Fabrication and photoelectrochemical study of vertically oriented TiO2/Ag/SiNWs arrays

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-117
Journal / PublicationJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Online published23 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2015


Ordered channeled and porous TiO2 and Ag modified silicon nanowires (TiO2/Ag/SiNWs) heterostructured nanocrystals arrays are synthesized by a two-step method based on an electrochemical etching procedure and a sol-gel process. The morphology and photoelectrochemical properties of the TiO2/Ag/SiNWs are studied. The TiO2/Ag/SiNWs photocatalysts possess ordered channels and a porous structure with large specific surface area. UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and ultraviolet Raman scattering demonstrate that the incorporated Ag significantly enhances light absorption by the TiO2/SiNWs in the visible spectral range and improves the separation of photo-induced charge carriers in the TiO2/SiNWs. The photoelectrochemical properties of the TiO2/Ag/SiNWs are investigated by monitoring the degradation of pnitrophenol (PNP) and Ag enhances PNP photodegradation under UV-vis irradiation due to the Ag-TiO2 heterojunctions and surface texture. The photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2/Ag/SiNWs have promising applications in photoelectrochemical solar cells and other light-harvesting devices.

Research Area(s)

  • Ag modified, Ordered channels, Photoelectrochemical, TiO2/Ag/SiNWs