Excited-State Properties of Defected Halide Perovskite Quantum Dots: Insights from Computation

Carlos Mora Perez, Dibyajyoti Ghosh, Oleg Prezhdo, Sergei Tretiak, Amanda J. Neukirch

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CsPbBr3 quantum dots (QDs) have been recently suggested for their application as bright green light-emitting diodes (LEDs); however, their optical properties are yet to be fully understood and characterized. In this work, we utilize time-dependent density functional theory to analyze the ground and excited states of the CsPbBr3 clusters in the presence of various low formation energy vacancy defects. Our study finds that the QD perovskites retain their defect tolerance with limited perturbance to the simulated UV-vis spectra. The exception to this general trend is that Br vacancies must be avoided, as they cause molecular orbital localization, resulting in trap states and lower LED performance. Blinking will likely still plague CsPbBr3 QDs, given that the charged defects critically perturb the spectra via red-shifting and lower absorbance. Our study provides insight into the tunability of CsPbBr3 QDs optical properties by understanding the nature of the electronic excitations and guiding improved development for high-performance LEDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1005-1011
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


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