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Multihierarchical electrodes based on titanate nanotubes and zinc oxide nanorods for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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Autor(es):
Souza, J. S. [1, 2] ; Carvalho, Jr., W. M. [1] ; Souza, F. L. [1] ; Ponce-de-Leon, C. [2] ; Bavykin, D. V. [2] ; Alves, W. A. [1]
Número total de Autores: 6
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Fed ABC, Ctr Ciencias Nat & Humanas, BR-09210580 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Southampton, Fac Engn & Environm, Energy Technol Res Grp, Southampton SO9 5NH, Hants - England
Número total de Afiliações: 2
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A; v. 4, n. 3, p. 944-952, 2016.
Citações Web of Science: 8
Resumo

Studies involving water splitting to form hydrogen and oxygen have attracted attention because H-2 is considered the fuel of the future. Photoelectrocatalysts have been widely used for this application, and several metal oxides can be applied as catalysts. Among them, we highlight zinc oxide nanorods (ZnONRs) and titanate nanotubes (TiNTs); however, their individual nanostructures exhibit disadvantages. For example, ZnONRs show rapid recombination of the photogenerated charges, and TiNTs give rise to randomly oriented films; these disadvantages limit their application as photoanodes. In this study, for the first time, we present a new class of multihierarchical electrodes based on TiNT-decorated ZnONR films that exhibited superior results to the individual species. The TiNTs are homogenously dispersed over the surface of the rods without forming agglomerates, giving rise to a heterojunction that exhibits lower recombination rates. It was found that the results are better when the contents of TiNTs in the electrode are higher; thus, glycine was successfully used as a bridge to link both of the structures, increasing the amount of TiNTs decorating the rods. As a result, the photocurrent generated with these multihierarchical electrodes is higher than that obtained with pure ZnONR electrodes (0.9 mA cm(-2) and 0.45 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V-RHE, respectively), and the electrode potentials for O-2 evolution are lower than those observed for pure TiNT electrodes (0 V and 0.8 V vs. E-RHE, respectively). The IPCE values are also higher for the multihierarchical electrodes. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 13/12997-0 - Auto-organização hierárquica de peptídeos anfifílicos: mecanismos fundamentais e potenciais aplicações
Beneficiário:Wendel Andrade Alves
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular
Processo FAPESP: 13/07017-6 - Estudo das propriedades fotoeletroquímicas de nanotubos de titanato dopados com nitrogênio
Beneficiário:Juliana dos Santos de Souza
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Exterior - Estágio de Pesquisa - Doutorado
Processo FAPESP: 11/17938-6 - Estudo da atividade fotocatalítica de nanotubos de titanatos dopados com nitrogênio via técnica de RPE
Beneficiário:Juliana dos Santos de Souza
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Doutorado
Processo FAPESP: 08/57805-2 - Instituto de Bioanalítica
Beneficiário:Lauro Tatsuo Kubota
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático