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Recent advances on solar water splitting using hematite nanorod film produced by purpose-built material methods

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de Carvalho, Jr., Waldemir Moura [1] ; Souza, Flavio Leandro [1]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Fed ABC, Ctr Ciencias Nat & Humanas, BR-09210170 Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Review article
Source: Journal of Materials Research; v. 29, n. 1, p. 16-28, JAN 14 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 20

Photoelectrochemical cells offer a more elegant, clean, and sustainable way to store solar energy as chemical energy through the splitting of water into its primitive form (H-2 and O-2). Among many metal oxides pointed as candidates for this application, the fundamental characteristics of hematite (alpha-Fe2O3), such as abundance, excellent chemical stability in an aqueous environment, and favorable optical band gap, emerged as a promising photoanode. Although attractive, the poor optoelectronic properties necessitate a large application of overpotential for split water assisted by solar irradiation, limiting the high performance of this material. Since the electrode was built using materials in nanoscale, significant advances were achieved. This review highlights new insights and recent progress in the use of a purpose-built material process to build hematite electrodes for improving photocatalytic activity. In addition, reduction on the required overpotential by effective control-treatment of morphology and surface of vertically aligned hematite nanorods will be addressed. An interesting set of results were also discussed revisiting a novel strategy recently presented in the literature and complementary advances was illustrated. These latest efforts aid in pointing out the challenges or obstacles to be overcome using this morphology and in defining new opportunities. (AU)

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: 11/19924-2 - Study and development of advanced novel materials: electronic, magnetic and nanostructured: an interdisciplinary approach
Grantee:Carlos Rettori
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 12/19926-8 - Metal oxide nanostructures applied in photoelectrochemical devices
Grantee:Flavio Leandro de Souza
Support type: Regular Research Grants