Metal-halide perovskites exhibit outstanding optoelectronic properties that can be leveraged in clean-energy technologies including photovoltaics and solid-state lighting. However, low-cost, commercially scalable deposition routes are lacking. In the Gamelin lab, I am developing a facile thermal deposition method for making high quality perovskite thin films, and I plan to significantly scale and broaden the library of accessible materials over the next six months. In particular, I seek to elaborate deposition routes to complex or doped phases, including control over chemical identity and stoichiometry. One specific class of materials are the doped two-dimensional organic-inorganic perovskites, whose metal, halide, and organic ratios and compositions can be tuned to optimize their band gaps for photovoltaics. I’m interested in taking advantage of the spectroscopic characterization techniques available through UW and its partners, to investigate film morphology, which is necessary for optimizing perovskites to be more efficient and stable for applications in the photovoltaic field.
Advisor: Daniel Gamelin – Chemistry