Senior Fellow co-authors special paper in the journal Accounts of Chemical Research

Oct 8, 2015 | News, News from Argonne

NAISE Senior Fellow Professor Mercouri G.Kanatzidis and Postdoctoral Fellow Konstantinos C. Stoumpos (both of Northwestern University) have co-authored a special paper in the journal Accounts of Chemical Research.

The researchers are joint appointments at Argonne in the Materials Science Division (MSD) and perform a significant portion of their research at the laboratory. The duo is highlighting the basic pillars that define the chemistry of the halide perovskites and their unconventional electronic properties through the prism of structure–property relationships.

Kanadtzidis and Stoumpos focus on the synthetic requirements under which a halide perovskite can exist and how the synthetic conditions can determine the structural integrity and the bulk properties of the perovskites.

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The recent re-emergence of the halide perovskites, of the type AMX3, derives from a sea-changing breakthrough in the field of photovoltaics that has led to a whole new generation of solar devices with remarkable power conversion efficiency.

The success in the field of photovoltaics has led to intense, combined research efforts to better understand these materials both from the fundamental chemistry and physics points of view and for the improvement of applied functional device engineering. This groundswell of activity has breathed new life into this long-known but largely “forgotten” class of perovskites.

About the Researchers

Konstantinos C. Stoumpos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1983. He completed his B.Sc. (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees at the University of Patras in Greece, the latter under the supervision of Professor Spyros P. Perlepes, working on 3d-metal coordination chemistry relevant to molecular magnetism. He is a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and at Argonne before that. His current research interests lie in the science and applications of halide perovskites.

Mercouri G.Kanatzidis was born in Greece in 1957. After obtaining a B.Sc. from Aristotle University in Greece, he received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1984. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University from 1985 to 1987 and is currently the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He also holds an appointment at Argonne and is the editor in chief of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry.

Senior Fellow co-authors special paper in the journal Accounts of Chemical Research