In-situ X-ray diffraction reveals the degradation of crystalline CH3NH3PbI3 by water-molecule collisions at room temperature

Masaki Hada, Yoichi Hasegawa, Ryota Nagaoka, Tomoya Miyake, Ulugbek Abdullaev, Hiromi Ota, Takeshi Nishikawa, Yoshifumi Yamashita, Yasuhiko Hayashi

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We have developed a vacuum-compatible chamber for in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies and have used it to characterize the changing crystal structure of an inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite material, CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3), during interactions with water vapor at room temperature. In the XRD spectra, we have observed the degradation of MAPbI3 and the creation of MAPbI3 hydrates, which follow simple rate equations. The time constant for the degradation of MAPbI3 during accelerated aging suggests that multiple collisions of water molecules with the MAPbI3 crystal trigger the degradation of the crystal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number028001
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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