A simple, low-cost CVD route to thin films of BiFeO3 for efficient water photo-oxidation

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Title: 

A simple, low-cost CVD route to thin films of BiFeO3 for efficient water photo-oxidation

Abstract: 

A novel method for preparation of BiFeO3 films via a simple solution-based CVD method is reported using for the first time a single-source heterobimetallic precursor [CpFe(CO)(2)BiCl2]. BiFeO3 films display ferroelectric and ferromagnetic ordering at room temperature and possess direct band-gaps between 2.0 and 2.2 eV. Photocatalytic testing for water oxidation revealed high activities under UVA (365 nm) and simulated solar irradiation, superior to that exhibited by a commercial standard (Pilkington Activ (R) TiO2 film) resulting in an apparent quantum yield of similar to 24%.

Authors: 

Savio J. A. Moniz, Raul Quesada-Cabrera, Christopher S. Blackman, Junwang Tang, Paul Southern, Paul M. Weaver, Claire J. Carmalt

DOI: 

Journal: 

Journal Of Materials Chemistry A

Year: 

2014

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