One of my favorite parts of academia is the chance to work in a team with many bright individuals and bring about innovative solutions to challenges. The icing on the cake is sharing these solutions with the world.
In our latest collaboration with the Sargent group (just published in Nature communications), we were able to provide computational insights in using small molecules such as the neurotransmitter, GABA, to control the growth of perovskite crystals. The resultant quantum wells were used to develop a highly efficient and stable perovskite-based blue LED! This strategy was found to be widely applicable, with other small chelating molecules also leading to similar performance.
The paper is available free of charge at: Nature Communications.