J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 6, 1337–1341 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00238
The understanding of broad-band emission mechanisms on low-dimensional metal halides is an urgent need for the design principle of these materials and their photoluminescence tuning. Herein, a new zero-dimensional (0D) organic–inorganic hybrid material (C9NH20)6Pb3Br12 has been discovered, in which face-sharing PbBr6 trimer clusters crystallize with organic cations (C9NH20+), forming periodic structure with 0D blocks. Broad-band green emission peaking at about 522 nm was observed for this material, with a full width at half-maximum (fwhm) of 134 nm. The emission was attributed to excitons trapped at controlled intrinsic vacancies, and this is the new example in 0D metal halides, also confirmed by spectroscopy analysis and first-principles calculations. Discovery of the single-crystalline hybrid material and observation of defect-induced luminescence extend the scope of bulk 0D materials and understanding of photophysical properties for optoelectronic applications.