Enhanced ferroelectric photoelectrochemical properties of polycrystalline BiFeO3 film by decorating with Ag nanoparticles
Date of Issue2016-01-12
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Polycrystalline BiFeO3 (BFO) films are fabricated on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrate as photoelectrode using sol-gel method. The microstructure, optical, and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the films are characterized and optimized by controlling the film thickness. Moreover, the PEC properties of the BFO films are dependent on ferroelectricpolarization, which is mainly ascribed to the modulation of band structure at the BFO/electrolyte interface by the polarization. Further enhancement of PEC properties is obtained by decorating the samples with appropriate amounts of Ag nanoparticles, which is attributed to the reduced electron-hole recombination, and localized surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag nanoparticles.
Applied Physics Letters
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