Au-Seeded CsPbINanowire Optoelectronics via Exothermic Nucleation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)812–819
Journal / PublicationNano Letters
Issue number3
Online published8 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2023


Converting vapor precursors to solid nanostructures via a liquid noble-metal seed is a common vapor deposition principle. However, such a noble-metal-seeded process is excluded from the crystalline halide perovskite synthesis, mainly hindered by the growth mechanism shortness. Herein, powered by a spontaneous exothermic nucleation process (ΔH < 0), the Au-seeded CsPbI3 nanowires (NWs) growth is realized based on a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth mode. It is energetically favored that the Au seeds are reacted with a Pb vapor precursor to form molten Au-Pb droplets at temperatures down to 212 °C, further triggering the low-temperature VLS growth of CsPbI3 NWs. More importantly, this Au-seeded process reduces in-bandgap trap states and consequently avoids Shockley-Read-Hall recombination, contributing to outstanding photodetector performances. Our work extends the powerful Au-seeded VLS growth mode to the emerging halide perovskites, which will facilitate their nanostructures with tailored material properties.

Research Area(s)

  • Au seeds, CsPbI3nanowires, exothermic nucleation, optoelectronics, vapor-liquid-solid synthesis