Atomic-Resolution Imaging of Halide Perovskites Using Electron Microscopy

Kepeng Song, Lingmei Liu, Daliang Zhang, Matthew P. Hautzinger, Song Jin, Yu Han

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Atomic-resolution imaging of halide perovskites (HPs) using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is challenging because of the sensitivity of their structures to the electron beam. In this article, recent achievements in this area are reviewed, covering both all-inorganic and organic–inorganic hybrid HPs, with an emphasis on the specific imaging conditions that have proven to be effective in avoiding electron beam-induced structural damage. The discussion focusses on the total electron dose that HPs can bear before being damaged and the effects of different imaging modes, accelerating voltages, and temperatures. The crucial role of a direct-detection electroncounting camera in reducing the required electron dose is outlined, which is indispensable for imaging extremely sensitive organic–inorganic hybrid perovskites. In addition to reviewing published works, the results of initial attempts to perform atomic-resolution elemental mapping for an allinorganic HP and image a hybrid HP using scanning TEM are introduced. The preparation of a TEM specimen from macroscopic crystals or devices of HPs, which is very important for practical applications but has not yet received attention, is also discussed. This article aims to provide guidance on the acquisition of atomic-resolution TEM images of HPs and inspire the development of more imaging technologies for sensitive materials.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1904006
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
StatePublished - Feb 5 2020

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The financial support for this work was provided by CARF Funds (FCC/1/1972-34-01) to Y.H. from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. This research used resources of the Core Labs of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. S.J. and M.P.H. are supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering (award no. DE-FG02-09ER46664).


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