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Nickel complex engineered interface energetics for efficient photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution over p-Si

Nickel complex engineered interface energetics for efficient photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution over p-Si
Here we report a p-Si photocathode decorated with nickel complex Ni(TEOA)2Cl2 (Ni1) in acidic aqueous solution (pH=0.3) for photoelectrochemical (PEC) H2 generation. Compared to bare p-Si, p-Si/Ni1 electrode exhibits significantly enhanced PEC performance, with higher cathodic photocurrent and exceptional lower onset potential. A relatively high photocurrent density of 5.57mA/cm2 was obtained at 0.0V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) under simulated 1 Sun illumination, which is even comparable to that of p-Si/Pt. Furthermore, the highly active p-Si/Ni1 electrode shows a remarkable stability over 24h. The possible catalysis mechanism of Ni1 for p-Si in the PEC H2 evolution process was also proposed in detail. The excellent PEC performance should be attributed to the Ni1 engineered p-Si/electrolyte interface energetics and the Ni1 catalyzed water reduction reaction, leading to robust hydrogen generation and excellent PEC stability. The present study made a deep insight into the engineered interface charge transfer and catalyst-driven surface water reduction processes at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface, which could provide some referable guidelines for fabricating highly efficient PEC system for solar H2 generation from the viewpoint of interface energetics engineering with metal complexes.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0926337317308019

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