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Issue 32, 2018
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Modulating oxygen vacancies in Sn-doped hematite film grown on silicon microwires for photoelectrochemical water oxidation

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Abstract

Dual-absorber photoelectrodes are attractive candidates for solar water splitting due to their broadened absorption spectrum and improved photovoltage compared to single-absorber systems. Here, we present a hybrid photoanode constructed by growing hematite (α-Fe2O3) film on silicon microwires (SiMWs); the film is demonstrated to be promising for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. We simultaneously introduce extrinsic (i.e., Sn) and intrinsic (i.e., oxygen vacancy) dopants, which lead to an increase of the photocurrent from 0.89 to 3.12 mA cm−2 at 1.23 VRHE (under AM 1.5G irradiation) and a cathodical shift of 0.7 V in the starting potential of the anode current along with a relatively high photocurrent at a low potential (e.g., 0.33 mA cm−2 at 0.45 VRHE). Moreover, the relative concentration of the oxygen vacancies in α-Fe2O3 can be modulated, and the corresponding influence on the PEC performance is investigated in detail.

Graphical abstract: Modulating oxygen vacancies in Sn-doped hematite film grown on silicon microwires for photoelectrochemical water oxidation

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The article was received on 20 Apr 2018, accepted on 15 Jun 2018 and first published on 16 Jun 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA03643H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 15593-15602

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    Modulating oxygen vacancies in Sn-doped hematite film grown on silicon microwires for photoelectrochemical water oxidation

    Z. Zhou, S. Wu, L. Qin, L. Li, L. Li and X. Li, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 15593
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TA03643H

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