Photoelectrochemical Poperties of Anodic TiO2 Nanosponge Layers
In the present work we grow TiO2 nanosponge structures by anodizing Ti in a glycerol/water/NH4F electrolyte to thickness of some mu m. We evaluate the photoelectrochemical behavior (bandgap, photocurrent-voltage characteristics) in presence and absence of methanol. Methanol drastically affects the photoresponse (due to hole capture and current doubling). The optimum thickness for photoelectrochemical applications of these nanostructures is dependent on the excitation wavelength. For applications such as solar light water splitting, anodic sponge structure of approximate to 500 nm thickness can be beneficially used to increase the photoresponse compared to compact TiO2 layers. (c) 2012 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.
Ecs Electrochemistry Letters
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Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation FPU grant; DFG; DFG Cluster of Excellence (EAM) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg