A New Si/TiO2/Pt p-n Junction Semiconductor to Demonstrate Photoelectrochemical CO2 Conversion

Guaraldo, Thaís Tasso, Ferreira de Brito, Juliana, Wood, David and Zanoni, Maria (2015) A New Si/TiO2/Pt p-n Junction Semiconductor to Demonstrate Photoelectrochemical CO2 Conversion. Electrochimica Acta, 185. pp. 117-124. ISSN 0013-4686

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2015.10.077


This work presents a new Si/TiO2/Pt p-n junction semiconductor prepared by sputtering, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), photolithography and lift-off techniques. XRD, EDS, FE-SEM, diffuse reflectance (DRS) and photocurrent vs potential curves had been used for semiconductor characterization. The material was designed for high porosity and uniformity of both TiO2 and Pt deposits; both TiO2 anatase phase formation and Pt presence were confirmed. This semiconductor has a characteristic of high light absorption in the ultraviolet and visible regions. A good photocurrent response for the cathodic region was obtained in a CO2 saturated solution (−1.0 mA under −0.8 V and UV–vis light), confirming electron-hole pair formation and CO2 electron scavenging. A small Si/TiO2/Pt electrode (1 × 1 cm) was employed in photoelectrocatalytic CO2 reduction, forming methanol (0.88 mmol L−1), ethanol (2.60 mmol L−1) and acetone (0.049 mmol L−1) as products reaching a Faradaic efficiency of 96.5%. These results had been obtained under the following optimal experimental conditions: 0.1 mol L−1 NaHCO3, pH 8 saturated with CO2, 125 W UV–vis irradiation (from 250 to 600 nm) and −0.8 V applied potential. Suitable charge transfer mechanisms in the electrode surface, and products formation after CO2 reduction, are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Si/TiO2/Pt, heterojunction, CO2 reduction, photoelectrocatalysis
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 14:58
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 21:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33987

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