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Title: Fe(III) doped and grafted PbTiO{sub 3} film photocathode with enhanced photoactivity for hydrogen production

The photoelectrochemical activity of the PbTiO{sub 3} film photocathode deposited on indium tin oxide-coated quartz substrate was significantly improved through modifying the film surface by both the Fe(III) doping and grafting. Doping the PbTiO{sub 3} with Fe(III) ions narrows its band gap thus increases the visible light utilization, while the surface-grafted Fe(III) ions on the doped PbTiO{sub 3} surface are helpful to improve the charge transfer on the photocathode/electrolyte interface. Consequently, the photocurrent was increased from 38 μA/cm{sup 2} to 220 μA/cm{sup 2} under the irradiation of 100 mW/cm{sup 2} Xe lamp by using 0.1M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} as an electrolyte and zero-potential versus saturated calomel as a reference electrode. The corresponding increase in open circuit voltage was 0.95–1.11 V.
Authors:
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  1. College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy and Collaborative Innovation Center of Suzhou Nano Science and Technology and Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Thin Films, Soochow University, 1 Shizi Street, Suzhou 215006 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22310963
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; DOPED MATERIALS; ELECTROLYTES; FILMS; HYDROGEN PRODUCTION; INDIUM OXIDES; INTERFACES; IRON ADDITIONS; IRRADIATION; LEAD COMPOUNDS; PHOTOCATHODES; QUARTZ; SODIUM SULFATES; SUBSTRATES; SURFACES; TIN OXIDES; TITANATES; VISIBLE RADIATION