Lanthanide Double Perovskite Nanocrystals with Emissions Covering the UV-C to NIR Spectral Range

Peter Saghy, Alexander M. Brown, Chun Chu, Lacie C. Dube, Weiwei Zheng, Jerome R. Robinson, Ou Chen

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Lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) have recently drawn considerable attention in the fields of materials science and nanotechnology. However, a major drawback of these NCs is the reliance on toxic lead, which hinders widespread application. Herein, a new class of lead-free perovskite NCs, that is, lanthanide double perovskite (Ln-DP) NCs, with f-orbital-induced optical properties, is introduced. The Pr-, Ce-, Tb-, Eu-, Sm-, and Yb-based Ln-DP NCs display narrow d→f and f→f emissions ranging from the UV-C to the near-infrared spectral region. Experimental data and calculations reveal that the emissive Ln-DP NCs exhibit small molecule-like electronic absorptions: f→d atomic transitions or ligand-to-metal charge transfer transitions. Last, it is demonstrated that by alloying Ln compositions in the DP NCs, new materials with unique and improved optical properties can be obtained. These Ln-DP NCs are promising for optical sensing and lighting, and as components in optoelectronic and/or magneto-fluorescent devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2300277
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 19 2023


  • f-orbital
  • lanthanides
  • luminescence
  • nanocrystals
  • perovskites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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