Tuning the Structural Rigidity of Two-Dimensional Ruddlesden-Popper Perovskites through the Organic Cation

MB Fridriksson and N van der Meer and J de Haas and FC Grozema, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 124, 28201-28209 (2020).

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c08893

Two-dimensional (2D) hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites are an interesting class of semi-conducting materials. One of their main advantages is the large freedom in the nature of the organic spacer molecules that separates the individual inorganic layers. The nature of the organic layer can significantly affect the structure and dynamics of the 2D material; however, there is currently no clear understanding of the effect of the organic component on the structural parameters. In this work, we have used molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the structure and dynamics of a 2D Ruddlesden-Popper perovskite with a single inorganic layer (n = 1) and varying organic cations. We discuss the dynamic behavior of both the inorganic and the organic part of the materials as well as the interplay between the two and compare the different materials. We show that both aromaticity and the length of the flexible linker between the aromatic unit and the amide have a clear effect on the dynamics of both the organic and the inorganic part of the structures, highlighting the importance of the organic cation in the design of 2D perovskites.

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