Green-route manufacturing towards future industrialization of metal halide perovskite nanocrystals

Xiaobing Tang, Wenzhuo Quan, Fuqian Yang

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Abstract

Perovskite nanocrystals (PeNCs) with excellent optical properties have attracted tremendous research interests and have been considered as promising candidates for new-generation optoelectronic devices. Over the past few years, numerous efforts have been made to overcome the challenges in terms of sustainable manufacturing of PeNCs and related devices and systems, including the solvents used in precursor preparation, antisolvents and perovskite materials for the fabrication of devices and systems, and remarkable progress has been made. However, the usage of toxic, organic solvents in the synthesis of PeNCs poses a threat to the ecosystem and human health, which has hindered the progress in the commercialization and industrialization of PeNCs. This has promoted the development of green solvents for the sustainable manufacturing of PeNCs. In this Feature Article, a state-of-the-art green method for the synthesis of PeNCs is presented, in which the solvents of low toxicities are underlined in contrast to the reported Reviews which focus on toxic solvents for the preparation of precursor solutions. We then focus on green, aqueous methods for the preparation of PeNCs, including conventional perovskite and double PeNCs, by summarizing our previous research efforts and studies. In particular, pure water as the greenest solvent is introduced for the preparation of PeNCs, and the parameters affecting the size and optical characteristics of PeNCs, such as sonication time and ligands for post-treatment, are discussed. The strategies of using a passivation layer to improve the aqueous stability of PeNCs are reviewed, which are grouped into organic polymers and inorganic semiconductors. We highlight the challenges and possible solutions in the green manufacturing and applications of PeNCs. The green routes discussed in this article for the synthesis of PeNCs are expected to be a major step forward for the commercialization and industrialization of the fabrication of PeNCs. It is anticipated that green manufacturing will continue to be the mainstream in the synthesis and fabrication of PeNCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389-1403
Number of pages15
JournalChemical Communications
Volume60
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 8 2024

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Catalysis
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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