Light-Induced Activation of Adaptive Junction for Efficient Solar-Driven Oxygen Evolution: In Situ Unraveling the Interfacial Metal–Silicon Junction

Ching Wei Tung, Tsung Rong Kuo*, Chia Shuo Hsu, Yen Chuang, Hsiao Chien Chen, Chung Kai Chang, Chia Ying Chien, Ying Jui Lu, Ting Shan Chan, Jyh Fu Lee, Jiun Yun Li, Hao Ming Chen

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Abstract

The integration of surface metal catalysts with semiconductor absorbers to produce photocatalytic devices is an attractive method for achieving high-efficiency solar-induced water splitting. However, once combined with a photoanode, detailed discussions of the light-induced processes on metal/semiconductor junction remain largely inadequate. Here, by employing in situ X-ray scattering/diffraction and absorption spectroscopy, the generation of a photoinduced adaptive structure is discovered at the interfacial metal–semiconductor (M–S) junction between a state-of-the-art porous silicon wire and nickel electrocatalyst, where oxygen evolution occurs under illumination. The adaptive layer in M–S junction through the light-induced activation can enhance the voltage by 247 mV (to reach a photocurrent density of 10 mA cm−2) with regard to the fresh photoanode, and increase the photocurrent density by six times at the potential of 1.23 V versus reversible reference electrode (RHE). This photoinduced adaptive layer offers a new perspective regarding the catalytic behavior of catalysts, especially for the photocatalytic water splitting of the system, and acting as a key aspect in the development of highly efficient photoelectrodes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1901308
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Volume9
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - 08 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • nickel
  • oxygen evolution reaction
  • photoanodes
  • silicon
  • water splitting

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