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Cold Sprayed WO3 and TiO2 Electrodes for Photoelectrochemical Water and Methanol Oxidation in Renewable Energy Applications

Abstract

Films prepared by cold spray have potential applications as photoanodes in electrochemical water splitting and waste water purification. In the present study cold sprayed photoelectrodes produced with WO3 (active under visible light illumination) and TiO2 (active under UV illumination) on titanium metal substrates were investigated as photoanodes for the oxidation of water and methanol, respectively. Methanol was chosen as organic model pollutant in acidic electrolytes. Main advantages of the cold sprayed photoelectrodes are the improved metal-semiconductor junctions and the superior mechanical stability. Additionally, the cold spray method can be utilized as a large-scale electrode fabrication technique for photoelectrochemical applications. Incident photon to current efficiencies reveal that cold sprayed Ti/WO3 photoanodes exhibit the best photoelectrochemical properties with regard to the water and methanol oxidation reactions in comparison with the benchmark photocatalyst Aeroxide TiO2 P25 due to more efficient harvesting of the total solar light irradiation related to their smaller band gap energies.

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The article was accepted on 29 Aug 2017 and first published on 29 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02063E
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Cold Sprayed WO3 and TiO2 Electrodes for Photoelectrochemical Water and Methanol Oxidation in Renewable Energy Applications

    C. Haisch, J. Schneider, M. Fleisch, H. Gutzmann, T. Klassen and D. W. Bahnemann, Dalton Trans., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7DT02063E

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