Polymer-Catalyst-Modified Cadmium Sulfide Photochemical Diodes in the Photolysis of Water

Kenji Honda, Arthur J. Frank

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Surface modification of single-crystal CdS photochemical diodes with electrically conductive polypyrrole in combination with catalytic dispersions of transition metals (Pt, Rh, RuO2) immobilized in polystyrene films has been shown to be effective in the stabilization of the semiconductor against degradation during the visible light-induced water-cleavage reaction. The weight ratio of metal-to-polystyrene affected the conductivity and electroactivity of the films. These factors and the hydrophobic nature of the polystyrene films were important in achieving high catalytic activity and stability of the CdS semiconductor. Sorption processes and the electronic contact between the polymer and the semiconductor also influenced the net yields of H2 produced from water. Polystyrene-immobilized catalytic dispersions of Rh black were more effective for the production of H2 from water than films containing Pt black or RuO2 powder.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)5577-5582
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1984

NREL Publication Number

  • ACNR/JA-233-5997


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