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Title: A stable dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell mediated by a NiO overlayer for water oxidation

Abstract

In the development of photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting or CO 2 reduction, a major challenge is O 2 evolution at photoelectrodes that, in behavior, mimic photosystem II. At an appropriate semiconductor electrode, a water oxidation catalyst must be integrated with a visible light absorber in a stable half-cell configuration. Here, we describe an electrode consisting of a light absorber, an intermediate electron donor layer, and a water oxidation catalyst for sustained light driven water oxidation catalysis. In assembling the electrode on nanoparticle SnO 2 /TiO 2 electrodes, a Ru(II) polypyridyl complex was used as the light absorber, NiO was deposited as an overlayer, and a Ru(II) 2,2′-bipyridine-6,6′-dicarboxylate complex as the water oxidation catalyst. In the final electrode, addition of the NiO overlayer enhanced performance toward water oxidation with the final electrode operating with a 1.1 mA/cm 2 photocurrent density for 2 h without decomposition under one sun illumination in a pH 4.65 solution. We attribute the enhanced performance to the role of NiO as an electron transfer mediator between the light absorber and the catalyst.

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1563027
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NE0008539; SC0001011
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Published Article
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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Journal Name: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Journal Volume: 117 Journal Issue: 23; Journal ID: ISSN 0027-8424
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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United States
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English

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Wang, Degao, Niu, Fujun, Mortelliti, Michael J., Sheridan, Matthew V., Sherman, Benjamin D., Zhu, Yong, McBride, James R., Dempsey, Jillian L., Shen, Shaohua, Dares, Christopher J., Li, Fei, and Meyer, Thomas J. A stable dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell mediated by a NiO overlayer for water oxidation. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821687116.
Wang, Degao, Niu, Fujun, Mortelliti, Michael J., Sheridan, Matthew V., Sherman, Benjamin D., Zhu, Yong, McBride, James R., Dempsey, Jillian L., Shen, Shaohua, Dares, Christopher J., Li, Fei, & Meyer, Thomas J. A stable dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell mediated by a NiO overlayer for water oxidation. United States. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821687116.
Wang, Degao, Niu, Fujun, Mortelliti, Michael J., Sheridan, Matthew V., Sherman, Benjamin D., Zhu, Yong, McBride, James R., Dempsey, Jillian L., Shen, Shaohua, Dares, Christopher J., Li, Fei, and Meyer, Thomas J. Thu . "A stable dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell mediated by a NiO overlayer for water oxidation". United States. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821687116.
@article{osti_1563027,
title = {A stable dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell mediated by a NiO overlayer for water oxidation},
author = {Wang, Degao and Niu, Fujun and Mortelliti, Michael J. and Sheridan, Matthew V. and Sherman, Benjamin D. and Zhu, Yong and McBride, James R. and Dempsey, Jillian L. and Shen, Shaohua and Dares, Christopher J. and Li, Fei and Meyer, Thomas J.},
abstractNote = {In the development of photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting or CO 2 reduction, a major challenge is O 2 evolution at photoelectrodes that, in behavior, mimic photosystem II. At an appropriate semiconductor electrode, a water oxidation catalyst must be integrated with a visible light absorber in a stable half-cell configuration. Here, we describe an electrode consisting of a light absorber, an intermediate electron donor layer, and a water oxidation catalyst for sustained light driven water oxidation catalysis. In assembling the electrode on nanoparticle SnO 2 /TiO 2 electrodes, a Ru(II) polypyridyl complex was used as the light absorber, NiO was deposited as an overlayer, and a Ru(II) 2,2′-bipyridine-6,6′-dicarboxylate complex as the water oxidation catalyst. In the final electrode, addition of the NiO overlayer enhanced performance toward water oxidation with the final electrode operating with a 1.1 mA/cm 2 photocurrent density for 2 h without decomposition under one sun illumination in a pH 4.65 solution. We attribute the enhanced performance to the role of NiO as an electron transfer mediator between the light absorber and the catalyst.},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1821687116},
journal = {Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
number = 23,
volume = 117,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {9}
}

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