What are perovskites?

Perovskite is a calcium titanium oxide mineral, with the chemical formula CaTiO3, discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia by Gustav Rose in 1839 and named after Russian mineralogist Lev Perovski (1792–1856).

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Perovskites are a class of materials with a similar structure that are easily synthesized and relatively low-cost. Perovskites are considered the future of solar cells and are also predicted to play a significant role in next-gen electric vehicle batteries, displays, sensors, lasers and much more.

Perovskites can have an impressive collection of interesting properties including “colossal magnetoresistance” - their electrical resistance changes when they are put in a magnetic field (which can be useful for microelectronics). Some Perovskites are superconductors, which means they can conduct electricity with no resistance at all. Perovskite materials exhibit many other interesting and intriguing properties. Ferroelectricity, charge ordering, spin dependent transport, high thermopower and the interplay of structural, magnetic and transport properties are commonly observed features in this family. Perovskites therefore hold exciting opportunities for physicists, chemists and material scientists.

What are LEDs?

A light-emitting diode (LED) is an electronic component that is essentially a two-lead semiconductor light source. It is a p–n junction diode that emits light upon activation by a voltage applied to the leads, which makes electrons recombine with electron holes within the device, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence, and the color of the light is determined by the energy band gap of the chosen semiconductor.

Perovskite LEDs colloidal solution

LEDs’ advantages over incandescent light sources include lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size, and faster switching. Light-emitting diodes have become ubiquitous and are found in diverse applications in the aerospace and automotive industries, as well as in advertising, traffic signals, camera flashes and much more.



LEDs meant for general room lighting currently remain more expensive than fluorescent or incandescent sources of similar output, but are significantly more energy efficient.

What can perovskites do for LEDs?

Current high-quality LEDs are based on direct bandgap semiconductors, but making these devices is no easy task because they need to be processed at high temperatures and in vacuum, which makes them rather expensive to produce in large quantities. Perovskites that are direct-bandgap semiconductors could be real alternatives to other types of direct-bandgap materials for applications like color displays, since they are cheap and easy to make and can be easily tuned to emit light of a variety of colors.

Perovskite hybrid organic-inorganic nanorods (HUJI)

Researchers have found that organometal halide-based perovskites (a combination of lead, organics and halogens that arrange into perovskite crystal structure in the solid state) could be very suitable for making optoelectronics devices, since they can be processed in solution and do not need to be heated to high temperatures. This means that large-area films of these materials can be deposited onto a wide range of flexible or rigid substrates. The perovskites also have an optical bandgap that can be tuned in the visible to infrared regions, which makes them very promising for a range of optoelectronics applications. These materials also emit light very strongly, which makes them very suitable for making LEDs. The light emitted by the perovskites can be easily tuned, which could make them ideal for color displays and lighting, and in optical communication applications.

However, a major obstacle that perovskites will have to overcome in order to be used in LED-type devices is that electrons and holes only weakly bind in perovskite thin films. This means that excitons (electron-hole pairs) spontaneously dissociate into free carriers in the bulk recombination layer, leading to low photoluminescence quantum efficiency (PLQE), high leakage current and low luminous efficiency. This obviously impairs perovskites’ ability to create high-performance LEDs, and for perovskite materials to make a comparable impact in light emission, it is necessary to overcome their slow radiative recombination kinetics. Simply put, researchers will have to find ways of effectively confining electrons and holes in the perovskite so that they can “recombine” to emit light. Major progress is already being made in this field, and it seems that perovskites will indeed open the door to a low-cost, color-tunable approach to LED development.

Recent work in the field of perovskite-based LEDs

In July 2016, researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have fabricated high-performance green light-emitting diodes based on colloidal organometal perovskite nanoparticles. The devices have a maximum luminous efficiency of 11.49 cd/A, a power efficiency of 7.84 lm/W and an external quantum efficiency of 3.8%. This value is said to be about 3.5 times higher than that of the best colloidal perovskite quantum-dot-based LEDs previously made.

