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Title: Hydrogen incorporation by plasma treatment gives mesoporous black TiO 2 thin films with visible photoelectrochemical water oxidation activity

In this work, we use neutron reflectometry (NR) to investigate the roles of hydrogen in plasma treated hydrogen doped mesoporous black titania thin films in their visible light absorption and enhanced photoactivity for water oxidation. The cubic ordered mesoporous TiO 2 thin films are prepared by a surfactant-templated sol-gel method and are treated with hydrogen plasma, an approach hypothesized to capitalize on the high degree of disorder in the material and the high energy of the plasma species to achieve efficient hydrogen doping. UV-vis absorbance spectra indicate that H 2 plasma treatment makes TiO 2 films black, with broad-spectrum enhancement of visible light absorption, and XPS analysis shows peak for Ti 3+ state in treated films. The presence of hydrogen in black mesoporous titania (H-TiO 2) films is confirmed by the scattering length density (SLD) profiles obtained from neutron reflectometry measurements. The H-TiO 2 shows ca. 28 times and 8 times higher photocurrent for photoelectrochemical water oxidation compared to undoped TiO 2 films under UV (365 nm) and blue (455 nm) LED irradiation, respectively. These findings provide the first direct evidence that the dramatic change in visible light absorbance of H-treated black TiO 2 is accompanied by significant hydrogen uptakemore » and not just Ti 3+ generation or surface disordering.« less
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  1. Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Journal Name:
Microporous and Mesoporous Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 261; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1387-1811
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR); University of Kentucky; National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; hydrogen doped; mesoporous titania; photocatalysis; plasma; plasma treatment; water oxidation; water splitting
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