Investigation of Water-Stable Perovskite DMASnIxBr3−x for Photoenzyme Catalysis in Aqueous Solution

Dianxing JU, Gang LIN, Hang XIAO*, Yuanyuan ZHANG, Shigang SU, Jian LIU*

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The impressive optoelectronic performances of hybrid perovskites have attracted enormous interests. However, the moisture sensitivity of these materials hampers their practical applications. Herein, the lead-free perovskites of DMASnIxBr3−x (DMA = CH3NH2CH3+) crystals as photocatalysts for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) regeneration in aqueous solution are engineered. The very high NADH yield (≈100%) is achieved for all the DMASnIxBr3−x crystals with tunable bandgaps, which is further coupled with formate dehydrogenase for the production of 320 μM formic acid from CO2. The density functional theory (DFT) calculations further shed light on the intrinsic water-stable mechanism of DMASnI3 perovskite, which is ascribed to the higher water surface adsorption energy, the higher water osmotic energy barrier, and the smaller intralayer spacing inside DMASnI3 structures by comparing with Pb-based counterpart. The work can provide new prospects for designing water-stable hybrid perovskites and further broaden their photocatalytic and optoelectronic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000559
Number of pages8
JournalSolar RRL
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • hybrid perovskites
  • lead free
  • photoenzyme catalysis
  • stable mechanism
  • water stability


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