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Study of NaTaO3/Fe2TiO5 and NaTaO3/WO3 tandem junctions for hydrogen production from water and sunlight

Grant number: 18/25705-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): April 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal Investigator:Renato Vitalino Gonçalves
Grantee:Gustavo Andrade Silva Alves
Host Institution: Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/18716-3 - Artificial photosynthesis: development of Tandem systems for hydrogen production from water and sunlight, AP.JP


The search for sustainable energy sources with low environmental impact has attracted a major attention over the last two decades. Recently, hydrogen production from sunlight (through the artificial photosynthesis reaction) has gained considerable interest, being regarded as one of the most promising strategies for fuel production. The artificial photosynthesis reaction has received a new impulse with the advent of nanotechnology, due to the improvements in characterization techniques and synthesis methods for nanomaterials. Nanojunctions between multiple photon absorbers is considered a promising strategy for making large-scale artificial photosynthesis viable. The objective of this masters project is the development of NaTaO3/Fe2TiO5 and NaTaO3/WO3 nanojunctions for H2 and O2 generation from water and sunlight in a suspension system. The electronic and structural properties of the junctions will be investigated using techniques of X-ray absorption spectroscopy(XAS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, elucidating the charge transfer mechanism in the interface of the junctions. Furthermore, a detailed study on the photocatalytic activity in a suspension system will be carried out. (AU)

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ALVES, GUSTAVO A. S.; CENTURION, HIGOR A.; SAMBRANO, JULIO R.; FERRER, MATEUS M.; GONCALVES, V, RENATO. Band Gap Narrowing of Bi-Doped NaTaO3 for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution under Simulated Sunlight: A Pseudocubic Phase Induced by Doping. ACS APPLIED ENERGY MATERIALS, v. 4, n. 1, p. 671-679, . (19/08928-9, 18/25705-0, 17/18716-3)
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ALVES, Gustavo Andrade Silva. Bi-doped NaTaO3 photocatalysts for hydrogen production under simulated sunlight: band gap narrowing and structural transitions. 2021. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC/BT) São Carlos.

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