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Surface Modification of α-Fe2O3 Nanorod Array Photoanodes for Improved Light-Induced Water Splitting

  • Shaohua Shen (a1), Coleman X. Kronawitter (a2), Jiangang Jiang (a1), Liejin Guo (a1) and Samuel S. Mao (a2)...

α-Fe2O3 nanorod arrays were fabricated by a low-temperature aqueous chemical growth (ACG) technique and followed by an annealing process. For the surface doping of α-Fe2O3 nanorods, β-FeOOH nanorods obtained via ACG were coated with a thin layer of Cr3+ precursor solution by spin coating, and then underwent the annealing treatment in air. Conducting polymer polypyrrole (PPy) decorated α-Fe2O3 nanorods were prepared by electrodeposition method using malic acid contained pyrrole aqueous solution. Primary results showed that the photocurrents of α-Fe2O3 nanorod array photoanodes were greatly enhanced by surface doping of Cr3+, as well as PPy decoration. This might be due to the retarded charge recombination and promoted surface reaction rate of photogenerated holes with water. Further investigation on surface modification of α-Fe2O3 nanorod array photoanodes is currently conducted in our group.

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