Ag-Functionalized CuWO 4 /WO 3 nanocomposites for solar water splitting

R. Salimi, A. A. Sabbagh Alvani*, B. T. Mei, N. Naseri, S. F. Du, G. Mul

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Ag-Functionalized CuWO 4 /WO 3 heterostructures were successfully prepared via a polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP)-assisted sol-gel (PSG) route. Thin films prepared via electrophoretic deposition were used as photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Compared to pristine CuWO 4 and WO 3 films, a significant enhancement of the photocurrent (3-4 times) at the thermodynamic potential for oxygen evolution (0.62 V vs. Ag/AgCl, pH 7) was obtained for the Ag-functionalized CuWO 4 /WO 3 photoanodes. The obtained enhancement is shown to be derived from a synergic contribution of heterostructure formation (CuWO 4 /WO 3 ) and improvements of light utilization by Ag-induced surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effects. Accordingly, a photocurrent of 0.205 mA cm -2 at 0.62 V vs. Ag/AgCl under neutral conditions (without hole scavengers) under front-side simulated AM1.5G illumination was achieved. A detailed analysis of the obtained PEC data alongside performed impedance measurements suggests that charge seperation is significantly improved for the prepared Ag-functionalized CuWO 4 /WO 3 photoanodes. Our work offers beneficial insights to design new plasmonic metal/heterostructured nanocomposites for energy conversion applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2196-2203
Number of pages8
JournalNew journal of chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2019


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