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Photoelectrochemical Performance of the Ag(III)-Based Oxygen-Evolving Catalyst

Photoelectrochemical Performance of the Ag(III)-Based Oxygen-Evolving Catalyst
Claudio Minero, Manuel Ghibaudo, Fabrizio Sordello
We report the electrosynthesis of a water oxidation catalyst based on Ag oxides (AgCat). The deposited AgCat is composed of mixed valence crystalline Ag oxides with the presence of particle aggregates whose size is ∼1 μm. This catalyst, coupled with TiO2 and hematite, and under photoelectrochemical conditions, substantially increases photocurrents in a wide range of applied potentials compared with bare and Co-Pi-modified photocatalysts. AgCat can sustain current densities comparable with other water oxidation catalysts. Dark bulk electrolysis demonstrated that AgCat is stable and can sustain high turnover number in operative conditions. Oxygen evolution from water occurs in mild conditions: pH = 2–13, room temperature and pressure, and moderate overpotentials (600 mV) compatible with the coupling with semiconducting oxides as sensitizers. Using hematite in sustained electrolysis O2 production is significant, both in the dark and under irradiation, after an initial slow induction time in which modification of surface species occurs.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b05901

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b05901

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