Critical Fluctuations and Anharmonicity in Lead Iodide Perovskites from Molecular Dynamics Supercell Simulations

Marcelo A. Carignano, S. Assa Aravindh, Iman S. Roqan, Jacky Even, Claudine Katan

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Abstract

We present a systematic study based on first-principles molecular dynamics simulations of lead iodide perovskites with three different cations, including methylammonium (MA), formamidinium (FA), and cesium. Using the high-temperature perovskite structure as a reference, we investigate the instabilities that develop as the material is cooled down to 370 K. All three perovskites display anharmonicity in the motion of the iodine atoms, with the stronger effect observed for the MAPbI3 and CsPbI3. At high temperature, this behavior can be traced back to the reduced effective size of the Cs+ and MA+ cations. MAPbI3 undergoes a spontaneous phase transition within our simulation model driven by the dipolar interaction between neighboring MA cations as the temperature is decreased from 450 K. The reverse transformation from tetragonal to cubic is also monitored through the large distribution of the octahedral tilting angles accompanied by an increase in the anharmonicity of the iodine atom motion. Both MA and FA hybrid perovskites show a strong coupling between the molecular orientations and the local lattice deformations, suggesting mixed order-disorder/displacive characters of the high-temperature phase transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20729-20738
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume121
Issue number38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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