Basic research by Georgia Tech and KAUST researchers to understand the electronic behavior of perovskites is the cover feature of the Dec. 11, 2018, issue of Chemistry of Materials. The work is by School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Jean-Luc Brédas and collaborators led by Omar Mohammed at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), in Saudi Arabia.
“Layer-Dependent Rashba Band Splitting in 2D Hybrid Perovskites” was published online in October. It details fundamental studies to understand the spin-orbit coupling in perovskites due to the presence of heavy atoms.
Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have attracted attention because of their promising properties for optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, and scintillators. The work advances the development of perovskites for spintronic applications.
From July 2014 to 2016, while on leave from Georgia Tech, Brédas served as Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at KAUST, as well as director of the KAUST Solar Center.