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  2. Recently, carbazole-based organic cations have garnered interest for their potential application in two-dimensional (2D) layered hybrid perovskite solar cells because of their strong hole extraction and transport as well as humidity resistance. However, the potential incorporation of carbazole-based Ruddlesden–Popper 2D hybrid perovskites in photodetectors has been largely unexplored. In this study, we synthesized ammonium 1-(9H-carbazol-9-yl) ethanaminium iodide (CzEAI) and fabricated (CzEA)2PbI4 2D perovskite thin films via varying solvent conditions to control film morphology. We constructed photodiode-type photodetectors with the active layer of (CzEA)2PbI4 2D perovskites and demonstrated a specific detectivity of 6.95 × 1010 Jones at 485 nm illumination without external bias. These results demonstrate the potential of carbazole-based 2D perovskites in a wide range of optoelectronic applications.

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    2D‐on‐3D (2D/3D) perovskite heterostructures present a promising strategy to realize efficient and stable photovoltaics. However, their applicability in inverted solar cells is limited due to the quantum confinement of the 2D‐layer and solvent incompatibilities that disrupt the underlying 3D layer, hampering electron transport at the 2D/3D interface. Herein, solvent‐dependent formation dynamics and structural evolution of 2D/3D heterostructures are investigated via in situ X‐ray scattering. It is revealed that solvent interaction with the 3D surface determines the formation sequence and spatial distribution of quasi‐2D phases withn= 2–4. Isopropanol (IPA) reconstructs the perovskite into a PbI2‐rich surface, forming a strata with smallernfirst, followed by a thinner substratum of largern. In contrast, 2,2,2‐Trifluoroethanol (TFE) preserves the 3D surface, promoting the formation of uniformly distributed largerndomains first, and smallernlast. Leveraging these insights, Dion–Jacobson perovskites are used with superior charge transport properties and structural robustness to fabricate 2D/3D heterostructures dominated byn≥ 3 and engineer a favorable energy landscape for electron tunneling. Inverted solar cells based on 3‐Aminomethylpyridine and TFE achieve a champion efficiency of 23.60%, withVocand FF of 1.19 V and 84.5%, respectively, and superior stabilities witht94of 960 h under thermal stress.

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    Achieving efficient and stable tin-based perovskite solar cells remains challenging. In this work, we incorporate the ethylenediammonium diiodide (EDAI 2 ) additive into a cesium–guanidinium doped formamidinium tin triiodide perovskite with the composition of (CsGA) x FA 1−2x SnI 3 + y % EDAI 2 . This new perovskite utilizes the strong hydrogen bonding of the guanidinium cation and the lattice strain relaxation of the small cesium cation as well as the hollowing and passivation effects of the EDAI 2 additive. The EDAI 2 additive not only yields pinhole-free cubic phase perovskite films but also decreases both shallow and deep trap states in the perovskite films. These effects are pronounced with the increase of substitution of the pair of GA + and Cs + . The new perovskites are deployed in inverted planar solar cells. A maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.01% is achieved with the (CsGA) 0.15 FA 0.70 SnI 3 + 0% EDAI 2 device but the device degrades after storage in a nitrogen-filled glove box for 30 days. Both performance and stability are improved with the addition of EDAI 2 . A maximum PCE of 5.72% is achieved with the (CsGA) 0.15 FA 0.70 SnI 3 + 1.0% EDAI 2 device. The (CsGA) 0.15 FA 0.70 SnI 3 + 1.5% EDAI 2 devices exhibit a maximum PCE of 5.69% and the performance is further increased to 6.39% after storage in a nitrogen-filled glove box for 4 days; 70% of the initial PCE is retained after 45 days. This study demonstrates the benefit of tuning cation sizes and introducing divalent cations to integrate stabilizing factors into pure Sn perovskites, creating new routes for efficient and stable lead-free perovskite solar cells. 
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