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Investigation of Pristine and (Mo, W)-Doped Cu11V6O26 for Use as Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting

Investigation of Pristine and (Mo, W)-Doped Cu11V6O26 for Use as Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting
Margaret A. Lumley, Kyoung-Shin Choi
The development of new and inexpensive semiconductor electrodes that possess suitable band gap energies and band positions for solar water splitting is of great interest in the field of solar fuel production. In this study, n-type Cu11V6O26 that has a band gap energy of 1.9 eV was produced as a pure, high-quality photoanode, and its properties and stability for photoelectrochemical water splitting were systematically investigated in pH 9.2 and 13 solutions. As Cu11V6O26 photoanodes appeared to suffer from poor charge transport properties, Mo and W doping into the V site was also examined, which considerably improved the photocurrent generation of Cu11V6O26. The band gap energy, band edge positions, flatband potential, photocurrent generation, and photostability of pristine and doped Cu11V6O26 electrodes are discussed in comparison to elucidate the effect of Mo and W doping and to evaluate the promise and limitations of Cu11V6O26 as a photoanode for use in a water splitting photoelectrochemical cell.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03587

DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03587

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