Reduced Barrier for Ion Migration in Mixed-Halide Perovskites

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Reference L. McGovern, G. Grimaldi, M.H. Futscher, E.M. Hutter, L.A. Muscarella, M.C. Schmidt and B. Ehrler, Reduced Barrier for Ion Migration in Mixed-Halide Perovskites, ACS Appl.Energy Mater. 4, 12: 13431-13437 (2021)
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Halide alloying in metal halide perovskites is a useful tool for optoelectronic applications requiring a specific bandgap. However, mixed-halide perovskites show ion migration in the perovskite layer, leading to phase segregation and reducing the long-term stability of the devices. Here, we study the ion migration process in methylammonium-based mixed-halide perovskites with varying ratios of bromide to iodide. We find that the mixed-halide perovskites show two separate halide migration processes, in contrast to pure-phase perovskites, which show only a unique halide migration component. Compared to pure-halide perovskites, these processes have lower activation energies, facilitating ion migration in mixed versus pure-phase perovskites, and have a higher density of mobile ions. Under illumination, we find that the concentration of mobile halide ions is further increased and notice the emergence of a migration process involving methylammonium cations. Quantifying the ion migration processes in mixed-halide perovskites shines light on the key parameters allowing the design of bandgap-tunable perovskite solar cells with long-term stability.