Surface Rutilization of Anatase TiO2 Nanorods for Creation of Synergistically Bridging and Fencing Electron Highways

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

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Author(s)

  • Jiazang Chen
  • Hong Bin Yang
  • Hua Bing Tao
  • Liping Zhang
  • Jianwei Miao
  • Hsin-Yi Wang
  • Junze Chen
  • Bin Liu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-465
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume26
Issue number3
Online published9 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

In a photoelectrochemical cell, the most concerned issue in the nanostructured TiO2 electrode is the charge transport, which consists of the internal movement of electrons in TiO2 nanostructures and the intergrain charge transfer. Here, inspired by electrochemical studies on different polymorphs of TiO2, it is proposed to bridge the adjacent building blocks and fence the electron transport highways in TiO2 electrodes by surface rutilization of anatase nanorods. The ultrathin rutilized layer completely coated on the anatase surface has a slightly higher conduction band edge than that of anatase. The obtained surface rutilized anatase nanorods can not only improve the intergrain charge transfer while maintaining fast electron transport within anatase but also minimize the internal energy consumption and protect the electrons in TiO2 electrodes from recombination, which are beneficial to the charge collection and can significantly improve the photovoltaic performance of photoelectrochemical cells.

Citation Format(s)

Surface Rutilization of Anatase TiO2 Nanorods for Creation of Synergistically Bridging and Fencing Electron Highways. / Chen, Jiazang; Yang, Hong Bin; Tao, Hua Bing; Zhang, Liping; Miao, Jianwei; Wang, Hsin-Yi; Chen, Junze; Zhang, Hua; Liu, Bin.

In: Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 26, No. 3, 20.01.2016, p. 456-465.

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