Controlled Electrodeposition of Photoelectrochemically Active Amorphous MoS x Cocatalyst on Sb2Se3 Photocathode

Jeiwan Tan, Wooseok Yang, Yunjung Oh, Hyungsoo Lee, Jaemin Park, Joo Ho Moon

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Abstract

Amorphous molybdenum sulfide (a-MoSx) is a promising hydrogen evolution catalyst owing to its low cost and high activity. A simple electrodeposition method (cyclic voltammetry) allows uniform formation of a-MoSx films on conductive surfaces. However, the morphology of a-MoSx deposited on a TiO2/Sb2Se3 photocathode could be modulated by varying the starting potential. The cathodically initiated a-MoSx showed conformal filmlike morphology, whereas anodic initiation induced inhomogeneous particulate deposition. The filmlike morphology of a-MoSx was subjected to catalyst activation, which improved the photocurrent density and reduced the charge-transfer resistance at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface, as compared to that of its particulate counterpart. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed that different chemical states of a-MoSx (photoelectrochemically active sites) were developed on the basis of the electrodeposited a-MoSx morphology. The research provides an effective approach for uniformly depositing cost-effective a-MoSx on nanostructured photoelectrodes, for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10898-10908
Number of pages11
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume10
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 4

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Photocathodes
Electrodeposition
Catalysts
Photocurrents
Electrolytes
Molybdenum
Cyclic voltammetry
Charge transfer
Costs
Hydrogen
X ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Chemical activation
Semiconductor materials
Water

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Tan, Jeiwan ; Yang, Wooseok ; Oh, Yunjung ; Lee, Hyungsoo ; Park, Jaemin ; Moon, Joo Ho. / Controlled Electrodeposition of Photoelectrochemically Active Amorphous MoS x Cocatalyst on Sb2Se3 Photocathode. In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2018 ; Vol. 10, No. 13. pp. 10898-10908.
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