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Title: Amorphous TiO2 coated hierarchical WO3 nanosheet/CdS nanorod arrays for improved photoelectrochemical performance
Authors: Wang, Zhiwei
Yang, Guang
Tan, Chiew Kei
Nguyen, Tam Duy
Tok, Alfred Iing Yoong
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Wang, Z., Yang, G., Tan, C. K., Nguyen, T. D. & Tok, A. I. Y. (2019). Amorphous TiO2 coated hierarchical WO3 nanosheet/CdS nanorod arrays for improved photoelectrochemical performance. Applied Surface Science, 490, 411-419.
Project: MOE2014-T2-2-082
Journal: Applied Surface Science
Abstract: This work demonstrates hierarchical WO nanosheet/CdS nanorod (WO -NS/CdS-NR) arrays as a type-II heterojunction photoanode for improved photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Due to the synergistic effect of different constituents in the novel hierarchical structure, WO -NS/CdS-NR arrays as a photoanode yield a photocurrent density of 5.4 mA cm at 0.8 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode for sulfite oxidation. This is 12 times that of WO -NS arrays (0.45 mA cm ) and 3 times that of CdS-NR arrays (1.85 mA cm ). In this hybrid WO -NS/CdS-NR arrays photoanode, the favorable heterojunction between WO and CdS enhances the charge separation efficiency and widens the light absorption spectrum. Furthermore, the optimization of the loading amount and size of CdS-NRs allows for a larger specific surface area as well as more effective light scattering, which further improves the PEC performance of WO -NS/CdS-NR arrays. Finally, the coating of an ultrathin layer of amorphous TiO also enhances the photostability of WO -NS/CdS-NR arrays.
ISSN: 0169-4332
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.06.090
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Applied Surface Science and is made available with permission of Elsevier B.V.
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