Enhancing resistive switching performance and ambient stability of hybrid perovskite single crystals via embedding colloidal quantum dots

Adnan Younis, Long Hu, Pankaj Sharma, Chun-Ho Lin, Yang Mi, Xinwei Guan, Dawei Zhang, Yutao Wang, Tengyue He, Xinfeng Liu, Babar Shabbir, Shujuan Huang, Jan Seidel, Tom Wu

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Hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskites are actively pursued for optoelectronic technologies, but the poor stability is the Achilles’ heel of these materials that hinders their applications. Very recently, it has been shown that lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) can form epitaxial interfaces with the perovskite matrix and enhance the overall stability. In this work, it is demonstrated that embedding QDs can significantly modify the transport property of pristine perovskite single crystals, endowing them with new functionalities besides being structurally robust and free from grain boundaries. Resistive switching memory devices are constructed using solution-processed CH3NH3PbBr3 (MAPbBr3) perovskite single crystals and the QD-embedded counterparts. It is found that QDs could significantly enhance the charge transport and reduce the current–voltage hysteresis. The pristine singe crystal device exhibits negative differential resistance, while the QD-embedded crystals are featured with filament-type switching behavior and much improved device stability. This study underscores the potential of QD-embedded hybrid perovskites as a new media for advanced electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2002948
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2020


  • composites
  • hybrid perovskite
  • PbS quantum dots
  • resistive switching

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