All first row transition metal oxide photoanode for water splitting based on Cu3V2O8

Nathan Neale, Jason Seabold

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Identification of viable photoanode candidates for use in a tandem photoelectrochemical water splitting system remains a significant challenge to the realization of efficient solar-driven hydrogen production. Herein, copper vanadate (Cu3V2O8) is introduced as a new, all first row transition metal oxide with a band gap of near 2 eV that makes it suitable as a photoanode candidate in such a solar water splitting system. In this work, many of the key physical and photoelectrochemical properties of Cu3V2O8 are established including band gap, doping type, ability to extrinsically dope, flat-band potential, band positions, electron diffusion length, chemical stability, and O2 evolution faradaic efficiency. This study provides a key initial step in identifying the features that can lead to a complete understanding of this new ternary metal oxide and motivate discovery of related photoanodes comprised of multicomponent oxides.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1005-1013
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015

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  • NREL/JA-5900-62916


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