Enhancement of photoelectrochemical activity of SnS thin-film photoelectrodes using TiO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5 metal oxide layers

Junie Jhon M. Vequizo, Masanori Yokoyama, Masaya Ichimura, Akira Yamakata

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Abstract

Tin sulfide (SnS) fine photoelectrodes fabricated by three-step pulsed electrodeposition were active for H2 evolution. The incident-photonconversion- efficiency increases from 900nm and offers a good fit with the absorption spectrum. The activity was enhanced by 3.4, 3.0, and 1.8 times compared to bare SnS by loading Nb2O5, TiO2, and Ta2O5, respectively. Nb2O5 was most efficient because its conduction band is low enough to facilitate effective electron transfer from SnS; it also has sufficiently high potential for H2 evolution. The overall activity is determined by the competitive interfacial electron transfer between SnS/metal-oxide and metal-oxide/water. Therefore, constructing appropriate heterojunctions is necessary for further improving photoelectrochemical systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number067101
JournalApplied Physics Express
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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