YFeO3 Photocathodes for Hydrogen Evolution

Díez-García, María Isabel, Celorrio, Verónica, Calvillo, Laura, Tiwari, Devendra, Gómez, Roberto and Fermín, David J. (2017) YFeO3 Photocathodes for Hydrogen Evolution. Electrochimica Acta, 246. pp. 365-371. ISSN 0013-4686

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2017.06.025


The behavior of YFeO3 thin-film electrodes under illumination is investigated for the first time. YFeO3 thin films on F-doped SnO2 (FTO) electrodes were prepared by two different methods (A) deposition of nanoparticles synthesized by the so-called ionic liquid route at 1000° C followed by sintering at 400° C and (B) spin coating of a sol-gel precursor followed by a heat treatment at 640° C. Method A provides highly texture films with exquisite orthorhombic phase purity and a direct band gap transition at 2.45 eV. On the other hand, method B results in very compact and amorphous films. XPS confirmed a Fe3+ oxidation state in both films, with a surface composition ratio of 70:30 Y:Fe. Both materials exhibit cathodic photocurrent responses arising from hydrogen evolution in alkaline solutions with an onset potential of 1.05 V vs. RHE. The complex behavior of the photoresponses is rationalized in terms of recombination losses, band edge energy tails and hindered transport across the oxide thin film.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: YFeO3, perovskite, nanoparticles, photocurrent, band tails
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 14:48
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 15:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49172

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