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Title: The self-passivation mechanism in degradation of BiVO4 photoanode
Authors: Yao, Xin
Zhao, Xin
Hu, Jun
Xie, Huiqing
Wang, Danping
Cao, Xun
Zhang, Zheng
Huang, Yizhong
Chen, Zhong
Sritharan, Thirumany
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Yao, X., Zhao, X., Hu, J., Xie, H., Wang, D., Cao, X., . . . Sritharan, T. (2019). The self-passivation mechanism in degradation of BiVO4 photoanode. iScience, 19, 976-985. doi:10.1016/j.isci.2019.08.037
Journal: iScience
Abstract: BiVO4 is a promising photoanode material for solar-assisted water splitting in a photoelectrochemical cell but has a propensity to degrade. Investigations carried out here in 0.1 M Na2SO4 electrolyte showed that degradation is by dissolution of V in the electrolyte while Bi is retained on the anode probably in the form of solid Bi oxide (Bi2O3, Bi4O7). Accumulation of Bi oxide on the anode surface leads to passivation from further degradation. Thermodynamic modeling of possible degradation reactions has provided theoretical support to this mechanism. This self-passivation is accompanied by a decrease in photocurrent density, but it protects the anode against extensive photocorrosion and contributes to long-term stability. This is a more definitive understanding of degradation of BiVO4 during water splitting in a photoelectrochemical cell. This understanding is imperative for both fundamental and applied research.
ISSN: 2589-0042
DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2019.08.037
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published under Cell Press. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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