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While instability in aqueous environment has long impeded employment of metal halide perovskites for heterogeneous photocatalysis, recent reports have shown that some particular tin halide perovskites (THPs) can be water-stable and active in photocatalytic hydrogen production. To unravel the mechanistic details underlying the photocatalytic activity of THPs, we compare the reactivity of the water-stable and active DMASnBr3 (DMA = dimethylammonium) perovskite against prototypical MASnI3 and MASnBr3 compounds (MA = methylammonium), employing advanced electronic–structure calculations. We find that the binding energy of electron polarons at the surface of THPs, driven by the conduction band energetics, is cardinal for photocatalytic hydrogen reduction. In this framework, the interplay between the A-site cation and halogen is found to play a key role in defining the photoreactivity of the material by …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
9 Mar 2022

Damiano Ricciarelli, Waldemar Kaiser, Edoardo Mosconi, Julia Wiktor, Muhammad Waqar Ashraf, Lorenzo Malavasi, Francesco Ambrosio, Filippo De Angelis

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Volume: 7 Pages: 1308-1315
ACS Energy Letters