Collective Molecular Mechanisms in the CH(3)NH(3)Pbl(3) Dissolution by Liquid Water

C Caddeo and MI Saba and S Meloni and A Filippetti and A Mattoni, ACS NANO, 11, 9183-9190 (2017).

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b04116

The origin of the dissolution of methylammonium lead trihalide (MAPI) crystals in liquid water is clarified by finite-temperature molecular dynamics by developing a MYP-based force field (MYP1) for water-MAPI systems. A thermally activated process is found with an energy barrier of 0.36 eV consisting of a layer-by-layer degradation with generation of inorganic PbI2 films and solvation of MA and I ions. We rationalize the effect of water on MAPI by identifying a transition from a reversible absorption and diffusion in the presence of vapor to the irreversible destruction of the crystal lattice in liquid due to a cooperative action of water molecules. A strong waterMAPI interaction is found with a binding energy of 0.41 eV/H2O and wetting energy of 0.23 N/m. The water vapor absorption is energetically favored (0.29 eV/H2O), and the infiltrated molecules can migrate within the crystal with a diffusion coefficient D = 1.7 x 108 cm(2)/s and activation energy of 0.28 eV.

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