Surface treatment of hematite photoanodes with zinc acetate for water oxidation
Bassi, Prince Saurabh
Chiam, Sing Yang
Mak, Wai Fatt
Tran, Phong D.
Loo, Say Chye Joachim
Wong, Lydia Helena
Date of Issue2012
School of Materials Science and Engineering
A simple and inexpensive method to form a hematite photoanode for efficient water oxidation is reported. A very thin ZnO overlayer was deposited on top of a thin film of hematite and found, compared with non-treated hematite, to increase the photocurrent and reduce the onset potential for generating oxygen from water. After 3 cycles of ZnAc treatment, the photocurrent increased more than 40% to 1.08 mA/cm-2 at 0.23 V vs Ag/AgCl and onset potential for water oxidation shifted by -170 mV. It is proposed the ZnO overlayer changes the flat band potential of hematite and reduces the surface defects.
© 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Nanoscale, Royal Society of Chemistry . It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C2NR30862B ]