The organic metal halide hybrids welcome a new member with a one-dimensional (1D) tubular structure. Herein we report the synthesis and characterization of a single crystalline bulk assembly of organic metal halide nanotubes, (C6H13N4)3Pb2Br7. In a metal halide nanotube, six face-sharing metal halide dimers (Pb2Br95−) connect at the corners to form rings that extend in one dimension, of which the inside and outside surfaces are coated with protonated hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) cations (C6H13N4+). This unique 1D tubular structure possesses highly localized electronic states with strong quantum confinement, resulting in the formation of self-trapped excitons that give strongly Stokes shifted broadband yellowish-white emission with a photoluminescence quantum efficiency (PLQE) of ∼7%. Having realized single crystalline bulk assemblies of two-dimensional (2D) wells, 1D wires, and now 1D tubes using organic metal halide hybrids, our work significantly advances the research on bulk assemblies of quantum-confined materials.
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Lin, Haoran, Chenkun Zhou, Yu Tian, Tiglet Besara, Jennifer Neu, Theo Siegrist, Yan Zhou et al. "Bulk assembly of organic metal halide nanotubes." Chemical science 8, no. 12 (2017): 8400-8404.