Enhanced Photocurrent of Transparent CuFeO 2 Photocathodes by Self-Light-Harvesting Architecture

Yunjung Oh, Wooseok Yang, Jimin Kim, Sunho Jeong, Joo Ho Moon

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Abstract

Efficient sunlight-driven water-splitting devices can be achieved by using an optically and energetically well-matched pair of photoelectrodes in a tandem configuration. The key for maximizing the photoelectrochemical efficiency is the use of a highly transparent front photoelectrode with a band gap below 2.0 eV. Herein, we propose two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystal (PC) structures consisting of a CuFeO 2 -decorated microsphere monolayer, which serve as self-light-harvesting architectures allowing for amplified light absorption and high transparency. The photocurrent densities are evaluated for three CuFeO 2 2D PC-based photoelectrodes with microspheres of different sizes. The optical analysis confirmed the presence of a photonic stop band that generates slow light and at the same time amplifies the absorption of light. The 410 nm sized CuFeO 2 -decorated microsphere 2D PC photocathode shows an exceptionally high visible light transmittance of 76.4% and a relatively high photocurrent of 0.2 mA cm -2 at 0.6 V vs a reversible hydrogen electrode. The effect of the microsphere size on the carrier collection efficiency was analyzed by in situ conductive atomic force microscopy observation under illumination. Our novel synthetic method to produce self-light-harvesting nanostructures provides a promising approach for the effective use of solar energy by highly transparent photocathodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14078-14087
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume9
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 26

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Photocathodes
Microspheres
Photocurrents
Photonic crystals
Slow light
Transparency
Photonics
Solar energy
Light absorption
Hydrogen
Monolayers
Atomic force microscopy
Nanostructures
Energy gap
Lighting
Crystal structure
Electrodes
Water

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Oh, Yunjung ; Yang, Wooseok ; Kim, Jimin ; Jeong, Sunho ; Moon, Joo Ho. / Enhanced Photocurrent of Transparent CuFeO 2 Photocathodes by Self-Light-Harvesting Architecture In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 16. pp. 14078-14087.
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