화학공학소재연구정보센터
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.43, No.51, 22807-22814, 2018
An iron oxide -copper bismuth oxide photoelectrochemical cell for spontaneous water splitting
Highly efficient water splitting reaction on hematite photoelectrode has been encumbered by its low photovoltage and photocurrent in a water splitting cell. in this work, a nanostructured hematite photoanode was prepared via a hydrothermal method, and its water oxidation activity was greatly enhanced by the synergetic application of uniform in-situ cobalt-doping and surface modification with fine cobalt iron oxide nanoparticles electrocatalyst. As a result, its remarkable low onset potential of 0.55 V-RHE for water oxidation allows the construction of tandem cell with a novel metal oxide photocathode CuBi2O4, which has already proven reasonably robust photoactivity for water reduction reaction. The photocurrent and long-term stability of this metal oxides based device in alkaline electrolyte for unassisted overall water splitting reaction were investigated. A solar to hydrogen efficiency of 0.15% was measured accordingly on this spontaneous hydrogen production device, without the involvement of precious metal components. (C) 2018 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.