn,W co-substituted BaTiO{sub 3} perovskite ceramics

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    Tian Cailan; Yue Zhenxing; Zhou Yuanyuan; Li Longtu

    2013-01-15

    Zn,W co-substituted BaTiO{sub 3} perovskite ceramics with compositions of Ba[Ti{sub 1-x}(Zn{sub 1/2}W{sub 1/2}){sub x}]O{sub 3} (x=0.40-1.00) were synthesized by the conventional solid-state reaction method and studied by X-ray diffraction and dielectric measurements. Their structures transferred from cubic (x=0.40) with space group Pm3{sup Macron }m to hexagonal (x=0.55-0.60) with P6{sub 3}/mmc, and then to cubic double pervoskite (x=1.00) with Fm3{sup Macron }m. The refinement results of sample (x=0.60) revealed that the negative and positive charge centers are not consistent with each other in the face-sharing oxygen octahedra. Compared with the cubic perovskites, the hexagonal ones had the increased quality factor (Q Multiplication-Sign f), the decreased dielectric constant ({epsilon}{sub r}), and especially the near-zero temperature coefficient of resonant frequency ({tau}{sub f}), whose absolute values were less than 5 ppm/ Degree-Sign C. The relationships between structures and properties were discussed. - Graphical abstract: The departure of the negative and positive charge centers in the face-sharing oxygen octahedra of hexagonal unit cell. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A phase transition from simple cubic to hexagonal and then to cubic double pervoskite occurred. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Refinement results prove that spontaneous dipoles present in face-sharing oxygen octahedra. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hexagonal perovskites had higher Q Multiplication-Sign f, nearer-zero {tau}{sub f}, and lower {epsilon}{sub r} than the cubic ones. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer On the presence of the hexagonal perovskite, |{tau}{sub f}| was less than 5 ppm/ Degree-Sign C.

  8. Atomic structure of metal-halide perovskites from first principles: The chicken-and-egg paradox of the organic-inorganic interaction

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    Li, Jingrui; Rinke, Patrick

    2016-07-01

    We have studied the prototype hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 and its three close relatives, CH3NH3SnI3 ,CH3NH3PbCl3 , and CsPbI3, using relativistic density function theory. The long-range van der Waals (vdW) interactions were incorporated into the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functional using the Tkatchenko-Scheffler pairwise scheme. Our results reveal that hydrogen bonding, which is well described by the PBE functional, plays a decisive role for the structural parameters of these systems, including the position and orientation of the organic cation as well as the deformation of the inorganic framework. The magnitude of the inorganic-framework deformation depends sensitively on the orientation of the organic cation, and directly influences the stability of the hybrid perovskites. Our results suggest that the organic and the inorganic components complement each other; the low symmetry of the organic cation is the origin of the inorganic-framework deformation, which then aids the overall stabilization of the hybrid perovskite structure. This stabilization is indirectly affected by vdW interactions, which lead to smaller unit-cell volumes than in PBE and therefore modulate the interaction between the organic cation and the inorganic framework. The vdW-induced lattice-constant corrections are system dependent and lead to PBE+vdW lattice constants in good agreement with experiment. Further insight is gained by analyzing the vdW contributions. In all iodide-based hybrid perovskites, the interaction between the organic cation and the iodide anions provides the largest lattice-constant change, followed by iodine-iodine and the organic cation—heavy-metal cation interaction. These corrections follow an almost linear dependence on the lattice constant within the range considered in our study and are therefore approximately additive.

  9. First-principles study of structural, electronic, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of the double perovskite Ba2CeCoO6

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    Xie, Huan-Huan; Gao, Qiang; Li, Lei; Lei, Gang; Hu, Xian-Ru; Deng, Jian-Bo

    2016-07-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of cubic double perovskite Ba2CeCoO6 were calculated using first-principles full-potential local-orbital minimum-basis method. This compound has a cubic crystal structure with space group Fm 3 bar m. By analysing the band structure we found, at the equilibrium lattice constant, this compound is a half-metal. Moreover, the half-metallicity can be kept under a large range of pressure. Meanwhile, the thermodynamic characters are investigated using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  10. Stability of organometal perovskites with organic overlayers

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    Tran, Catherine D. T.; Liu, Yi; Thibau, Emmanuel S.; Llanos, Adrian; Lu, Zheng-Hong

    2015-08-01

    The air-stability of vapour-phase-deposited methylammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite thin films has been studied using X-ray diffraction. It is found that the perovskite structure without organic coating decomposes completely within a short period of time (˜two days) upon exposure to ambient environment. The degradation of the perovskite structure is drastically reduced when the perovskite films are capped with thin N,N'-Di(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'-diamine (NPB) films. We discovered that the amount of lead iodide (PbI2), a product of the degradation, grows as a function of time in a sigmoidal manner. Further mathematical modeling analysis shows that the perovskite degradation follows the Avrami equation, a kinetics theory developed for quantifying phase transformations in solid-state materials.

  11. Stability of organometal perovskites with organic overlayers

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    Tran, Catherine D. T.; Liu, Yi; Thibau, Emmanuel S.; Llanos, Adrian; Lu, Zheng-Hong

    2015-08-15

    The air-stability of vapour-phase-deposited methylammonium lead triiodide (CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}) perovskite thin films has been studied using X-ray diffraction. It is found that the perovskite structure without organic coating decomposes completely within a short period of time (∼two days) upon exposure to ambient environment. The degradation of the perovskite structure is drastically reduced when the perovskite films are capped with thin N,N′-Di(1-naphthyl)-N,N′-diphenyl-(1,1′-biphenyl)-4,4′-diamine (NPB) films. We discovered that the amount of lead iodide (PbI{sub 2}), a product of the degradation, grows as a function of time in a sigmoidal manner. Further mathematical modeling analysis shows that the perovskite degradation follows the Avrami equation, a kinetics theory developed for quantifying phase transformations in solid-state materials.

  12. Low temperature thermoelastic and structural properties of LaGaO{sub 3} perovskite in the Pbnm phase

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    Knight, Kevin S.

    2012-10-15

    The thermoelastic and structural properties of LaGaO{sub 3} perovskite have been studied using high resolution neutron diffractometry at 158 temperatures between 11 K and 548 K. Data collected in 2 K intervals between 410 K and 430 K show no evidence for an intermediate phase between the low temperature phase in space group Pbnm and the high temperature phase in space group F3{sup Macron }2/n. From a simultaneous fit of the unit cell volume and the isochoric heat capacity, the phonon density of states in the Pbnm phase is shown to be approximated by a two-term Debye model, with characteristic temperatures 294(1) K and 831(1) K. Vibrational Debye temperatures, determined from fitting the temperature variation of the atomic displacement parameters, show the cations to be more associated with the lower characteristic temperature, whilst that for the anions, is closer to the higher characteristic temperature. Structural parameters are presented as the amplitudes of the seven symmetry-adapted basis-vectors of the aristotype phase, and a structural basis for the temperature-dependence of the bond lengths is outlined. The phase transition in both temperature and pressure arises when a non-bonded La-O distance approaches the La coordination sphere. - Graphical abstract: The weight fraction of the rhombohedral phase of LaGaO{sub 3} from the onset of the phase transition at 408 K to its completion at 430 K. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermoelastic properties of LaGaO{sub 3} analyzed as a two-term Debye model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structure and bonding analyzed in terms of symmetry-adapted basis-vectors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Consistency between calorimetric and crystallographic measurements.

  13. Effects of pyrolysis temperature on structural, Raman, and infrared properties of perovskite PbTiO3 nanotubes

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    Yang, Sun A.; Kim, Byung Hoon; Cho, Sam Yeon; Han, Jin Kyu; Bu, Sang Don; Choi, Yong Chan

    2016-02-01

    In this work, we investigated the effects of the pyrolysis temperature on the structural, Raman, and infrared properties of PbTiO3 nanotubes (PTO-NTs). The PTO-NTs were synthesized by spin coating a sol-gel solution on porous anodic alumina membranes, followed by the pyrolysis step at 400 - 600 ℃. Then, PTO-NTs were finally crystallized at 600 - 700 ℃ in an oxygen atmosphere to get the perovskite phase. The PTO-NTs had an outer diameter of about 420 nm and a wall thickness of about 10 nm. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that the tetragonality ( c/ a) increased from 1.019 to 1.028 as the pyrolysis temperature was increased from 400 to 600 ℃. Raman spectroscopy showed that the phonon modes of A 1( nTO) and E( nTO) increased with a redshift of the A 1(3TO) mode as the pyrolysis temperature was increased. In the Fourier-transform infrared spectra of PTO-NTs embedded in the porous anodic alumina membrane, the transmittance of the band at 499 cm-1 increased as the pyrolysis temperature was increased, which might be due to an increase in the tetragonality.

  14. X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Studies of Mn Coordination in Doped Perovskite SrTiO3

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    Levin, I.; Krayzman, V; Woicik, J; Tkach, A; Vilarinho, P

    2010-01-01

    The coordination of Mn in doped SrTiO{sub 3} ceramics having nominal compositions SrTi{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}O{sub 3} and Sr{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}TiO{sub 3} was analyzed using x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements. As expected, Mn{sup 4+} substitution for Ti{sup 4+} leads to Mn occupancy of the octahedral B-sites of ABO{sub 3} perovskite lattice with a Mn-O bond distance of 1.902 {angstrom} (compared to 1.953 {angstrom} for Ti-O) and no significant local distortions around the Mn atoms. In contrast, for the composition Sr{sub 0.98}Mn{sup 0.02}TiO{sub 3}, Mn segregates to both the A-sites (as Mn{sup 2+}) and the B-sites (predominantly as Mn{sup 4+}). Extended XAFS confirms strong ({approx} 0.77 {angstrom}) displacements of Mn{sup 2+} cations off the ideal A-site positions along <001> directions with a significant distortion of several coordination shells around the dopant atoms.

  15. Structural chemistry and magnetic properties of the perovskite SrLa2Ni2TeO9

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    Paria Sena, Robert; Hadermann, Joke; Chin, Chun-Mann; Hunter, Emily C.; Battle, Peter D.

    2016-11-01

    A polycrystalline sample of SrLa2Ni2TeO9 has been synthesized using a standard ceramic method and characterized by neutron diffraction, magnetometry and electron microscopy. The compound adopts a monoclinic, perovskite-like structure with space group P21/n and unit cell parameters a=5.6008(1), b=5.5872(1), c=7.9018(2) Å, β=90.021(6)° at room temperature. The two crystallographically-distinct B sites are occupied by Ni2+ and Te6+ in ratios of 83:17 and 50:50. Both ac and dc magnetometry suggest that the compound is a spin glass below 35 K but the neutron diffraction data show that some regions of the sample are antiferromagnetic. Electron microscopy revealed twinning on a nanoscale and local variations in composition. These defects are thought to be responsible for the presence of two distinct types of antiferromagnetic ordering. The magnetic properties of SrLa2Ni2TeO9 are discussed in terms of cation ordering in the microstructure.

  16. Semiconducting and dielectric properties of barium titanates, tantalates and niobates with perovskite structure

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    Kolodiazhnyi, Taras

    The dielectric and semiconducting properties of two types of ceramics (n-type BaTiO3 and dielectric Ba(B'1/3 B″2/3)O3 where B' = Mg, Zn, Ni, and B″ = Nb, Ta) were characterized. Complex impedance analysis and dc conductivity measurements of samples prepared at various PO2 have ruled out oxygen chemisorption in favor of interfacial segregation of cation vacancies as the cause of the positive temperature coefficient of resistivity (PTCR) effect in n-type BaTiO3. The effect of preparation conditions, sintering atmosphere, stoichiometry, and post-sinter anneal on the defect chemistry of BaTiO3 was studied using the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique. Several paramagnetic defects such as, Ti3+, VBa, and VTi were detected and identified by EPR. Current-voltage characteristics (I-V) of PTCR BaTiO 3 were analyzed in light of space-charge-limited-current, trap-filled-limited-current, Frenkel-Poole, small polaron, and double-Schottky barrier models. It was shown that for the double-Schottky barrier model, a partial stabilisation of the potential barrier is expected when the Fermi level is pinned at grain boundaries by a high density of the interface states. The deviation of I-V characteristics of BaTiO3 in the region of the PTCR effect can be explained by dependence of the population of the interface electron states on applied voltage. Based on the Seebeck and Hall effect measurements, it was found that in the range of 100--300 K, the drift mobility of electrons in BaTiO 3 is not thermally activated, which supports the concept of conduction band electron transport rather than small radii polaron hopping. However, further study over a wider temperature range and on better quality crystals is required to unequivocally clarify the electron transport mechanism in BaTiO 3. Phase composition, degree of cation ordering, and dielectric properties of complex perovskites with general formula Ba(B' 1/3B″2/3)O3 where B' = Mg, Zn, Ni, and B″ = Nb, Ta were analyzed

  17. Interfaces in perovskite solar cells.

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    Shi, Jiangjian; Xu, Xin; Li, Dongmei; Meng, Qingbo

    2015-06-03

    The interfacial atomic and electronic structures, charge transfer processes, and interface engineering in perovskite solar cells are discussed in this review. An effective heterojunction is found to exist at the window/perovskite absorber interface, contributing to the relatively fast extraction of free electrons. Moreover, the high photovoltage in this cell can be attributed to slow interfacial charge recombination due to the outstanding material and interfacial electronic properties. However, some fundamental questions including the interfacial atomic and electronic structures and the interface stability need to be further clarified. Designing and engineering the interfaces are also important for the next-stage development of this cell.

  18. Influence of surface and finite size effects on the structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline lanthanum strontium perovskite manganites

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    Žvátora, Pavel; Veverka, Miroslav; Veverka, Pavel; Knížek, Karel; Závěta, Karel; Pollert, Emil; Goglio, Graziella; Duguet, Etienne; Kaman, Ondřej

    2013-08-15

    Syntheses of nanocrystalline perovskite phases of the general formula La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3+δ} were carried out employing sol–gel technique followed by thermal treatment at 700–900 °C under oxygen flow. The prepared samples exhibit a rhombohedral structure with space group R3{sup ¯}c in the whole investigated range of composition 0.20≤x≤0.45. The studies were aimed at the chemical composition including oxygen stoichiometry and extrinsic properties, i.e. size of the particles, both influencing the resulting structural and magnetic properties. The oxygen stoichiometry was determined by chemical analysis revealing oxygen excess in most of the studied phases. The excess was particularly high for the samples with the smallest crystallites (12–28 nm) while comparative bulk materials showed moderate non-stoichiometry. These differences are tentatively attributed to the surface effects in view of the volume fraction occupied by the upper layer whose atomic composition does not comply with the ideal bulk stoichiometry. - Graphical abstract: Evolution of the particle size with annealing temperature in the nanocrystalline La{sub 0.70}Sr{sub 0.30}MnO{sub 3+δ} phase. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The magnetic behaviour of nanocrystalline La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3+δ} phases was analyzed on the basis of their crystal structure, chemical composition and size of the particles. • Their Curie temperature and magnetization are markedly affected by finite size and surface effects. • The oxygen excess observed in the La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3+δ} nanoparticles might be generated by the surface layer with deviated oxygen stoichiometry.

  19. Remarkable transition from rocksalt/perovskite layered structure to fluorite/rocksalt layered structure in rapidly cooled Ln₂CuO₄.

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    Patabendige, Chami N K; Azad, Abul K; Connor, Paul A; Rolle, Aurélie; Irvine, John T S

    2013-01-01

    Lanthanide cuprates of formula Ln₂CuO₄ exist in two principal forms, T and T' which are renowned for their exhibition at low temperatures of hole and electronic types of superconductivity, respectively. These structures differ primarily in the arrangement of oxygen between the perovskite layers and also in nature of the copper oxygen planes. The Cu-O distance in the T structure (~1.90 Å) is much shorter than the T' (1.97Å), reflecting a transition between partial Cu⁺and partial Cu³⁺ character. In seeking to find compositions that bridge these two structure/electron carrier types, we observed the transition from a T structure to a T' type structure, resulting in the metastable form T″ with slightly larger volume but similar character to T'. This transition from T to T″ is associated with 5% increase in a and a 5% decrease in c parameters of the tetragonal unit cells, which results in disintegration of ceramic bodies.

  20. Non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskites.

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    Bousquet, Eric; Cano, Andrés

    2016-03-31

    We present an overview of the current interest in non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskite crystals. We first describe the different microscopic mechanisms giving rise to the non-collinearity of spins in this class of materials. We discuss, in particular, the interplay between non-collinear magnetism and ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive distortions of the perovskite structure, and how this can promote magnetoelectric responses. We then provide a literature survey on non-collinear multiferroic perovskites. We discuss numerous examples of spin cantings driving weak ferromagnetism in transition metal perovskites, and of spin-induced ferroelectricity as observed in the rare-earth based perovskites. These examples are chosen to best illustrate the fundamental role of non-collinear magnetism in the design of multiferroicity.

  1. New twists on the perovskite theme: crystal structures of the elusive phases R and S of NaNbO3.

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    Peel, Martin D; Thompson, Stephen P; Daoud-Aladine, Aziz; Ashbrook, Sharon E; Lightfoot, Philip

    2012-06-18

    The crystal structure of NaNbO(3) has been studied in detail in the temperature regime 360 < T < 520 °C using a combination of high-resolution neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, supported by first-principles calculations. A systematic symmetry-mode analysis is used to determine the presence of the key active distortion modes that, in turn, provides a small and an unambiguous set of trial structural models. A unique model for Phase S (480 < T < 510 °C) is elucidated, having a 2 × 2 × 4 superlattice of the aristotype perovskite structure, space group Pmmn. This unusual and unique structure features a novel example of a compound octahedral tilt system in a perovskite. Two possible structural models for Phase R (370 < T < 470 °C) are determined, each having a 2 × 2 × 6 superlattice and differing only in the nature of the complex tilt system along the 'long' axis. It is impossible to identify a definitive model from the present study, although reasons for preferring one over the other are discussed. Some of the possible pitfalls in determining such complex, pseudosymmetric crystal structures from powder diffraction data are also highlighted.

  2. Improper Ferroelectric Contributions in the Double Perovskite Pb2Mn0.6Co0.4WO6 System with a Collinear Magnetic Structure.

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    Orlandi, Fabio; Righi, Lara; Mezzadri, Francesco; Manuel, Pascal; Khalyavin, Dmitry D; Delmonte, Davide; Pernechele, Chiara; Cabassi, Riccardo; Bolzoni, Fulvio; Solzi, Massimo; Calestani, Gianluca

    2016-05-02

    The physical characterization and the extended crystallographic study of the double perovskite system Pb2Mn0.6Co0.4WO6 indicate an improper ferroelectric contribution to the polarization induced by the magnetic ordering. In the paramagnetic phase, the compound displays a centrosymmetric orthorhombic double perovskite structure with the Pmcn1' symmetry. The structure is strongly distorted by the lead stereoactivity. Magnetization measurements show two magnetic transitions at 188 and 9 K, but the time-of-flight neutron diffraction data provide evidence for a long-range magnetic ordering only below the second transition. Quantitative structure refinements combined with a comprehensive symmetry analysis indicate the Pm'c21' magnetic space group to be the adequate symmetry to describe the structural distortions and spin ordering in the ground state of the system. The symmetry implies a coexistence of a spontaneous ferromagnetic moment and a ferroelectric polarization along the orthogonal b- and c-axes, respectively, in the long-range ordered structure. Macroscopic measurements confirm the presence of the spontaneous polarization also below the first transition at 188 K, where only short-range magnetic correlations are evidenced by diffuse scattering in neutron diffraction.

  3. Structural characterization of a new vacancy ordered perovskite modification found for Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F (BaFeO{sub 2.333}F{sub 0.333}): Towards understanding of vacancy ordering for different perovskite-type ferrites

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    Clemens, Oliver

    2015-05-15

    The new vacancy ordered perovskite-type compound Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F (BaFeO{sub 2.33}F{sub 0.33}) was prepared by topochemical low-temperature fluorination of Ba{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} (BaFeO{sub 2.5}) using stoichiometric amounts of polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF). The vacancy order was found to be unique so far for perovskite compounds, and the connectivity pattern can be explained by the formula Ba{sub 3}(FeX{sub 6/2}) (FeX{sub 5/2}) (FeX{sub 3/2}X{sub 1/1}), with X=O/F. Mössbauer measurements were used to confirm the structural analysis and agree with the presence of Fe{sup 3+} in the above mentioned coordination environments. Group–subgroup relationships were used to build a starting model for the structure solution and to understand the relationship to the cubic perovskite structure. Furthermore, a comparison of a variety of vacancy-ordered iron-containing perovskite-type structures is given, highlighting the factors which favour one structure type over the other depending on the composition. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F in comparison to other perovskite type ferrites. - Highlights: • The crystal structure of Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F in comparison to other perovskite type ferrites. • Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F was synthesized by low temperature fluorination of Ba{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}. • Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F shows a unique vacancy order not found for other perovskite type compounds. • The structure of Ba{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 7}F was solved using group–subgroup relationships. • A systematic comparison to other ferrite type compounds reveals structural similarities and differences. • The A-site coordination of the cation is shown to play an important role for the type of vacancy order found.

  4. Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of a new B-site ordered double perovskite Sr{sub 2}CuIrO{sub 6}

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    Vasala, Sami; Yamauchi, Hisao; Karppinen, Maarit

    2014-12-15

    Here we synthesize and characterize a new double-perovskite oxide Sr{sub 2}CuIrO{sub 6}. The synthesis requires the use of high oxygen pressure to stabilize the VI oxidation state of iridium. The compound has a tetragonally-distorted crystal structure due to the Jahn–Teller active Cu{sup II} ion, and a high degree of B-site cation order. Magnetic transition is apparent at 15 K, but the zero-field-cooled and field-cooled susceptibilities diverge below this temperature. The high degree of cation order would exclude the possibility of a typical spin-glass, indicating that the divergence is probably due to a frustration of the magnetic interactions between Cu and Ir, with a high frustration factor of f≈25. - Graphical abstract: A new member of the A{sub 2}B′B″O{sub 6} double-perovskite family with JT-active Cu{sup II} at the B′ site and Ir{sup VI} at the B″ site is synthesized through high pressure synthesis and characterized for the structural and magnetic properties. - Highlights: • New member of the A{sub 2}CuB″O{sub 6} double-perovskite family is synthesized with B″=Ir. • Stabilization of Ir{sup VI} requires the use of high oxygen pressure synthesis. • Crystal structure is tetragonally distorted due to JT-active Cu{sup II}. • Divergence of ZFC and FC curves is seen below the T{sub N} of 15 K. • This is presumably due to a frustration effect.

  5. Enhanced electron extraction using SnO2 for high-efficiency planar-structure HC(NH2)2PbI3-based perovskite solar cells

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    Jiang, Qi; Zhang, Liuqi; Wang, Haolin; Yang, Xiaolei; Meng, Junhua; Liu, Heng; Yin, Zhigang; Wu, Jinliang; Zhang, Xingwang; You, Jingbi

    2017-01-01

    Planar structures for halide perovskite solar cells have recently garnered attention, due to their simple and low-temperature device fabrication processing. Unfortunately, planar structures typically show I-V hysteresis and lower stable device efficiency compared with mesoporous structures, especially for TiO2-based n-i-p devices. SnO2, which has a deeper conduction band and higher electron mobility compared with traditional TiO2, could enhance charge transfer from perovskite to electron transport layers, and reduce charge accumulation at the interface. Here we report low-temperature solution-processed SnO2 nanoparticles as an efficient electron transport layer for perovskite solar cells. Our SnO2-based devices are almost free of hysteresis, which we propose is due to the enhancement of electron extraction. By introducing a PbI2 passivation phase in the perovskite layer, we obtain a 19.9 ± 0.6% certified efficiency. The devices can be easily processed under low temperature (150 ∘C), offering an efficient method for the large-scale production of perovskite solar cells.

  6. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

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    Campbell, K.D.

    1991-06-25

    Perovskites of the structure A[sub 2]B[sub 2]C[sub 3]O[sub 10] are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  7. Perovskite catalysts for oxidative coupling

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    Campbell, Kenneth D.

    1991-01-01

    Perovskites of the structure A.sub.2 B.sub.2 C.sub.3 O.sub.10 are useful as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of lower alkane to heavier hydrocarbons. A is alkali metal; B is lanthanide or lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, samarium, praseodymium, gadolinium or dysprosium; and C is titanium.

  8. Structural dependence of the photocatalytic properties of double perovskite compounds A2InTaO6 (A = Sr or Ba) doped with nickel.

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    Lv, Meilin; Wang, Yawei; Lu, Lingwei; Wang, Ruinan; Ni, Shuang; Liu, Gang; Xu, Xiaoxiang

    2016-08-03

    The crystal structure of photocatalysts generally plays a pivotal role in controlling their electronic structure as well as catalytic performance. In this work, a series of double perovskite compounds A2InTaO6 (A = Sr or Ba) and their Ni doped counterparts were investigated with the aim of understanding how doping and structural modification will affect their photocatalytic activity. Our results show that Ni doping is effective in improving the optical absorption of these wide band gap semiconductors and accommodating the Sr cation in the A sites leads to severe structural distortion, i.e. the In(Ni)-O-Ta bond angle deviates largely from 180°. A better photocatalytic performance was observed for samples with Ni doping and Ba in the A sites. The best photocatalytic hydrogen production rate recorded was ∼293.6 μmol h(-1) for Ba2In0.9Ni0.1TaO6 under full range irradiation, corresponding to an apparent quantum efficiency of 2.75%. DFT calculations reveal the role of Ni doping by forming additional spin-polarized bands inside the intrinsic band gap of the native perovskite. The better photocatalytic activity of Ba2In0.9Ni0.1TaO6 can then be understood as a result of a reduced band gap as well as a linear In(Ni)-O-Ta bond arrangement that is favorable for the strong metal-oxygen-metal interactions.

  9. A nano-grid structure made of perovskite SrTiO3 nanowires for efficient electron transport layers in inverted polymer solar cells

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    Kim, Jeong Won; Suh, Yo-Han; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Won Bae

    2015-02-01

    A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ~32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film.A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ~32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, HR-TEM images with EDX atomic ratio analysis, FE-SEM images, transmittance spectra and light absorbance spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06720g

  10. First-principles calculations of structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of perovskite-type KMgH3 crystals: novel hydrogen storage material.

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    Reshak, Ali H; Shalaginov, Mikhail Y; Saeed, Yasir; Kityk, I V; Auluck, S

    2011-03-31

    We report a first-principles study of structural and phase stability in three different structures of perovskite-types KMgH(3) according to H position. While electronic and optical properties were measured only for stable perovskite-type KMgH(3), our calculated structural parameters are found in good agreement with experiment and other theoretical results. We also study the electronic charge density space distribution contours in the (200), (101), and (100) crystallographic planes, which gives better insight picture of chemical bonding between K-H, K-Mg-H, and Mg-H. Moreover, we have calculated the electronic band structure dispersion, total, and partial density of electron states to study the band gap origin and the contribution of s-band of H, s and p-band of Mg in the valence band, and d-band of K in the conduction band. Furthermore, optical features such as dielectric functions, refractive indices, extinction coefficient, optical reflectivity, absorption coefficients, optical conductivities, and loss functions of stable KMgH(3) were calculated for photon energies up to 40 eV.

  11. The crystal structure of loparite: a new acentric variety

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    Popova, Elena A.; Lushnikov, Sergey G.; Yakovenchuk, Victor N.; Krivovichev, Sergey V.

    2017-02-01

    The crystal structure of a new structural variety of loparite (Na0.56Ce0.21La0.14Ca0.06Sr0.03Nd0.02Pr0.01)Σ=1.03(Ti0.83Nb0.15)Σ=0.98O3 from the Khibiny alkaline massif, Kola peninsula, Russia, was solved by direct methods and refined to R 1 = 0.029 for 492 unique observed reflections with I > 2σ(I). The mineral is orthorhombic, Ima2, a = 5.5129(2), b = 5.5129(2) and c = 7.7874(5) Å. Similarly to other perovskite-group minerals with the general formula ABO3, the crystal structure of loparite is based upon a three-dimensional framework of distorted corner-sharing BO6. The A cations are coordinated by 12 oxygen atoms and are situated in distorted cuboctahedral cavities. In contrast to the ideal perovskite-type structure ( Pmoverset{-}{3} m ), the unit cell is doubled along the c axis and the a and b axes are rotated in the ab plane at 45o. The BO6 octahedron displays distortion characteristic for the d 0 transition metal cations with the out-of-center shift of the B site. The symmetry reduction is also attributable to the distortion of the BO6 octahedra which are tilted and rotated with respect to the c axis. The occurrence of a new acentric variety of loparite can be explained by the pecularities of its chemical composition characterized by the increased content of Ti compared to the previously studied samples.

  12. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Double Perovskite Ca2CrSbO6

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    Zhao, Yuan; Ni, Guang-Xin; Liu, Hui-Ping; Yi, Lin

    2010-01-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed for the study of the electronic hand structure and ferromagnetic properties of double perovskite Ca2CrSbO6. The density of states, total energy, spin magnetic moment, and charge density were calculated and analyzed in details. It is found that Ca2CrSbO6 has a stable ferromagnetic ground state and the spin magnetic moment per molecule is about 2.99μB. The chromium contributes the most in the total magnetic moments. The results indicate that Ca2CrSbO6 is half-metallic.

  13. Understanding the photoluminescence characteristics of Eu3+-doped double-perovskite by electronic structure calculation

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    Ghosh, Binita; Halder, Saswata; Das, Sayantani; Sinha, T. P.

    2016-05-01

    Europium-doped luminescent barium samarium tantalum oxide Ba2SmTaO6 (BST) has been investigated by first-principles calculation, and the crystal structure, electronic structure, and optical properties of pure BST and Eu-doped BST have been examined and compared. Based on the calculated results, the luminescence properties and mechanism of Eu-doped BST has been discussed. In the case of Eu-doped BST, there is an impurity energy band at the Fermi level, which is formed by seven spin up energy levels of Eu and act as the luminescent centre, which is evident from the band structure calculations.

  14. Non-collinear magnetic structure of manganese quadruple perovskite CdMn7O12

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    Guo, H.; Fernández-Daz, M. T.; Zhou, L.; Yin, Y.; Long, Y.; Komarek, A. C.

    2017-01-01

    We report on the magnetic structure of CdMn7O12 determined by powder neutron diffraction. We were able to measure the magnetic structure of this Cd containing and highly neutron absorbing material by optimizing the sample geometry and by blending the CdMn7O12 with Aluminum powder. Below its Néel temperature TN1 all magnetic reflections can be indexed by a single commensurate propagation vector k = (0, 0, 1). This is different to the case of CaMn7O12 where the propagation vector is incommensurate and where an in-plane helical magnetic structure has been found. We observe a commensurate non-collinear magnetic structure in CdMn7O12 with in-plane aligned magnetic moments resembling the ones in CaMn7O12. However, the commensurate propagation vector prevents the appearance of a helical magnetic structure in CdMn7O12. Finally, we also observe a third structural phase transition below ~60 K that can be attributed to phase separation. PMID:28378833

  15. Perovskite LaPbMSbO{sub 6} (M=Co, Ni): Structural distortion, magnetic and dielectric properties

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    Bai, Yijia; Han, Lin; Liu, Xiaojuan; Deng, Xiaolong; Wu, Xiaojie; Yao, Chuangang; Liang, Qingshuang; Meng, Junling; Meng, Jian

    2014-09-15

    The B-site ordered double perovskite oxides LaPbMSbO{sub 6} (M=Co, Ni) have been synthesized via the modified Sol–Gel precursor two-step route. Rietveld refinements reveal strong abnormal structural distortion and BO{sub 6} octahedral deformation appearing along the ab plane. Owing to the cooperative Jahn–Teller effect of Co{sup 2+} and Pb{sup 2+} ions, the Co-related compound exhibits almost complete Co{sup 2+}–Sb{sup 5+} order. For magnetic properties, spin-canted antiferromagnetic state with high extent of magnetic frustration is confirmed. The Ni-related compound presents heavier magnetic frustration for introducing tiny disorder on site occupation accompanied with valence state and further enhancing the complexity of magnetic competition. Dielectric measurements present a considerable temperature dependent dielectric relaxation with great dc-like loss feature in the LaPbCoSbO{sub 6}. For LaPbNiSbO{sub 6}, however, the permittivity with low dielectric loss is shown to be insensitive to either temperature or frequency. The corresponding electronic active energy manifests that the weakly bounded 3d-electron is prone to hop in a more distorted Co–Sb sublattice. - Graphical abstract: XRD Rietveld refinement result of LaPbCoSbO{sub 6} presented a large BO{sub 6} octahedral distortion along the ab plane. Based upon the variations from Co–O–Sb bond angles, a fierce competition from many extended magnetic coupling routes (M–O–O–M) would induce a considerably large magnetic frustration and electron hopping restriction. - Highlights: • Highly ordered LaPbMSbO{sub 6} (M=Co, Ni) were synthesized. • Abnormal structural distortion appeared in the ab plane. • Strong magnetic frustration was confirmed via M{sup 2+}–O–O–M{sup 2+} route. • Dielectric measurements presented a large difference between Co and Ni samples. • 3d-electronic structure determines lattice distortion and physical properties.

  16. Novel Solvent-free Perovskite Deposition in Fabrication of Normal and Inverted Architectures of Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Gharibzadeh, Saba; Ahmadi, Vahid; Shahverdi, H. Reza

    2016-01-01

    We introduced a new approach to deposit perovskite layer with no need for dissolving perovskite precursors. Deposition of Solution-free perovskite (SFP) layer is a key method for deposition of perovskite layer on the hole or electron transport layers that are strongly sensitive to perovskite precursors. Using deposition of SFP layer in the perovskite solar cells would extend possibility of using many electron and hole transport materials in both normal and invert architectures of perovskite solar cells. In the present work, we synthesized crystalline perovskite powder followed by successful deposition on TiO2 and cuprous iodide as the non-sensitve and sensitive charge transport layers to PbI2 and CH3NH3I solution in DMF. The post compressing step enhanced the efficiency of the devices by increasing the interface area between perovskite and charge transport layers. The 9.07% and 7.71% cell efficiencies of the device prepared by SFP layer was achieved in respective normal (using TiO2 as a deposition substrate) and inverted structure (using CuI as deposition substrate) of perovskite solar cell. This method can be efficient in large-scale and low cost fabrication of new generation perovskite solar cells. PMID:27640991

  17. Novel Solvent-free Perovskite Deposition in Fabrication of Normal and Inverted Architectures of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Gharibzadeh, Saba; Ahmadi, Vahid; Shahverdi, H Reza

    2016-09-19

    We introduced a new approach to deposit perovskite layer with no need for dissolving perovskite precursors. Deposition of Solution-free perovskite (SFP) layer is a key method for deposition of perovskite layer on the hole or electron transport layers that are strongly sensitive to perovskite precursors. Using deposition of SFP layer in the perovskite solar cells would extend possibility of using many electron and hole transport materials in both normal and invert architectures of perovskite solar cells. In the present work, we synthesized crystalline perovskite powder followed by successful deposition on TiO2 and cuprous iodide as the non-sensitve and sensitive charge transport layers to PbI2 and CH3NH3I solution in DMF. The post compressing step enhanced the efficiency of the devices by increasing the interface area between perovskite and charge transport layers. The 9.07% and 7.71% cell efficiencies of the device prepared by SFP layer was achieved in respective normal (using TiO2 as a deposition substrate) and inverted structure (using CuI as deposition substrate) of perovskite solar cell. This method can be efficient in large-scale and low cost fabrication of new generation perovskite solar cells.

  18. Novel Solvent-free Perovskite Deposition in Fabrication of Normal and Inverted Architectures of Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Gharibzadeh, Saba; Ahmadi, Vahid; Shahverdi, H. Reza

    2016-09-01

    We introduced a new approach to deposit perovskite layer with no need for dissolving perovskite precursors. Deposition of Solution-free perovskite (SFP) layer is a key method for deposition of perovskite layer on the hole or electron transport layers that are strongly sensitive to perovskite precursors. Using deposition of SFP layer in the perovskite solar cells would extend possibility of using many electron and hole transport materials in both normal and invert architectures of perovskite solar cells. In the present work, we synthesized crystalline perovskite powder followed by successful deposition on TiO2 and cuprous iodide as the non-sensitve and sensitive charge transport layers to PbI2 and CH3NH3I solution in DMF. The post compressing step enhanced the efficiency of the devices by increasing the interface area between perovskite and charge transport layers. The 9.07% and 7.71% cell efficiencies of the device prepared by SFP layer was achieved in respective normal (using TiO2 as a deposition substrate) and inverted structure (using CuI as deposition substrate) of perovskite solar cell. This method can be efficient in large-scale and low cost fabrication of new generation perovskite solar cells.

  19. Measuring and Altering Ferroelectric Domain Structures in Lead Perovskite Single-Crystals

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    Harker, John Chamberlain

    Relaxor ferroelectric single-crystal materials PMN-PT and PZN-PT are currently of interest to the scientific community due to their enhanced properties and possible role as next-generation piezoelectric transducers in applications such as sonar and medical ultrasound. One key phenomenon affecting both the properties and the mechanical integrity of these materials is the ferroelectric domain structure within the material. In this work we examine the morphology and behavior of domain structures in PMN-29%PT. In order to do this we first present details of the construction and testing of a working piezo-response force microscope (PFM), and then use the PFM to verify a new domain observation technique called "relief polishing". Relief polishing is shown to reveal surface domains in the same manner as acid etching, preserving domain details as small as 0.5mum. Using these two techniques, we then determine that cutting and polishing strongly affect the surface and subsurface ferroelectric domain structures in PMN-29%PT. Specifically, we show that saw cutting can create characteristic striated domain structures as deep as 130mum within a sample, while straight polishing creates a characteristic domain structure known as the "fingerprint" pattern to a depth proportional to the size of the polishing grit, on the order of 0--12mum for grits as large as 15mum. We hypothesize that most samples contain these "skin effect" domain structures. In consequence, it is suggested that researchers presenting experimental results on domain structures should report the physical treatment history of the samples along with the experimental data.

  20. The defect structure and chemical lattice strain of the double perovskites Sr2BMoO6-δ (B = Mg, Fe).

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    Tsvetkov, D S; Ivanov, I L; Malyshkin, D A; Steparuk, A S; Zuev, A Yu

    2016-08-09

    The defect structure of B-site ordered double perovskites Sr2BMoO6-δ was analyzed. The defect structure model was proposed and successfully verified using data on oxygen nonstoichiometry of Sr2MgMoO6-δ and Sr2FeMoO6-δ. As a result, equilibrium constants of the defect reactions involved were estimated. Fe and Mo in Sr2FeMoO6-δ were found to be in the mixed oxidation state close to +2.5 and +5.5, respectively. Chemical strain of the Sr2FeMoO6-δ double perovskite lattice was studied by in situ high temperature XRD at 1100 °C depending on pO2. Parameter a of the Sr2FeMoO6-δ cubic cell was found to increase with decreasing pO2 because of lattice chemical expansion. The tetragonal polymorph of Sr2FeMoO6-δ was shown to exhibit transversal isotropy with respect to chemical expansion. It was also found that its crystal lattice expands in the ab-plane and simultaneously contracts along the c-axis when the oxygen content in the double perovskite decreases. In order to describe the degree of anisotropy of chemical strain a new phenomenological coefficient was introduced. This coefficient was shown to affect both the magnitude and change direction of an oxide cell volume caused by its reduction/oxidation. Excellent agreement between the chemical expansion along the a-axis calculated for both polymorphs of Sr2FeMoO6-δ according to the model recently developed and that measured experimentally was shown. Chemical contraction observed along the c-axis with a decreasing oxygen content in the tetragonal polymorph was also found to coincide completely with that calculated using the approach developed in the present study.

  1. Enhanced structural stability and photo responsiveness of CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization

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    Lu, Xujie; Wang, Yonggang; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.; Hu, Qingyang; Guo, Xiaofeng; Chen, Haijie; Yang, Liuxiang; Smith, Jesse S.; Yang, Wenge; Zhao, Yusheng; Xu, Hongwu; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.; Jia, Quanxi

    2016-10-01

    An organic–inorganic halide CH3NH3SnI3 perovskite with significantly improved structural stability is obtained via pressure-induced amorphization and recrystallization. In situ high-pressure resistance measurements reveal an increased electrical conductivity by 300% in the pressure-treated perovskite. Photocurrent measurements also reveal a substantial enhancement in visible-light responsiveness. In conclusion, the mechanism underlying the enhanced properties is shown to be associated with the pressure-induced structural modification.

  2. The electronic structure of epitaxially stabilized 5d perovskite Ca(1-x)Sr(x)IrO3 (x = 0, 0.5, and 1) thin films: the role of strong spin-orbit coupling.

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    Jang, S Y; Kim, H; Moon, S J; Choi, W S; Jeon, B C; Yu, J; Noh, T W

    2010-12-08

    We have investigated the electronic structure of meta-stable perovskite Ca(1 - x)Sr(x)IrO(3)(x = 0, 0.5, and 1) thin films using transport measurements, optical spectroscopy, and first-principles calculations. We artificially fabricated the perovskite phase of Ca(1 - x)Sr(x)IrO(3), which has a hexagonal or post-perovskite crystal structure in bulk form, by growing epitaxial thin films on perovskite GdScO(3) substrates using an epi-stabilization technique. The transport properties of the perovskite Ca(1 - x)Sr(x)IrO(3) films systematically change from nearly insulating (or semi-metallic) for x = 0 to weakly metallic for x = 1. Due to the extended wavefunctions, 5d electrons are usually delocalized. However, the strong spin-orbit coupling in Ca(1 - x)Sr(x)IrO(3) results in the formation of effective total angular momentum J(eff) = 1/2 and 3/2 states, which puts Ca(1 - x)Sr(x)IrO(3) in the vicinity of a metal-insulator phase boundary. As a result, the electrical properties of the Ca(1 - x)Sr(x)IrO(3) films are found to be sensitive to x and strain.

  3. Synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of double perovskites SrLaNiOsO6 and BaLaNiOsO6

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    Feng, Hai L.; Schnelle, Walter; Tjeng, Liu Hao; Jansen, Martin

    2016-10-01

    New double perovskite oxides SrLaNiOsO6 and BaLaNiOsO6 were synthesized by solid state reactions from the respective binary metal oxides, and their crystal structures and magnetic properties were characterized. At room temperature SrLaNiOsO6 and BaLaNiOsO6 crystallize in ordered double perovskite structures with space groups of P21/n (monoclinic) and I4/m (tetragonal), respectively. They are electrically semiconducting with an activation energy of ≈0.35 eV. Specific heat and magnetic measurements indicate that SrLaNiOsO6 shows predominantly antiferromagnetic correlations and displays antiferromagnetic transition around 60 K. However, for the isoelectronic BaLaNiOsO6 ferromagnetic correlations are predominant and there is no clear feature of a magnetic transition detectable. The remarkable change in magnetic properties of ALaNiOsO6 (A = Sr and Ba) can be related to the degree of structure distortions, i.e. the bending of the O-B-O (B = Ni,Os) links.

  4. First principles study of the structural and electronic properties of double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 in cubic and tetragonal phases

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    Deluque Toro, C. E.; Rodríguez M., Jairo Arbey; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Moreno Salazar, N. O.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-12-01

    The Ba2YTaO6 double perovskite presents a transition from cubic (Fm-3m) to tetragonal structure (I4/m) at high temperature. In this work, we present a detailed study of the structural and electronic properties of the double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 in space group Fm-3m and I4/m. Calculations were made with the Full-Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave method (FP-LAPW) within the framework of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) with exchange and correlation effects in the Generalized Gradient (GGA) and Local Density (LDA) approximations. From the minimization of energy as a function of volume and the fitting of the Murnaghan equation some structural characteristics were determined as, for example, total energy, lattice parameter (a=8.50 Å in cubic phase and a=5.985 Å and c=8.576 Å in tetragonal), bulk modulus (135.6 GPa in cubic phase and 134.1 GPa in tetragonal phase) and its derivative. The study of the electronic characteristics was performed from the analysis of the electronic density of states (DOS). We find a non-metallic behavior for this with a direct band gap of approximately 3.5 eV and we found that the Ba2YTaO6 (I4/m) phase is the most stable one. © 2013 Elsevier Science.

  5. Magnetic and structural properties of CaMn0.9Mo0.1O3 perovskite synthesized in abnormal glow discharge

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    Sarmiento Santos, Armando; Parra Vargas, Carlos Arturo; Supelano García, Ivan

    2015-09-01

    In this work we use the abnormal glow discharge (AGD) to produce the CaMn0.9Mo0.1O3 perovskite through decarbonize, calcination and sintering steps. Structural characterization was carry out by Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction on samples after sintering step. The magnetic properties was analysed through magnetization curves as a function of temperature for applied magnetic fields in the range of 20 Oe to 20 kOe by the ZFC-FC method and magnetization curves in function of the applied field at 50 K and 300 K temperatures. The CaMn0.9Mo0.1O3 perovskite was also produced by conventional method in resistive furnace and its behaviour was compared with those of the plasma synthesized. The X-ray analysis reveals that the samples produced by both methods crystalized in a Pnma structure, the lattice parameters change and one second phase appears when the AGD is applied in the last production steps. The magnetization measurements allow analysing the behaviour of the sample at low temperatures and comparing the magnetic transitions in the samples produced by both methods; these are influenced according to production method employed. The results shows that the use of AGD is an alternative method to produce ceramic materials, which reduced ostensibly the production time and allow to obtain similar magnetic and structural properties with respect to conventional method.

  6. Crystallographic and magnetic structure of the perovskite-type compound BaFeO2.5: unrivaled complexity in oxygen vacancy ordering.

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    Clemens, Oliver; Gröting, Melanie; Witte, Ralf; Perez-Mato, J Manuel; Loho, Christoph; Berry, Frank J; Kruk, Robert; Knight, Kevin S; Wright, Adrian J; Hahn, Horst; Slater, Peter R

    2014-06-16

    We report here on the characterization of the vacancy-ordered perovskite-type structure of BaFeO2.5 by means of combined Rietveld analysis of powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c [a = 6.9753(1) Å, b = 11.7281(2) Å, c = 23.4507(4) Å, β = 98.813(1)°, and Z = 28] containing seven crystallographically different iron atoms. The coordination scheme is determined to be Ba7(FeO4/2)1(FeO3/2O1/1)3(FeO5/2)2(FeO6/2)1 = Ba7Fe([6])1Fe([5])2Fe([4])4O17.5 and is in agreement with the (57)Fe Mössbauer spectra and density functional theory based calculations. To our knowledge, the structure of BaFeO2.5 is the most complicated perovskite-type superstructure reported so far (largest primitive cell, number of ABX2.5 units per unit cell, and number of different crystallographic sites). The magnetic structure was determined from the powder neutron diffraction data and can be understood in terms of "G-type" antiferromagnetic ordering between connected iron-containing polyhedra, in agreement with field-sweep and zero-field-cooled/field-cooled measurements.

  7. Band gap engineering strategy via polarization rotation in perovskite ferroelectrics

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    Wang, Fenggong Grinberg, Ilya; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2014-04-14

    We propose a strategy to engineer the band gaps of perovskite oxide ferroelectrics, supported by first principles calculations. We find that the band gaps of perovskites can be substantially reduced by as much as 1.2 eV through local rhombohedral-to-tetragonal structural transition. Furthermore, the strong polarization of the rhombohedral perovskite is largely preserved by its tetragonal counterpart. The B-cation off-center displacements and the resulting enhancement of the antibonding character in the conduction band give rise to the wider band gaps of the rhombohedral perovskites. The correlation between the structure, polarization orientation, and electronic structure lays a good foundation for understanding the physics of more complex perovskite solid solutions and provides a route for the design of photovoltaic perovskite ferroelectrics.

  8. Perovskites: transforming photovoltaics, a mini-review

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    Chilvery, Ashwith Kumar; Batra, Ashok K.; Yang, Bin; ...

    2015-01-06

    The recent power-packed advent of perovskite solar cells is transforming photovoltaics (PV) with their superior efficiencies, ease of fabrication, and cost. This perovskite solar cell further boasts of many unexplored features that can further enhance its PV properties and lead to it being branded as a successful commercial product. This paper provides a detailed insight of the organometal halide based perovskite structure, its unique stoichiometric design, and its underlying principles for PV applications. Finally, the compatibility of various PV layers and its fabrication methods is also discussed.

  9. Electronic structure of ordered double perovskite Ba2CoWO6

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Himanshu, A. K.; Brajesh, Kumar; Choudhary, B. K.; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Sen, Pintu; Kumar, Uday; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-01

    Ba2CoWO6 (BCoW) has been synthesized in polycrystalline form by solid state reaction at 1200 °C. Structural characterization of the compound was done through X-ray diffraction (XRD) followed by Rietveld analysis of the XRD pattern. The crystal structure is cubic, space group Fm-3m (No. 225) with the lattice parameter, a = 8.210. Optical band-gap of the present system has been calculated using the UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Kubelka-Munk function, it's value being 2.45 eV. A detailed study of the electronic properties has also been carried out using the density functional theory (DFT) techniques implemented on WIEN2k. Importance of electron-electron interaction between the Co ions leading to half-metallic behavior, crystal and exchange splitting together with the hybridization between O and Co, W has been investigated using the total and partial density of states.

  10. The electronic structure of the high-symmetry perovskite iridate Ba2IrO4

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    Moser, S.; Moreschini, L.; Ebrahimi, A.; Dalla Piazza, B.; Isobe, M.; Okabe, H.; Akimitsu, J.; Mazurenko, V. V.; Kim, K. S.; Bostwick, A.; Rotenberg, E.; Chang, J.; Rønnow, H. M.; Grioni, M.

    2014-01-01

    We report angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) measurements, density functional and model tight-binding calculations on Ba2IrO4 (Ba-214), an antiferromagnetic (TN = 230 K) insulator. Ba-214 does not exhibit the rotational distortion of the IrO6 octahedra that is present in its sister compound Sr2IrO4 (Sr-214), and is therefore an attractive reference material to study the electronic structure of layered iridates. We find that the band structures of Ba-214 and Sr-214 are qualitatively similar, hinting at the predominant role of the spin-orbit interaction in these materials. Temperature-dependent ARPES data show that the energy gap persists well above TN, and favor a Mott over a Slater scenario for this compound.

  11. Electronic Structure of Half-Metal Antiferromagnetism in Double-Perovskite BiPbVRuO6 and BiPbVOsO6

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    Weng, Ke-Chuan; Wang, Yin-Kuo

    2014-05-01

    We theoretically investigated the electronic structures of double-perovskite BiPbBB'O6 by first-principles density functional calculation with generalized gradient approximation (GGA). These structures were fully optimized to yield half-metallic (HM) antiferromagnetic (AFM) materials. Among previously proposed HM-AFM materials, BB' = VRu, VOs, MoRe, MoTc, WTc, and WRe were selected. Of the six BiPbBB'O6 candidates, BiPbVRuO6 and BiPbVOsO6 with [001] (P4mm) and [111] (P4/nmm) stacked structures exhibited HM-AFM properties. The HM-AFM properties remained after GGA+U calculations, which were conducted to include on-site Coulomb interaction. We also explained that both the HM and AFM properties in the [001] and [111] structures mainly arise from the double exchange between neighboring transition-metal atoms via the mediating intra O atom.

  12. Perovskite LaFeO3 nanoparticles synthesized by the reverse microemulsion nanoreactors in the presence of aerosol-OT: Morphology, crystal structure, and their optical properties

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    Abazari, Reza; Sanati, Soheila

    2013-12-01

    Orthorhombic structure of lanthanum ferrite nanoparticles (LaFeO3 NPs) with perovskite type phase has been synthesized with water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion consisted of water/dioctyl sulfosuccinate sodium (aerosol-OT)/isooctane at room temperature. It has been shown that aerosol-OT reverse microemulsion solution is appropriate for synthesizing perovskite LaFeO3 NPs in the absence of any co-surfactants. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) have been adopted for characterization of surface morphology, size, phase composition, structure, and optical properties of the considered NPs. Furthermore, the optical properties of LaFeO3 NPs have been further analyzed via photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. As shown by the physicochemical characterizations, our prepared NPs via aerosol-OT reverse microemulsion solution are spherical and nearly uniform (with a size of about 24.65 nm). Besides, they include an orthorhombic phase while no impurities are observed. Single phase lanthanum ferrite NPs have successfully been prepared at 500 °C. Moreover, UV-Vis spectrum indicates that the LaFeO3 NPs synthesized through this technique can be considered as a type of photo-catalytic materials.

  13. Electronic structure of ordered double perovskite Ba{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6}

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    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Choudhary, B. K.; Kumar, Uday; Sinha, T. P.

    2014-04-24

    Ba{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} (BCoW) has been synthesized in polycrystalline form by solid state reaction at 1200 °C. Structural characterization of the compound was done through X-ray diffraction (XRD) followed by Rietveld analysis of the XRD pattern. The crystal structure is cubic, space group Fm-3m (No. 225) with the lattice parameter, a = 8.210. Optical band-gap of the present system has been calculated using the UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Kubelka-Munk function, it’s value being 2.45 eV. A detailed study of the electronic properties has also been carried out using the density functional theory (DFT) techniques implemented on WIEN2k. Importance of electron-electron interaction between the Co ions leading to half-metallic behavior, crystal and exchange splitting together with the hybridization between O and Co, W has been investigated using the total and partial density of states.

  14. Synthesis, surface structure and optical properties of double perovskite Sr2NiMoO6 nanoparticles

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    Xu, Lei; Wan, Yingpeng; Xie, Hongde; Huang, Yanlin; Yang, Li; Qin, Lin; Seo, Hyo Jin

    2016-12-01

    Double perovskite Sr2NiMoO6 nanoparticles were synthesized via the chemical sol-gel route. The phase formation was investigated through X-ray polycrystalline diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinements. The perovskite crystallized in worm-like nano-grains with the diameter of 20-50 nm. The optical properties were measured by the optical absorption spectra. The nanoparticles present an indirect allowed transition with a narrow band gap of 2.1 eV. Sr2NiMoO6 nanoparticles have obvious photocatalytic ability on the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) solutions under the irradiation of visible light. The transport behaviors of the excitons were investigated from the photoluminescence spectra and the corresponding decay lifetimes. Sr2NiMoO6 nanoparticles present several advantages for photocatalysis such as the appropriate band energy positions, the quenched luminescence, and the coexistence of multivalent ions in the lattices.

  15. Structural and magnetic properties of the 5d2 double perovskites Sr2BReO6 (B = Y, In)

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    Aczel, A. A.; Zhao, Z.; Calder, S.; ...

    2016-06-01

    With this study, we have performed magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, neutron powder diffraction, and muon spin relaxation experiments to investigate the magnetic ground states of the 5more » $d^2$ double perovskites Sr$$_2$$YReO$$_6$$ and Sr$$_2$$InReO$$_6$$. We find that Sr$$_2$$YReO$$_6$$ is a spin glass, while Sr$$_2$$InReO$$_6$$ hosts a non-magnetic singlet state. By making detailed comparisons with other 5$d^2$ double perovskites, we argue that a delicate interplay between spin-orbit coupling, non-cubic crystal fields, and exchange interactions plays a key role in the great variation of magnetic ground states observed for this family of materials.« less

  16. Strategic improvement of the long-term stability of perovskite materials and perovskite solar cells.

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    Xu, Tingting; Chen, Lixin; Guo, Zhanhu; Ma, Tingli

    2016-10-05

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have gained tremendous research interest in recent several years. To date the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of PSCs has been increased from 3.8% to over 22.1%, showing that they have a promising future as a renewable energy resource to compete with conventional silicon solar cells. However, a crucial challenge of PSCs currently is that perovskite materials and PSCs have limitations of easy degradation and inferior long-term stabilities, thus hampering their future commercial applications. In this review, the degradation mechanisms for instable perovskite materials and their corresponding solar cells are discussed. The stability study of perovskite materials and PSCs from the aspect of experimental tests and theoretical calculations is reviewed. The strategies for enhancing the stability of perovskite materials and PSCs are summarized from the viewpoints of perovskite material engineering, substituted organic and inorganic materials for hole transportation, alternative electrodes comprising mainly carbon and its relevant composites, interfacial modification, novel device structure construction and encapsulation, etc. Various approaches and outlooks on the future direction of perovskite materials and PSCs are highlighted. This review is expected to provide helpful insights for further enhancing the stability of perovskite materials and PSCs in this exciting field.

  17. Structural, thermal, dielectric and phonon properties of perovskite-like imidazolium magnesium formate.

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Marinho Costa, Nathalia Leal; Gągor, Anna; Paraguassu, Waldeci; Sieradzki, Adam; Hanuza, Jerzy

    2016-05-18

    We report the synthesis and characterisation of a magnesium formate framework templated by protonated imidazole. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction data showed that this compound crystallizes in the monoclinic structure in the P21/n space group with lattice parameters a = 12.1246(4) Å, b = 12.2087(5) Å, c = 12.4991(4) Å and β = 91.39(1)°. The antiparallel arrangement of the dipole moments associated with imidazolium cations suggests the antiferroelectric character of the room-temperature phase. The studied compound undergoes a structural phase transition at 451 K associated with a halving of the c lattice parameter and the disappearance of the antiferroelectric order. The monoclinic symmetry is preserved and the new metrics are a = 12.261(7) Å, b = 12.290(4) Å, c = 6.280(4) Å, and β = 90.62(5)°. Raman and IR data are consistent with the X-ray diffraction data. They also indicate that the disorder of imidazolium cations plays a significant role in the mechanism of the phase transition. Dielectric data show that the phase transition is associated with a relaxor nature of electric ordering. We also report high-pressure Raman scattering studies of this compound that revealed the presence of two pressure-induced phase transitions near 3 and 7 GPa. The first transition is most likely associated with a rearrangement of the imidazolium cations without any significant distortion of these cations and the magnesium formate framework, whereas the second transition leads to strong distortion of both the framework and imidazolium cations. High-pressure data also show that imidazolium magnesium formate does not show any signs of amorphization up to 11.4 GPa.

  18. Modeling functional piezoelectricity in perovskite superlattices with competing instabilities

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    Swartz, Charles; Wu, Xifan

    2012-02-01

    Multi-component Perovskite Superlattices (SLs) of the form ABO3, provide a very promising avenue for the design of materials with multifunctional properties. Furthermore the interfaces of such multi-component SLs are home to competing anti-ferrodistortive and ferroelectric instabilities which can produce unexpected functionalities. However, at present first principles calculations exceeding more than 10 units cells, are particularly costly as they scale with the valence electrons as N^3. We present a first-principles modeling technique that allows us to accurately model the piezoelectric strains of paraelectric/ferroelectric SLs, BaTiO3/CaTiO3 and PbTiO3/SrTiO3, under a fixed displacement field. The model is based on a maximally localized wannier center layer polarization technique, as well as a truncated cluster expansion, that makes use of the fact that such PE/FE SLs have been shown to have highly localized ionic and electronic interface effects. The prediction of the piezoelectricity for a SL of an arbitrary stacking sequence will be demonstrated. We also use our model to conduct a systemic study of the interface effects on piezoelectric response in the above SLs paying special attention to a strong non-linear effect observed in Bulk SrTiO3.

  19. Local structural distortion and electrical transport properties of Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure

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    Zhu, Jinlong; Yang, Liuxiang; Wang, Hsiu -Wen; Zhang, Jianzhong; Yang, Wenge; Hong, Xinguo; Jin, Changqing; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-12-16

    Perovskite-structure materials generally exhibit local structural distortions that are distinct from long-range, average crystal structure. The characterization of such distortion is critical to understanding the structural and physical properties of materials. In this work, we combined Pair Distribution Function (PDF) technique with Raman spectroscopy and electrical resistivity measurement to study Bi(Ni1/2Ti1/2)O3 perovskite under high pressure. PDF analysis reveals strong local structural distortion at ambient conditions. As pressure increases, the local structure distortions are substantially suppressed and eventually vanish around 4 GPa, leading to concurrent changes in the electronic band structure and anomalies in the electrical resistivity. We find, consistent with PDF analysis, Raman spectroscopy data suggest that the local structure changes to a higher ordered state at pressures above 4 GPa.

  20. Ba 3M IIITiM VO 9 (M III = Fe, Ga, Y, Lu; M V = Nb, Ta, Sb) perovskite oxides: Synthesis, structure and dielectric properties

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    Joy, Joby E.; Atamanik, Eric; Mani, Rohini; Nag, Abanti; Tiwari, R. M.; Thangadurai, V.; Gopalakrishnan, J.

    2010-12-01

    We describe the synthesis, structures and dielectric properties of new perovskite oxides of the formula, Ba 3M IIITiM VO 9, for M III = Fe, Ga, Y, Lu and M V = Nb, Ta, Sb. While M V = Nb and Ta oxides adopt disordered/partially ordered 3C perovskite structures where M III/Ti/M V metal-oxygen octahedra are corner-connected, the M V = Sb oxides show a distinct preference for the 6H structure, where Sb V/Ti IV metal-oxygen octahedra share a common face forming (Sb,Ti)O 9 dimers that are corner-connected to the M IIIO 6 octahedra. The preference of antimony oxides (Sb V:4d 10) for the 6H structure - which arises from a special Sb V-O chemical bonding that tends to avoid linear Sb-O-Sb linkages unlike Nb V/Ta V:d 0 atoms which prefer ˜180° Nb/Ta-O-Nb/Ta linkages - is consistent with the crystal chemistry of M V-O oxides in general. The dielectric properties reveal a significant difference among M III members. All the oxides with the 3C structure excepting those with M III = Fe show a normal low loss dielectric behaviour with ɛ = 20-60 in the temperature range 50-400 °C; the M III = Fe members with this structure (M V = Nb, Ta) display a relaxor-like ferroelectric behaviour with large ɛ values at frequencies ≤1 MHz (50-500 °C).

  1. Crystal structures and chemistry of double perovskites Ba{sub 2}M(II)M'(VI)O{sub 6} (M=Ca, Sr, M'=Te, W, U)

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    Fu, W.T. Au, Y.S.; Akerboom, S.; IJdo, D.J.W.

    2008-09-15

    Structures of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}M(II)M '(VI)O{sub 6} (M=Ca, Sr, M'=Te, W, U) at room temperature have been investigated by the Rietveld method using X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. For double perovskites with M=Sr, the observed space groups are I2/m (M' =W) and R3-bar (M'=Te), respectively. In the case of M=Ca, the space groups are either monoclinic P2{sub 1}/n (M'=U) or cubic Fm3-bar m (M'=W and Te). The tetragonal and orthorhombic symmetry reported earlier for Ba{sub 2}SrTeO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaUO{sub 6}, respectively, were not observed. In addition, non-ambient X-ray diffraction data were collected and analyzed for Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} in the temperature range between 80 and 723 K. It was found that the rhombohedral R3-bar structure exists in Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} above room temperature between the monoclinic and the cubic structure, whereas the cubic Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} undergoes a structural phase transition at low temperature to the tetragonal I4/m structure. - Graphical abstract: Evolution of structures as function of temperature in Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} (left) and Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6} (right). The existence of two phase region in Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} can be clearly seen by the progressive increase of the rhombohedral R3-bar phase marked by asterisk (*)

  2. Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of a new pillared perovskite La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.75}V{sub 1.25}O{sub 16}

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    Ramezanipour, Farshid; Derakhshan, Shahab; Greedan, John E. Cranswick, Lachlan M.D.

    2008-12-15

    A new pillared perovskite compound La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.76(4)}V{sub 1.25(4)}O{sub 16}, has been synthesized by solid-state reaction and its crystal structure has been characterized using powder X-ray and neutron diffraction. The magnetic properties of this compound have been investigated using SQUID magnetometry, and the magnetic structure has been studied using neutron diffraction data. A theoretical calculation of relative strengths of spin interactions among different magnetic ions and through different pathways has been performed using extended Hueckel, spin dimer analysis. The crystal structure of this material contains perovskite-type layers that are connected through edge-sharing dimeric units of octahedra. The structure is described in space group C2/m with unit cell parameters a=7.931(2) A, b=7.913(2) A, c=10.346(5) A and {beta}=95.096(5){sup o}. The material shows both short-range ferrimagnetic correlations from {approx}200 to 110 K and long-range antiferromagnetic order below T{sub c}{approx}100 K. The magnetic structure was investigated by neutron diffraction and is described by k=(0 0 1/2 ) as for other pillared perovskites. It consists of a ferrimagnetic arrangement of Mo and V within the layers that are coupled antiferromagnetically between layers. This is the first magnetic structure determination for any Mo-based pillared perovskite. - Graphical abstract: Long-range magnetic order below 100 K in the pillared perovskite La{sub 5}Mo{sub 2.75}V{sub 1.25}O{sub 16}. The magnetic structure is shown in the inset.

  3. Structural evolution of the double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} (B' = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) upon reduction: Magnetic behavior of the uranium cations

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    Pinacca, R.M.; Viola, M.C.; Pedregosa, J.C.; Carbonio, R.E.; Lope, M.J. Martinez; Alonso, J.A.

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Evolution of the double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} upon reduction were studied by XRPD. {yields} Orthorhombic (Pnma) disordered perovskites SrB'{sub 0.5-x}U{sub 0.5+x}O{sub 3} were obtained at 900 {sup o}C. {yields} U{sup 5+/4+} and Zn{sup 2+} cations are distributed at random over the octahedral positions. {yields} AFM ordering for the perovskite with B' = Zn appears below 30 K. -- Abstract: We describe the preparation of five perovskite oxides obtained upon reduction of Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} (B' = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) with H{sub 2}/N{sub 2} (5%/95%) at 900 {sup o}C during 8 h, and their structural characterization by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). During the reduction process there is a partial segregation of the elemental metal when B' = Co, Ni, Fe, and the corresponding B'O oxide when B' = Mn, Zn. Whereas the parent, oxygen stoichiometric double perovskites Sr{sub 2}B'UO{sub 6} are long-range ordered concerning B' and U cations. The crystal structures of the reduced phases, SrB'{sub 0.5-x}U{sub 0.5+x}O{sub 3} with 0.37 < x < 0.27, correspond to simple, disordered perovskites; they are orthorhombic, space group Pnma (No. 62), with a full cationic disorder at the B site. Magnetic measurements performed on the phase with B' = Zn, indicate uncompensated antiferromagnetic ordering of the U{sup 5+}/U{sup 4+} sublattice below 30 K.

  4. Ferroelectric Graphene-Perovskite Interfaces.

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    Volonakis, George; Giustino, Feliciano

    2015-07-02

    Owing to their record-breaking energy conversion efficiencies, hybrid organometallic perovskites have emerged as the most promising light absorbers and ambipolar carrier transporters for solution-processable solar cells. Simultaneously, due to its exceptional electron mobility, graphene represents a prominent candidate for replacing transparent conducting oxides. Thus, it is possible that combining these wonder materials may propel the efficiency toward the Schokley-Queisser limit. Here, using first-principles calculations on graphene-CH3NH3PbI3 interfaces, we find that graphene suppresses the octahedral tilt in the very first perovskite monolayer, leading to a nanoscale ferroelectric distortion with a permanent polarization of 3 mC/m(2). This interfacial ferroelectricity drives electron extraction from the perovskite and hinders electron-hole recombination by keeping the electrons and holes separated. The interfacial ferroelectricity identified here simply results from the interplay between graphene's planar structure and CH3NH3PbI3's octahedral connectivity; therefore, this mechanism may be effective in a much broader class of perovskites, with potential applications in photovoltaics and photocatalysis.

  5. Perovskite-type SrTi{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}(O,N){sub 3} compounds: Synthesis, crystal structure and optical properties

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    Maegli, Alexandra; Yoon, Songhak; Otal, Eugenio; Karvonen, Lassi; Mandaliev, Peter; Weidenkaff, Anke

    2011-04-15

    The synthesis, crystal structure, thermal stability and absorbance spectra of perovskite-type oxynitrides with the general formula SrTi{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}(O,N){sub 3} (x=0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.50, 0.80, 0.90, 0.95) have been investigated. Oxide samples were prepared by a polymerized complex synthesis route and post-treated under ammonia at 850 {sup o}C for 24 h to substitute nitrogen for oxygen. Synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) evidenced that the mixed oxide phases were all transformed into oxynitrides with perovskite-type structure during a thermal ammonolysis. SrTi{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}(O,N){sub 3} with compositions x{<=}0.80 crystallized in a cubic and samples with x{>=}0.90 in a tetragonal structure. The Rietveld refinement indicated a continuous enlargement of the lattice parameters towards higher niobium content of the samples. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and hotgas extraction revealed the dependence of the nitrogen incorporation upon the degree of niobium substitution. It showed that more nitrogen was detected in the samples with higher niobium content. Furthermore, TGA disclosed stability for all oxynitrides at T{<=}400 {sup o}C. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicated a continuous decrease of the band gap's width from 3.24 eV (SrTi{sub 0.95}Nb{sub 0.05} (O,N){sub 3}) to 1.82 eV (SrTi{sub 0.05}Nb{sub 0.95}(O,N){sub 3}) caused by the increasing amount of nitrogen towards the latter composition. -- Graphical Abstract: The system SrTi{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}(O,N){sub 3} is described and the changes in crystal structure, nitrogen content and width of the band gap are discussed. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} Synthesis of SrTi{sub 1-x}Nb{sub x}(O,N){sub 3} perovskite-type oxynitrides via thermal ammonolysis. {yields} Co-substitution of Nb{sup 5+} enabled to adjust the amount nitrogen insertion. {yields} Tuning of the optical band gap through nitrogen.{yields} Changes of crystal structure from cubic to tetragonal with increasing niobium content.

  6. Synthesis of nano-structured La0.8Ba0.2MnO3 perovskite via a mechano-thermal route

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    Sadighi, Zoya; Ataie, Abolghasem; Barati, Mohammad Reza

    2014-01-01

    In this study, barium-doped lanthanum manganite, La0.8Ba0.2MnO3, was synthesized via a mechano-thermal route employing high energy ball milling and subsequent heat treatment. The structural evolution, morphology and thermal behaviour of the powders were evaluated using XRD, FESEM, and DTA/TGA, respectively. DTA/TGA results showed that the calcination temperature of the carbonates significantly decreased by increasing the milling time. The results revealed that single phase perovskite was formed at 900 °C in a milled sample for 2 h and this temperature decreased to 600 °C by increasing the milling time to 30 h. The mean crystallite size also decreased from 32 to 20 nm by increasing the milling time from 2 to 30 h. The reaction sequence of La0.8Ba0.2MnO3 formation via the mechano-thermal route is proposed using XRD and DTA/TGA results. FESEM micrographs showed that the mean particle size of the perovskite phase is increased slightly from 30 to 40 nm by increasing the heat treatment temperature from 600 to 900 °C.

  7. Crystal growth, structure and magnetic properties of the double perovskites Ln{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6} (Ln=Pr, Nd, Sm-Gd)

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    Mugavero, Samuel J. III; Fox, Adam H.; Smith, Mark D.; Loye, Hans-Conrad zur

    2010-02-15

    Single crystals of double-perovskite type lanthanide magnesium iridium oxides, Ln{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6} (Ln=Pr, Nd, Sm-Gd) have been grown in a molten potassium hydroxide flux. The compounds crystallize in a distorted 1:1 rock salt lattice, space group P2{sub 1}/n, consisting of corner shared MO{sub 6} (M=Mg{sup 2+} and Ir{sup 4+}) octahedra, where the rare earth cations occupy the eight-fold coordination sites formed by the corner shared octahedra. Pr{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6}, Nd{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6}, Sm{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6}, and Eu{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6} order antiferromagnetically around 10-15 K. - Graphical abstract: A SEM image of a typical crystal of Ln{sub 2}MgIrO{sub 6}, which forms in the monoclinic double perovskite structure, is shown.

  8. Highly Efficient p-i-n Perovskite Solar Cells Utilizing Novel Low-Temperature Solution-Processed Hole Transport Materials with Linear π-Conjugated Structure.

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    Li, Yang; Xu, Zheng; Zhao, Suling; Qiao, Bo; Huang, Di; Zhao, Ling; Zhao, Jiao; Wang, Peng; Zhu, Youqin; Li, Xianggao; Liu, Xicheng; Xu, Xurong

    2016-09-01

    Alternative low-temperature solution-processed hole-transporting materials (HTMs) without dopant are critical for highly efficient perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Here, two novel small molecule HTMs with linear π-conjugated structure, 4,4'-bis(4-(di-p-toyl)aminostyryl)biphenyl (TPASBP) and 1,4'-bis(4-(di-p-toyl)aminostyryl)benzene (TPASB), are applied as hole-transporting layer (HTL) by low-temperature (sub-100 °C) solution-processed method in p-i-n PSCs. Compared with standard poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) HTL, both TPASBP and TPASB HTLs can promote the growth of perovskite (CH3 NH3 PbI3 ) film consisting of large grains and less grain boundaries. Furthermore, the hole extraction at HTL/CH3 NH3 PbI3 interface and the hole transport in HTL are also more efficient under the conditions of using TPASBP or TPASB as HTL. Hence, the photovoltaic performance of the PSCs is dramatically enhanced, leading to the high efficiencies of 17.4% and 17.6% for the PSCs using TPASBP and TPASB as HTL, respectively, which are ≈40% higher than that of the standard PSC using PEDOT:PSS HTL.

  9. Correlation between the crystal structure and the Curie temperature in RCu3(Mn3Fe)O12 (R = rare-earth) complex perovskites.

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    Kayser, Paula; Martínez-Lope, María Jesús; Retuerto, María; Sánchez-Benítez, Javier; Fernández-Díaz, María Teresa; Alonso, José Antonio

    2012-09-21

    New members of the family of complex-perovskite oxides with the formula RCu(3)(Mn(3)Fe)O(12) (R = Ce, Pr, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu and Y) have been synthesized and characterized. Polycrystalline samples have been prepared from citrate precursors treated under moderate pressure conditions (2-3.5 GPa) and 1000 °C in the presence of KClO(4) as an oxidizing agent. All the samples have been studied by neutron powder diffraction (NPD) at 300 K and 2 K. These oxides crystallize in the cubic space group Im3 (no. 204). Mn(4+)/Mn(3+) and Fe(3+) occupy at random the octahedral B positions of the perovskite structure. These materials have also been characterized by magnetic and magnetotransport measurements. The observed enhancement of T(C) along the RCu(3)(Mn(3)Fe)O(12) series is understood as an effect of the chemical pressure on the (Mn,Fe)-O bonds as R(3+) size decreases. The semiconducting behaviour observed in all of the samples is related with the introduction of Fe at B position. Despite the drastic change of the transport properties, significant negative magnetoresistance values are observed in the Fe-containing compounds both at 10 K and 300 K.

  10. Core/Shell Structured TiO2/CdS Electrode to Enhance the Light Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Hwang, Insung; Baek, Minki; Yong, Kijung

    2015-12-23

    In this work, enhanced light stability of perovskite solar cell (PSC) achieved by the introduction of a core/shell-structured CdS/TiO2 electrode and the related mechanism are reported. By a simple solution-based process (SILAR), a uniform CdS shell was coated onto the surface of a TiO2 layer, suppressing the activation of intrinsic trap sites originating from the oxygen vacancies of the TiO2 layer. As a result, the proposed CdS-PSC exhibited highly improved light stability, maintaining nearly 80% of the initial efficiency after 12 h of full sunlight illumination. From the X-ray diffraction analyses, it is suggested that the degradation of the efficiency of PSC during illumination occurs regardless of the decomposition of the perovskite absorber. Considering the light-soaking profiles of the encapsulated cells and the OCVD characteristics, it is likely that the CdS shell had efficiently suppressed the undesirable electron kinetics, such as trapping at the surface defects of the TiO2 and preventing the resultant charge losses by recombination. This study suggests that further complementary research on various effective methods for passivation of the TiO2 layer would be highly meaningful, leading to insight into the fabrication of PSCs stable to UV-light for a long time.

  11. Structural properties, electric response and magnetic behaviour of La2SrFe2CoO9 triple complex perovskite

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    Casallas, F.; Vera, E.; Landínez, D.; Parra, C.; Roa, J.

    2016-02-01

    The triple perovskite La2SrFe2CoO9 was prepared by the solid state reaction method from the high purity precursor powders La2O3, SrCO3, Fe2O3, Co2O3 (99.9%). The crystalline structure was studied by X-ray diffraction experiments and Rietveld refinement analysis. Results reveal that this material crystallizes in an orthorhombic triple perovskite belonging to the space group Pnma (#62) with lattice constants a=5.491978(2)Ǻ, b=7.719842(2)Ǻ and c=5.436260(3)Ǻ. The granular surface morphology was studied from images of Scanning Electron Microscopy. The electric response was studied by the Impedance Spectroscopy technique from 10.0mHz up to 0.1MHz, at different temperatures (77-300K). Measurements of magnetization as a function of temperature permitted to determine the occurrence of a paramagnetic - ferromagnetic transition for a Curie temperature of 280K, which suggests it application in nanoelectronic devices. From the fit of the magnetic response with the Curie- Weiss equation it was concluded that the effective magnetic moment is particularly large due to the contribution of La, Fe and Co cations.

  12. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure, and unusual valence state of novel perovskite oxide CaCu3Rh4O12.

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    Yamada, Ikuya; Ochi, Mikiko; Mizumaki, Masaichiro; Hariki, Atsushi; Uozumi, Takayuki; Takahashi, Ryoji; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2014-07-21

    A novel perovskite oxide, CaCu3Rh4O12, has been synthesized under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions (15 GPa and 1273 K). Rietveld refinement of synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data indicates that this compound crystallizes in a cubic AA'3B4O12-type perovskite structure. Synchrotron X-ray absorption and photoemission spectroscopy measurements reveal that the Cu and Rh valences are nearly trivalent. The spectroscopic analysis based on calculations suggests that the appropriate ionic model of this compound is Ca(2+)Cu(∼2.8+)3Rh(∼3.4+)4O12, as opposed to the conventional Ca(2+)Cu(2+)3Rh(4+)4O12. The uncommon valence state of this compound is attributed to the relative energy levels of the Cu 3d and Rh 4d orbitals, in which the large crystal-field splitting energy of the Rh 4d orbitals is substantial.

  13. In-situ neutron diffraction of LaCoO₃ perovskite under uniaxial compression. I. Crystal structure analysis and texture development

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    Aman, Amjad; Orlovskaya, Nina; Chen, Yan; Lugovy, Mykola; Reece, Michael J.; Ma, Dong; Stoica, Alexandru D.; An, Ke

    2014-07-07

    The dynamics of texture formation, changes in crystal structure, and stress accommodation mechanisms have been studied in perovskite-type R3⁻c rhombohedral LaCoO₃ during uniaxial compression using in-situ neutron diffraction. The in-situ neutron diffraction revealed the complex crystallographic changes causing the texture formation and significant straining along certain crystallographic directions during compression, which are responsible for the appearance of hysteresis and non-linear ferroelastic deformation in the LaCoO₃ perovskite. The irreversible strain after the first loading was connected with the appearance of non-recoverable changes in the intensity ratio of certain crystallographic peaks, causing non-reversible texture formation. However, in the second loading/unloading cycle, the hysteresis loop was closed and no further irrecoverable strain appeared after deformation. The significant texture formation is responsible for an increase in the Young's modulus of LaCoO₃ at high compressive stresses, ranging from 76 GPa at the very beginning of the loading to 194 GPa at 900 MPa at the beginning of the unloading curve.

  14. First-principles study of crystal structure, electronic structure, and second-harmonic generation in a polar double perovskite Bi2ZnTiO6.

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    Ju, Sheng; Guo, Guang-Yu

    2008-11-21

    Within the density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation, we present a systematic ab initio investigation of crystal structure, electronic structure, and linear and nonlinear optical responses in a polar double perovskite Bi(2)ZnTiO(6). The effect of B-site ordering is explored by comparing three possible configurations: A-type with alternative Zn and Ti layers stacking along the c axis; C-type with Zn and Ti c axis chains; and G-type with every Zn(Ti) atoms is surrounded by its nearby six Ti(Zn) atoms. It is found that the system with G-type B-site ordering is energetically favorable, which is lower in the total energies of 0.055 and 0.133 eV/formula unit than C-type and A-type, respectively. Optical calculations indicate that all the three configurations show large second-harmonic generation (SHG) coefficients, and the largest static SHG observed in the C-type system reaches 123 (10(-9) esu), the value of which is much larger than ever known polar oxides, e.g., 72 (10(-9) esu) in LiNbO(3). The predicted significant nonlinear optical properties are consistent with the calculated high tetragonality as well as the large off-center displacement of Zn, Ti, and Bi atoms. In particular, a large off-center displacement greater than 0.5 A in Zn atoms is revealed for the first time. A further microscopic picture is presented via the successful connection of the prominent feature of SHG in Bi(2)ZnTiO(6) with that of the linear optical dielectric function in terms of single-photon and double-photon resonances. Our calculations demonstrate the promising application of Bi(2)ZnTiO(6) in optoelectronics.

  15. Physical properties and crystal structure analysis of double-perovskite NdBaMn2O6 by using single crystals

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    Yamada, S.; Sagayama, H.; Higuchi, K.; Sasaki, T.; Sugimoto, K.; Arima, T.

    2017-01-01

    We have succeeded in growing large single crystals of double-perovskite NdBaMn2O6 with the c axis aligned, and carried out a crystal structure analysis and measurements of resistivity and magnetization. A first-order metal-insulator transition at TM I≃290 K is accompanied by a large jump of magnetization and lattice constants. The distortion of MnO6 octahedra is consistent with a ferroic orbital order of x2-y2 type, although other orbital orders cannot be completely discarded. Néel temperature TN is determined to be 235 K, which is fairly lower than TM I, on the basis of the onset of a large magnetic anisotropy. Another structural phase transition from tetragonal to orthorhombic is found at 370 K, which arises from staggered tilting of MnO6 octahedra and little affects the transport and magnetic properties.

  16. Intergrowth of hexagonal tungsten bronze and perovskite-like structures: The oxides ACu 3M7O 21 ( A = K, Rb, Cs, TI; M = Nb, Ta)

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    Benmoussa, A.; Groult, D.; Studer, F.; Raveau, B.

    1982-02-01

    Seven oxides ACu 3M7O 21 have been isolated with A = K, Rb, Tl, Cs for M = Ta and A = K, Rb, Cs for M = Nb. These phases are orthorhombic: a ⋍ 28 Å, b ⋍ 7.50 Å, and c ⋍ 7.55 Å, probable space group Cmmm. Their structure has been established from an X-ray diffraction study and from high-resolution microscopy observations. The structure consists of an intergrowth of single hexagonal tungsten bronze AM3O 9 slices and double distorted perovskite Cu 3M4O 12 slabs ( M = Nb, Ta) in which copper has a square coordination. The host lattice of these compounds can be considered as the member " n = 1; n' = 2" of a series of intergrowths corresponding to the formulation | M3O 9| Hn| M2O 6| Pn' .

  17. First-principles calculation of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of cubic perovskite RbXF3 (X = Mn, V, Co, Fe)

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    rehman Hashmi, Muhammad Raza ur; Zafar, Muhammad; Shakil, M.; Sattar, Atif; Ahmed, Shabbir; Ahmad, S. A.

    2016-11-01

    First-principles calculations by means of the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method using the generalized gradient approximation with correlation effect correction (GGA+U) within the framework of spin polarized density functional theory (DFT+U) are used to study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of cubic perovskite compounds RbXF3 (X = Mn, V, Co, and Fe). It is found that the calculated structural parameters, i.e., lattice constant, bulk modulus, and its pressure derivative are in good agreement with the previous results. Our results reveal that the strong spin polarization of the 3d states of the X atoms is the origin of ferromagnetism in RbXF3. Cohesive energies and the magnetic moments of RbXF3 have also been calculated. The calculated electronic properties show the half-metallic nature of RbCoF3 and RbFeF3, making these materials suitable for spintronic applications.

  18. Morphology-Controlled Synthesis of Organometal Halide Perovskite Inverse Opals.

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    Chen, Kun; Tüysüz, Harun

    2015-11-09

    The booming development of organometal halide perovskites in recent years has prompted the exploration of morphology-control strategies to improve their performance in photovoltaic, photonic, and optoelectronic applications. However, the preparation of organometal halide perovskites with high hierarchical architecture is still highly challenging and a general morphology-control method for various organometal halide perovskites has not been achieved. A mild and scalable method to prepare organometal halide perovskites in inverse opal morphology is presented that uses a polystyrene-based artificial opal as hard template. Our method is flexible and compatible with different halides and organic ammonium compositions. Thus, the perovskite inverse opal maintains the advantage of straightforward structure and band gap engineering. Furthermore, optoelectronic investigations reveal that morphology exerted influence on the conducting nature of organometal halide perovskites.

  19. Structure and magnetic properties of a new anion-deficient perovskite Pb{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}BiFe{sub 4}ScO{sub 13} with crystallographic shear structure

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    Batuk, Maria; Tyablikov, Oleg A.; Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Kazakov, Sergey M.; Rozova, Marina G.; Pokholok, Konstantin V.; Filimonov, Dmitry S.; Antipov, Evgeny V.; Abakumov, Artem M.; Hadermann, Joke

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pb{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}BiFe{sub 4}ScO{sub 13} was obtained by solid state synthesis. • Its structure was refined from combination of XPD and TEM. • It is a new member of the perovskite-related homologous series A{sub n}B{sub n}O{sub 3n−2} with n = 5. • Pb{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}BiFe{sub 4}ScO{sub 13} is antiferromagnetically ordered below T{sub N} ≈350 K. - Abstract: Pb{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}BiFe{sub 4}ScO{sub 13}, a new n = 5 member of the oxygen-deficient perovskite-based A{sub n}B{sub n}O{sub 3n−2} homologous series, was synthesized using a solid-state method. The crystal structure of Pb{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}BiFe{sub 4}ScO{sub 13} was investigated by a combination of synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, electron diffraction, high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy and Mössbauer spectroscopy. At 900 K, it crystallizes in the Ammm space group with the unit cell parameters a = 5.8459(1) Å, b = 4.0426(1) Å, and c = 27.3435(1) Å. In the Pb{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}BiFe{sub 4}ScO{sub 13} structure, quasi-two-dimensional perovskite blocks are periodically interleaved with ½[1 1 0] (1{sup ¯}01){sub p} crystallographic shear (CS) planes. At the CS planes, the corner-sharing FeO{sub 6} octahedra are transformed into chains of edge-sharing FeO{sub 5} distorted tetragonal pyramids. B-positions of the perovskite blocks between the CS planes are jointly occupied by Fe{sup 3+} and Sc{sup 3+}. The chains of the FeO{sub 5} pyramids and (Fe,Sc)O{sub 6} octahedra delimit six-sided tunnels that are occupied by double columns of cations with a lone electron pair (Pb{sup 2+}). The remaining A-cations (Bi{sup 3+}, Ba{sup 2+}) occupy positions in the perovskite block. According to the magnetic susceptibility measurements, Pb{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}BiFe{sub 4}ScO{sub 13} is antiferromagnetically ordered below T{sub N} ≈350 K.

  20. Mesoscopic-scale structure and dynamics near the morphotropic phase boundary of (1 -x ) PbTiO3-x BiScO3

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    Datta, K.; Richter, A.; Göbbels, M.; Neder, R. B.; Mihailova, B.

    2015-07-01

    A range of compelling information on the local structure and dynamics of the ferroelectric perovskite-type (ABO3) system (1 -x ) PbTiO3-x BiScO3 has been revealed through analyzing room-temperature x-ray pair distribution functions and temperature-dependent Raman scattering data for compositions ranging across the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). Raman scattering data have provided exclusive evidence for distinct dynamical responses from the A-site Pb/Bi and the B-site Ti/Sc cations as a function of composition and temperature. Both pair distribution function and Raman scattering analyses indicate improved coherence between the A-site and B-site off-center displacements for x above the MPB composition. The distinguishable dynamical features were spotted between two sets of compositional range from which x =0.34 could be assigned as a critical composition of "local" MPB: the composition at which the pathway of mesoscopic-scale temperature-driven coupling and transformation processes changes. This differs from the previous reports based on the analysis of the average structure, suggesting the response function of a system may not necessarily follow the evolution of the average structure from which however the MPB has so far been ascribed for a particular system. The individual features of the cations revealed here will further help in understanding the structure-property correlations for similar ferroelectric solid solutions.

  1. Mechanistic insights on the electronic properties and electronic/atomic structure aspects in orthorhombic SrVO3 thin films: XANES-EXAFS study.

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    Sharma, Aditya; Varshney, Mayora; Cheol Lim, Weon; Shin, Hyun-Joon; Pal Singh, Jitendra; Ok Won, Sung; Hwa Chae, Keun

    2017-03-01

    Correlations among the B-O6 octahedra distortions, existing polymorphous phases, band structures and electronic conductivities of ABO3 perovskites are matters for debate and require a deep understanding of their local atomic/electronic structures and diverse assets. In this study, to illustrate the distortion in V-O6 octahedra and its implication on the band structure and electronic properties, spectroscopic investigations on the RF-sputtering grown insulating SrVO3 thin films were employed using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). V K-edge and V L3,2-edge XANES, along with atomic multiplet calculations, have confirmed the 4+ oxidation state of V ions in the pristine and annealed SrVO3 thin films. Lower t2g/eg peak intensity ratio and smaller energy separation between t2g and eg peaks in the O K-edge XANES spectra, compared to the VO2 reference sample, have confirmed a larger V-O6 distortion in the orthorhombic SrVO3 thin films. Moreover, from the EXAFS data analysis, the local orthorhombic structure has been identified in the pristine and annealed SrVO3 thin films, compelling significant distortion in the V-O6 octahedra. Dimerization in the vanadium chains and V-V twisting, caused by V-O6 octahedra distortion, manifests a miscellaneous ligand field interaction between O 2p and V 3d orbitals and facilitates (i) a larger separation between the bonding and antibonding d‖ orbitals and (ii) an upward shift of the π* band in the band structure, leading to larger band gaps in the insulating SrVO3 thin films. Our spectroscopy results may open up new avenues for the mechanism of insulating/conducting character in other complicated perovskite materials using XANES-EXAFS.

  2. Photovoltaic properties of Cu-doped CH3NH3PbI3 with perovskite structure

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    Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Oku, Takeo

    2017-01-01

    Photovoltaic properties of copper (Cu)-doped perovskite (CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x) photovoltaic devices with different Cu content were investigated. The CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x films were polycrystalline with a tetragonal system, and their lattice constants and crystallite size varied with Cu doping. Compared to conversion efficiencies of non-doped CH3NH3PbI3 photovoltaic device, those of CH3NH3PbCuxI3+x photovoltaic devises increased. The improvement of photovoltaic properties was attributed to partial substitution of Cu at the Pb sites.

  3. BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9}, a metastable perovskite phase with Bi/vacancy ordering: Crystal structure and dielectric properties

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    Mumme, William G.; Grey, Ian E.; Edwards, Bryce; Turner, Christopher; Nino, Juan; Vanderah, Terrell A.

    2013-04-15

    The perovskite, BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9}, is a metastable phase in the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} system that forms only when cooled from a liquid phase. Crystals of BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9} prepared in this way display pseudocubic 2a×2a×2a diffraction patterns, due to non-merohedral twinning of a tetragonal a×a×2a cell, with the doubled axis oriented along all three pseudocubic axes. The structure was refined using data collected on a twinned crystal to R{sub 1}=0.034 for 318 observed reflections. BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9} has tetragonal symmetry, P4/mmm with a=3.9459(3) Å, c=7.8919(6) Å. Partial ordering of Bi atoms and vacancies occurs, with alternate (0 0 1) planes having 28% and 42% Bi occupancies. The Bi atoms are displaced from the A-site special positions by up to 0.4 Å. The compound exhibits a relatively high permittivity value of ∼230 at room temperature, and shows a sharp increase with increasing temperature towards an apparent diffuse phase transition above ∼180 °C, with an associated frequency dependent peak in the dielectric loss. - Graphical abstract: Structure for BiNb{sub 3}O{sub 9}, showing split Bi atoms. Highlights: ► First characterisation of a new perovskite phase with potentially useful dielectric properties. ► Solving of the structure using single crystal data on a multiply twinned crystal. ► Measurement of dielectric properties that show the phase has a high dielectric permittivity.

  4. A structural study of the perovskite series CaTi{sub 1{minus}2x}Fe{sub x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3}

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    Chakhmouradian, A.R.; Mitchell, R.H.

    1998-07-01

    An X-ray powder diffraction study of the series CaTi{sub 1{minus}2x}Fe{sub x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3} is presented. The series comprises orthorhombic perovskites (Pbnm, a {approx} b {approx} {radical}2a{sub p}, c {approx} 2a{sub p}, Z = 4) in the range 0 {le} x {le} 0.3, and monoclinic perovskites (P2{sub 1}/n, a {approx} b {approx} {radical}2a{sub p}, c {approx} 2a{sub p}, {beta} {ne} 90{degree}, Z = 4) in the range 0.4 {le} x {le} 0.5. The structure of the orthorhombic members is derived from the cubic aristotype by octahedral rotation a{sup {minus}}a{sup {minus}}c{sup +}. The structural distortion in the monoclinic members involves octahedral rotation and short-range cation ordering at the B-site (4c and 4d). In the series CaTi{sub 1{minus}2x}Fe{sub x}Nb{sub x}O{sub 3}, the unit-cell parameters and degree of octahedral rotation increase with x. The [111]{sub p} tilt angle increases from 16.1{degree} in CaTiO{sub 3} to 17.6--18.9{degree} in CaFe{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}O{sub 3} (for the NbO{sub 6} and FeO{sub 6} octahedra, respectively). In contrast to previous studies, here the diffraction pattern of the end-member CaFe{sub 1/2}Nb{sub 1/2}O{sub 3} is interpreted to exhibit splitting of the hkl and h0l lines indicative of a monoclinic derivative of the CaTiO{sub 3}-type structure.

  5. Crystal structures of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}Sr{sub 1-} {sub x} Ca {sub x} WO{sub 6}

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    Fu, W.T. Akerboom, S.; IJdo, D.J.W.

    2007-05-15

    Structures of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}Sr{sub 1-} {sub x} Ca {sub x} WO{sub 6} have been studied by the profile analysis of X-ray diffraction data. The end members, Ba{sub 2}SrWO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}CaWO{sub 6}, have the space group I2/m (tilt system a {sup 0} b {sup -} b {sup -}) and Fm3-barm (tilt system a {sup 0} a {sup 0} a {sup 0}), respectively. By increasing the Ca concentration, the monoclinic structure transforms to the cubic one via the rhombohedral R3-bar phase (tilt system a {sup -} a {sup -} a {sup -}) instead of the tetragonal I4/m phase (tilt system a {sup 0} a {sup 0} c {sup -}). This observation supports the idea that the rhombohedral structure is favoured by increasing the covalency of the octahedral cations in Ba{sub 2} MM'O{sub 6}-type double perovskites, and disagrees with a recent proposal that the formation of the {pi}-bonding, e.g., d {sup 0}-ion, determines the tetragonal symmetry in preference to the rhombohedral one. - Graphical abstract: Enlarged sections showing the evolution of the basic (222) and (400) reflections in Ba{sub 2}Sr{sub 1-} {sub x} Ca {sub x} WO{sub 6}. Tick marks below are the positions of Bragg's reflections calculated using the space groups I2/m (x=0), R3-bar (x=0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) and Fm3-barm (x=1), respectively.

  6. Synthesis, crystal structure, dielectric properties, and potential use of nanocrystalline complex perovskite ceramic oxide Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5}

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    Jose, R. John, Asha M.; Thomas, J.K.; James, J.; Koshy, J.; Divakar, R.; Mohandas, E.

    2007-12-04

    A new member belongs to Ba{sub 2}REZrO{sub 5.5} (RE = Rare-Earth) perovskites, viz. Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5}, is synthesized as nanocrystals using a combustion process. Unlike the other Ba{sub 2}REZrO{sub 5.5} perovskites, which are cubic, Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5} crystallizes in tetragonal structure having space group P4/mnc (no. 128). Phase purity and ultrafine morphology of Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5} powders were examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform of infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area measurements, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Nanocrystals of Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5} was sintered at {approx}1500 deg. C for 4 h; whereas coarse-grained powders synthesized through solid state reaction could not be sintered even at 1700 deg. C for prolonged duration. XRD pattern of Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5} was refined for atomic coordinates, lattice parameters, occupancies, and thermal factors using Rietveld analysis of XRD. Dielectric constant ({epsilon}') of Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5} at 10 MHz is 21.62 {+-} 2 and dielectric loss (tan {delta}) is 5 x 10{sup -3} at room temperature. Similar to the other Ba{sub 2}REZrO{sub 5.5} perovskites, Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5} is also showed chemically stability with YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 1}Cu{sub 2}O{sub x} (Bi-2212) superconductors. Ba{sub 2}ErZrO{sub 5.5} can possibly be used as a substrate for high temperature superconductor (HTS) films, or be used as an insulator in the active superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) structures.

  7. p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid structure of highly efficient perovskite solar cells towards improved air stability: synthetic strategies and the role of p-type hole transport layer (HTL) and n-type electron transport layer (ETL) metal oxides.

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    Mali, Sawanta S; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-05-19

    There has been fast recent progress in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) towards low cost photovoltaic technology. Organometal mixed halide (MAPbX or FAPbX) perovskites are the most promising light absorbing material sandwiched between the electron transport layer (ETL) and hole transport layer (HTL). These two layers play a critical role in boosting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and maintaining air stability. However, the device stability is a serious issue in regular as well as p-i-n inverted type perovskite solar cells. This mini-review briefly outlines the state-of-art of p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid perovskite solar cells using MAPbX/FAPbX perovskite absorbing layers. Later, we will focus on recent trends, progress and further opportunities in exploring the air stable hybrid planar structure PSCs.

  8. p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid structure of highly efficient perovskite solar cells towards improved air stability: synthetic strategies and the role of p-type hole transport layer (HTL) and n-type electron transport layer (ETL) metal oxides

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    Mali, Sawanta S.; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-05-01

    There has been fast recent progress in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) towards low cost photovoltaic technology. Organometal mixed halide (MAPbX or FAPbX) perovskites are the most promising light absorbing material sandwiched between the electron transport layer (ETL) and hole transport layer (HTL). These two layers play a critical role in boosting the power conversion efficiency (PCE) and maintaining air stability. However, the device stability is a serious issue in regular as well as p-i-n inverted type perovskite solar cells. This mini-review briefly outlines the state-of-art of p-i-n/n-i-p type planar hybrid perovskite solar cells using MAPbX/FAPbX perovskite absorbing layers. Later, we will focus on recent trends, progress and further opportunities in exploring the air stable hybrid planar structure PSCs.

  9. Structural Transformations in Ceramics: Perovskite-like Oxides and Group III, IV, and V Nitrides”

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    James P. Lewis , Dorian M. Hatch , and Harold T. Stokes

    2006-12-31

    1 Overview of Results and their Significance Ceramic perovskite-like oxides with the general formula (A. A0. ...)(B. B0. ...)O3and titanium-based oxides are of great technological interest because of their large piezoelectric and dielectric response characteristics.[1] In doped and nanoengineered forms, titantium dioxide finds increasing application as an organic and hydrolytic photocatalyst. The binary main-group-metal nitride compounds have undergone recent advancements of in-situ heating technology in diamond anvil cells leading to a burst of experimental and theoretical interest. In our DOE proposal, we discussed our unique theoretical approach which applies ab initio electronic calculations in conjunction with systematic group-theoretical analysis of lattice distortions to study two representative phase transitions in ceramic materials: (1) displacive phase transitions in primarily titanium-based perovskite-like oxide ceramics, and (2) reconstructive phase transitions in main-group nitride ceramics. A sub area which we have explored in depth is doped titanium dioxide electrical/optical properties.

  10. Perovskite solar cells: from materials to devices.

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    Jung, Hyun Suk; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2015-01-07

    Perovskite solar cells based on organometal halide light absorbers have been considered a promising photovoltaic technology due to their superb power conversion efficiency (PCE) along with very low material costs. Since the first report on a long-term durable solid-state perovskite solar cell with a PCE of 9.7% in 2012, a PCE as high as 19.3% was demonstrated in 2014, and a certified PCE of 17.9% was shown in 2014. Such a high photovoltaic performance is attributed to optically high absorption characteristics and balanced charge transport properties with long diffusion lengths. Nevertheless, there are lots of puzzles to unravel the basis for such high photovoltaic performances. The working principle of perovskite solar cells has not been well established by far, which is the most important thing for understanding perovksite solar cells. In this review, basic fundamentals of perovskite materials including opto-electronic and dielectric properties are described to give a better understanding and insight into high-performing perovskite solar cells. In addition, various fabrication techniques and device structures are described toward the further improvement of perovskite solar cells.

  11. Perovskite Solar Cells: Beyond Methylammonium Lead Iodide.

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    Boix, Pablo P; Agarwala, Shweta; Koh, Teck Ming; Mathews, Nripan; Mhaisalkar, Subodh G

    2015-03-05

    Organic-inorganic lead halide based perovskites solar cells are by far the highest efficiency solution-processed solar cells, threatening to challenge thin film and polycrystalline silicon ones. Despite the intense research in this area, concerns surrounding the long-term stability as well as the toxicity of lead in the archetypal perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, have the potential to derail commercialization. Although the search for Pb-free perovskites have naturally shifted to other transition metal cations and formulations that replace the organic moiety, efficiencies with these substitutions are still substantially lower than those of the Pb-perovskite. The perovskite family offers rich multitudes of crystal structures and substituents with the potential to uncover new and exciting photophysical phenomena that hold the promise of higher solar cell efficiencies. In addressing materials beyond CH3NH3PbI3, this Perspective will discuss a broad palette of elemental substitutions, solid solutions, and multidimensional families that will provide the next fillip toward market viability of the perovskite solar cells.

  12. Crystal structure study of dielectric oxynitride perovskites La1-xSrxTiO2+xN1-x (x=0, 0.2)

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    Habu, Daiki; Masubuchi, Yuji; Torii, Shuki; Kamiyama, Takashi; Kikkawa, Shinichi

    2016-05-01

    As is the case with SrTaO2N, both cis-ordering of nitride anions and octahedral titling are also preferable in La1-xSrxTiO2+xN1-x (x=0, 0.2) oxynitride perovskites. A larger dielectric constant of εr≈5.0×103 was estimated for the pure oxynitride with x=0.2, compared with εr≈750 for the product with x=0, by extrapolating the εr values obtained from powders mixed with paraffin at various mixing ratios. The crystal structure of x=0.2 with larger tolerance factor than x=0 increased the octahedral tilting, which contributes to the increased dielectric constant. The increased dielectric constant supports the exchange mechanism for the dielectric property between two kinds of -Ti-N- helical coils (clockwise and anticlockwise) derived from the above cis-ordering of nitride anions.

  13. High-pressure synthesis, structural and complex magnetic properties of the ordered double perovskite Pb2NiReO6.

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    Stoyanova-Lyubenova, Teodora; Dos santos-García, Antonio J; Urones-Garrote, Esteban; Torralvo, María José; Alario-Franco, Miguel Á

    2014-01-21

    The ordered double perovskite Pb2NiReO6 has been prepared at 6 GPa and temperatures ranging from 1273 to 1373 K. Its crystal structure determined by X-ray powder diffraction and selected area electron diffraction shows monoclinic symmetry with centrosymmetric space group I2/m (a = 5.6021(1) Å, b = 5.6235(1) Å, c = 7.9286(1) Å and β = 90.284°(1)). High angle annular dark field microscopy studies reveal the existence of compositional microdomains. The compound displays a re-entrant spin-glass transition from a ferrimagnetic ordering below T(N) ~ 37 K between the Re(+5) and Ni(+3) (high spin configuration) magnetic sublattices to a spin-glass configuration. Magnetic field dependent magnetization measurements revealed wasp-waisted hysteresis loops at 5 K. These shaped features originate from the antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic (AFM/FM) competing interactions.

  14. Cubic Perovskite Structure of Black Formamidinium Lead Iodide, α-[HC(NH2)2]PbI3, at 298 K

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    2015-01-01

    The structure of black formamidinium lead halide, α-[HC(NH2)2]PbI3, at 298 K has been refined from high resolution neutron powder diffraction data and found to adopt a cubic perovskite unit cell, a = 6.3620(8) Å. The trigonal planar [HC(NH2)2]+ cations lie in the central mirror plane of the unit cell with the formamidinium cations disordered over 12 possible sites arranged so that the C–H bond is directed into a cube face, whereas the −NH2 groups hydrogen bond (NH···I = 2.75–3.00 Å) with the iodide atoms of the [PbI3]− framework. High atomic displacement parameters for the formamidinium cation are consistent with rapid molecular rotations at room temperature as evidenced in ab initio molecular dynamic simulations.

  15. Synthesis, structural, magnetic and phase-transition studies of the ferromagnetic La2CoMnO6 double perovskite by symmetry-adapted modes.

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    Orayech, B; Urcelay-Olabarria, I; López, G A; Fabelo, O; Faik, A; Igartua, J M

    2015-08-21

    A powdered La2CoMnO6 double perovskite was synthesized by the solid-state reaction method, and its crystal structure was investigated by (mode-crystallography) Rietveld analysis using X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. La2CoMnO6 material is a monoclinic perovskite at room temperature, adopting the space group P21/n (a(-)a(-)b(+)), , c ≈ 2ap and Z = 2. The P21/n phase can be described effectively by three distortion modes (GM4(+), X3(+), X5(+)) of the Fm3[combining macron]m (a(0)a(0)a(0)) parent phase. The comparative study of the material and those in the Ln2CoMnO6 and Ln2NiMnO6 families has shown a general trend in nearly all the materials, has served to select a common direction in the sub-space spanned by X5(+), tri-linearly coupled to the order parameters of the cubic to monoclinic first order phase transition. This direction has been used to parametrize the refinements and to perform reliable refinements in the high-temperature intermediate distorted trigonal phase, R3[combining macron] (a(-)a(-)a(-)), for which only one effectively acting irrep has been deduced: GM5(+), physically a tilt of the oxygen sharing octahedra of Co and Mn. Its temperature evolution up to the prototype cubic phase has been fitted in the framework of the Landau Theory of Phase Transitions, showing a behavior typical of a tricritical point. The low-temperature neutron powder diffraction data have served to solve the magnetic structure: three indistinguishable ferromagnetic models with the space groups P21/n and P2/n' are proposed.

  16. Structural, mechanical, electronic and thermal properties of KZnF3 and AgZnF3 Perovskites: FP-(L)APW+lo calculations

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    Hiadsi, S.; Bouafia, H.; Sahli, B.; Abidri, B.; Bouaza, A.; Akriche, A.

    2016-08-01

    This study presents a theoretical prediction of the structural, mechanical, electronic and thermal properties of the zinc-based Perovskites (AgZnF3 and KZnF3) within the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT) using All-electron self consistent Full Potential Augmented Plane Waves plus local orbital FP-(L)APW + lo method. To make our work comparable and reliable, several functional were used for the exchange-correlation potential. Also, this study intends to provide a basis and an improvement for updating either the values already predicted by other previous work (by using obsolete functional) or to predict them for the first time. GGA-PBE and GGA-PBEsol were used to predict the structural properties of AgZnF3 and KZnF3 Perovskites such as lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative and the cohesive energy. For these properties, the found values are in very good agreement; also those found by GGA-PBEsol are closer to other available previous and experimental results. The electronic properties of these materials are investigated and compared to provide a consolidated prediction by using the modified Becke Johnson potential TB-mBJ with other functional; the values found by this potential are closer to the available proven results and show that these materials exhibit an indirect gap from R to Γ point. The charge densities plot for [110] direction and QTAIM (Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules) theory indicate that ionic character is predominate for (K, Ag, Zn)sbnd F bonds. Finally, the effect of temperature and pressure on the unit cell volume, the heat capacity CV and entropy were studied using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  17. Chitosan-Assisted Crystallization and Film Forming of Perovskite Crystals through Biomineralization.

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    Yang, Yang; Sun, Chen; Yip, Hin-Lap; Sun, Runcang; Wang, Xiaohui

    2016-03-18

    Biomimetic mineralization is a powerful approach for the synthesis of advanced composite materials with hierarchical organization and controlled structure. Herein, chitosan was introduced into a perovskite precursor solution as a biopolymer additive to control the crystallization and to improve the morphology and film-forming properties of a perovskite film by way of biomineralization. The biopolymer additive was able to control the size and morphology of the perovskite crystals and helped to form smooth films. The mechanism of chitosan-mediated nucleation and growth of the perovskite crystals was explored. As a possible application, the chitosan-perovskite composite film was introduced into a planar heterojunction solar cell and increased power conversion efficiency relative to that observed for the pristine perovskite film was achieved. The biomimetic mineralization method proposed in this study provides an alternative way of preparing perovskite crystals with well-controlled morphology and properties and extends the applications of perovskite crystals in photoelectronic fields, including planar-heterojunction solar cells.

  18. Atomic Resolution Imaging of Halide Perovskites.

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    Yu, Yi; Zhang, Dandan; Kisielowski, Christian; Dou, Letian; Kornienko, Nikolay; Bekenstein, Yehonadav; Wong, Andrew B; Alivisatos, A Paul; Yang, Peidong

    2016-12-14

    The radiation-sensitive nature of halide perovskites has hindered structural studies at the atomic scale. We overcome this obstacle by applying low dose-rate in-line holography, which combines aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy with exit-wave reconstruction. This technique successfully yields the genuine atomic structure of ultrathin two-dimensional CsPbBr3 halide perovskites, and a quantitative structure determination was achieved atom column by atom column using the phase information of the reconstructed exit-wave function without causing electron beam-induced sample alterations. An extraordinarily high image quality enables an unambiguous structural analysis of coexisting high-temperature and low-temperature phases of CsPbBr3 in single particles. On a broader level, our approach offers unprecedented opportunities to better understand halide perovskites at the atomic level as well as other radiation-sensitive materials.

  19. Making and Breaking of Lead Halide Perovskites.

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    Manser, Joseph S; Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Christians, Jeffrey A; Bakr, Osman M; Kamat, Prashant V

    2016-02-16

    A new front-runner has emerged in the field of next-generation photovoltaics. A unique class of materials, known as organic metal halide perovskites, bridges the gap between low-cost fabrication and exceptional device performance. These compounds can be processed at low temperature (typically in the range 80-150 °C) and readily self-assemble from the solution phase into high-quality semiconductor thin films. The low energetic barrier for crystal formation has mixed consequences. On one hand, it enables inexpensive processing and both optical and electronic tunability. The caveat, however, is that many as-formed lead halide perovskite thin films lack chemical and structural stability, undergoing rapid degradation in the presence of moisture or heat. To date, improvements in perovskite solar cell efficiency have resulted primarily from better control over thin film morphology, manipulation of the stoichiometry and chemistry of lead halide and alkylammonium halide precursors, and the choice of solvent treatment. Proper characterization and tuning of processing parameters can aid in rational optimization of perovskite devices. Likewise, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the degradation mechanism and identifying components of the perovskite structure that may be particularly susceptible to attack by moisture are vital to mitigate device degradation under operating conditions. This Account provides insight into the lifecycle of organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites, including (i) the nature of the precursor solution, (ii) formation of solid-state perovskite thin films and single crystals, and (iii) transformation of perovskites into hydrated phases upon exposure to moisture. In particular, spectroscopic and structural characterization techniques shed light on the thermally driven evolution of the perovskite structure. By tuning precursor stoichiometry and chemistry, and thus the lead halide charge-transfer complexes present in solution, crystallization

  20. Impact of Mn3+ upon structure and magnetism of the perovskite derivative Pb(2-x)Ba(x)FeMnO5 (x ∼ 0.7).

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    Barrier, N; Lebedev, O I; Seikh, Md Motin; Porcher, F; Raveau, B

    2013-05-20

    On the basis of the Mn(3+) for Fe(3+) substitution in Pb(2-x)Ba(x)Fe2O5, a novel oxide Pb1.3Ba0.7MnFeO5 has been synthesized at normal pressure. Though it belongs to the same structural family, the mixed "MnFe" oxide exhibits a very different structural distortion of its framework compared to the pure "Fe2" oxide, due to the Jahn-Teller effect of Mn(3+). Combined neutron diffraction, high resolution electron microscopy/high angle annular dark field-scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) investigations allow the origin of this difference to be determined. Here we show that the MO6 octahedra of the double perovskite layers in the "MnFe" structure exhibit a strong tetragonal pyramidal distortion "5 + 1", whereas the "Fe2" structure shows a tetrahedral distortion "4 + 2" of the FeO6 octahedra. Similarly, the MO5 polyhedra of the "MnFe" structure tend toward a tetragonal pyramid, whereas the FeO5 polyhedra of the "Fe2" structure are closer to a trigonal bipyramid. Differently from the oxide Pb(2-x)Ba(x)Fe2O5, which is antiferromagnetic, the oxide Pb1.3Ba0.7MnFeO5 exhibits a spin glass behavior with Tg ∼ 50 K in agreement with the disordered distribution of the Mn(3+) and Fe(3+) species.

  1. MAPbI2.9-xBrxCl0.1 hybrid halide perovskites: Shedding light on the effect of chloride and bromide ions on structural and photoluminescence properties

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    Atourki, Lahoucine; Vega, Erika; Marí, Bernabé; Mollar, Miguel; Ait Ahsaine, Hassan; Bouabid, Khalid; Ihlal, Ahmed

    2016-12-01

    The optical and structural properties of CH3NH3PbI3 can be adjusted by introducing other extrinsic ions such as chloride and bromide. In this work, mixed bromide iodide lead perovskites with a 10% fraction of chloride were prepared from methylamine, lead nitrate and the corresponding hydro acid (X = I, Br, Cl). The effect of bromide and chloride incorporation on different properties of perovskite thin film was investigated. The Pawley fit method indicates the formation of the iodide halide MAPbI3 Pm-3 m cubic phase for x = 0 and the tetragonal P4/mmm phase for x ≥ 0.3. All deposited films showed a strong absorbance in the UV-vis range. The band gap values were estimated from absorbance measurements. It was found that the onset of the absorption edge for MAPbI2.9-xBrxCl0.1 thin film perovskites ranges between 1.60 and 1.80 eV. Moreover, it was found that both Cl and Br affect the PL emission of the mixed halide lead perovskite, the MAPbI2.9-xBrxCl0.1 films displayed intermediate values from 730 nm (MAPbI2.2Br0.7Cl0.1) to 770 nm (MAPbI2.6Br0.3Cl0.1).

  2. Two Dimensional Organometal Halide Perovskite Nanorods with Tunable Optical Properties.

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    Aharon, Sigalit; Etgar, Lioz

    2016-05-11

    Organo-metal halide perovskite is an efficient light harvester in photovoltaic solar cells. Organometal halide perovskite is used mainly in its "bulk" form in the solar cell. Confined perovskite nanostructures could be a promising candidate for efficient optoelectronic devices, taking advantage of the superior bulk properties of organo-metal halide perovskite, as well as the nanoscale properties. In this paper, we present facile low-temperature synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) lead halide perovskite nanorods (NRs). These NRs show a shift to higher energies in the absorbance and in the photoluminescence compared to the bulk material, which supports their 2D structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the NRs demonstrates their 2D nature combined with the tetragonal 3D perovskite structure. In addition, by alternating the halide composition, we were able to tune the optical properties of the NRs. Fast Fourier transform, and electron diffraction show the tetragonal structure of these NRs. By varying the ligands ratio (e.g., octylammonium to oleic acid) in the synthesis, we were able to provide the formation mechanism of these novel 2D perovskite NRs. The 2D perovskite NRs are promising candidates for a variety of optoelectronic applications, such as light-emitting diodes, lasing, solar cells, and sensors.

  3. Preparation, crystal structure and magnetic behavior of new double perovskites Sr{sub 2} B'UO{sub 6} with B'=Mn, Fe, Ni, Zn

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    Pinacca, R.M.; Viola, M.C.; Pedregosa, J.C.; Martinez-Lope, M.J.; Carbonio, R.E.; Alonso, J.A.

    2007-05-15

    Sr{sub 2} B'UO{sub 6} double perovskites with B'=Mn, Fe, Ni, Zn have been prepared in polycrystalline form by solid-state reaction, in air or reducing conditions. These new materials have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), magnetic susceptibility and magnetization measurements. The room-temperature crystal structure is monoclinic (space group P2{sub 1}/n), and contains alternating B'O{sub 6} and UO{sub 6} octahedra sharing corners, tilted along the three pseudocubic axes according to the Glazer notation a {sup -} a {sup -} b {sup +}. The magnetic measurements show a spontaneous magnetic ordering below T {sub N}=21 K for B'=Mn, Ni, and T {sub C}=150 K for B'=Fe. From a Curie-Weiss fit, the effective paramagnetic moment for B'=Mn (5.74 {mu}{sub B}/f.u.) and B'=Ni(3.51 {mu}{sub B}/f.u.) are significantly different from the corresponding spin-only moments for the divalent cations, suggesting the possibility of a partial charge disproportionation B'{sup 2+}+U {sup 6+}{r_reversible}B'{sup 3+}+U {sup 5+}, also accounting for plausible ferrimagnetic interactions between B' and U sublattices. The strong curvature of the reciprocal susceptibility for B'=Fe precludes a Curie-Weiss fit but also suggests the presence of ferrimagnetic interactions in this compound. This charge disproportionation effect is also supported by the observed B'-O distances, which are closer to the expected values for high-spin, trivalent Mn, Fe and Ni cations. - Graphical abstract: The title double perovskites are monoclinic, space group P2{sub 1}/n, and the magnetic properties suggest the possibility of a partial charge disproportionation B'{sup 2+}+U {sup 6+}{r_reversible}B'{sup 3+}+U {sup 5+}, accounting for plausible ferrimagnetic interactions between B' and U sublattices.

  4. First-principles investigation of the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of perovskite SrRu(1-x)Mn(x)O(3).

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    Wang, L; Hua, L; Chen, L F

    2009-12-02

    We have investigated the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of single-crystal SrRu(1-x)Mn(x)O(3), using first-principles density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA)+U schemes. The entire series of SrRu(1-x)Mn(x)O(3) (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5 and 1) is stabilized in the single-crystal perovskite structure which is in agreement with experimental findings. Our spin-polarized calculations give a metallic ground state for the x<0.5 regime and an insulator ground state for the x≥0.5 regime. The magnetic structure for x = 0 is found to be the ferromagnetic state while the magnetic structures for 0structures for x≥0.5 are found to be the antiferromagnetic states. The substitution of itinerant Ru ions by localized Mn ions enhances the p-d coupling between O and the transition metal. It also strongly drives the system from the ferromagnetic metal to the antiferromagnetic insulator.

  5. Perovskites with the Framework-Forming Xenon.

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    Britvin, Sergey N; Kashtanov, Sergei A; Krzhizhanovskaya, Maria G; Gurinov, Andrey A; Glumov, Oleg V; Strekopytov, Stanislav; Kretser, Yury L; Zaitsev, Anatoly N; Chukanov, Nikita V; Krivovichev, Sergey V

    2015-11-23

    The Group 18 elements (noble gases) were the last ones in the periodic system to have not been encountered in perovskite structures. We herein report the synthesis of a new group of double perovskites KM(XeNaO6) (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) containing framework-forming xenon. The structures of the new compounds, like other double perovskites, are built up of the alternating sequence of corner-sharing (XeO6) and (NaO6) octahedra arranged in a three-dimensional rocksalt order. The fact that xenon can be incorporated into the perovskite structure provides new insights into the problem of Xe depletion in the atmosphere. Since octahedrally coordinated Xe(VIII) and Si(IV) exhibit close values of ionic radii (0.48 and 0.40 Å, respectively), one could assume that Xe(VIII) can be incorporated into hyperbaric frameworks such as MgSiO3 perovskite. The ability of Xe to form stable inorganic frameworks can further extend the rich and still enigmatic chemistry of this noble gas.

  6. Anion order in perovskites: a group-theoretical analysis.

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    Talanov, M V; Shirokov, V B; Talanov, V M

    2016-03-01

    Anion ordering in the structure of cubic perovskite has been investigated by the group-theoretical method. The possibility of the existence of 261 ordered low-symmetry structures, each with a unique space-group symmetry, is established. These results include five binary and 14 ternary anion superstructures. The 261 idealized anion-ordered perovskite structures are considered as aristotypes, giving rise to different derivatives. The structures of these derivatives are formed by tilting of BO6 octahedra, distortions caused by the cooperative Jahn-Teller effect and other physical effects. Some derivatives of aristotypes exist as real substances, and some as virtual ones. A classification of aristotypes of anion superstructures in perovskite is proposed: the AX class (the simultaneous ordering of A cations and anions in cubic perovskite structure), the BX class (the simultaneous ordering of B cations and anions) and the X class (the ordering of anions only in cubic perovskite structure). In most perovskites anion ordering is accompanied by cation ordering. Therefore, the main classes of anion order in perovskites are the AX and BX classes. The calculated structures of some anion superstructures are reported. Comparison of predictions and experimentally investigated anion superstructures shows coherency of theoretical and experimental results.

  7. Integrating perovskite solar cells into a flexible fiber.

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    Qiu, Longbin; Deng, Jue; Lu, Xin; Yang, Zhibin; Peng, Huisheng

    2014-09-22

    Perovskite solar cells have triggered a rapid development of new photovoltaic devices because of high energy conversion efficiencies and their all-solid-state structures. To this end, they are particularly useful for various wearable and portable electronic devices. Perovskite solar cells with a flexible fiber structure were now prepared for the first time by continuously winding an aligned multiwalled carbon nanotube sheet electrode onto a fiber electrode; photoactive perovskite materials were incorporated in between them through a solution process. The fiber-shaped perovskite solar cell exhibits an energy conversion efficiency of 3.3%, which remained stable on bending. The perovskite solar cell fibers may be woven into electronic textiles for large-scale application by well-developed textile technologies.

  8. La{sup 3+} doping of the Sr{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} double perovskite: A structural and magnetic study

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    Lopez, C.A.; Viola, M.C.; Pedregosa, J.C. Carbonio, R.E.; Sanchez, R.D.; Fernandez-Diaz, M.T.

    2008-11-15

    La-doped Sr{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} double perovskites have been prepared in air in polycrystalline form by solid-state reaction. These materials have been studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), neutron powder diffraction (NPD) and magnetic susceptibility. The structural refinement was performed from combined XRPD and NPD data (D2B instrument, {lambda}=1.594 A). At room temperature, the replacement of Sr{sup 2+} by La{sup 3+} induces a change of the tetragonal structure, space group I4/m of the undoped Sr{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} into the distorted monoclinic crystal structure, space group P2{sub 1}/n, Z=2. The structure of La-doped phases contains alternating CoO{sub 6} and (Co/W)O{sub 6} octahedra, almost fully ordered. On the other hand, the replacement of Sr{sup 2+} by La{sup 3+} induces a partial replacement of W{sup 6+} by Co{sup 2+} into the B sites, i.e. Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CoW{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}O{sub 6} (y=x/4) with segregation of SrWO{sub 4}. Magnetic and neutron diffraction measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic ordering below T{sub N}=24 K independently of the La-substitution. - Graphical abstract: La-doped Sr{sub 2}CoWO{sub 6} double perovskites have been prepared in polycrystalline form by solid-state reaction. The general formula of these compounds is Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CoW{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}O{sub 6} (y=x/4). XRPD, NPD and magnetic susceptibility studies were performed. The structure of monoclinic La-doped phases contains alternating CoO{sub 6} and (Co/W)O{sub 6} octahedra, almost fully ordered. NPD and magnetic measurements indicate an antiferromagnetic ordering at low temperature.

  9. Crystal Structures at Atomic Resolution of the Perovskite-Related GdBaMnFeO5 and Its Oxidized GdBaMnFeO6.

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    García-Martín, Susana; Manabe, Keisuke; Urones-Garrote, Esteban; Ávila-Brande, David; Ichikawa, Noriya; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2017-02-06

    Perovskite-related GdBaMnFeO5 and the corresponding oxidized phase GdBaMnFeO6, with long-range layered-type ordering of the Ba and Gd atoms have been synthesized. Oxidation retains the cation ordering but drives a modulation of the crystal structure associated with the incorporation of the oxygen atoms between the Gd layers. Oxidation of GdBaMnFeO5 increases the oxidation state of Mn from 2+ to 4+, while the oxidation state of Fe remains 3+. Determination of the crystal structure of both GdBaMnFeO5 and GdBaMnFeO6 is carried out at atomic resolution by means of a combination of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques. Crystal structure refinements from synchrotron X-ray diffraction data support the structural models proposed from the TEM data. The oxidation states of the Mn and Fe atoms are evaluated by means of EELS and Mössbauer spectroscopy, which also reveals the different magnetic behavior of these oxides.

  10. First-principles and molecular-dynamics study of structure and bonding in perovskite-type oxynitrides ABO(2)N (A = Ca, Sr, Ba; B = Ta, Nb).

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    Wolff, Holger; Dronskowski, Richard

    2008-10-01

    A series of perovskite-type phases of alkaline-earth-based tantalum and niobium oxynitrides has been studied using both first-principles electronic-structure calculations and molecular-dynamics simulations, in particular by investigating different structural arrangements and anion distributions in terms of total-energy calculations. The structural properties are explained on the basis of COHP chemical bonding analyses and semiempirical molecular orbital calculations. We provide theoretical proof for the surprising result that the local site symmetries of these phases are lower than cubic because density-functional calculations clearly show that all crystallographic unit cells are better described as being orthorhombic with space group Pmc2(1) to optimize metal-nitrogen bonding; nonetheless, there is no contradiction with a macroscopic cubic description of the structures of BaTaO(2)N and BaNbO(2)N adopting space group Pm3m. Additionally, we find that the anionic sublattice is ordered in all compounds studied over a wide temperature range.

  11. Research Update: Challenges for high-efficiency hybrid lead-halide perovskite LEDs and the path towards electrically pumped lasing

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    Li, Guangru; Price, Michael; Deschler, Felix

    2016-09-01

    Hybrid lead-halide perovskites have emerged as promising solution-processed semiconductor materials for thin-film optoelectronics. In this review, we discuss current challenges in perovskite LED performance, using thin-film and nano-crystalline perovskite as emitter layers, and look at device performance and stability. Fabrication of electrically pumped, optical-feedback devices with hybrid lead halide perovskites as gain medium is a future challenge, initiated by the demonstration of optically pumped lasing structures with low gain thresholds. We explain the material parameters affecting optical gain in perovskites and discuss the challenges towards electrically pumped perovskite lasers.

  12. Multiferroic crossover in perovskite oxides

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    Weston, L.; Cui, X. Y.; Ringer, S. P.; Stampfl, C.

    2016-04-01

    The coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in A B O3 perovskite oxides is rare, a phenomenon that has become known as the ferroelectric "d0 rule." Recently, the perovskite BiCoO3 has been shown experimentally to be isostructural with PbTiO3, while simultaneously the d6Co3 + ion has a high-spin ground state with C -type antiferromagnetic ordering. It has been suggested that the hybridization of Bi 6 s states with the O 2 p valence band stabilizes the polar phase, however, we have recently demonstrated that Co3 + ions in the perovskite structure can facilitate a ferroelectric distortion via the Co 3 d -O 2 p covalent interaction [L. Weston, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 247601 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.247601]. In this paper, using accurate hybrid density functional calculations, we investigate the atomic, electronic, and magnetic structure of BiCoO3 to elucidate the origin of the multiferroic state. To begin with, we perform a more general first-principles investigation of the role of d electrons in affecting the tendency for perovskite materials to exhibit a ferroelectric distortion; this is achieved via a qualitative trend study in artificial cubic and tetragonal La B O3 perovskites. We choose La as the A cation so as to remove the effects of Bi 6 s hybridization. The lattice instability is identified by the softening of phonon modes in the cubic phase, as well as by the energy lowering associated with a ferroelectric distortion. For the La B O3 series, where B is a d0-d8 cation from the 3 d block, the trend study reveals that increasing the d orbital occupation initially removes the tendency for a polar distortion, as expected. However, for high-spin d5-d7 and d8 cations a strong ferroelectric instability is recovered. This effect is explained in terms of increased pseudo-Jahn-Teller (PJT) p -d vibronic coupling. The PJT effect is described by the competition between a stabilizing force (K0) that favors the cubic phase, and a vibronic term that

  13. (CH3 NH3 )2 PdCl4 : A Compound with Two-Dimensional Organic-Inorganic Layered Perovskite Structure.

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    Huang, Tang Jiao; Thiang, Zhang Xian; Yin, Xuesong; Tang, Chunhua; Qi, Guojun; Gong, Hao

    2016-02-01

    The synthesis of previously unknown perovskite (CH3 NH3 )2 PdCl4 is reported. Despite using an organic cation with the smallest possible alkyl group, a 2D organic-inorganic layered Pd-based perovskites was still formed. This demonstrates that Pd-based 2D perovskites can be obtained even if the size of the organic cation is below the size limit predicted by the Goldschmidt tolerance-factor formula. The (CH3 NH3 )2 PdCl4 phase has a bulk resistivity of 1.4 Ω cm, a direct optical gap of 2.22 eV, and an absorption coefficient on the order of 10(4)  cm(-1) . XRD measurements suggest that the compound is moderately stable in air, an important advantage over several existing organic-inorganic perovskites that are prone to phase degradation problems when exposed to the atmosphere. Given the recent interest in organic-inorganic perovskites, the synthesis of this new Pd-based organic-inorganic perovskite may be helpful in the preparation and understanding of other organic-inorganic perovskites.

  14. NREL Studies Carrier Separation and Transport in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    2016-01-01

    NREL scientists studied charge separation and transport in perovskite solar cells by determining the junction structure across the solar device using the nanoelectrical characterization technique of Kelvin probe force microscopy. The distribution of electrical potential across both planar and porous devices demonstrates a p-n junction structure at the interface between titanium dioxide and perovskite. In addition, minority-carrier transport within the devices operates under diffusion/drift. Clarifying the fundamental junction structure provides significant guidance for future research and development. This NREL study points to the fact that improving carrier mobility is a critical factor for continued efficiency gains in perovskite solar cells.

  15. Structures and phase transition in the layered perovskite La0.6Sr0.1TiO3: a new orthorhombic structure solved from high-resolution diffraction in combination with group theoretical analysis

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    Howard, Christopher J.; Zhang, Zhaoming

    2003-07-01

    The crystal structure of the layered perovskite La0.6Sr0.1TiO3 at room temperature has been solved by synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction in combination with group theoretical analysis. The structure is orthorhombic in Cmmm, on a cell with a = 7.7556(1), b = 7.7349(1) and c = 7.7910(1) Å. It is believed that this is also the structure adopted by La2/3TiO3. Pertinent features are the alternation of fully and partly occupied layers of La (Sr) cations, and out-of-phase tilting of the TiO6 octahedra around an axis perpendicular to the direction of the cation ordering. The compound undergoes a second order transition to a tetragonal structure, the transition temperature being estimated as 360 °C.

  16. Structures and magnetic properties of rare earth double perovskites containing antimony or bismuth Ba{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (Ln=rare earths; M=Sb, Bi)

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    Otsuka, Shumpei Hinatsu, Yukio

    2015-07-15

    A series of double perovskite-type oxides Ba{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (Ln=lanthanides; M=Sb, Bi) were synthesized and their structures were studied. The Ln and M are structurally ordered in the rock-salt type at the B-site of the perovskite ABO{sub 3}. For Ba{sub 2}PrBiO{sub 6} and Ba{sub 2}TbBiO{sub 6}, it has been found that the disordering between Ln ion and Bi ion occurs at the B-site of the double perovskite and both the Pr (Tb) and Bi exist in two oxidation state in the same compound from the analysis of the X-ray diffraction and magnetic susceptibility data. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that all these compounds are paramagnetic and have no magnetic ordering down to 1.8 K. - Graphical abstract: Tolerance factor for Ba{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (M=Sb, Bi) plotted against the ionic radius of Ln{sup 3+}. We have found that there is a clear relation between crystal structures and tolerance factors. - Highlights: • The Ln and M ions are structurally ordered in the rock-salt type at the B-site. • The disordering between Pr (Tb) ion and Bi ion occurs at the B-site. • Ba{sub 2}LnMO{sub 6} (M=Sb, Bi) have no magnetic ordering down to 1.8 K.

  17. Review on palladium-containing perovskites: synthesis, physico-chemical properties and applications in catalysis.

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    Essoumhi, Abdellatif; El Kazzouli, Saïd; Bousmina, Mosto

    2014-02-01

    This review reports on the recent advances in the synthesis and physico-chemical properties of palladium-containing perovskites. Initially, the perovskite structure is briefly reviewed, then palladium-containing perovskites synthesis and physico-chemical properties are detailed. The applications of palladium-containing perovskites in catalysis; namely, NO reduction, methane combustion, methanol as well as ethanol oxidation, are briefly highlighted. The involvement and the important contribution of palladium-containing perovskites in cross-coupling reactions, especially Suzuki-Miyaura, Sonogashira, Ulmann and Grignard, are discussed.

  18. Electrochemical studies of perovskite mixed conductors

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    Brosha, E.L.; Chung, B.W.; Garzon, F.H.

    1994-12-01

    Research into the growth of high-quality single crystal thin films of high transition temperature {Tc} superconductors have stimulated interest in other perovskite metal oxides with a variety of physical properties. Thin films of perovskite materials are among the major focal research areas for optical, sensor, electronic, and superconducting applications. Two lanthanum-based oxygen/electronic conducting perovskite oxides of particular interest for high temperature fuel cell electrodes and interconnects and for other electrochemical applications such as oxygen separation devices are La{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3{minus}y} and La{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3{minus}y}. The La-based perovskites are valuable for these technologies because they reduce interfacial resistances by eliminating the need for a three phase contact area (gas, metal electrode, electrolyte). In addition, these oxides may also serve a valuable role as novel catalysts or catalytic supports; however, little is known about what catalytic properties they may possess. Fundamental study of the electrochemical, diffusional oxygen transport, and surface catalytic properties of these materials can be greatly simplified if the complications associated with the presence of grain boundaries and multiple crystallite orientations can be avoided. Therefore, single crystals of these La-based perovskites become highly desirable. In this work, the authors report the structural and electrical properties of highly oriented thin films of La{sub 0.84}Sr{sub 0.16}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}CoO{sub 3} grown on single crystal Y-ZrO{sub 2} substrates. An addition, the authors have demonstrated growing, in situ, epitaxial multilayer perovskite/fluorite/perovskite configurations for fundamental fuel cell modeling.

  19. Absence of Significant Structural Changes Near the Magnetic Ordering Temperature in Small-ion Rare Earth Perovskite RMnO3

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    Yu, T.; Ty, T.; Chen, H.; Abeykoon, A. M. M.; Chen, Y. -S.; Ahn, K. H.

    2014-11-14

    The detailed structural measurements on multiple length scales were conducted on a new perovskite phase of ScMnO3, and on orthorhombic LuMnO3 as a benchmark. Complementary density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out, and predict that ScMnO3 possesses E-phase magnetic order at low temperature with displacements of the Mn sites (relative to the high temperature state) of ~0.07 Å, compared to ~0.04 Å predicted for LuMnO3. However, detailed local, intermediate and long-range structural measurements by x-ray pair distribution function analysis, single crystal x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy, find no local or long-range distortions on crossing into the low temperature E-phase of the magnetically ordered state. Our measurements place upper limits on any structural changes to be at most one order of magnitude lower than DFT predictions and suggest that this theoretical approach does not properly account for the spin–lattice coupling in these oxides and may possibly predict the incorrect magnetic order at low temperatures. The results suggest that the electronic contribution to the electrical polarization dominates and should be more accurately treated in theoretical models.

  20. Stable ferroelectric perovskite structure with giant axial ratio and polarization in epitaxial BiFe0.6Ga0.4O3 thin films.

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    Fan, Zhen; Xiao, Juanxiu; Liu, Huajun; Yang, Ping; Ke, Qingqing; Ji, Wei; Yao, Kui; Ong, Khuong P; Zeng, Kaiyang; Wang, John

    2015-02-04

    Ferroelectric perovskites with strongly elongated unit cells (c/a > 1.2) are of particular interest for realizing giant polarization induced by significant ionic off-center displacements. Here we show that epitaxial BiFe0.6Ga0.4O3 (BFGO) thin films exhibit a stable super-tetragonal-like structure with twinning domains regardless of film thickness and substrate induced strain, evidenced with high resolution X-ray diffractometry (HR-XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). The origin of the structural stability of BFGO is investigated by the first-principles calculation. The ferroelectric properties of BFGO are studied by PFM, first-principles calculation and macroscopic polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis measurement. A giant ferroelectric polarization of ∼150 μC/cm(2) is revealed by the first-principles calculations and confirmed by experiments. Our studies provide an alternative pathway of employing Ga-substitution other than the extensively studied strain engineering to stabilize the supertetragonal structure in BiFeO3-based epitaxial thin films.

  1. Crystal structure of the mixed Mn 4+/Mn 5+ 2H-perovskite-type Ba 4Mn 2NaO 9 oxide

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    Quarez, Eric; Roussel, Pascal; Pérez, Olivier; Leligny, Henri; Bendraoua, Abdelaziz; Mentré, Olivier

    2004-09-01

    Single crystals of the new Ba 4Mn 2NaO 9 have been prepared by electrosynthesis in molten NaOH. Its crystal structure has been solved from XRD data ( a=10.006(2), c=8.210(3), space group P321, Z=3, R=3.21%, wR=3.52%). It belongs to the wide family of 2H-related perovskite materials and shows columns of face-sharing MnO 6 octahedra and NaO 6 prisms according to the -(oct-oct-prism)- sequence isolated by Ba 2+ cations. The main characteristic of this new oxide is its mixed Mn 4+/Mn 5+ valence rarely reported up today. Help to the superspace formalism, Ba 4Mn 2NaO 9 (or Ba 1+ xNa xMn 1- xO 3 with x=1/3) can be regarded as composed of two interpenetrating sublattices [Ba 1+ x] and [Na 1/3Mn 2/3O 3] with their own period along the c axis. The ratio γ of these two periods is rational γ= c1/ c2=2/3. This composite structure approach which allows us, help to established rules, to predict the crystal structure from the γ-only knowledge has also been pointed out in this work.

  2. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}

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    Yangui, A.; Pillet, S.; Mlayah, A.; Lusson, A.; Bouchez, G.; Boukheddaden, K. E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr; Triki, S.; Abid, Y. E-mail: kbo@physique.uvsq.fr

    2015-12-14

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C{sub 6}H{sub 11}NH{sub 3}){sub 2}[PbI{sub 4}] (abbreviated as C{sub 6}PbI{sub 4}) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C{sub 6}PbI{sub 4}, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ∼138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI{sub 6} octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb–I distances (and Pb–I–Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ∼130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with

  3. Structural phase transition causing anomalous photoluminescence behavior in perovskite (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4].

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    Yangui, A; Pillet, S; Mlayah, A; Lusson, A; Bouchez, G; Triki, S; Abid, Y; Boukheddaden, K

    2015-12-14

    Optical and structural properties of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-type (C6H11NH3)2[PbI4] (abbreviated as C6PbI4) were investigated using optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and x-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature, optical absorption measurements, performed on spin-coated films of C6PbI4, revealed two absorption bands at 2.44 and 3.21 eV. Upon 325 nm (3.815 eV) laser irradiation, strong green PL emission peaks were observed at 2.41 eV (P1) and 2.24 eV (P2) and assigned to free and localized excitons, respectively. The exciton binding energy was estimated at 356 meV. At low temperature, two additional emission bands were detected at 2.366 eV (P3) and a large band (LB) at 1.97 eV. The former appeared only below 40 K and the latter emerged below 130 K. The thermal dependence of the PL spectra revealed an abnormal behavior accompanied by singularities in the peak positions and intensities at 40 and 130 K. X-ray diffraction studies performed on powder and single crystals as a function of temperature evidenced significant changes of the interlayer spacing at 50 K and ∼138 K. Around 138 K, a commensurate to incommensurate structural phase transition occurred on cooling. It involves a symmetry breaking leading to a distortion of the PbI6 octahedron. The resulting incommensurate spatial modulation of the Pb-I distances (and Pb-I-Pb angles) causes a spatial modulation of the band gap, which is at the origin of the emergence of the LB below ∼130 K and the anomalous behavior of the position of P1 below 130 K. The change of the interlayer spacing in the 40-50 K range may in turn be related to the significant decrease of the intensity of P2 and the maximum emission of the LB. These results underline the intricate character of the structural and the PL properties of the hybrid perovskites; understanding such properties should benefit to the design of optoelectronic devices with targeted properties.

  4. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells.

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Cui, Hui-Juan; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2016-01-06

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells.

  5. Two-Dimensional Perovskite Activation with an Organic Luminophore.

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    Jemli, Khaoula; Audebert, Pierre; Galmiche, Laurent; Trippé-Allard, Gaelle; Garrot, Damien; Lauret, Jean-Sébastien; Deleporte, Emmanuelle

    2015-10-07

    A great advantage of the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites is the chemical flexibility and the possibility of a molecular engineering of each part of the material (the inorganic part and the organic part respectively) in order to improve or add some functionalities. An adequately chosen organic luminophore has been introduced inside a lead bromide type organic-inorganic perovskite, while respecting the two-dimensional perovskite structure. A substantial increase of the brilliance of the perovskite is obtained. This activation of the perovskite luminescence by the adequate engineering of the organic part is an original approach, and is particularly interesting in the framework of the light-emitting devices such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) or lasers.

  6. Highly efficient light management for perovskite solar cells

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    Wang, Dong-Lin; Cui, Hui-Juan; Hou, Guo-Jiao; Zhu, Zhen-Gang; Yan, Qing-Bo; Su, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have enormous potential to impact the existing photovoltaic industry. As realizing a higher conversion efficiency of the solar cell is still the most crucial task, a great number of schemes were proposed to minimize the carrier loss by optimizing the electrical properties of the perovskite solar cells. Here, we focus on another significant aspect that is to minimize the light loss by optimizing the light management to gain a high efficiency for perovskite solar cells. In our scheme, the slotted and inverted prism structured SiO2 layers are adopted to trap more light into the solar cells, and a better transparent conducting oxide layer is employed to reduce the parasitic absorption. For such an implementation, the efficiency and the serviceable angle of the perovskite solar cell can be promoted impressively. This proposal would shed new light on developing the high-performance perovskite solar cells. PMID:26733112

  7. Theory of hydrogen migration in organic-inorganic halide perovskites.

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    Egger, David A; Kronik, Leeor; Rappe, Andrew M

    2015-10-12

    Solar cells based on organic-inorganic halide perovskites have recently been proven to be remarkably efficient. However, they exhibit hysteresis in their current-voltage curves, and their stability in the presence of water is problematic. Both issues are possibly related to a diffusion of defects in the perovskite material. By using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, we study the properties of an important defect in hybrid perovskites-interstitial hydrogen. We show that differently charged defects occupy different crystal sites, which may allow for ionization-enhanced defect migration following the Bourgoin-Corbett mechanism. Our analysis highlights the structural flexibility of organic-inorganic perovskites: successive iodide displacements, combined with hydrogen bonding, enable proton diffusion with low migration barriers. These findings indicate that hydrogen defects can be mobile and thus highly relevant for the performance of perovskite solar cells.

  8. Morphological Optimization of Perovskite Thin Films via Dynamic Zone Annealing

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    Sun, Yan; Wang, Kai; Gong, Xiong; Karim, Alamgir

    2015-03-01

    Organolead Halide Perovskites have been proved to be excellent candidates for application in low-cost high-efficient solar cells owing to their superior desired optical and electrical properties, as well as compatibility with low-temperature solution-processed manufacturing. However, most perovskites applications in photovoltaics require high quality perovskite films. Although tremendous works on tuning perovskite film morphology have been reported previously, it is still a challenge to realize high quality perovskite film with controllable film uniformity and surface coverage, neither the mechanisms in the formation of perovskite. To address the issues above, here we demonstrate the effect of Dynamic Zone Annealing (DZA) on perovskite morphologies, which is proved as an efficient method to control the structure and morphology in crystalline polymer and block copolymers. Via applying the DZA method, the mechanism in perovskite film formation is studied. Furthermore, by optimizing DZA parameter such as maximum temperature, temperature gradient and zone velocity to control dendritic morphology and the grain growth, enhanced device performance was realized eventually. Equal contribution.

  9. Thermochemistry of perovskites in the lanthanum-strontium-manganese-iron oxide system

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    Marinescu, Cornelia; Vradman, Leonid; Tanasescu, Speranta; Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2015-10-01

    The enthalpies of formation from binary oxides of perovskites (ABO3) based on lanthanum strontium manganite La(Sr)MnO3 (LSM) and lanthanum strontium ferrite La(Sr)FeO3 (LSF) and mixed lanthanum strontium manganite ferrite La(Sr)Mn(Fe)O3 (LSMF) were measured by high temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry. Using iodometric titration, the oxygen content was derived. The perovskites with A-site cation deficiency have greater oxygen deficiency than the corresponding A-site stoichiometric series. Stability of LSMF decreases with increasing iron content. Increasing oxygen deficiency clearly destabilizes the perovskites. The results suggest an enthalpy of oxygen incorporation that is approximately independent of composition. 0.35La2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+Mn2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+0.3SrO (xl, 25 °C)+Fe2O3 (xl, 25 °C)+O2 (g, 25 °C)→La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ (xl, 25 °C). (b) ∆ Hf,ox* (La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ) .0.35 La2O3 (xl, 25 ººC) + (0.7-y+ 2δ)/2 Mn2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + 0.3 SrO (xl, 25 ºC) + y/2Fe2O3 (xl, 25 ºC) + (0.3-2δ) MnO2 (xl, 25 ºC)→La0.7Sr0.3Mn1-yFeyO3-δ (xl, 25 ºC).

  10. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface.

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-09-01

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO3) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, ) by the positively charged oxygen vacancies () enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O2 molecules. We take La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a 'volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.

  11. Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface

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    Tsvetkov, Nikolai; Lu, Qiyang; Sun, Lixin; Crumlin, Ethan J.; Yildiz, Bilge

    2016-09-01

    Segregation and phase separation of aliovalent dopants on perovskite oxide (ABO3) surfaces are detrimental to the performance of energy conversion systems such as solid oxide fuel/electrolysis cells and catalysts for thermochemical H2O and CO2 splitting. One key reason behind the instability of perovskite oxide surfaces is the electrostatic attraction of the negatively charged A-site dopants (for example, ) by the positively charged oxygen vacancies () enriched at the surface. Here we show that reducing the surface concentration improves the oxygen surface exchange kinetics and stability significantly, albeit contrary to the well-established understanding that surface oxygen vacancies facilitate reactions with O2 molecules. We take La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 (LSC) as a model perovskite oxide, and modify its surface with additive cations that are more and less reducible than Co on the B-site of LSC. By using ambient-pressure X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy, we proved that the dominant role of the less reducible cations is to suppress the enrichment and phase separation of Sr while reducing the concentration of and making the LSC more oxidized at its surface. Consequently, we found that these less reducible cations significantly improve stability, with up to 30 times faster oxygen exchange kinetics after 54 h in air at 530 °C achieved by Hf addition onto LSC. Finally, the results revealed a `volcano' relation between the oxygen exchange kinetics and the oxygen vacancy formation enthalpy of the binary oxides of the additive cations. This volcano relation highlights the existence of an optimum surface oxygen vacancy concentration that balances the gain in oxygen exchange kinetics and the chemical stability loss.

  12. Pseudo Jahn-Teller origin of ferroelectric instability in BaTiO3 type perovskites: The Green's function approach and beyond

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    Polinger, V.; Garcia-Fernandez, P.; Bersuker, I. B.

    2015-01-01

    The local origin of dipolar distortions in ABO3 perovskite crystals is reexamined by means of a novel approach, the Green's function method augmented by DFT computations. The ferroelectric distortions are shown to be induced by the pseudo Jahn-Teller effect (PJTE). The latter involves vibronic hybridization (admixture) of the ground state to same-spin opposite-parity excited electronic bands. Similar to numerous molecular calculations, the PJT approach provides a deeper insight into the nature of chemical bonding in the octahedral cluster [BO6] and, in particular, reveals the local origin of its polar instability. This allows predicting directly which transition ions can create ferroelectricity. In particular, the necessary conditions are established when an ABO3 perovskite crystal with an electronic dn configuration of the complex ion [BO6] can possess both proper ferroelectric and magnetic properties. Distinguished from the variety of cluster approaches to local properties, the Green's function method includes the influence of the local vibronic-coupling perturbation on the whole crystal via the inter-cell interaction responsible for creation of electronic and vibrational bands. Calculated Green's functions combined with the corresponding numeric estimates for the nine electronic bands, their density of states, and the local adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) confirm the eight-minimum form of this surface and feasibility of the PJT origin of the polar instability in BaTiO3. We show also that multicenter long-range dipole-dipole interactions critically depend on the PJTE largely determining the magnitude of the local dipoles. DFT calculations for the bulk crystal and its clusters confirm that the dipolar distortions are of local origin, but become possible only when their influence on (relaxation of) the whole lattice is taken into account. The results are shown to be in full qualitative and semiquantitative agreement with the experimental data for this

  13. Structural and electrical characterizations of cerium (Ce3+)-doped double perovskite system Sr2NiMoO6- δ

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    Kumar, Pravin; Singh, Nitish Kumar; Sinha, A. S. K.; Singh, Prabhakar

    2016-09-01

    The double perovskite system Sr2- x Ce x NiMoO6- δ (SCNM) with 0.01 ≤ x ≤ 0.05 was synthesized by the citrate-nitrate auto-combustion synthesis route. Thermal studies were carried out by simultaneous differential scanning calorimetry and thermal gravimetry. Phase constitution was analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Rietveld refinement showed that the major phase exists in tetragonal form with space group I4/m. Microstructural investigations revealed the formation of uniform grains. The electrical conductivity studied by impedance spectroscopy in the temperature range 300-600 °C was found to follow a thermally activated process. The sample with x = 0.01 showed the highest conductivity with lowest activation energy. The electrical conductivity of the system was discussed in terms of identified impurity phases and charge density [{{{Mo}}_{{{{Mo}}^{6 +}}}^{5 +} {}^' ]. The variation of electrical conductivity with composition was explained on the basis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and XRD studies.

  14. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of 5d double-perovskite oxides Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6.

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    Yuan, Yahua; Feng, Hai L; Ghimire, Madhav Prasad; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; He, Jianfeng; Tanaka, Masahiko; Katsuya, Yoshio; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2015-04-06

    Double-perovskite oxides Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 have been synthesized under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions (6 GPa and 1500 °C). Their crystal structures and magnetic properties were studied by a synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiment and by magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, isothermal magnetization, and electrical resistivity measurements. Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 crystallized in monoclinic (P21/n) and tetragonal (I4/m) double-perovskite structures, respectively; the degree of order of the Os and Mg arrangement was 96% or higher. Although Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 are isoelectric, a magnetic-glass transition was observed for Ca2MgOsO6 at 19 K, while Sr2MgOsO6 showed an antiferromagnetic transition at 110 K. The antiferromagnetic-transition temperature is the highest in the family. A first-principles density functional approach revealed that Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 are likely to be antiferromagnetic Mott insulators in which the band gaps open, with Coulomb correlations of ∼1.8-3.0 eV. These compounds offer a better opportunity for the clarification of the basis of 5d magnetic sublattices, with regard to the possible use of perovskite-related oxides in multifunctional devices. The double-perovskite oxides Ca2MgOsO6 and Sr2MgOsO6 are likely to be Mott insulators with a magnetic-glass (MG) transition at ∼19 K and an antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition at ∼110 K, respectively. This AFM transition temperature is the highest among double-perovskite oxides containing single magnetic sublattices. Thus, these compounds offer valuable opportunities for studying the magnetic nature of 5d perovskite-related oxides, with regard to their possible use in multifunctional devices.

  15. The local post-perovskite structure and its temperature dependence : atom-pair distances in CalrO{sub 3} revealed through analysis of the total x-ray scattering at high temperatures.

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    Martin, C. D.; X-Ray Science Division

    2008-08-01

    The temperature-dependent post-perovskite structure model of MgSiO{sub 3} is reinvestigated through analysis of the atom-pair distances observed experimentally via Fourier transformation of X-ray diffraction and diffuse scattering, the total X-ray scattering, from CaIrO{sub 3}. In contrast to the results of a previous Rietveld structure refinement, which shows a negative or null thermal expansion of Ir-O and Ca-O bond lengths within the average long-range structure, visual inspection of these atom-pair distances in the pair-distribution function, in addition to structure models fitted through least-squares refinement to this local-structure data, strongly suggests that these distances between atom pairs increase with temperature. The average long-range structure of CaIrO{sub 3}, visible from Rietveld structure refinement, is distinct from the short-range structure ({le} 18 {angstrom}) at all of the temperatures examined in this study (325-1114 K) and is reproduced in structure models fitted to the pair-distribution function extending to sufficiently long atom-pair distances ({ge} 50 {angstrom}). While previous data obtained with Rietveld structure refinement show the iridium coordination octahedra to distort with increasing temperature, models of the short-range structure demonstrate that these polyhedra instead reduce distortion and rotate in a manner similar to that occurring in the perovskite structure.

  16. Ab initio investigation of the structural, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of the perovskite TlMnX3 (X = F, Cl) compounds

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    Hamioud, Farida; Alghamdi, Ghadah S.; Al-Omari, Saleh; Mubarak, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    We have performed ab initio investigation of some physical properties of the perovskite TlMnX3 (X = F, Cl) compounds using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is employed as exchange-correlation potential. The calculated lattice constant and bulk modulus agree with previous studies. Both compounds are found to be elastically stable. TlMnF3 and TlMnCl3 are classified as anisotropic and ductile compounds. The calculations of the band structure of the studied compounds showed the semiconductor behavior with the indirect (M-X) energy gap. Both compounds are classified as a ferromagnetic due to the integer value of the total magnetic moment of the compounds. The different optical spectra are calculated from the real and the imaginary parts of the dielectric function and connected to the electronic structure of the compounds. The static refractive index n(0) is inversely proportional to the energy bandgap of the two compounds. Beneficial optics technology applications are predicted based on the optical spectra.

  17. Electronic structure of organometal halide perovskite CH3NH3BiI3 and optical absorption extending to infrared region

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    Zhu, H. X.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-01-01

    The electronic structure and optical absorption spectrum of organometal halide perovskite compound CH3NH3BiI3 as a substituting candidate of well-concerned CH3NH3PbI3 not only for environmental friendly consideration are studied using the first principles calculations. It is revealed that a Bi replacement of Pb in CH3NH3PbI3 does not change seriously the band edge structure but the bandgap becomes narrow. Consequently, CH3NH3BiI3 exhibits not only stronger visible light absorption than CH3NH3PbI3 does but more strong absorption in the infrared region, which is however absent in CH3NH3PbI3. It is suggested that CH3NH3BiI3 may be one of even more promising alternatives to CH3NH3PbI3 for spectrum-broad and highly-efficient solar cells. PMID:27857201

  18. Coupled structural/magnetocrystalline anisotropy transitions in the doped perovskite cobaltite Pr{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3}.

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    Leighton, C.; Stauffer, D. D.; Huang, Q.; Ren, Y.; El-Khatib, S.; Torija, M. A.; Wu, J.; Lynn, J. W.; Wang, L.; Frey, N. A.; Srikanth, H.; Davies, J. E.; Liu, K.; Mitchell, J. F.; Univ. of Minnesota; NIST; Univ. of South Florida; Univ. of California

    2009-01-01

    Years of intensive work on perovskite manganites has led to a detailed understanding of the phenomena that emerge from competition between the electronic and lattice degrees of freedom in these correlated electron systems. It is well understood that the related cobaltites provide an additional spin-state degree of freedom. Here, we use the magnetic properties of a particular cobaltite, Pr{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3}, to demonstrate the vital role played by a further ingredient often negligible in manganites; magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Pr{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3} exhibits an anomalous 'double magnetic transition' that cannot be ascribed to a spin-state transition or the usual charge/orbital/antiferromagnetic ordering and has thus far evaded explanation. We show that this is actually due to a coupled structural/magnetocrystalline anisotropy transition driven, in this case, by Pr-O hybridization. The results point to the existence of a distinct class of phenomena in the cobaltites due to the unique interplay between structure and magnetic anisotropy.

  19. Structure and magnetic properties of the perovskite YCo{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}

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    Wei, Yingfen; Gui, Hong; Zhao, Zhenjie; Xie, Wenhui; Li, Junrui; Li, Xiaohong; Liu, Yong; Xin, Shengwei

    2014-12-15

    Y Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}, in a structure of perovskite, has been successfully prepared with citrate precursors at 950-1100 °C in air by the sol-gel method. The X-ray diffraction patterns show that the samples are orthorhombic within the space group Pnma, where the Co and Fe ions are disordered at the 4b crystallographic sites. The crystal structure refinement undertaken by the Rietveld method has shown that the distortion of Co(Fe)O{sub 6} octahedra are large, where the ratio of Co/Fe-O bonding length along a axis to that in the bc plane is about 1.07. Such a large crystal lattice distortion implies a strong lattice-magnetism coupling, which may be utilized in the magnetoelectric devices. Magnetic measurement indicates that the Y Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is antiferromagnetic but showing weak ferromagnetism. We find that Fe{sup 3+} ions are in high-spin states, while Co{sup 3+} ions are in low-spin states which do not contribute to the magnetism. Both Fe{sup 3+} and Co{sup 3+} ions are not Jahn-Teller activated although the lattice distortion is large.

  20. How the Structures and Properties of Two-Dimensional Layered Perovskites MAPbI3 and CsPbI3 Vary with the Number of Layers.

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    Zhang, Lei; Liang, WanZhen

    2017-03-21

    This work aims to explore the intrinsic properties of two-dimensional (2D)-layered perovskites, (PEA)2PbI4(N) and Cs2PbI4(N), and demonstrating how their structures and properties vary with N. The results reveal that both (PEA)2PbI4(N) and Cs2PbI4(N) are direct bandgap semiconductors, their band/optical gaps and exciton-binding energies vary linearly with 1/N at N ≥ 3, and the effective masses slowly vary with N. Compared to the bulk phases, the structures of ultrathin (PEA)2PbI4(N) are more flexible and deformable than Cs2PbI4(N). The giant spin-coupling effect greatly decreases the band gaps of both 2D materials; however, it only induces the spin splitting in the bands of (PEA)2PbI4(N). This work suggests that the ultrathin 2D materials can be a potential candidate for nano-optoelectronic devices, and that the nanoplates with N ≥ 3 could have similar performances with bulk materials in the carrier migration and exciton separation so that they can be effectively applied in photovoltaic cells.

  1. Structural distortions, orbital ordering and physical properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 calculated by first-principles

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    Zhou, Hai Yang; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2017-04-01

    The structural distortions, orbital ordering, magnetic and electronic properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 (R  =  rare-earth element) have been systematically calculated by first-principles. Structural distortions, including Co–O and Mn–O bond length splitting, the antiferroelectric motions of R ions, the tilting of octahedral (the resulted Co–O–Mn bond angle) are obviously affected by the rare-earth ions’ radius. The bond length splitting behavior of Co–O and Mn–O are rather different because of the Jahn–Teller active ion Co2+ and the Jahn–Teller nonactive ion Mn4+. Taking Gd2CoMnO6 as an example, the t 2g orbitals of Co ions are predicted to be orbital ordered. That is, the spin down channel of d xz orbital for one Co ion and d yz orbital for another Co ion are basically vacant. Finally, the physical properties, including the magnetic Curie temperature and electronic band gap of R2CoMnO6 are almost linear dependent on the average value of cos2 θ (θ is the Co–O–Mn exchange-angle).

  2. Structure, stability, and photoluminescence in the anti-perovskites Na3W1-xMoxO4F (0≤x≤1)

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    Sullivan, Eirin; Avdeev, Maxim; Blom, Douglas A.; Gahrs, Casey J.; Green, Robert L.; Hamaker, Christopher G.; Vogt, Thomas

    2015-10-01

    Single-phase ordered oxyfluorides Na3WO4F, Na3MoO4F and their mixed members Na3W1-xMoxO4F can be prepared via facile solid state reaction of Na2MO4·2H2O (M=W, Mo) and NaF. Phases produced from incongruent melts are metastable, but lower temperatures allow for a facile one-step synthesis. In polycrystalline samples of Na3W1-xMoxO4F, the presence of Mo stabilizes the structure against decomposition to spinel phases. Photoluminescence studies show that upon excitation with λ=254 nm and λ=365 nm, Na3WO4F and Na3MoO4F exhibit broad emission maxima centered around 485 nm. These materials constitute new members of the family of self-activating ordered oxyfluoride phosphors with anti-perovskite structures which are amenable to doping with emitters such as Eu3+.

  3. Structural distortions, orbital ordering and physical properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 calculated by first-principles.

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    Zhou, Hai Yang; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2017-04-12

    The structural distortions, orbital ordering, magnetic and electronic properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 (R  =  rare-earth element) have been systematically calculated by first-principles. Structural distortions, including Co-O and Mn-O bond length splitting, the antiferroelectric motions of R ions, the tilting of octahedral (the resulted Co-O-Mn bond angle) are obviously affected by the rare-earth ions' radius. The bond length splitting behavior of Co-O and Mn-O are rather different because of the Jahn-Teller active ion Co(2+) and the Jahn-Teller nonactive ion Mn(4+). Taking Gd2CoMnO6 as an example, the t 2g orbitals of Co ions are predicted to be orbital ordered. That is, the spin down channel of d xz orbital for one Co ion and d yz orbital for another Co ion are basically vacant. Finally, the physical properties, including the magnetic Curie temperature and electronic band gap of R2CoMnO6 are almost linear dependent on the average value of cos(2) θ (θ is the Co-O-Mn exchange-angle).

  4. Crystal and electronic structure and magnetic properties of divalent europium perovskite oxides EuMO3 (M = Ti, Zr, and Hf): experimental and first-principles approaches.

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    Akamatsu, Hirofumi; Fujita, Koji; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Kawamoto, Takahiro; Kumagai, Yu; Zong, Yanhua; Iwata, Koji; Oba, Fumiyasu; Tanaka, Isao; Tanaka, Katsuhisa

    2012-04-16

    A comparative study of the crystal and electronic structure and magnetism of divalent europium perovskite oxides EuMO(3) (M = Ti, Zr, and Hf) has been performed on the basis of both experimental and theoretical approaches playing complementary roles. The compounds were synthesized via solid-state reactions. EuZrO(3) and EuHfO(3) have an orthorhombic structure with a space group Pbnm at room temperature contrary to EuTiO(3), which is cubic at room temperature. The optical band gaps of EuZrO(3) and EuHfO(3) are found to be about 2.4 and 2.7 eV, respectively, much larger than that of EuTiO(3) (0.8 eV). On the other hand, the present compounds exhibit similar magnetic properties characterized by paramagnetic-antiferromagnetic transitions at around 5 K, spin flop at moderate magnetic fields lower than 1 T, and the antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor and ferromagnetic next-nearest-neighbor exchange interactions. First-principles calculations based on a hybrid Hartree-Fock density functional approach yield lattice constants, band gaps, and magnetic interactions in good agreement with those obtained experimentally. The band gap excitations are assigned to electronic transitions from the Eu 4f to Mnd states for EuMO(3) (M = Ti, Zr, and Hf and n = 3, 4, and 5, respectively).

  5. Electronic structure of organometal halide perovskite CH3NH3BiI3 and optical absorption extending to infrared region

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    Zhu, H. X.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-11-01

    The electronic structure and optical absorption spectrum of organometal halide perovskite compound CH3NH3BiI3 as a substituting candidate of well-concerned CH3NH3PbI3 not only for environmental friendly consideration are studied using the first principles calculations. It is revealed that a Bi replacement of Pb in CH3NH3PbI3 does not change seriously the band edge structure but the bandgap becomes narrow. Consequently, CH3NH3BiI3 exhibits not only stronger visible light absorption than CH3NH3PbI3 does but more strong absorption in the infrared region, which is however absent in CH3NH3PbI3. It is suggested that CH3NH3BiI3 may be one of even more promising alternatives to CH3NH3PbI3 for spectrum-broad and highly-efficient solar cells.

  6. Coexistence of Three Ferroic Orders in the Multiferroic Compound [(CH3 )4 N][Mn(N3 )3 ] with Perovskite-Like Structure.

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    Gómez-Aguirre, L Claudia; Pato-Doldán, Breogán; Stroppa, Alessandro; Yang, Li-Ming; Frauenheim, Thomas; Mira, Jorge; Yáñez-Vilar, Susana; Artiaga, Ramón; Castro-García, Socorro; Sánchez-Andújar, Manuel; Señarís-Rodríguez, María Antonia

    2016-06-01

    The perovskite azido compound [(CH3 )4 N][Mn(N3 )3 ], which undergoes a first-order phase change at Tt =310 K with an associated magnetic bistability, was revisited in the search for additional ferroic orders. The driving force for such structural transition is multifold and involves a peculiar cooperative rotation of the [MnN6 ] octahedral as well as order/disorder and off-center shifts of the [(CH3 )4 N](+) cations and bridging azide ligands, which also bend and change their coordination mode. According to DFT calculations the latter two give rise to the appearance of electric dipoles in the low-temperature (LT) polymorph, the polarization of which nevertheless cancels out due to their antiparallel alignment in the crystal. The conversion of this antiferroelectric phase to the paraelectric phase could be responsible for the experimental dielectric anomaly detected at 310 K. Additionally, the structural change involves a ferroelastic phase transition, whereby the LT polymorph exhibits an unusual and anisotropic thermal behavior. Hence, [(CH3 )4 N][Mn(N3 )3 ] is a singular material in which three ferroic orders coexist even above room temperature.

  7. Structures and crystal chemistry of the double perovskites Ba{sub 2}LnB'O{sub 6} (Ln=lanthanide and B'=Nb, Ta):

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    Saines, Paul J.; Spencer, Jarrah R.; Kennedy, Brendan J. Kubota, Yoshiki; Minakata, Chiharu; Hano, Hiroko; Kato, Kenichi; Takata, Masaki

    2007-11-15

    The structures of eight members of the series of double perovskites of the type Ba{sub 2}LnB'O{sub 6} (Ln=La{sup 3+}-Sm{sup 3+} and Y{sup 3+} and B'=Nb{sup 5+} and Ta{sup 5+}) were examined both above and below room temperature using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. The La{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} containing compounds had an intermediate rhombohedral phase whereas the other tantalates and niobates studied have a tetragonal intermediate. This difference in symmetry appears to be a consequence of the larger size of the La{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} cations compared to the other lanthanides. The temperature range over which the intermediate symmetry is stable is reduced in those compounds near the point where the preferred intermediate symmetry changes from tetragonal to rhombohedral. In such compounds the transition to the cubic phase involves higher order terms in the Landau expression. This suggests that in this region the stability of the two intermediate phases is similar. - Graphical abstract: Variable temperature structural studies of Ba{sub 2}LaTaO{sub 6} show the presence of a unexpected rhombohedral phase. Other Ba{sub 2}LnB'O{sub 6} (B'=Nb, Ta) have a tetragonal intermediate phase.

  8. Investigations of the magnetic properties and structures of the pillared perovskites, La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}MO{sub 16} (M=Co, Ni)

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    Cuthbert, Heather L. . E-mail: cuthbehl@mcmaster.ca; Greedan, John E.; Cranswick, Lachlan

    2006-07-15

    La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}CoO{sub 16} and La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}NiO{sub 16} were synthesized by solid-state reaction and studied by SQUID magnetometry, heat capacity and powder neutron diffraction measurements. These two compounds belong to a series of isostructural Re-based pillared perovskites [Chi et al. J. Solid State Chem. 170 (2003) 165]. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate apparent short-range ferri or ferromagnetic correlations and possible long-range antiferromagnetic order for La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}CoO{sub 16} at 35K, and at 38 and 14K for La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}NiO{sub 16}. Heat capacity measurements of the Co compound show a lambda anomaly, typical of long-range magnetic order, at 32K. In contrast, the Ni compound displays a broader, more symmetric feature at 12K in the heat capacity data, indicative of short-range magnetic order. Low-temperature powder neutron diffraction revealed contrasting magnetic structures. While both show an ordering wave vector, k=(0,0,1/2), in La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}CoO{sub 16}, the Co{sup 2+} and Re{sup 5+} moments are ordered ferrimagnetically within the corner-shared octahedral layers, while the layers themselves are coupled antiferromagnetically along the c-axis, as also found in La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}MnO{sub 16} and La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}FeO{sub 16}. In the case of the Ni material, the Re{sup 5+} and Ni{sup 2+} moments in the perovskite layers couple ferromagnetically and are canted 30 deg. away from the c-axis, angled 45 deg. in the ab-plane. The layers then couple antiferromagnetically at low temperature, a unique magnetic structure for this series. The properties of the La{sub 5}Re{sub 3}MO{sub 16} series, with M=Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Mg are also reviewed.

  9. Ferroelectric ultrathin perovskite films

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    Rappe, Andrew M; Kolpak, Alexie Michelle

    2013-12-10

    Disclosed herein are perovskite ferroelectric thin-film. Also disclosed are methods of controlling the properties of ferroelectric thin films. These films can be used in a variety materials and devices, such as catalysts and storage media, respectively.

  10. Organometallic perovskites for optoelectronic applications (Conference Presentation)

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    Levchuk, Levgen; Hoegl, Florian; Brandl, Marco; Osvet, Andres; Hock, Rainer; Herre, Patrick; Wolfgang, Wolfgang; Schweizer, Peter; Spiecker, Erdmann; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Brabec, Christoph

    2016-09-01

    Organometallic halide perovskites CH3NH3BX3 (B= Pb, Sn, Ge; X = I, Br, Cl) have become one of the most promising semiconductors for solar cell applications, reaching power conversion efficiencies beyond 20%. Improving our ability to harness the full potential of organometal halide perovskites requires the development of more reliable synthesis routines of well defined, reproducible and defect free reference systems allowing to study the fundamental photo-physical processes. In this study we present size and band gap engineering for organo-lead perovskites crystallites with various shapes and sizes ranging from the 5 nm regime all the way to 1 cm. Colloidal nano-crystals, micro-crystlline particles as well as single crystals are demonstrated with excellent purity and control in shape and size are demonstrated. The structural, optical and photo-physical properties of these reference materials are investigated and analyzed as function of their size and shape.

  11. A Heteroepitaxial Perovskite Metal-Base Transistor

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    Yajima, T.; Hikita, Y.; Hwang, H.Y.; /Tokyo U. /JST, PRESTO /SLAC

    2011-08-11

    'More than Moore' captures a concept for overcoming limitations in silicon electronics by incorporating new functionalities in the constituent materials. Perovskite oxides are candidates because of their vast array of physical properties in a common structure. They also enable new electronic devices based on strongly-correlated electrons. The field effect transistor and its derivatives have been the principal oxide devices investigated thus far, but another option is available in a different geometry: if the current is perpendicular to the interface, the strong internal electric fields generated at back-to-back heterojunctions can be used for oxide electronics, analogous to bipolar transistors. Here we demonstrate a perovskite heteroepitaxial metal-base transistor operating at room temperature, enabled by interface dipole engineering. Analysis of many devices quantifies the evolution from hot-electron to permeable-base behaviour. This device provides a platform for incorporating the exotic ground states of perovskite oxides, as well as novel electronic phases at their interfaces.

  12. A heteroepitaxial perovskite metal-base transistor.

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    Yajima, Takeaki; Hikita, Yasuyuki; Hwang, Harold Y

    2011-03-01

    'More than Moore' captures a concept for overcoming limitations in silicon electronics by incorporating new functionalities in the constituent materials. Perovskite oxides are candidates because of their vast array of physical properties in a common structure. They also enable new electronic devices based on strongly-correlated electrons. The field effect transistor and its derivatives have been the principal oxide devices investigated thus far, but another option is available in a different geometry: if the current is perpendicular to the interface, the strong internal electric fields generated at back-to-back heterojunctions can be used for oxide electronics, analogous to bipolar transistors. Here we demonstrate a perovskite heteroepitaxial metal-base transistor operating at room temperature, enabled by interface dipole engineering. Analysis of many devices quantifies the evolution from hot-electron to permeable-base behaviour. This device provides a platform for incorporating the exotic ground states of perovskite oxides, as well as novel electronic phases at their interfaces.

  13. Large area perovskite solar cell module

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    Cai, Longhua; Liang, Lusheng; Wu, Jifeng; Ding, Bin; Gao, Lili; Fan, Bin

    2017-01-01

    The recent dramatic rise in power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of perovskite solar cells has triggered intense research worldwide. However, their practical development is hampered by poor stability and low PCE values with large areas devices. Here, we developed a gas-pumping method to avoid pinholes and eliminate local structural defects over large areas of perovskite film, even for 5 × 5 cm2 modules, the PCE reached 10.6% and no significant degradation was found after 140 days of outdoor testing. Our approach enables the realization of high performance large-area PSCs for practical application.

  14. The Coulombic Lattice Potential of Ionic Compounds: The Cubic Perovskites.

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    Francisco, E.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Presents coulombic models representing the particles of a system by point charges interacting through Coulomb's law to explain coulombic lattice potential. Uses rubidium manganese trifluoride as an example of cubic perovskite structure. Discusses the effects on cluster properties. (CW)

  15. Magnetic properties of Pr ions in perovskite-type oxides

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    Sekizawa, K.; Kitagawa, M.; Takano, Y.

    1998-01-01

    Magnetic properties of Pr ions with the controlled valence on the A and B sites of perovskite-type oxides (ABO 3) were investigated for two systems, PrSc 1 - xMg xO 3 and BaPr 1 - xBi xO 3. From the magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T curves of PrSc 1 - xMg xO 3, the χ-T curve for molar Pr 3+ ions on the A site and that of Pr 4+ ions were obtained. The 1/χ-T curves for both ions exhibit the crystalline electric field (CEF) effect and the effective magnetic moment μ eff above 100 K is 3.41 μ B for Pr 3+ and 2.58 μ B for Pr 4+, respectively. The χ-T curve of PrSc 0.8Mg 0.2O 3 is similar to that of PrBa 2Cu 3O y. In the BaPr 1 - xBi xO 3 system, only one intermediate phase BaPr 0.5Bi 0.5O 3 exists, in which Pr and Bi take an ordered arrangement on the B site. The magnetic susceptibility χ for Pr 4+ and that of Pr 3- in the ordered arrangement with Bi 5+ on the B site are much smaller than those for the A site, reflecting the strong CEF effect on the B site. Experimental χ-T curves can be well reproduced by the numerical calculation for Pr 3+ or Pr 4+ ions in the molecular field and the CEF with proper respective parameters.

  16. Structural Properties of MgSiO3 Perovskite, Twin Walls and Their Binding to Oxygen Vacancies at High Pressures from Force Field Simulations

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    Goncalves-Ferreira, L.; Redfern, S. A.; Artacho, E.

    2007-12-01

    Aiming to understand possible origins of seismic wave attenuation and variations in the quality factor (Q) of minerals at the Earth's interior, it has been accepted that the friction in the motion of twin domain walls under applied stress leads to a reduction in Q [1]. To interpret this behaviour one must first appreciate the influence of pressure on wall motion and dynamics. Experimental observations of twin wall motion at high pressure are difficult at present. For this reason, we have undertaken a computational study of wall structure and dynamics in MgSiO3 perovskite, in the absence or presence of defects, as a function of pressure between 0 and 140 GPa. This work is based on previous studies on CaTiO3 perovskite [2,3] (symmetry Pbnm) with 7800 atoms and orthorhombic periodic boundary conditions. It has been geometrically adapted to lower mantle's MgSiO3 perovskite. The system comprises two (100) ferroelastic twin walls separated by 34.2 Å, relaxed within a variable supercell of 26x10x6 unit cells, with the rigid ion set of interatomic potentials with partial ionic charges employed by Alfredsson et al., 2005 [4]. The degree of distortion in the system is manifest in the octahedral tilting angles along each of the crystallographic directions. The octahedral tilting orientations close to the walls are well described by the behaviour of two order parameters: the main one, defining the wall, goes as α tanh(2(x - x')/w) , where α = 11.14° is the bulk value for the tilt, and w = 11.11 Å is the wall width. The secondary order parameters describe a slight breather at the wall. As wall dynamics are influenced by the presence of oxygen vacancies, we have calculated their binding energies to the described twin walls as a function of pressure. We find that this binding strongly depends on the vacancy disposition. For a vacancy between Si atoms in an axis perpendicular to the wall the binding energy is 1.09 eV at zero pressure. For vacancies along Si-Si axes parallel

  17. Effects of post-perovskite phase transition properties on the stability and structure of primordial reservoirs in the lower mantle of the Earth

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    Tackley, P.; Li, Y.; Deschamps, F.; Manatschal, G.

    2015-12-01

    Two key features of the lowermost Earth's mantle are the presence of the large low shear-wave velocity provinces (LLSVPs), which may be reservoirs of primordial, chemically distinct material, and the phase change from perovskite (pv) to post-perovskite (ppv), which may occur at lowermost mantle conditions. However, the influence of this phase change on the shape, dynamics, and stability of chemically distinct reservoirs are not well constrained. Here we performed numerical experiments of thermo-chemical convection in 2-D spherical annulus geometry to investigate the effects on thermo-chemical structure in the lower mantle of three parameters affecting the pPv phase change: the core-mantle (CMB) temperature, the viscosity ratio between pv and pPv, and the Clapeyron slope of the pPv phase transition. Our results indicate that increasing CMB temperature increases the wavelength of the primordial reservoirs by preventing the phase transition from pv to pPv to occur. Furthermore, a high CMB temperature promotes the development of plumes outside the reservoirs of primordial material. High CMB temperature and large Clapeyron slope both favor the formation of pPv patches and of a double-crossing of the phase boundary, thus preventing the formation of continuous layer of pPv above the CMB. Combined with a low CMB temperature and/or a low Clapeyron slope of the pPv phase transition, a full layer of weak pPv above CMB strongly enhances the mixing efficiency of primordial material with ambient regular mantle material, which may not allow the generation of large reservoirs. Based on our experiments, we conclude that the models of convection best describing the Earth's mantle dynamics include a large pPv Clapeyron slope (typically in the range of 13-16 MPa/K), and a moderate CMB temperature (around 3750 K). We also find that the phase change from pv to pPv may occur within the large reservoirs in the form of small discontinuous patches at the base when using critical values of

  18. Effect of Thermal and Structural Disorder on the Electronic Structure of Hybrid Perovskite Semiconductor CH3NH3PbI3.

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    Singh, Shivam; Li, Cheng; Panzer, Fabian; Narasimhan, K L; Graeser, Anna; Gujar, Tanaji P; Köhler, Anna; Thelakkat, Mukundan; Huettner, Sven; Kabra, Dinesh

    2016-08-04

    In this Letter, we investigate the temperature dependence of the optical properties of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3 = CH3NH3PbI3) from room temperature to 6 K. In both the tetragonal (T > 163 K) and the orthorhombic (T < 163 K) phases of MAPbI3, the band gap (from both absorption and photoluminescence (PL) measurements) decreases with decrease in temperature, in contrast to what is normally seen for many inorganic semiconductors, such as Si, GaAs, GaN, etc. We show that in the perovskites reported here, the temperature coefficient of thermal expansion is large and accounts for the positive temperature coefficient of the band gap. A detailed analysis of the exciton line width allows us to distinguish between static and dynamic disorder. The low-energy tail of the exciton absorption is reminiscent of Urbach absorption. The Urbach energy is a measure of the disorder, which is modeled using thermal and static disorder for both the phases separately. The static disorder component, manifested in the exciton line width at low temperature, is small. Above 60 K, thermal disorder increases the line width. Both these features are a measure of the high crystal quality and low disorder of the perovskite films even though they are produced from solution.

  19. Surface electronic structure transitions at high temperature on perovskite oxides: the case of strained La0.8Sr0.2CoO3 thin films.

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    Cai, Zhuhua; Kuru, Yener; Han, Jeong Woo; Chen, Yan; Yildiz, Bilge

    2011-11-09

    In-depth probing of the surface electronic structure on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes, considering the effects of high temperature, oxygen pressure, and material strain state, is essential toward advancing our understanding of the oxygen reduction activity on them. Here, we report the surface structure, chemical state, and electronic structure of a model transition metal perovskite oxide system, strained La(0.8)Sr(0.2)CoO(3) (LSC) thin films, as a function of temperature up to 450 °C in oxygen partial pressure of 10(-3) mbar. Both the tensile and the compressively strained LSC film surfaces transition from a semiconducting state with an energy gap of 0.8-1.5 eV at room temperature to a metallic-like state with no energy gap at 200-300 °C, as identified by in situ scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The tensile strained LSC surface exhibits a more enhanced electronic density of states (DOS) near the Fermi level following this transition, indicating a more highly active surface for electron transfer in oxygen reduction. The transition to the metallic-like state and the relatively more enhanced DOS on the tensile strained LSC at elevated temperatures result from the formation of oxygen vacancy defects, as supported by both our X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements and density functional theory calculations. The reversibility of the semiconducting-to-metallic transitions of the electronic structure discovered here, coupled to the strain state and temperature, underscores the necessity of in situ investigations on SOFC cathode material surfaces.

  20. Theoretical and experimental study of the core structure and mobility of dislocations and their influence on the ferroelectric polarization in perovskite KNbO3

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    Hirel, P.; Mark, A. F.; Castillo-Rodriguez, M.; Sigle, W.; Mrovec, M.; Elsässer, C.

    2015-12-01

    Potassium niobate KNbO3 is a lead-free perovskite and a promising candidate to replace lead-containing ferroelectrics related to PbTiO3. In this study, we use atomistic computer simulation and transmission electron microscopy to investigate dislocations in KNbO3, first to establish the relationship between their atomic-scale properties and the macroscopic mechanical behavior, and second to study their influence on the ferroelectric properties of the material. The easiest dislocation glide system is found to be <110 > {1 1 ¯0 } at all temperatures, independent from structural phase transformations. The mobility of dislocations and the evolution of the microstructure are measured from room temperature up to 1173 K. A sharp transition in the yield stress is found around 800 K, attributed to the additional activation of the <100 >{010 } glide system at high temperature. Atomistic simulations quantify the effect of dislocations on the ferroelectric polarization, and TEM observations give indication of the nucleation of domain walls at dislocation cores.

  1. Mapping chemical/structural order in double perovskite Sr2-xGdxMnTiO6 by atomic resolution electron microscopy

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    Alvarez, Inmaculada; Biskup, Neven; Lopez, Maria; Garcia-Hernandez, Mar; Veiga, Luisa; Varela, Maria; UCM Collaboration; ORNL Collaboration; CSIC Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    We report on visualizing the chemical and structural order of double perovskite Sr2-xGdxMnTiO6. The antisite disorder of Mn and Ti is detected even at atomic scale at all x, resulting in Mn-rich and Ti-rich regions. For x ?0.75, the majority of manganese ions are in Mn3+ state and are centered in Jahn-Teller distorted MnO6octahedra. The Fourier transformation of atomic resolution images along the [110] zone axis reveals a superstructure that corresponds to the tilting of oxygen octahedra and that doubles the unit cell along [001]c. This superstructure is spatially inhomogeneous and coincides with the regions where B-site ion (Mn/Ti) is displaced along the [110] direction. We discuss these findings in the frame of possible local ferroelectricity and in the light of strong electroresistance observed in Sr1.25Gd0.75MnTiO6. Research at ORNL supported by the U.S. DOE-BES, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, and also by ORNL's ShaRE User Program (sponsored by DOE-BES). Research at UCM supported by the ERC Starting Investigator Award and MAT2010-20117.

  2. Ultrathin efficient perovskite solar cells employing a periodic structure of a composite hole conductor for elevated plasmonic light harvesting and hole collection

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    Long, Mingzhu; Chen, Zefeng; Zhang, Tiankai; Xiao, Yubin; Zeng, Xiaoliang; Chen, Jian; Yan, Keyou; Xu, Jianbin

    2016-03-01

    We developed a molecule/polymer composite hole transporting material (HTM) with a periodic microstructure for morphology replication of a corrugated Au electrode, which in combination plays a dual role in the optical and electronic enhancement of high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). The electro-optics revealed that perovskite couldn't readily extinct the red light even though the thickness increased to 370 nm, but we found that the quasi periodic microstructure composite (PMC) HTM in combination with the conformal Au electrode could promote the absorption through the enhanced cavity effects, leading to comparable absorption even using much thinner perovskite (240 nm). We identified that the cavity was the combination of Fabry-Pérot interferometer and surface plasmonic resonance, with light harvesting enhancement through surface plasmon polariton or waveguide modes that propagate in the plane of the perovskite layer. On the other hand, the PMC HTM increased hole conductivity by one order of magnitude with respect to standard spiro-OMeTAD HTM due to molecular packing and self-assembly, embodying traceable hole mobility and density elevation up to 3 times, and thus the hysteresis was greatly avoided. Owing to dual optical and electronic enhancement, the PMC PSC afforded high efficiency PSC using as thin as 240 nm perovskite layer, delivering a Voc of 1.05 V, Jsc of 22.9 mA cm-2, FF of 0.736, and efficiency amounting to 17.7% PCE, the highest efficiency with ultrathin perovskite layer.We developed a molecule/polymer composite hole transporting material (HTM) with a periodic microstructure for morphology replication of a corrugated Au electrode, which in combination plays a dual role in the optical and electronic enhancement of high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). The electro-optics revealed that perovskite couldn't readily extinct the red light even though the thickness increased to 370 nm, but we found that the quasi periodic microstructure

  3. Deciphering Halogen Competition in Organometallic Halide Perovskite Growth

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    Keum, Jong Kahk; Ovchinnikova, Olga S.; Chen, Shiyou; ...

    2016-03-01

    Organometallic halide perovskites (OHPs) hold great promise for next-generation, low-cost optoelectronic devices. During the chemical synthesis and crystallization of OHP thin films a major unresolved question is the competition between multiple halide species (e.g. I-, Cl-, Br-) in the formation of the mixed halide perovskite crystals. Whether Cl- ions are successfully incorporated into the perovskite crystal structure or alternatively, where they are located, is not yet fully understood. Here, in situ X-ray diffraction measurements of crystallization dynamics are combined with ex situ TOF-SIMS chemical analysis to reveal that Br- or Cl- ions can promote crystal growth, yet reactive I- ionsmore » prevent them from incorporating into the lattice of the final perovskite crystal structure. The Cl- ions are located in the grain boundaries of the perovskite films. These findings significantly advance our understanding of the role of halogens during synthesis of hybrid perovskites, and provide an insightful guidance to the engineering of high-quality perovskite films, essential for exploring superior-performance and cost-effective optoelectronic devices.« less

  4. Deciphering Halogen Competition in Organometallic Halide Perovskite Growth

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    Keum, Jong Kahk; Ovchinnikova, Olga S.; Chen, Shiyou; Du, Mao-Hua; Ivanov, Ilia N; Rouleau, Christopher; Geohegan, David B.; Xiao, Kai

    2016-03-01

    Organometallic halide perovskites (OHPs) hold great promise for next-generation, low-cost optoelectronic devices. During the chemical synthesis and crystallization of OHP thin films a major unresolved question is the competition between multiple halide species (e.g. I-, Cl-, Br-) in the formation of the mixed halide perovskite crystals. Whether Cl- ions are successfully incorporated into the perovskite crystal structure or alternatively, where they are located, is not yet fully understood. Here, in situ X-ray diffraction measurements of crystallization dynamics are combined with ex situ TOF-SIMS chemical analysis to reveal that Br- or Cl- ions can promote crystal growth, yet reactive I- ions prevent them from incorporating into the lattice of the final perovskite crystal structure. The Cl- ions are located in the grain boundaries of the perovskite films. These findings significantly advance our understanding of the role of halogens during synthesis of hybrid perovskites, and provide an insightful guidance to the engineering of high-quality perovskite films, essential for exploring superior-performance and cost-effective optoelectronic devices.

  5. A new LaCo0.71(1)V0.29(1)O2.97(3) perovskite containing vanadium in octahedral sites: synthesis and structural and magnetic characterization.

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    Fuertes, V C; Blanco, M C; Franco, D G; Ceppi, S; Sánchez, R D; Fernández-Díaz, M T; Tirao, G; Carbonio, R E

    2015-06-21

    In the course of an investigation to prepare the hypothetic new double perovskite La(3)Co(2)VO(9) with Co(2+) and V(5+) in octahedral sites, we obtained the new simple perovskite LaCo(0.71(1))V(0.29(1))O(2.97(3)) as the main phase. The pure compound was then synthesized by the citrate decomposition method. The crystal structure was studied by X-ray (PXRD) and powder neutron diffraction (PND). Physical properties were characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Rietveld refinements were performed in the orthorhombic space group Pnma (#62). Refined cell parameters were a = 5.4762(2) Å, b = 7.7609(2) Å and c = 5.5122(1) Å. Magnetization measurements showed that this perovskite is an antiferromagnet with a Neel temperature of 15 K. At high T the magnetization follows the Curie-Weiss law corrected by temperature independent paramagnetism (TIP) showing an effective magnetic moment of 3.03μ(B) well described by the contribution of Co(2+) (HS), Co(3+) (IS), V(3+) and V(4+) ions. The crystallographic formula was refined by PND and oxidation state distribution was determined by the combination of PND, XAS, TGA and magnetic measurements.

  6. Influence of halide composition on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of mixed CH3NH3Pb (I1-xBrx) 3 perovskites calculated using the virtual crystal approximation method

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    Jong, Un-Gi; Yu, Chol-Jun; Ri, Jin-Song; Kim, Nam-Hyok; Ri, Guk-Chol

    2016-09-01

    Extensive studies have demonstrated the promising capability of the organic-inorganic hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 in solar cells with a high power conversion efficiency exceeding 20%. However, the intrinsic as well as extrinsic instabilities of this material remain the major challenge to the commercialization of perovskite-based solar cells. Mixing halides is expected to resolve this problem. Here, we investigate the effect of chemical substitution in the position of the halogen atom on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of mixed halide perovskites CH3NH3Pb (I1-xBrx) 3 with a pseudocubic phase using the virtual crystal approximation method within density functional theory. With an increase of Br content x from 0.0 to 1.0, the lattice constant decreases in proportion to x with the function of a (x )=6.420 -0.333 x (Å), while the band gap and the exciton binding energy increase with the quadratic function of Eg(x ) =1.542 +0.374 x +0.185 x2 (eV) and the linear function of Eb(x ) =0.045 +0.057 x (eV), respectively. The photoabsorption coefficients are also calculated, showing a blueshift of the absorption onsets for higher Br contents. We calculate the phase decomposition energy of these materials and analyze the electronic charge density difference to estimate the material stability. Based on the calculated results, we suggest that the best match between efficiency and stability can be achieved at x ≈0.2 in CH3NH3Pb (I1-xBrx) 3 perovskites.

  7. Multiferroicity in Perovskite Manganite Superlattice

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    Tao, Yong-Mei; Jiang, Xue-Fan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-08-01

    Multiferroic properties of short period perovskite type manganite superlattice ((R1MnO3)n/(R2MnO3)n (n=1,2,3)) are considered within the framework of classical Heisenberg model using Monte Carlo simulation. Our result revealed the interesting behaviors in Mn spins structure in superlattice. Apart from simple plane spin cycloid structure which is shown in all manganites including bulk, film, and superlattice here in low temperature, a non-coplanar spiral spin structure is exhibited in a certain temperature range when n equals 1, 2 or 3. Specific heat, spin-helicity vector, spin correlation function, spin-helicity correlation function, and spin configuration are calculated to confirm this non-coplanar spiral spin structure. These results are associated with the competition among exchange interaction, magnetic anisotropy, and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant No. 11447136

  8. Modeling of optical losses in perovskite solar cells

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    Taghavi, M. Javad; Houshmand, Mohammad; Zandi, M. Hossein; Gorji, Nima E.

    2016-09-01

    The optical losses within the structure of hybrid perovskite solar cells are investigated using only the optical properties of each layer e.g. refractive index and extinction coefficient. This model allows calculating the transmission/reflection rates at the interfaces and absorption loss within any layer. Then, the short circuit current density and loss percentage are calculated versus the perovskite and TiO2 thicknesses from 50 nm to 150 nm. To make our calculations closer to reality, we extracted the optical properties of each device component from the literature reports on glass/TCO/TiO2/perovskite/metal. The simulations were fitted with the experimental results of some relevant references. Our simulations show that ITO transmits the light better than SnO2 as the TCO front electrode, and the light reflection at both sides of the perovskite layer, e.g. at TiO2/perovskite and perovskite/Spiro-OMeTAD, is lower than 25%. The light interference and multiple reflections have been accounted in our calculations and finally we showed that a thicker TiO2 and perovskite cause more optical loss in current density due to stronger absorption.

  9. Synthesis, structure and dielectric properties of a rare earth double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CeTaO{sub 6}

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    Bharti, Chandrahas

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: {yields} A single phase Ba{sub 2}CeTaO{sub 6} (BCT) having monoclinic structure is synthesized. {yields} Impedance spectroscopy is applied to investigate the ac electrical properties of BCT. {yields} Complex impedance plane plots show grain contribution for BCT. {yields} The frequency dependent conductivity spectra follow the power law. -- Abstract: A rare earth double perovskite oxide barium cerium tantalate, Ba{sub 2}CeTaO{sub 6} (BCT) is synthesized by solid-state reaction. The X-ray diffraction pattern of the sample at room temperature (25 {sup o}C) shows monoclinic structure, with the lattice parameters, a = 9.78 A, b = 9.02 A and c = 4.27 A and {beta} = 93.8{sup o}. A scanning electron micrograph shows the formation of grains with average size {approx} 2 {mu}m. Impedance spectroscopy is applied to investigate the ac electrical properties of BCT in a temperature range from 303 to 673 K and in a frequency range from 100 Hz to 1 MHz. Complex-impedance-plane plots show grain contribution for BCT. The frequency-dependent electrical data are analyzed in the framework of the conductivity and modulus formalisms. The frequency-dependent conductivity spectra follow a power law. The conductivity at 110 Hz varies from 3.5 x 10{sup -7} S m{sup -1} to 1.2 x 10{sup -2} S m{sup -1} with increasing temperature from 303 to 673 K, respectively. The scaling behaviour of M'' and Z'' suggest that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures.

  10. Testing the Chemical/Structural Stability of Proton Conducting Perovskite Ceramic Membranes by in Situ/ex Situ Autoclave Raman Microscopy

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    Slodczyk, Aneta; Zaafrani, Oumaya; Sharp, Matthew D.; Kilner, John A.; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Lacroix, Olivier; Colomban, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    Ceramics, which exhibit high proton conductivity at moderate temperatures, are studied as electrolyte membranes or electrode components of fuel cells, electrolysers or CO2 converters. In severe operating conditions (high gas pressure/high temperature), the chemical activity towards potentially reactive atmospheres (water, CO2, etc.) is enhanced. This can lead to mechanical, chemical, and structural instability of the membranes and premature efficiency loss. Since the lifetime duration of a device determines its economical interest, stability/aging tests are essential. Consequently, we have developed autoclaves equipped with a sapphire window, allowing in situ Raman study in the 25–620 °C temperature region under 1–50 bar of water vapor/gas pressure, both with and without the application of an electric field. Taking examples of four widely investigated perovskites (BaZr0.9Yb0.1O3−δ, SrZr0.9Yb0.1O3−δ, BaZr0.25In0.75O3−δ, BaCe0.5Zr0.3Y0.16Zn0.04O3−δ), we demonstrate the high potential of our unique set-up to discriminate between good/stable and instable electrolytes as well as the ability to detect and monitor in situ: (i) the sample surface reaction with surrounding atmospheres and the formation of crystalline or amorphous secondary phases (carbonates, hydroxides, hydrates, etc.); and (ii) the structural modifications as a function of operating conditions. The results of these studies allow us to compare quantitatively the chemical stability versus water (corrosion rate from ~150 µm/day to less than 0.25 µm/day under 200–500 °C/15–80 bar PH2O) and to go further in comprehension of the aging mechanism of the membrane. PMID:24957060

  11. Synthesis, properties, and optical applications of low-dimensional perovskites.

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    Zhang, Yupeng; Liu, Jingying; Wang, Ziyu; Xue, Yunzhou; Ou, Qingdong; Polavarapu, Lakshminarayana; Zheng, Jialu; Qi, Xiang; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2016-11-17

    Metal-halide perovskites have been hailed as remarkable materials for photovoltaic devices and, recently, their star has also been on the rise in optoelectronics and photonics. In particular, the optical properties of a metal-halide perovskite can be widely manipulated once its bulk structure has been reduced to a low-dimensional structure, allowing multiple functionalities of light generation, emission, transmission, and detection to be realized in one material. In this paper, we highlight the recent advances in the synthesis of low-dimensional metal-halide perovskites and their unique properties as well as their novel optoelectronic and photonic applications. It is anticipated that this review can serve as an overview and evaluation of state-of-the-art synthesis techniques as well as nanoscale optoelectronics and photonics based on low-dimensional perovskite nanocrystals.

  12. Perovskite photonic sources

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    Sutherland, Brandon R.; Sargent, Edward H.

    2016-05-01

    The field of solution-processed semiconductors has made great strides; however, it has yet to enable electrically driven lasers. To achieve this goal, improved materials are required that combine efficient (>50% quantum yield) radiative recombination under high injection, large and balanced charge-carrier mobilities in excess of 10 cm2 V-1 s-1, free-carrier densities greater than 1017 cm-3 and gain coefficients exceeding 104 cm-1. Solid-state perovskites are -- in addition to galvanizing the field of solar electricity -- showing great promise in photonic sources, and may be the answer to realizing solution-cast laser diodes. Here, we discuss the properties of perovskites that benefit light emission, review recent progress in perovskite electroluminescent diodes and optically pumped lasers, and examine the remaining challenges in achieving continuous-wave and electrically driven lasing.

  13. Molecular construction of oriented crystalline NaMnF(3) and KMnF(3) with perovskite structures at room temperature.

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    Lu, Lehui; Wang, Haishui; Zhang, Hongjie; Xi, Shiquan

    2003-10-01

    In this work, we report the fabrication of high-quality (101)-oriented orthorhombic NaMnF(3) and (100)-oriented cubic KMnF(3) perovskites via an organic monolayer template at room temperature. The controlled crystallization under the organic monolayer template is explained in terms of the electrostatic interactions and beneficial lattice matching between the organic template and the ions undergoing nucleation. The present study is of great importance in the preparation of oriented perovskite materials as well as in the understanding of the mechanism for organic-template-directed crystallization.

  14. Structure engineering of hole-conductor free perovskite-based solar cells with low-temperature-processed commercial carbon paste as cathode.

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    Zhang, Fuguo; Yang, Xichuan; Wang, Haoxin; Cheng, Ming; Zhao, Jianghua; Sun, Licheng

    2014-09-24

    Low-temperature-processed (100 °C) carbon paste was developed as counter electrode material in hole-conductor free perovskite/TiO2 heterojunction solar cells to substitute noble metallic materials. Under optimized conditions, an impressive PCE value of 8.31% has been achieved with this carbon counter electrode fabricated by doctor-blading technique. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy demonstrates good charge transport characteristics of low-temperature-processed carbon counter electrode. Moreover, this carbon counter electrode-based perovskite solar cell exhibits good stability over 800 h.

  15. Elastic anisotropy of experimental analogues of perovskite and post-perovskite help to interpret D'' diversity.

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    Yoneda, Akira; Fukui, Hiroshi; Xu, Fang; Nakatsuka, Akihiko; Yoshiasa, Akira; Seto, Yusuke; Ono, Kenya; Tsutsui, Satoshi; Uchiyama, Hiroshi; Baron, Alfred Q R

    2014-03-27

    Recent studies show that the D'' layer, just above the Earth's core-mantle boundary, is composed of MgSiO3 post-perovskite and has significant lateral inhomogeneity. Here we consider the D'' diversity as related to the single-crystal elasticity of the post-perovskite phase. We measure the single-crystal elasticity of the perovskite Pbnm-CaIrO3 and post-perovskite Cmcm-CaIrO3 using inelastic X-ray scattering. These materials are structural analogues to same phases of MgSiO3. Our results show that Cmcm-CaIrO3 is much more elastically anisotropic than Pbnm-CaIrO3, which offers an explanation for the enigmatic seismic wave velocity jump at the D'' discontinuity. Considering the relation between lattice preferred orientation and seismic anisotropy in the D'' layer, we suggest that the c axis of post-perovskite MgSiO3 aligns vertically beneath the Circum-Pacific rim, and the b axis vertically beneath the Central Pacific.

  16. Phase formation, structural and microstructural characterization of novel oxynitride-perovskites synthesized by thermal ammonolysis of (Ca,Ba)MoO 4 and (Ca,Ba)MoO 3

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    Logvinovich, D.; Aguirre, M. H.; Hejtmanek, J.; Aguiar, R.; Ebbinghaus, S. G.; Reller, A.; Weidenkaff, A.

    2008-09-01

    Reactions of AMoO 4 and AMoO 3 ( A=Ca 2+, Ba 2+) with ammonia were investigated at 873 K< T<1123 K with the particular intention to synthesize novel oxynitride-perovskites of the general composition AMo(O,N) 3 and to study their crystal structure. CaMo(O,N) 3 and BaMo(O,N) 3 were prepared by thermal ammonolysis of the corresponding CaMoO 3 and BaMoO 3 precursors at T=898 and 998 K, respectively. The structural parameters of the oxynitrides were obtained from Rietveld refinements of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. CaMo(O,N) 3 crystallizes in the GdFeO 3 distorted perovskite structure with orthorhombic space group Pbnm and a=5.5029(1) Å, b=5.5546(1) Å, c=7.8248(1) Å as determined by X-ray powder diffraction. Its O/N content refined from the neutron diffraction data corresponds to the composition CaMoO 1.7(1)N 1.3(1). BaMo(O,N) 3 crystallizes in the cubic perovskite structure with space group Pm3¯ m and a=4.0657(1) Å as determined by X-ray powder diffraction. Transmission electron microscopy reveals a complex microstructure for both CaMoO 3 and CaMoO 1.7(1)N 1.3(1) represented by twin domains of different orientation.

  17. Electrospun Perovskite Nanofibers

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    Chen, Dongsheng; Zhu, Yanyan

    2017-02-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite nanofibers were synthesized by versatile electrospinning techniques. The synthetic CH3NH3PbI3 nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and photoluminescence. As counter electrodes, the synthesized nanofibers increased the performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells from 1.58 to 2.09%. This improvement was attributed to the enhanced smoothness and efficiency of the electron transport path. Thus, CH3NH3PbI3 perovskites nanofibers are potential alternative to platinum counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  18. Influence of strain on the structural instabilities and functional properties of complex oxides

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    Hatt, Alison J.

    Complex oxides display a tremendous array of functional properties, ranging from ferroelectricity to giant magnetoresistance to superconductivity. Epitaxial strain in thin films of these materials provides a tool to further manipulate the available functionalities and presents an attractive avenue for material design. Arising from mismatch between films and substrate lattice parameters, strain can have profound effects on material properties by altering the energy balance between competing structural instabilities. Here we use density functional calculations to address the influence of strain on ABO 3 perovskite oxides, examining the impact on structural instabilities and focusing on regions in which strain induces phase transition phenomena. The density functional approach gives us access to the atomic-level details of a material's response to strain, enabling us to disentangle competing instabilities and differentiate between the ionic, electronic and lattice responses. In particular, we seek to illuminate the coupling of strain to distortion modes involving rigid rotations of the BO6 octahedral units. These octahedral rotations are known to drive or prohibit a number of strain-induced phenomena in functional oxides, but the details of their coupling to strain were not previously well understood. We develop our topic through investigations on four perovskite systems. We first study a layered superlattice of La(Al,Fe,Cr)O3, to distinguish the effect of misfit strain from the symmetry constraint imposed by heterostructuring. We then focus on the influence of strain in a series of single-phase perovskites of increasing complexity. In the simple dielectric LaAlO3, we isolate the strain-rotation coupling, develop a model for the dependence of rotations on bi-axial and uni-axial strain, and characterize a previously unidentified strain-induced phase transition. Next, we address strain in a polar material, multiferroic BiFeO3, to investigate recent experimental reports

  19. Evolution of Oxygen-Vacancy Ordered Crystal Structures in the Perovskite Series Sr nFe nO 3 n-1 ( n=2, 4, 8, and ∞), and the Relationship to Electronic and Magnetic Properties

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    Hodges, J. P.; Short, S.; Jorgensen, J. D.; Xiong, X.; Dabrowski, B.; Mini, S. M.; Kimball, C. W.

    2000-05-01

    Over the oxygen composition range 2.5≤x≤3.0, the SrFeOx system exists as four distinct compounds with the nominal composition SrnFenO3n-1 (n=2, 4, 8, and ∞). The end member SrFeO3 (n=∞) possesses a simple cubic perovskite crystal structure, whereas the oxygen-deficient (n=2, 4, and 8) members each adopt a different vacancy-ordered perovskite crystal structure. Using time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction, we show that previously proposed structures for the Sr4Fe4O11 (n=4) and Sr8Fe8O23 (n=8) compounds are incorrect. We determine the correct crystal structures for Sr4Fe4O11 (orthorhombic, space group Cmmm, a=10.974(1) Å, b=7.702(1) Å, and c=5.473(1) Å) and Sr8Fe8O23 (tetragonal, space group I4/mmm, a=10.929(1) Å and c=7.698(1) Å) through comparisons of the goodness of fit for Rietveld refinements of candidate models and bond-length distributions for each model. Using the correct crystal structures, we are able to assign valence states to the Fe crystallographic sites and to achieve consistency with published Mössbauer results for the same compounds.

  20. Mesoporous BaSnO3 layer based perovskite solar cells.

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    Zhu, Liangzheng; Shao, Zhipeng; Ye, Jiajiu; Zhang, Xuhui; Pan, Xu; Dai, Songyuan

    2016-01-18

    One of the limitations of TiO2 based perovskite solar cells is the poor electron mobility of TiO2. Here, perovskite oxide BaSnO3 is used as a replacement. It has a higher electron mobility and the same perovskite structure as the light harvesting materials. After optimization, devices based on BaSnO3 showed the best performance of 12.3% vs. 11.1% for TiO2.

  1. Solution-Processed Organic-Inorganic Perovskite Field-Effect Transistors with High Hole Mobilities.

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    Matsushima, Toshinori; Hwang, Sunbin; Sandanayaka, Atula S D; Qin, Chuanjiang; Terakawa, Shinobu; Fujihara, Takashi; Yahiro, Masayuki; Adachi, Chihaya

    2016-12-01

    A very high hole mobility of 15 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) along with negligible hysteresis are demonstrated in transistors with an organic-inorganic perovskite semiconductor. This high mobility results from the well-developed perovskite crystallites, improved conversion to perovskite, reduced hole trap density, and improved hole injection by employing a top-contact/top-gate structure with surface treatment and MoOx hole-injection layers.

  2. Structure-Property Relations of Methylamine Vapor Treated Hybrid Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Films and Solar Cells.

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    Conings, Bert; Bretschneider, Simon A; Babayigit, Aslihan; Gauquelin, Nicolas; Cardinaletti, Ilaria; Manca, Jean; Verbeeck, Jo; Snaith, Henry J; Boyen, Hans-Gerd

    2017-03-08

    The power conversion efficiency of halide perovskite solar cells is heavily dependent on the perovskite layer being sufficiently smooth and pinhole-free. It has been shown that these features can be obtained even when starting out from rough and discontinuous perovskite film by briefly exposing the film to methylamine (MA) vapor. The exact underlying physical mechanisms of this phenomenon are, however, still unclear. By investigating smooth, MA treated films based on very rough and discontinuous reference films of methylammonium triiode (MAPbI3) and considering their morphology, crystalline features, local conductive properties, and charge carrier lifetime, we unraveled the relation between their characteristic physical qualities and their performance in corresponding solar cells. We discovered that the extensive improvement in photovoltaic performance upon MA treatment is a consequence of the induced morphological enhancement of the perovskite layer together with improved electron injection into TiO2, which in fact compensates for an otherwise compromised bulk electronic quality simultaneously caused by the MA treatment.

  3. Adverse Effects of Excess Residual PbI2 on Photovoltaic Performance, Charge Separation, and Trap-State Properties in Mesoporous Structured Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wang, Hao-Yi; Hao, Ming-Yang; Han, Jun; Yu, Man; Qin, Yujun; Zhang, Pu; Guo, Zhi-Xin; Ai, Xi-Cheng; Zhang, Jian-Ping

    2017-03-17

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells have rapidly come to prominence in the photovoltaic field. In this context, CH3 NH3 PbI3 , as the most widely adopted active layer, has been attracting great attention. Generally, in a CH3 NH3 PbI3 layer, unreacted PbI2 inevitably coexists with the perovskite crystals, especially following a two-step fabrication process. There appears to be a consensus that an appropriate amount of unreacted PbI2 is beneficial to the overall photovoltaic performance of a device, the only disadvantageous aspect of excess residual PbI2 being viewed as its insulating nature. However, the further development of such perovskite-based devices requires a deeper understanding of the role of residual PbI2 . In this work, PbI2 -enriched and PbI2 -controlled perovskite films, as two extreme cases, have been prepared by modulating the crystallinity of a pre-deposited PbI2 film. The effects of excess residual PbI2 have been elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic and optoelectronic studies. The initial charge separation, the trap-state density, and the trap-state distribution have all been found to be adversely affected in PbI2 -enriched devices, to the detriment of photovoltaic performance. This leads to a biphasic recombination process and accelerates the charge carrier recombination dynamics.

  4. Structure and magnetism of the A site scandium perovskite (Sc0.94Mn0.06)Mn0.65Ni0.35O3 synthesized at high pressure.

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    Thomas, Chris I; Suchomel, Matthew R; Duong, Giap V; Fogg, Andrew M; Claridge, John B; Rosseinsky, Matthew J

    2014-04-13

    Scandium perovskite (Sc0.94Mn0.06)Mn0.65Ni0.35O3, synthesized at high pressure and high temperature, has a triclinic structure (space group ) at room temperature and ambient pressure with a √2ap×√2ap×2ap structure with α≈90(°),β≈89(°),γ≈90(°). Magnetic measurements show that the material displays Curie-Weiss behaviour above 50 K with C=2.11 emu K mol(-1) (μeff=4.11 μB per formula unit) and θ=-95.27 K. Bond valence sum analysis of the crystal structure shows that manganese is present in three different oxidation states (+2, +3, +4), with the +2 oxidation state on the A site resulting in a highly tilted perovskite structure (average tilt 21.2(°) compared with 15.7(°) calculated for LaCaMnNbO6), giving the formula (Sc3+(0.94)Mn2+(0.06))(Mn4+(0.41)Mn3+(0.09))(Mn3+(0.15)Ni2+(0.35))O3.

  5. Humidity versus photo-stability of metal halide perovskite films in a polymer matrix.

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    Manshor, Nurul Ain; Wali, Qamar; Wong, Ka Kan; Muzakir, Saifful Kamaluddin; Fakharuddin, Azhar; Schmidt-Mende, Lukas; Jose, Rajan

    2016-08-21

    Despite the high efficiency of over 21% reported for emerging thin film perovskite solar cells, one of the key issues prior to their commercial deployment is to attain their long term stability under ambient and outdoor conditions. The instability in perovskite is widely conceived to be humidity induced due to the water solubility of its initial precursors, which leads to decomposition of the perovskite crystal structure; however, we note that humidity alone is not the major degradation factor and it is rather the photon dose in combination with humidity exposure that triggers the instability. In our experiment, which is designed to decouple the effect of humidity and light on perovskite degradation, we investigate the shelf-lifetime of CH3NH3PbI3 films in the dark and under illumination under high humidity conditions (Rel. H. > 70%). We note minor degradation in perovskite films stored in a humid dark environment whereas upon exposure to light, the films undergo drastic degradation, primarily owing to the reactive TiO2/perovskite interface and also the surface defects of TiO2. To enhance its air-stability, we incorporate CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite in a polymer (poly-vinylpyrrolidone, PVP) matrix which retained its optical and structural characteristics in the dark for ∼2000 h and ∼800 h in room light soaking, significantly higher than a pristine perovskite film, which degraded completely in 600 h in the dark and in less than 100 h when exposed to light. We attribute the superior stability of PVP incorporated perovskite films to the improved structural stability of CH3NH3PbI3 and also to the improved TiO2/perovskite interface upon incorporating a polymer matrix. Charge injection from the polymer embedded perovskite films has also been confirmed by fabricating solar cells using them, thereby providing a promising future research pathway for stable and efficient perovskite solar cells.

  6. Recent progress in efficient hybrid lead halide perovskite solar cells

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    Cui, Jin; Yuan, Huailiang; Li, Junpeng; Xu, Xiaobao; Shen, Yan; Lin, Hong; Wang, Mingkui

    2015-06-01

    The efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been improved from 9.7 to 19.3%, with the highest value of 20.1% achieved in 2014. Such a high photovoltaic performance can be attributed to optically high absorption characteristics and balanced charge transport properties with long diffusion lengths of the hybrid lead halide perovskite materials. In this review, some fundamental details of hybrid lead iodide perovskite materials, various fabrication techniques and device structures are described, aiming for a better understanding of these materials and thus highly efficient PSC devices. In addition, some advantages and open issues are discussed here to outline the prospects and challenges of using perovskites in commercial photovoltaic devices.

  7. Recent progress in efficient hybrid lead halide perovskite solar cells.

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    Cui, Jin; Yuan, Huailiang; Li, Junpeng; Xu, Xiaobao; Shen, Yan; Lin, Hong; Wang, Mingkui

    2015-06-01

    The efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been improved from 9.7 to 19.3%, with the highest value of 20.1% achieved in 2014. Such a high photovoltaic performance can be attributed to optically high absorption characteristics and balanced charge transport properties with long diffusion lengths of the hybrid lead halide perovskite materials. In this review, some fundamental details of hybrid lead iodide perovskite materials, various fabrication techniques and device structures are described, aiming for a better understanding of these materials and thus highly efficient PSC devices. In addition, some advantages and open issues are discussed here to outline the prospects and challenges of using perovskites in commercial photovoltaic devices.

  8. Recent progress in efficient hybrid lead halide perovskite solar cells

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    Cui, Jin; Yuan, Huailiang; Li, Junpeng; Xu, Xiaobao; Shen, Yan; Lin, Hong; Wang, Mingkui

    2015-01-01

    The efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been improved from 9.7 to 19.3%, with the highest value of 20.1% achieved in 2014. Such a high photovoltaic performance can be attributed to optically high absorption characteristics and balanced charge transport properties with long diffusion lengths of the hybrid lead halide perovskite materials. In this review, some fundamental details of hybrid lead iodide perovskite materials, various fabrication techniques and device structures are described, aiming for a better understanding of these materials and thus highly efficient PSC devices. In addition, some advantages and open issues are discussed here to outline the prospects and challenges of using perovskites in commercial photovoltaic devices. PMID:27877815

  9. Recent advances of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides for catalysis

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

    There is a need to reduce the use of noble metal elements especially in the field of catalysis, where noble metals are ubiquitously applied. To this end, perovskite oxides, an important class of mixed oxide, have been attracting increasing attention for decades as potential replacements. Benefiting from the extraordinary tunability of their compositions and structures, perovskite oxides can be rationally tailored and equipped with targeted physical and chemical properties e.g. redox behavior, oxygen mobility, and ion conductivity for enhanced catalysis. Recently, the development of highly efficient perovskite oxide catalysts has been extensively studied. This review article summarizes the recent development of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides as advanced catalysts for both energy conversion applications and traditional heterogeneous reactions.

  10. Recent advances of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides for catalysis

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Zhang, Pengfei; Dai, Sheng

    2015-09-21

    There is a need to reduce the use of noble metal elements especially in the field of catalysis, where noble metals are ubiquitously applied. To this end, perovskite oxides, an important class of mixed oxide, have been attracting increasing attention for decades as potential replacements. Benefiting from the extraordinary tunability of their compositions and structures, perovskite oxides can be rationally tailored and equipped with targeted physical and chemical properties e.g. redox behavior, oxygen mobility, and ion conductivity for enhanced catalysis. Recently, the development of highly efficient perovskite oxide catalysts has been extensively studied. This review article summarizes the recent developmentmore » of lanthanum-based perovskite oxides as advanced catalysts for both energy conversion applications and traditional heterogeneous reactions.« less

  11. Working Mechanism for Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells with Simplified Architecture.

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    Xu, Xiaobao; Chen, Qi; Hong, Ziruo; Zhou, Huanping; Liu, Zonghao; Chang, Wei-Hsuan; Sun, Pengyu; Chen, Huajun; De Marco, Nicholas; Wang, Mingkui; Yang, Yang

    2015-10-14

    In this communication, we report an efficient and flexible perovskite solar cell based on formamidinium lead trihalide (FAPbI3) with simplified configuration. The device achieved a champion efficiency of 12.70%, utilizing direct contact between metallic indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode and perovskite absorber. The underlying working mechanism is proposed subsequently, via a systematic investigation focusing on the heterojunction within this device. A significant charge storage has been observed in the perovskite, which is believed to generate photovoltage and serves as the driving force for charge transferring from the absorber to ITO electrode as well. More importantly, this simplified device structure on flexible substrates suggests its compatibility for scale-up fabrication, which paves the way for commercialization of perovskite photovoltaic technology.

  12. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Magnetic Properties of Sr1.31Co0.63Mn0.37O3: A Derivative of the Incommensurate Composite Hexagonal Perovskite Structure

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    Mandal,T.; Abakumov, A.; Hadermann, J.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Croft, M.; Greenblatt, M.

    2007-01-01

    We report the synthesis, structural investigation, and magnetic property studies of Sr1.31Co0.63Mn0.37O3 that adopts an incommensurate composite hexagonal perovskite-related structure. The crystal structure has been solved using a (3 + 1)-dimensional superspace approach from powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data (SSG Rm(00 )0s, a = 9.5548(1) Angstroms, c = 2.5599(1) Angstroms, q = 0.65581(4)c*, RB = 0.041, RP = 0.059). The structure consists of face-sharing chains of octahedra and trigonal prisms, wherein the trigonal prismatic sites are preferentially occupied by Co with some cation disorder. A combination of electron diffraction and high-resolution electron microscopic analysis has demonstrated that the compound possesses a complicated microstructure related to the formation of domains with slightly different lengths of the modulation vector. X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopic (XAS) studies clearly indicate the presence of Mn in the 4+ and Co in the 3+ oxidation state. While the magnetic susceptibility data indicates the presence of antiferromagnetic correlations in the system, the calculation of effective paramagnetic moment ({mu}cal = 3.561 {mu}B), assuming the metal oxidation states as obtained from XAS and the cation distribution as obtained from neutron refinement, is in agreement with the value obtained experimentally ({mu}exp = 3.676 {mu}B).

  13. Chlorine Insertion Promoting Iron Reduction in Ba-Fe Hexagonal Perovskites: Effect on the Structural and Magnetic Properties.

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    Serrador, Laura; Hernando, María; Martínez, José L; González-Calbet, José M; Varela, Aurea; García-García, F Javier; Parras, Marina

    2016-06-20

    BaFeCl0.13(2)O2.48(2) has been synthesized and studied. A proper tuning of the synthetic route has been designed to stabilize this compound as a single phase. The thermal stability and evolution, along with the magnetic and structural properties are reported here. The crystal structure has been refined from neutron powder diffraction data, and it is of the type (hhchc)2-10H. It is stable up to a temperature of 900 °C, where the composition reads BaFeCl0.13(2)O2.34(2). The study by electron microscopy shows that the crystal structure suffers no changes in the whole BaFeCl0.13(1)O3-y (2.34 ≤ 3 - y ≤ 2.48) compositional range. Refinement of the magnetic structure shows that the Fe is antiferromagneticaly ordered, with the magnetic moment parallel to the ab plane of the hexagonal structure. At higher temperature, a nonreversible phase transition into a (hchc)-4H structure type takes place with overall composition BaFeCl0.13(1)O2.26(1). Microstructural characterization shows that, in some crystals, this phase intergrows with a seemingly cubic related phase. Differences between these two crystalline phases reside in the chlorine content, which keeps constant through the phase transition for the former and disappears for the latter.

  14. Benign-by-Design Solventless Mechanochemical Synthesis of Three-, Two-, and One-Dimensional Hybrid Perovskites.

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    Jodlowski, Alexander D; Yépez, Alfonso; Luque, Rafael; Camacho, Luis; de Miguel, Gustavo

    2016-11-21

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have attracted significant attention owing to their extraordinary optoelectronic properties with applications in the fields of solar energy, lighting, photodetectors, and lasers. The rational design of these hybrid materials is a key factor in the optimization of their performance in perovskite-based devices. Herein, a mechanochemical approach is proposed as a highly efficient, simple, and reproducible method for the preparation of four types of hybrid perovskites, which were obtained in large amounts as polycrystalline powders with high purity and excellent optoelectronics properties. Two archetypal three-dimensional (3D) perovskites (MAPbI3 and FAPbI3 ) were synthesized, together with a bidimensional (2D) perovskite (Gua2 PbI4 ) and a "double-chain" one-dimensional (1D) perovskite (GuaPbI3 ), whose structure was elucidated by X-ray diffraction.

  15. Laser Crystallization of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Jeon, Taewoo; Jin, Hyeong Min; Lee, Seung Hyun; Lee, Ju Min; Park, Hyung Il; Kim, Mi Kyung; Lee, Keon Jae; Shin, Byungha; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2016-08-23

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites attract enormous research interest for next generation solar energy harvest. Synergistic crystalline structures comprising organic and inorganic components enable solution processing of perovskite films. A reliable crystallization method for perovskites, compatible with fast continuous process over large-area flexible substrates, is crucial for high performance solar cell production. Here, we present laser crystallization of hybrid perovskite solar cells using near-infrared (NIR) laser (λ = 1064 nm). Crystalline morphology of CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) perovskite films are widely controllable with laser irradiation condition while maintaining film uniformity. Photothermal heating effectively assisted by interfacial photoconversion layers is critical for phase transformation without beam damage of multilayered device structures. Notably, laser crystallization attains higher device performances than conventional thermal annealing. Fast laser crystallization with manufacture level scan rate (1 m min(-1)) demonstrates inverted-type perovskite solar cells with 11.3 and 8.0% efficiencies on typical glass and flexible polymer substrates, respectively, without rigorous device optimization.

  16. B-site ordered double perovskite LaBa1-xSrxZnSbO6 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1): Sr(2+)-doping-induced symmetry evolution and structure-luminescence correlations.

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    Jiang, Pengfei; Zhou, Zhengyang; Gao, Wenliang; Cong, Rihong; Yang, Tao

    2016-03-07

    The study of perovskites has been active for a long time. Here, we rationally designed and prepared a double perovskite, LaBaZnSbO6, by selecting Zn(2+) and Sb(5+) with large size and charge differences, and, indeed, complete B-site ordering can be achieved. Careful study using powder X-ray diffraction data pinpointed its space group to be I2/m, which has rarely been seen in double perovskites. Thereafter, an interesting observation of Sr(2+)-doping-induced symmetry evolution from I2/m to P21/n was confirmed in the comple