Electrochemical Doping of Halide Perovskites by Noble Metal Interstitial Cations

Ross Kerner, Ayala Cohen, Zhaojian Xu, Ahmad Kirmani, So Yeon Park, Steven Harvey, John Murphy, Robert Cawthorn, Noel Giebink, Joseph Luther, Kai Zhu, Joseph Berry, Leeor Kronik, Barry Rand

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Metal halide perovskites are an attractive class of semiconductors, but it has proven difficult to control their electronic doping by conventional strategies due to screening and compensation by mobile ions or ionic defects. Noble-metal interstitials represent an under-studied class of extrinsic defects that plausibly influence many perovskite-based devices. In this work, doping of metal halide perovskites is studied by electrochemically formed Au+ interstitial ions, combining experimental data on devices with a computational analysis of Au+ interstitial defects based on density functional theory (DFT). Analysis suggests that Au+ cations can be easily formed and migrate through the perovskite bulk via the same sites as iodine interstitials (Ii+). However, whereas Ii+ compensates n-type doping by electron capture, the noble-metal interstitials act as quasi-stable n-dopants. Experimentally, voltage-dependent, dynamic doping by current density–time (J–t), electrochemical impedance, and photoluminescence measurements are characterized. These results provide deeper insight into the potential beneficial and detrimental impacts of metal electrode reactions on long-term performance of perovskite photovoltaic and light-emitting diodes, as well as offer an alternative doping explanation for the valence switching mechanism of halide-perovskite-based neuromorphic and memristive devices.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number2302206
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number29
StatePublished - 2023

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  • NREL/JA-5900-83484


  • electrochemical doping
  • halide perovskite
  • interstitial defects


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