Perovskites for Optoelectronics

Perovskite materials have become very promising candidates for a new generation of potentially printable and efficient optoelectronic devices. As of 2017, innovative preparation methods give access to ever higher material quality and tunability; perovskite-based photovoltaics research is now moving beyond pure efficiency improvements and is exploring scale-up, tandems and stability issues; and applications in light emission and detection continue to soar, thanks to a deeper understanding of the perovskites intriguing physical properties.

This web-collection brings together an editorially-curated selection of multi-disciplinary research articles published in the Nature journals that explore the basic properties of halide-based perovskite materials and their potential for application in optoelectronics, from solar cells to lasers.

In addition to Research Articles, the collection gathers Comments and selected News and Views published since January 2015 in the News and comments section and Perspectives and Review articles under Reviews. Historical milestones on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic metal halide perovskites and their use in applications are reported in the Milestones section. 

This collection was initially published online in September 2016, and was updated in September 2017. 

News and comments


  • Nature Reviews Materials | Review Article

    This Review summarizes advances in understanding the unique physical properties of hybrid perovskites that enable the fabrication of high-efficiency solar cells with high open-circuit voltages, which is crucial for their further development towards commercialization.

    • Jinsong Huang
    • , Yongbo Yuan
    • , Yuchuan Shao
    •  &  Yanfa Yan
  • Nature Reviews Materials | Review Article

    Hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites (HOIPs) comprise a diverse range of chemical compositions from halides and azides to formates, dicyanamides, cyanides and dicyanometallates. In this Review, advances in the synthesis, structures and properties of all HOIP subclasses are summarized and their future opportunities are discussed.

    • Wei Li
    • , Zheming Wang
    • , Felix Deschler
    • , Song Gao
    • , Richard H. Friend
    •  &  Anthony K. Cheetham
  • Nature Reviews Materials | Review Article

    Conventional photodetectors, made of crystalline inorganic semiconductors, are limited in terms of the compactness and sensitivity they can reach. Photodetectors based on solution-processed semiconductors combine ease of processing, tailorable optoelectronic properties and good performance, and thus hold potential for next-generation light sensing.

    • F. Pelayo García de Arquer
    • , Ardalan Armin
    • , Paul Meredith
    •  &  Edward H. Sargent
  • Nature Energy | Review Article

    Understanding of defect physics in perovskite-halide semiconductors is essential to control the effects of structural and chemical defects on the performance of perovskite solar cells. Petrozza and Ball review the current knowledge of defects in these materials.

    • James M. Ball
    •  &  Annamaria Petrozza
  • Nature Energy | Perspective

    Perovskite solar cells have emerged as a potential low-cost alternative to existing technologies. In this Perspective, Park et al. explore a strategy for the commercialisation of perovskite solar cells.

    • Nam-Gyu Park
    • , Michael Grätzel
    • , Tsutomu Miyasaka
    • , Kai Zhu
    •  &  Keith Emery
  • Nature Energy | Perspective

    Organometal halide perovskites have drawn remarkable attention in photovoltaic applications due to their optoelectronic properties. In this Perspective, the authors outline the potential of these materials in a variety of energy-related applications.

    • Wei Zhang
    • , Giles E. Eperon
    •  &  Henry J. Snaith