Compositional engineering of solution-processed BiVO4 photoanodes toward highly efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Segi Byun
  • Gihun Jung
  • Song-Yi Moon
  • Bumsoo Kim
  • Jeong Young Park
  • Sung-Wook Nam
  • Byungha Shin

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-252
Journal / PublicationNano Energy
Volume43
Online published24 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

While BiVO4 is a promising photoanode for solar-driven photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, fine control of its chemical composition (Bi/V ratio) and modification of its electrical properties via extrinsic doping are necessary to improve its PEC performance. Here, we performed compositional engineering of BVO—varying Bi/V ratio and inclusion of different concentrations of Mo dopants. Through physical and chemical analyses, we found that the materials properties of BiVO4 and its PEC performance were highly sensitive to the chemical composition. Our optimized BiVO4-based photoanode exhibited the highest photocurrent density among the state-of-the-art SnO2/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanodes reported in the literature: 2.62 and 4.20 mA cm−2 measured at 1.23 V vs. a reversible hydrogen electrode for the oxygen evolution reaction and sulfite oxidation reaction, respectively. A complete picture explaining various PEC performances with different chemical compositions via the band structure of BiVO4 has emerged. This work points to the importance of specific control of the chemical composition in achieving highly efficient BiVO4-based photoanodes, which will guide future research directions in the fabrication of other high performance photoelectrodes.

Research Area(s)

  • BiVO4, Chemical composition, Doping, Photoelectrochemical water splitting, Stoichiometry, Water oxidation

Citation Format(s)

Compositional engineering of solution-processed BiVO4 photoanodes toward highly efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation. / Byun, Segi; Jung, Gihun; Moon, Song-Yi; Kim, Bumsoo; Park, Jeong Young; Jeon, Seokwoo; Nam, Sung-Wook; Shin, Byungha.

In: Nano Energy, Vol. 43, 01.2018, p. 244-252.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal