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Strategies for stable water splitting via protected photoelectrodes

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Abstract

Photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar-fuel conversion is a promising approach to provide clean and storable fuel (e.g., hydrogen and methanol) directly from sunlight, water and CO2. However, major challenges still have to be overcome before commercialization can be achieved. One of the largest barriers to overcome is to achieve a stable PEC reaction in either strongly basic or acidic electrolytes without degradation of the semiconductor photoelectrodes. In this work, we discuss fundamental aspects of protection strategies for achieving stable solid/liquid interfaces. We then analyse the charge transfer mechanism through the protection layers for both photoanodes and photocathodes. In addition, we review protection layer approaches and their stabilities for a wide variety of experimental photoelectrodes for water reduction. Finally, we discuss key aspects which should be addressed in continued work on realizing stable and practical PEC solar water splitting systems.

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The article was received on 15 Dec 2016, published on 01 Mar 2017 and first published online on 01 Mar 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00918B
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
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    Strategies for stable water splitting via protected photoelectrodes

    D. Bae, B. Seger, P. C. K. Vesborg, O. Hansen and I. Chorkendorff, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00918B

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