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All-Electrochemically Grown Sb2Se3/a-MoSx Photocathodes for Hydrogen Production: The Effect of the MoSx Layer on the Surface Recombination and Photocorrosion of Sb2Se3 Films

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Author(s):
Costa, Magno B. [1] ; Lucas, Francisco W. S. [2, 3] ; Medina, Marina [1] ; Mascaro, Lucia H. [1]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Colorado, Dept Chem, Boulder, CO 80309 - USA
[3] Univ Colorado, Biol Engn & Renewable & Sustainable Energy Inst, Boulder, CO 80309 - USA
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: ACS APPLIED ENERGY MATERIALS; v. 3, n. 10, p. 9799-9808, OCT 26 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

Sb2Se3 is considered a promising photocathode material for hydrogen production via solar water splitting. Nevertheless, losses caused by photocorrosion and slow charge transfer at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface require the presence of a cocatalyst to improve the kinetic factors. In this work, the activity of all-electrochemically grown Sb2Se3/amorphousMoS(x) photocathodes was studied in function of the number of cocatalyst deposition cycles. MoSx, a noble-metal-free electrocatalyst, has shown high activity toward the hydrogen evolution reaction. It promoted an similar to 70-time higher improvement in the photocurrent of the Sb2Se3-absorber. An antagonistic effect was observed as the number of cycles increased: thin MoSx layers promoted the maximum enhancement in photocurrent and the decrease in surface recombination, but the photocorrosion inhibition was compromised. In the counterpart, thick MoSx layers allowed the material to be less susceptible to photocorrosion, but the photocurrent was inhibited. Therefore, the relationship between cocatalyst thickness and photocurrent enhancement/inhibition, variation in surface recombination, and photocorrosion stability was evaluated. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/12794-2 - Synthesis, characterization and application of MoS2 and WS2 films in photoelectrocatalysis for hydrogen production
Grantee:Marina Medina da Silva
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
FAPESP's process: 12/10947-2 - Preparation and characterization of MBSe thin films (M = Ag or Cu; B = In, Ga, Sb or Tl; and S = S or Se) for application in photovoltaic cells"
Grantee:Francisco Willian de Souza Lucas
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/11986-5 - Research Division 1 - dense energy carriers
Grantee:Ana Flávia Nogueira
Support type: Research Grants - Research Centers in Engineering Program
FAPESP's process: 17/21365-8 - Electrodeposition and characterization of Sb2Se3 and MSbxSey (M = Cu, Co, Ni, or Zn) thin films for applications in the hydrogen production and CO2 reduction.
Grantee:Magno Barcelos Costa
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/07296-2 - CDMF - Center for the Development of Functional Materials
Grantee:Elson Longo da Silva
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC
FAPESP's process: 18/16401-8 - Photocatalysts and photoelectrodes for obtaining renewable fuels
Grantee:Lucia Helena Mascaro Sales
Support type: Regular Research Grants