Tuning Selectivity of Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation via Facet-Engineered Interfacial Energetics

Kan Zhang, Yuan Lu, Qianqian Zou, Jie Jin, Yoonjun Cho, Yuqing Wang, Yan Zhang, Jong Hyeok Park

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Water oxidation kinetics has been identified as the bottleneck of the solar water splitting reaction for H2 production. Herein, we demonstrate that even for crystal facets with the same thermodynamically favorable pathway for water oxidation, the interfacial energetics formed by the terminated facet/electrolyte interface can significantly regulate the water oxidation kinetics to tune the product selectivity. Specifically, we elucidate that the (010) facet of the BiVO4 photoanode can offer suitable band bending and deep valence band level to produce high-value-Added hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) with an average Faradaic efficiency of 70% from water oxidation. This simple strategy without other modifications can lead to a 30-fold increase in the applied bias photon-To-current efficiency of photoelectrochemical water splitting. This study sheds new light on the crystal facet effect beyond the erstwhile focus on charge separation and transfer and offers a new opportunity to enhance the solar-To-H2 efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4071-4078
Number of pages8
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 12

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by NSFC (22172077), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province of China (BK20211573), Jiangsu International Science and Technology Cooperation Program (BZ2020063), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (30921011216). J.H.P. acknowledges the support of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by Ministry of Science and ICT (2019R1A2C3010479, 2019M1A2A2065612, and 2019R1A4A1029237) and Yonsei-KIST Convergence Research Program.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Materials Chemistry


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