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The role of thin NiPi film for enhancing solar water splitting performance of Ti doped hematite

The role of thin NiPi film for enhancing solar water splitting performance of Ti doped hematite
Ti doped hematite (α-Fe2O3) usually shows poor photoactivity compared with pristine Fe2O3 at less positive potential. Herein, a thin and relatively homogeneous nickle-hydroxyl-phosphate (NiPi) film was modified on Ti doped Fe2O3 electrode by a new deposit-photoelectrochemical (DPEC) regulation process for promoting hole transport at low bias. The role of Ti doping and NiPi or CoPi coating was studied by photoelectrochemical and electrochemical measurements in detail, in which NiPi coating suppressed the surface states, while CoPi coating couldn’t, Ti doped Fe2O3 possessed relatively rich oxygen vacancies after high temperature annealing, Ti doping only improved carrier density. Desirably, the performance of NiPi was comparable with CoPi. Additional test preliminarily verified that methanol was probably an more effective hole scavenger, while PO4 3− adsorbed Fe2O3/NiPi suppressed the oxidation of low-concentration glucose, resulting into high-energy glucose waste.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0926337317305854

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