Efficient and Stable White LEDs with Silica-Coated Inorganic Perovskite Quantum Dots

Significance Statement

The combination of certain quantum dots with blue light emitting diodes despite positive achievable results faces some daunting challenges in the manufacture of white light-emitting diodes. For example, cases of instability, a need for capping and anion-exchange reaction between different quantum dots have been reported as limitation to a high photoluminescence quantum yield.

In a recent article published in the journal, Advanced Materials, a group of researchers led by Professor Yu Zhang from Jilin University hydrolyzed a (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane to form a silica matrix as a capping agent for perovskite quantum dots in order to produce white light-emitting diodes. Other researchers contributed to the study were Professor Xiaoyong Wang at Nanjing University and Professor William Yu at Louisiana State University.

In their experiments and following the preparation of green and red quantum dots [CsPbBr3 and CsPb(Br/I)3 ] at different temperatures, certain analytical results confirmed the successful capping of the perovskite quantum dots by the silica matrix. The average diameter of the red and green quantum dots increased from 2.7nm to 5 and 5.9nm, respectively before completion of the silica matrix formation.

The authors observed an increase in the stability of the photoluminescence quantum yield for the red and green quantum dots over a period of three months, due to the support provided by the silica matrix. Similar average photoluminescence decay lifetimes were found compared with other perovskite quantum dots, coupled with features of flexible spectra tunability. The photoluminescence quantum yields increased with size while its full width at half-maximum decreases, which indicates that high temperatures favor superior optical properties.

After further analyses they confirmed the non-existence of anion exchange reactions between the quantum dots in silica matrix, resultant white light-emitting diodes with Commission Internationale de I’Eclairage color coordinates which surpasses 120% of the National Television System Committee standard was obtained. The highest power efficiency attained was 61.2 Im W-1, far higher than that of other quantum dots composites.

The authors didn’t notice any visible change in the photoluminescence spectrum over 3 hours when operated at 20mA, indicating a high stability for the white light-emitting diode. However, as working time increases, the red quantum dots with silica matrix had a slight decrease in florescence compared to the green quantum dots with silica matrix. The white light-emitting diode has a calculated half-life of 227h.

This study was able to provide an improved performance of perovskite quantum dots for production of white light-emitting diodes.

Efficient and Stable White LEDs with Silica-Coated Inorganic Perovskite Quantum Dots - Advances in Engineering

About the author

Yu Zhang received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics from Jilin University, China, in 2005 and 2010, respectively. He became a full professor in 2015 in Jilin University. His research interests are QD-based high efficient LEDs for display, solid-state lighting and other optoelectronic devices.

About the author

Chun Sun received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Jilin University, China in 2012. He is a Ph.D. candidate in electronics in Jilin University. His research is the synthesis of high-quality noval QDs, and the design of bright and efficient white LEDs.


Sun, C.1, Zhang, Y.1, Ruan, C.1, Yin, C.2, Wang, X.2, Wang, Y.1, Yu, W.W.1,3 Efficient and Stable White LEDs with Silica-Coated Inorganic Perovskite Quantum Dots, Advanced Materials 28 (2016) 10088-10094.

Show Affiliations
  1. State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun, 130012, China
  2. National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, 210093, China
  3. Department of Chemistry and Physics, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA, 71115, USA


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