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Understanding the fundamental electrical and photoelectrochemical behavior of a hematite photoanode

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Autor(es):
Soares, Mario R. S. ; Goncalves, Ricardo H. ; Nogueira, Icamira C. ; Bettini, Jefferson ; Chiquito, Adenilson J. ; Leite, Edson R.
Número total de Autores: 6
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; v. 18, n. 31, p. 21780-21788, AUG 31 2016.
Citações Web of Science: 12
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Hematite is considered to be the most promising material used as a photoanode for water splitting and here we utilized a sintered hematite photoanode to address the fundamental electrical, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical behavior of this semiconductor oxide. The results presented here allowed us to conclude that the addition of Sn4+ decreases the grain boundary resistance of the hematite polycrystalline electrode. Heat treatment in a nitrogen (N-2) atmosphere also contributes to a decrease of the grain boundary resistance, supporting the evidence that the presence of oxygen is fundamental for the formation of a voltage barrier at the hematite grain boundary. The N-2 atmosphere affected both doped and undoped sintered electrodes. We also observed that the heat treatment atmosphere modifies the surface states of the solid-liquid interface, changing the charge-transfer resistance. A two-step treatment, with the second being performed at a low temperature in an oxygen (O-2) atmosphere, resulted in a better solid-liquid interface. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 13/07296-2 - CDMF - Centro de Desenvolvimento de Materiais Funcionais
Beneficiário:Elson Longo da Silva
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Centros de Pesquisa, Inovação e Difusão - CEPIDs