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题目:

Efficient Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Evolution on Silicon Photocathodes Interfaced with Nanostructured NiP2 Cocatalyst Films

 

 

作者:

Fengjiao Chen, Qishan Zhu, Yeyun Wang, Wei Cui, Xiaodong Su,*,‡ and Yanguang Li*,†

 

 

单位:

Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China

Department of Physics, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Thin Films, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006, China

 

 

摘要:

Increasing attention has now been focused on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) hydrogen evolution as a promising route to transforming solar energy into chemical fuels. Silicon is one of the most studied PEC electrode materials, but its performance is still limited by its inherent PEC instability and electrochemical inertness toward water splitting. To achieve significant PEC activities, silicon-based photoelectrodes usually have to be coupled with proper cocatalysts, and thus, the formed semiconductor-cocatalyst interface presents a critical structural parameter in the rational design of efficient PEC devices. In this study, we directly grow nanostructured pyrite-phase nickel phosphide (NiP2) cocatalyst lms on textured pn+-Si photocathodes via on-surface reaction at high temperatures. The areal loading of the cocatalyst film can be tailored to achieve an optimal balance between its optical transparency and electrocatalytic activity. As a result, our pn+-Si/Ti/NiP2 photocathodes demonstrate a great PEC onset potential of 0.41 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), a decent photocurrent density of ~12 mA/cm2 at the thermodynamic potential of hydrogen evolution, and an impressive operation durability for at least 6 h in 0.5 M H2SO4. Comparable PEC performance is also observed in 1 M potassium borate buffer (pH = 9.5) using this device.

 

 

影响因子:

7.145

 

 

分区情况:

1

 

 

链接:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.6b11197

 

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