Lattice thermal conductivity of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

X Qian and XK Gu and RG Yang, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 108, 063902 (2016).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4941921

Great success has been achieved in improving the photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency of the organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite-based solar cells, but with very limited knowledge on the thermal transport in hybrid perovskites, which could affect the device lifetime and stability. Based on the potential field derived from the density functional theory calculations, we studied the lattice thermal conductivity of the hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 using equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. Temperature-dependent thermal conductivity is reported from 160K to 400 K, which covers the tetragonal phase (160-330K) and the pseudocubic phase (>330 K). A very low thermal conductivity (0.59 W/mK) is found in the tetragonal phase at room temperature, whereas a much higher thermal conductivity is found in the pseudocubic phase (1.80 W/mK at 330 K). The low group velocity of acoustic phonons and the strong anharmonicity are found responsible for the relatively low thermal conductivity of the tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3. (C) 2016 AIP Publishing LLC.

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