Interlayer Triplet Energy Transfer in Dion-Jacobson 2D Perovskites Containing Naphthalene Diammonium Cations

YunHui (Lisa) Lin, Justin Johnson

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The ability to tune the heterojunction energy level alignment in layered 2D perovskites is well documented, with both early works and more recent studies reporting interfacial triplet energy transfer in certain pairings of lead halide with small conjugated organic spacer cations. Such 2D perovskites are promising systems for sensitized molecular phosphorescence, which has varied applications in optoelectronics, solar energy conversion, and more. However, even for a given organic cation core, variations in the cation structure (e.g. location of the ammonium substituent, length of the alkyl linker, and valency of the cation) can dramatically alter the organic layer morphology and electronic coupling between the inorganic and organic layers. While interlayer triplet energy transfer has been studied in Ruddlesden-Popper 2D perovskites containing monovalent naphthalene cations, the photophysical properties of their Dion-Jacobson analogue, formed using divalent naphthalene cations, have not been reported. In this study, we examine interlayer energy transfer in a series of mixed-halide 2D perovskites formed by divalent naphthalene cations. We find that the sensitized phosphorescence in these compounds is dominated by naphthalene triplet excimer emission, but when the lead halide exciton level is tuned near resonance with the triplet level of naphthalene, emission from the naphthalene triplet monomer competes with triplet excimer formation. Interlayer energy transfer in these compounds is further supported by ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. Ultimately, the ability to gain control over interlayer interactions in layered 2D perovskites through cation design will help uncover new functions and applications for these materials.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference, 1-5 August 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5900-81033


  • 2D
  • excimer
  • perovskite
  • photoluminescence
  • solar-photochemistry
  • triplet energy transfer
  • triplet sensitization


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