Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 41, 2018
Previous Article Next Article

Construction of Al-ZnO/CdS photoanodes modified with distinctive alumina passivation layer for improvement of photoelectrochemical efficiency and stability

Author affiliations

Abstract

ZnO/CdS-based nanorod arrays (NRs) are an excellent class of photoanode materials, which possess high photoelectric response for solar-driven water splitting. A highly efficient photoanode system consisting of Al-doped ZnO NRs as effective electron-transfer layers and CdS as a light harvesting layer was rationally designed. Al doping increased the conductivity of ZnO NRs and simultaneously coarsened the surface of ZnO due to expansion of ZnO lattice. The rough surface favoured the growth of a CdS coating layer on it through a successive ionic layer adsorption reaction. The integrated ZnO/CdS photoanode exhibited photocurrent of 10.4 mA cm−2 at 1.23 V versus RHE (reversible hydrogen potential) and conversion efficiency of 5.75% at 0.38 V versus RHE for 60 SILAR CdS cycles. The coating of a protective Al2O3 passivation layer through the direct current magnetron sputtering technique significantly improved the stability of the electrode, and it was better than that of the conventional atomic layer deposition method.

Graphical abstract: Construction of Al-ZnO/CdS photoanodes modified with distinctive alumina passivation layer for improvement of photoelectrochemical efficiency and stability

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Publication details

The article was received on 27 Aug 2018, accepted on 01 Oct 2018 and first published on 02 Oct 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR06880A
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018,10, 19621-19627
  •   Request permissions

    Construction of Al-ZnO/CdS photoanodes modified with distinctive alumina passivation layer for improvement of photoelectrochemical efficiency and stability

    R. Wang, X. Li, L. Wang, X. Zhao, G. Yang, A. Li, C. Wu, Q. Shen, Y. Zhou and Z. Zou, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 19621
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NR06880A

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements