Time-Dependent Mechanical Response of APbX3 (A = Cs, CH3NH3; X = I, Br) Single Crystals

Marcos A. Reyes-Martinez, Ahmed L. Abdelhady, Makhsud I. Saidaminov, Duck Young Chung, Osman Bakr, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Wole O. Soboyejo, Yueh-Lin Loo

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The ease of processing hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite (HOIPs) films, belonging to a material class with composition ABX3 , from solution and at mild temperatures promises their use in deformable technologies, including flexible photovoltaic devices, sensors, and displays. To successfully apply these materials in deformable devices, knowledge of their mechanical response to dynamic strain is necessary. The authors elucidate the time- and rate-dependent mechanical properties of HOIPs and an inorganic perovskite (IP) single crystal by measuring nanoindentation creep and stress relaxation. The observation of pop-in events and slip bands on the surface of the indented crystals demonstrate dislocation-mediated plastic deformation. The magnitudes of creep and relaxation of both HOIPs and IPs are similar, negating prior hypothesis that the presence of organic A-site cations alters the mechanical response of these materials. Moreover, these samples exhibit a pronounced increase in creep, and stress relaxation as a function of indentation rate whose magnitudes reflect differences in the rates of nucleation and propagation of dislocations within the crystal structures of HOIPs and IP. This contribution provides understanding that is critical for designing perovskite devices capable of withstanding mechanical deformations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1606556
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number24
StatePublished - May 2 2017

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Acknowledgements: This research was supported by MAR's appointment to the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program at Princeton University, administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Y.-L.L. acknowledges the financial support from the National Science Foundation through grants ECCS-1549619 and CMMI-1537011. W.O.S. acknowledges the World Bank for financial support. Work at Argonne National Laboratory was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development under contract no. DE-AC02-06CH11357.


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