In March 2016, researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada and ShangaiTech University in China have succeeded in using colloidal quantum dots in a high-mobility perovskite matrix to make a near-infrared (NIR) light-emitting diode (LED) with a record electroluminescence power conversion efficiency of nearly 5% for this type of device. The NIR LED could find use in applications such as night vision devices, biomedical imaging, optical communications and computing.

In February 2016, researchers from the Universitat Jaume I and the Universitat de València have studied the interaction of two materials, halide perovskite and quantum dots, revealing significant potential for the development of advanced LEDs and more efficient solar cells. The researchers quantified the "exciplex state" resulting from the coupling of halide perovskites and colloidal quantum dots, both known separately for their optoelectronic properties, but when combined, these materials yield longer wavelengths than can be achieved by either material alone, plus easy tuning properties that together have the potential to introduce important changes in LED and solar technologies.

In December 2015, researchers at Pohang University in Korea are reportedly the first to develop a perovskite light emitting diode (PeLED) that could replace organic LED (OLED) and quantum dot LED (QDLED).

Organic/inorganic hybrid perovskite have much higher color-purity at a lower cost compared to organic emitters and inorganic QD emitters. However, LEDs based on perovskite had previously shown a limited luminous efficiency, mainly due to significant exciton (a complex of an electron and hole that can allow light emission when it is radiatively recombined) dissociation in perovskite layers. The research team overcame the efficiency limitations of PeLED and boosted its efficiency to a level similar to that of phosphorescent OLEDs. This increase was attributed to fine stoichiometric tuning that prevents exciton dissociation, and to nanograin engineering that reduces perovskite grain size, and concomitantly decreases exciton diffusion length. PeLED might be a game changer in the display and solid-state lighting industries, with significantly improved efficiency as well as advantages like excellent color gamut and low material cost.

In November 2015, Florida State researchers have developed a cheaper, more efficient LED, or light-emitting diode, using perovskites. The researchers spent months using synthetic chemistry to fine-tune the materials in the lab, creating a perovskite material capable of emitting a staggering 10,000 candelas per square meter when powered by 12 volts. The scientists say that such exceptional brightness owes, to a large extent, to the inherent high luminescent efficiency of this surface-treated, highly crystalline nanomaterial.

The latest perovskite LED news:

The Perovskite for Displays Market Report updated to April 2022

Perovskite-Info is proud to announce an update to our Perovskite for the Display Industry Market Report. This market report, brought to you by the world's leading perovskite and OLED industry experts, is a comprehensive guide to next-generation perovskite-based solutions for the display industry that enable efficient, low cost and high-quality display devices. The report is now updated to April 2022.

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Researchers achieve large-area and efficient sky-blue perovskite LEDs via blade-coating

Researchers from Beihang University and the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) of the Chinese Academy of Science have developed efficient and large-area sky-blue Perovskite-based LEDs, through blade-coating supersaturated precursors.

This approach results in nucleation in the solution phase with much higher nucleation sites, and a faster crystallization rate. The uniform films formed by this method reportedly exhibit smaller grain size, lower trap density, and higher radiative recombination rate.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 14,2022

Researchers advance towards creating more stable blue perovskite LEDs

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have developed blue LEDs based on metal halide perovskites, that, for the first time, uses asymmetrical bridges to hold the layers of perovskite together, creating a more stable structure.

OIST team finds that aymmetry is key to creating more stable blue perovskite LEDs image

'Perovskites have the potential to be a real game-changer in the lighting industry,' said first author Dr. Yuqiang Liu, a former post-doctoral researcher in the OIST Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit and currently a professor at Qingdao University, China. 'In only a few short years, the efficiency of perovskite LEDs ' how well they can transfer electrical energy into light energy ' has shot up to a level that rivals traditional LEDs, and soon will surpass them.'

Read the full story Posted: Jan 25,2022

The Perovskite for Displays Market Report updated to January 2022

Perovskite-Info is proud to announce an update to our Perovskite for the Display Industry Market Report. This market report, brought to you by the world's leading perovskite and OLED industry experts, is a comprehensive guide to next-generation perovskite-based solutions for the display industry that enable efficient, low cost and high-quality display devices. The report is now updated to January 2022.

Reading this report, you'll learn all about:

  • Perovskite materials and their properties
  • Perovskite applications in the display industry
  • Perovskite QDs for color conversion
  • Prominent perovskite display related research activities

The report also provides a list of perovskite display companies, datasheets and brochures of pQD film solutions, an introduction to perovskite materials and processes, an introduction to emerging display technologies and more.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 19,2022

Researchers review ways to process transparent electrodes without causing damage to perovskite solar cells

A research team led by Erkan Aydin and Stefaan De Wolf from the KAUST Solar Center, along with co-authors from Turkey, the Netherlands and Spain, has presented an overview on the process of stopping damage from occurring to devices during the creation of transparent electrodes, particularly for a technique known as sputtering.

Damage from adding electrical contacts to sensitive semiconductors, including perovskites, can be mitigated using a buffer layer and optimized deposition. The new review gives a comprehensive overview for the origin and mitigation strategies for this technological problem.

Read the full story Posted: Dec 07,2021

Researchers develop perovskite-based 'unbreakable' glass for displays, lighting and more

A collaborative research team that included scientists from the University of Queensland (UO), the University of Leeds, Université Paris-Saclay and University of Cambridge, has developed perovskite-based composite glass that is virtually unbreakable and delivers crystal clear image quality.

UQ's Dr. Jingwei Hou said the discovery was a huge step forward in perovskite nanocrystal technology as previously, researchers were only able to produce this technology in the atmosphere of a laboratory setting as lead-halide perovskites NCs are extremely sensitive to light, heat, air and water. However, Hou said that 'Our team of chemical engineers and material scientists has developed a process to wrap or bind the nanocrystals in porous glass. This process is key to stabilizing the materials, enhancing its efficiency and inhibits the toxic lead ions from leaching out from the materials.'

Read the full story Posted: Oct 31,2021

Inkjet-printed flexible perovskite LEDs could open the door to new applications

Researchers from Florida State University and Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new material for displays and a novel way to fabricate it'using an inkjet printer. The team used organometal halide perovskites ' with a novel twist.

The traditional way to create a thin layer of perovskites, which is in liquid form, is to drip it onto a flat, spinning substrate, in a process known as spin coating. As the substrate spins, the liquid spreads out, eventually covering it in a thin layer. From there, it can be recovered and made into perovskite LEDs, or PeLEDs. A lot of material, however, is wasted in that process'as the substrate spins at several thousand RPM, some of the dripping perovskite splatters and flies away, not sticking to the substrate. The researchers substituted this process with one based on an inkjet printer.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 23,2021

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Read the full story Posted: Oct 21,2021

IIT Madras team designs perovskite-based white light emitters for LEDs

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) have developed a perovskite-based white light emitter for use in energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs.

As conventional LED materials cannot emit white light, to produce white light, specialized techniques such as coating blue LED with yellow phosphor and combining blue, green, and red LEDs have been used, along with a worldwide search for materials that can directly emit white light.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 20,2021

Researchers synthesize double perovskite nanocrystals with bright emission based on triplet STEs

Unlike the narrow band emission based on free excitons in lead-perovskite nanocrystals (NCs), the low electronic dimensionality in lead-free double perovskite NCs can lead to self-trapped excitons (STEs), generating a broadband emission. To date, how the singlet/triplet STEs influence the photoluminescence properties and whether triplet STEs can generate efficient emission in double-perovskite NCs has been unclear.

Bright Triplet Self-Trapped Excitons to Dopant Energy Transfer in Halide Double-Perovskite Nanocrystals image

A research team, led by Prof. Han Keli and Yang Bin from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, recently synthesized double perovskite nanocrystals with bright photoluminescence emission based on triplet STEs.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 19,2021