The Bachelor's program in “Chemistry, Physics and Mechanics of Materials” has been implemented in 2017 by Moscow State University at the Shenzhen MSU-BIT University under the guidance of the Dean of the Faculty of Materials Science, academician K.A. Solntsev. This year, the first students of the program completed their second-year bachelor studies with a successful defense of the coursework in inorganic chemistry, which was held on July 13, 2019.

While doing the coursework, the students have had the first experience of performing scientific research and solving serious scientific problems. The discussion with the supervisors was held completely in Russian, which the students had managed to learn during three previous semesters of studying at the Shenzhen MSU-BIT University. Carrying out the coursework, the students learned about the current trends in perovskite photovoltaics and studied the basics of various characterization methods, such as X-ray diffraction, diffuse reflection spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. The students have successfully applied the gained knowledge to carry out the assigned tasks: the synthesis of perovskite single crystals, the replacement of ions in hybrid perovskites via the ion-exchange method, the study of the crystallization of various perovskite compositions from aprotic solvents and the study of their environmental stability.

Based on the results of the thesis defense, the faculty commission has rated the work of four students as “excellent”; one student received a “good” mark. Course supervisors on perovskite photovoltaics, junior researcher Andrey Petrov and head of the laboratory Dr. Alexey Tarasov pointed out the extraordinary commitment and diligence of the students in carrying out scientific research and wished them further success in science.



Recent publications

Database of 2D hybrid perovskite materials: open-access collection of crystal structures, band gaps and atomic partial charges predicted by machine learning
Chemistry of Materials, 2020, in press
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c02290


Database of 2D hybrid perovskite materials: open-access collection of crystal structures, band gaps and atomic partial charges predicted by machine learning

Formamidinium Haloplumbate Intermediates: The Missing Link in a Chain of Hybrid Perovskites Crystallization
Chemistry of Materials, 2020, in press
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c02156


Formamidinium Haloplumbate Intermediates: The Missing Link in a Chain of Hybrid Perovskites Crystallization

New Acidic Precursor and Acetone-Based Solvent for Fast Perovskite Processing via Proton-Exchange Reaction with Methylamine
Molecules, 2020, 25, 8, p.1856
DOI: 10.3390/molecules25081856


New Acidic Precursor and Acetone-Based Solvent for Fast Perovskite Processing via Proton-Exchange Reaction with Methylamine

From metallic lead films to perovskite solar cells through lead conversion with polyhalides solutions
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2020, in press
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c02492


From metallic lead films to perovskite solar cells through lead conversion with polyhalides solutions

New features of photochemical decomposition of hybrid lead halide perovskites by laser irradiation
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2020, 12, pp. 12755-12762
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b21689


New features of photochemical decomposition of hybrid lead halide perovskites by laser irradiation

Transferable Approach of Semi-Empirical Modeling of Disordered Mixed Halide Hybrid Perovskites CH3NH3Pb(I1-xBrx)3: Prediction of Thermodynamic Properties, Phase Stability and Deviations from Vegard’s Law
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2019, 42, pp. 26036-26040
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b08995


Transferable Approach of Semi-Empirical Modeling of Disordered Mixed Halide Hybrid Perovskites CH3NH3Pb(I1-xBrx)3: Prediction of Thermodynamic Properties, Phase Stability and Deviations from Vegard’s Law

Methylammonium Polyiodides: Remarkable Phase Diversity of the Simplest and Low-melting Alkylammonium Polyiodide System
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2019, 10, pp. 5776-5780
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02360


Strategic advantages of reactive polyiodide melts for scalable perovskite photovoltaics

Strategic advantages of reactive polyiodide melts for scalable perovskite photovoltaics
Nature Nanotechnology, 2019, 14, pp. 57-63
DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0304-y


Strategic advantages of reactive polyiodide melts for scalable perovskite photovoltaics

Solution processing of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite from gamma-butyrolactone: crystallization mediated by solvation equilibrium
Chemistry of Materials, 2018, 30, pp. 5237–5244
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01906


Solution processing of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite from gamma-butyrolactone: crystallization mediated by solvation equilibrium

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Light-induced reactivity of gold and hybrid perovskite as a new possible degradation mechanism in perovskite solar cells
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, 6, pp.1780-1786
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA10217H


Light-induced reactivity of gold and hybrid perovskite as a new possible degradation mechanism in perovskite solar cells

New formation strategy of hybrid perovskites via room temperature reactive polyiodide melts
Materials Horizons, 2017, 4, pp. 625-632
DOI: 10.1039/C7MH00201G


New formation strategy of hybrid perovskites via room temperature reactive polyiodide melts

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