Capturing local structure modulations of photoexcited BiVO4 by ultrafast transient XAFS
Ultrafast excitation of photocatalytically active BiVO4 was characterized by femto- and picosecond transient X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. An initial photoexcited state (≪500 fs) changed to a metastable state accompanied by a structural change with a time constant of ∼14 ps. The structural change might stabilize holes on oxygen atoms since the interaction between Bi and O increases.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2017 Emerging Investigators