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Small. 2014 Aug 13;10(15):3153-61. doi: 10.1002/smll.201400622. Epub 2014 Apr 4.

Dendritic TiO2 /ln2 S3 /AgInS2 trilaminar core-shell branched nanoarrays and the enhanced activity for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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  • 1School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin Chengjian University, Tianjin, 300384, P. R. China.


Hierarchical TiO2 /ln2 S3 /AgInS2 trilaminar core-shell branched nanorod arrays (T-CS BNRs) have been fabricated directly on conducting glass substrates (FTO) via a facile, versatile and low-cost hydrothermal and successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. On the basis of optimal thickness of AgInS2 shell, such TiO2 /ln2 S3 /AgInS2 T-CS BNRs exhibit a higher photocatalytic activity, the photocurrent density and efficiency for hydrogen generation are up to 22.13 mA·cm(-2) and 14.83%, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest value ever reported for similar nanostructures. The trilaminar architecture is able to suppress carrier recombination and increase electron collection efficiency via (i) increasing the photon absorption through the lager specific surface area of TiO2 BNRs and a sensitizer layer (AgInS2 ), (ii) a buffer layer (ln2 S3 ), (iii) a better energy level alignment.

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AgInS2; TiO2; branched nanoarrays; buffer layer; water splitting

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