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Title: Discovery of Fe–Ce Oxide/BiVO 4 Photoanodes through Combinatorial Exploration of Ni–Fe–Co–Ce Oxide Coatings

An efficient photoanode is a prerequisite for a viable solar fuels technology. The challenges to realizing an efficient photoanode include the integration of a semiconductor light absorber and a metal oxide electrocatalyst to optimize corrosion protection, light trapping, hole transport, and photocarrier recombination sites. In order to efficiently explore metal oxide coatings, we employ a high throughput methodology wherein a uniform BiVO 4 film is coated with 858 unique metal oxide coatings covering a range of metal oxide loadings and the full (Ni-Fe-Co-Ce)O x pseudo-quaternary composition space. Photoelectrochemical characterization of the photoanodes reveals that specific combinations of metal oxide composition and loading provide up to a 13-fold increase in the maximum photoelectrochemical power generation for oxygen evolution in pH 13 electrolyte. Through mining of the high throughput data we identify composition regions that form improved interfaces with BiVO 4. Of particular note, integrated photoanodes with catalyst compositions in the range Fe (0.4-0.6)Ce (0.6-0.4)O x exhibit high interface quality and excellent photoelectrochemical power conversion. Furthermore, for scaled-up inkjet-printed electrodes and photoanodic electrodeposition of this composition on BiVO 4 we can confirm the discovery and the synthesis-independent interface improvement of (Fe-Ce)O x coatings on BiVO 4.
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  1. California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and Chemical Sciences Division
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0004993; AC02-05CH11231
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 36; Journal ID: ISSN 1944-8244
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
California Inst. of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA (United States). Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; high-throughput experimentation; materials integration; oxygen evolution reaction; photoanode; solar fuels
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OSTI ID: 1454487