Hematite (α-Fe2O3) is taken into account one of the promising supplies for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting below photo voltaic gentle. Nevertheless, the drawbacks of decrease cost switch effectivity and sluggish oxygen evolution response (OER) kinetics restrict the sensible software of α-Fe2O3 photoanodes. Due to this fact, efforts have been made to advertise the PEC properties of α-Fe2O3, comparable to elemental doping, morphology modulation, and building of heterojunctions.
In a examine revealed in Worldwide Journal of Hydrogen Power, the analysis group led by Prof. Lu Canzhong from the Fujian Institute of Analysis on the Construction of Matter of the Chinese language Academy of Sciences reported a novel α-Fe2O3 photoanode with multilayered In2O3/Co-Mn nanostructure for environment friendly photoelectrochemical water splitting.
The researchers synthesized α-Fe2O3 nanorod arrays utilizing basic hydrothermal strategies, adopted by a layer of In2O3 nanolayers coated on the α-Fe2O3 utilizing moist chemical deposition, and finally coated with a layer of nanosheet combining ultrathin non-crystalline Co(OH)x and Mn3O4 nanocrystals (Co-Mn nanosheet coating) utilizing electrodeposition.
By linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) testing, the researchers discovered that the excessive photocurrent density of In2O3/Co-Mn modified α-Fe2O3 photoanode is 13.8 instances that of peculiar α-Fe2O3 supplies. Additionally they examined the effectivity of incident photons photocurrent(IPCE), and located that the IPCE worth of pristine α-Fe2O3 at an incident gentle wavelength of 400 nm is just 9.5 %, and the IPCE worth of In2O3/Co-Mn modified α-Fe2O3 photoanode is 57.9 %.
As well as, they evaluated the H2 manufacturing price. The In2O3/Co-Mn modified α-Fe2O3 photoanode manufacturing reached 74.10 mmol/cm2/h, which was 13.12 instances greater than the α-Fe2O3 photoanode.
The researchers additionally revealed that the loading of In2O3 nanolayers considerably improves the photoelectrochemical water oxidation exercise of α-Fe2O3 nanorods. The heterojunction fashioned by the In2O3 passivation layer and α-Fe2O3 successfully promotes cost separation, growing photocurrent density.
The Co-Mn nanosheet coating loading helps enhance the water oxidation efficiency of α-Fe2O3, and this multi-layer construction permits environment friendly photoelectrochemical water decomposition of α-Fe2O3 nanorods.
Ming-Hao Ji et al, A novel α-Fe2O3 photoanode with multilayered In2O3/Co–Mn nanostructure for environment friendly photoelectrochemical water splitting, Worldwide Journal of Hydrogen Power (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2023.08.061
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