• Valencia, A.M.; Shargaieva, O.; Schier, R.; Unger, E.; Cocchi, C.: Optical Fingerprints of Polynuclear Complexes in Lead Halide Perovskite Precursor Solutions. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 12 (2021), p. 2299-2305

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Solvent–solute interactions in precursor solutions of lead halide perovskites (LHPs) critically impact the quality of solution-processed materials, as they lead to the formation of a variety of poly-iodoplumbates that act as building blocks for LHPs. The formation of [PbI2+n]n− complexes is often expected in diluted solutions, while coordination occurring at high concentrations is not yet well understood. In a combined ab initio and experimental work, we demonstrate that the optical spectra of the quasi-one-dimensional iodoplumbate complexes PbI2(DMSO)4, Pb2I4(DMSO)6, and Pb3I6(DMSO)8 formed in dimethyl sulfoxide solutions are compatible with the spectral fingerprints measured at high lead iodide concentrations. This finding suggests that the interpretation of optical spectra of LHP precursor solutions should account for the formation of polynuclear lead halide complexes.