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TiO2 Nanosheet Arrays with Layered SnS2 and CoOx Nanoparticles for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.


ABSTRACT: Converting solar energy into sustainable hydrogen fuel by photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is a promising technology to solve increasingly serious global energy supply and environmental issues. However, the PEC performance based on TiO2 nanomaterials is hindered by the limited sunlight-harvesting ability and its high recombination rate of photogenerated charge carriers. In this work, layered SnS2 absorbers and CoOx nanoparticles decorated two-dimensional (2D) TiO2 nanosheet array photoelectrode have been rationally designed and successfully synthesized, which remarkably enhanced the PEC performance for water splitting. As the result, photoconversion efficiency of TiO2/SnS2/CoOx and TiO2/SnS2 hybrid photoanodes increases by 3.6 and 2.0 times under simulated sunlight illumination, compared with the bare TiO2 nanosheet arrays photoanode. Furthermore, the TiO2/SnS2/CoOx photoanode also presented higher PEC stability owing to CoOx catalyst served as efficient water oxidation catalyst as well as an effective protectant for preventing absorber photocorrosion.

SUBMITTER: Cao Z 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6848439 | BioStudies | 2019-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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