New discoveries in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technion are expected to significantly advance the use of solar energy.
The study was conducted by Dr. Yehondav Bekenstein and the MSc student Emma Massasa.
Flexible semiconductor materials, where structural fluctuations and transformation are tolerable and have low impact on electronic properties, focus interest for future applications. Two-dimensional thin layer lead halide perovskites are hailed for their unconventional optoelectronic features. We report structural deformations via thin layer buckling in colloidal CsPbBr3 nanobelts adsorbed on carbon substrates. The microstructure of buckled nanobelts is determined using transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. We measured significant decrease in emission from the buckled nanobelt using cathodoluminescence, marking the influence of such mechanical deformations on electronic properties. By employing plate buckling theory, we approximate adhesion forces between the buckled nanobelt and the substrate to be Fadhesion ∼ 0.12 μN, marking a limit to sustain such deformation. This work highlights detrimental effects of mechanical buckling on electronic properties in halide perovskite nanostructures and points toward the capillary action that should be minimized in fabrication of future devices and heterostructures based on nanoperovskites.