2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium CT02—Halide Perovskites—From Lead-Free Materials to Advanced Characterization and Deposition Approaches

In the last few years, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have emerged as a low-cost, thin-film technology with unprecedented efficiency gains from 3.8% in 2009 to 23.3% in 2018 challenging the quasi-paradigm that high efficiency photovoltaics must come at high costs. Perovskites can be processed via inexpensive solution-methods and have exceptional material properties (comparable to expensive, high-temperature processed materials such as GaAs, Si). The perovskite band gap can be tuned from 1 to 3 eV. Therefore, perovskites are at the center stage of current semiconductor research for applications in solar cells.

This symposium will focus on the fundamental questions that make perovskites so remarkable. We will give emphasis to advanced characterization techniques that help understand halide perovskites. We will have a session on the progress of deposition techniques, which will allow for accurate control of materials properties while remaining relevant for commercialization of these materials for different applications. This symposium will also draw together the interdisciplinary scientific community working on lead-free materials. The symposium will cover the fundamental understanding of the properties of the lead-halide perovskites that enable its high photoluminescence quantum yields and long diffusion lengths to be achieved despite high defect densities, from polarons to electronic-structure arguments. This will lead into work on developing design rules to identify candidate lead-free alternatives. Next, the symposium will cover the broad classes of perovskite-inspired materials that have been explored. These include (1) bismuth-, antimony-, tin- and germanium-based compounds, (2) double perovskites, (3) mixed anion compounds and (4) chalcogenides. This will focus on growth methods, theoretical investigations, and in-depth spectroscopic investigations into carrier kinetics. This section will also highlight state-of-the-art tools to accelerate materials discovery, such as combinatorial processing and machine learning. The final part of the symposium will focus on efforts to develop the new materials into devices, with particular emphasis on stability.

Topics will include:

  • Micro- and nano-scale characterization of halide perovskites
  • Electronic defects
  • The role of interfaces in perovskite degradation
  • Perovskites by vapor deposition
  • Scaling-up: industry-friendly processing techniques
  • Theory and materials design ‡
  • Advanced materials screening methods, e.g., machine learning and combinatorial processing ‡
  • Stability of materials and devices
  • Lead-free perovskite-inspired materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Natalie Banerji (Universität Freiburg, Switzerland)
  • Matt Beard (National Renewable Energy Laboratories, USA)
  • Rebecca Belisle (Wellesley College, USA)
  • María Bernechea (Universidad Zaragoza, Spain)
  • Pablo Boix (Universitat de València, Spain)
  • Tonio Buonassisi (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Tony Cheetham (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Letian Dou (Purdue University, USA)
  • David Fenning (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Feliciano Giustino (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Giulia Grancini (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Song Jin (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Prashant Kamat (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Marina Leite (University of California, Davis, USA)
  • Sara Li (The University of Utah, USA)
  • Maria Antoinetta Loi (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • David Mitzi (Duke University, USA)
  • Lea Nienhaus (Florida State University, USA)
  • Annamaria Petrozza (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • Yabing Qi (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Michael Saliba (Adolphe Merkle Institute at Université de Fribourg, Switzerland)
  • Carlos Silva (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Diego Solis-Ibarra (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico)
  • Vladan Stevanovic (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
  • Sam Stranks (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Stefan Weber (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
  • Kai Zhu (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
0016173244450, jpcorrea@mit.edu

Robert Hoye
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
+447397381487, rlzh2@cam.ac.uk

Libai Huang
Purdue University

Hemamala Karunadasa
Stanford University
1 650 723 0288, hemamala@stanford.edu