Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of Si/TiO2/Au composite anode: Efficient oxygen evolution and hydroxyl radicals generation

Bessegato, G.G., Cooke, M.D., Christensen, P.A., Wood, David and Zanoni, M.V.B. (2021) Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of Si/TiO2/Au composite anode: Efficient oxygen evolution and hydroxyl radicals generation. Electrochimica Acta, 370. p. 137742. ISSN 0013-4686

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Abstract

This paper describes the photoelectrochemical properties of a novel composite anode composed of a 200 nm Au-Sb ohmic contact/300 μm n-Si wafer/20 nm TiO2 /120 nm Au grid. By connecting the Au ohmic contact to the gold grid via a power supply, holes thermally or photochemically generated in the Si are launched to the TiO2 surface where they are converted to •OH radicals. We show that the Si/TiO2/Au composite anode can be efficiently employed in the oxygen evolution reaction and prove that the anode generates hydroxyl radicals (using p-nitrosodimethylaniline as a probe). Potential applications include the photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of organic contaminants, water splitting, and organic electro-synthesis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photoelectrochemistry, Titanium dioxide, Oxygen generation, Dye degradation
Subjects: F100 Chemistry
F300 Physics
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2021 16:52
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 17:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45417

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