Hybrid perovskite materials are a promising class of materials which display impressive photovoltaic performance, as well as other attractive qualities such as as ease of preparation and use of earth abundant constituent elements. These materials have the potential to bring affordable solar energy to anywhere on the globe, but currently, have one major obstacle. These compounds notoriously suffer from ambient environment instability and revert to precursor reagents within hours. My research this summer will focus on chemical modifying the perovskite structure by incorporating hydrophobic anionic constituents, potentially creating a more stable and efficient final material.
Advisor: Ram Seshadri