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Title: Water reduction by a p-GaInP2 photoelectrode stabilized by an amorphous TiO2 coating and a molecular cobalt catalyst

Producing hydrogen through solar water splitting requires the coverage of large land areas. Abundant metal-based molecular catalysts offer scalability, but only if they match noble metal activities. We report on a highly active p-GaInP2 photocathode protected through a 35-nm TiO2 layer functionalized by a cobaloxime molecular catalyst (GaInP2-TiO2-cobaloxime). This photoelectrode mediates H2 production with a current density of ~9"0mA"0cm-2 at a potential of 0"0V versus RHE under 1-sun illumination at pH"013. The calculated turnover number for the catalyst during a 20-h period is 139,000, with an average turnover frequency of 1.9"0s-1. Bare GaInP2 shows a rapid current decay, whereas the GaInP2-TiO2-cobaloxime electrode shows
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Journal ID: ISSN 1476-1122
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Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nature Materials; Journal Volume: 15; Journal Issue: 4; Related Information: Nature Materials
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; photoelectrochemical; p-GaInP2 photoelectrode; cobaltoxime catalysts; titanium dioxide; stabilization; turnover number; turnover frequency