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Stabilization of Si microwire arrays for solar-driven H2O oxidation to O2(g) in 1.0 M KOH(aq) using conformal coatings of amorphous TiO2

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Abstract

Conductive, amorphous TiO2 coatings deposited by atomic-layer deposition, in combination with a sputter deposited NiCrOx oxygen-evolution catalyst, have been used to protect Si microwire arrays from passivation or corrosion in contact with aqueous electrolytes. Coated np+-Si/TiO2/NiCrOx as well as heterojunction n-Si/TiO2/NiCrOx Si microwire-array photoanodes exhibited stable photoelectrochemical operation in aqueous ferri-/ferro-cyanide solutions. The coatings also allowed for photoanodic water oxidation in 1.0 M KOH(aq) solutions for >2200 h of continuous operation under simulated 1 Sun conditions with ∼100% Faradaic efficiency for the evolution of O2(g).

Graphical abstract: Stabilization of Si microwire arrays for solar-driven H2O oxidation to O2(g) in 1.0 M KOH(aq) using conformal coatings of amorphous TiO2

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Submitted
22 Sep 2014
Accepted
29 Oct 2014
First published
05 Nov 2014

Energy Environ. Sci., 2015,8, 203-207
Article type
Communication

Stabilization of Si microwire arrays for solar-driven H2O oxidation to O2(g) in 1.0 M KOH(aq) using conformal coatings of amorphous TiO2

M. R. Shaner, S. Hu, K. Sun and N. S. Lewis, Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, 8, 203
DOI: 10.1039/C4EE03012E

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