Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 54, Issue 7, pp 5331–5342 | Cite as

Effect of phase transition stress on the photoluminescence of perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 microwires

  • Rubén Segovia
  • Leyan Ding
  • Hu Jiang
  • Peng Miao
  • Xiudong Sun
  • Hongyan Shi
  • Bo GaoEmail author
Chemical routes to materials


CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) exhibits distinctive properties for applications in photovoltaics, light emitting devices, photodetectors, and fuel cells. The working temperature of an optoelectronic device affects the photophysical properties of the active material, which is closely related to the device performance. In MAPbI3, these properties are intimately connected with its crystalline structure which is temperature dependent. Here, we study the photoluminescence (PL) behavior of MAPbI3 microwires (MWs) under recursive tetragonal-to-cubic and cubic-to-tetragonal phase transitions induced by temperature cycles from 40 °C (tetragonal phase) to 80 °C (cubic phase). MWs emission exhibited an initial redshift in wavelength by increasing the temperature from the tetragonal to the cubic phase, but after several thermal cycles, this trend reversed and the emission blueshifted. In both phases independently, the emission blueshifted and became stronger with increasing the cycles. The results indicate a thermal cycling-dependent PL and a gradual crystalline structure deformation due to a reiterated change in the MWs lattice, which implies variation in the electronic bandgap along the heating–cooling process. The alteration of the electronic band structure was corroborated by thermal cycling-reflectance measurements. The awareness behavior of material properties upon phase transitions and temperature fluctuations is of great importance for the optimization of optoelectronic devices.



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21473046, 21203046 and 11374074) and the New Faculty Start-up Funds from Harbin Institute of Technology.

Author contributions

BG and RS conceived idea. RS, LD, HJ, and PM carried out the experiments. RS and BG wrote the manuscript. XS, HS, and BG supervised the project. All authors contributed to data analysis and scientific discussion.

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Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Supplementary material

10853_2018_3221_MOESM1_ESM.docx (5.4 mb)
XRD profile and PL spectrum at ambient conditions of the as-prepared MAPbI3 microwires. PL Gaussian fitting curves and table with the corresponding spectra fitted values for each of the thermal cycles. Optical images of the microwires before and after the temperature cycling (DOCX 5486 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Modern Optics, Department of Physics, Key Laboratory of Micro-Nano Optoelectronic Information System, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Key Laboratory of Micro-Optics and Photonic Technology of Heilongjiang ProvinceHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  2. 2.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  3. 3.Collaborative Innovation Center of Extreme OpticsShanxi UniversityTaiyuanChina

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