SnS Nanosheets/H-TiO Nanotube Arrays as a Type II Heterojunctioned Photoanode for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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Summary of "SnS Nanosheets/H-TiO Nanotube Arrays as a Type II Heterojunctioned Photoanode for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting."

Improving the separation efficiency of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and the conductivity of electrons to photoanode substrates are critical to achieve high-performance photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Here, a SnS /H-TiO /Ti heterojunction photoanode was fabricated with SnS nanosheets vertically grown on hydrogen-treated TiO (H-TiO ) nanotube arrays on a Ti substrate. It showed a significantly enhanced photocurrent of 4.0 mA cm at 1.4 V (vs. reversible hydrogen electrode) under AM 1.5 G illumination, 70 times higher than that of SnS /TiO /Ti. Kelvin probe force microscopy measurements indicated that photogenerated electrons could be easily transported through the SnS /H-TiO interface but not through the SnS /TiO interface. Through hydrogen treatment, defects were created in H-TiO nanotubes to convert type I junctions to type II with SnS nanosheets. As a result, a high efficiency of electron-hole separation at the SnS /H-TiO interface and a high electron conductivity in H-TiO nanotubes were achieved and improved PEC performance. These findings show an effective route towards high-performance photoelectrodes for water splitting.


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Name: ChemSusChem
ISSN: 1864-564X


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