Tandem Cuprous Oxide/Silicon Microwire Hydrogen-Evolving Photocathode with Photovoltage Exceeding 1.3 v

Wouter Vijselaar, Pramod Patil Kunturu, Thomas Moehl, S. David Tilley*, Jurriaan Huskens*

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Abstract

Large research efforts have been devoted to optimizing the output of earth-abundant photoabsorbers in solar-to-fuel (S2F) devices. Here, we report a Cu2O/Ga2O3 heterojunction/Si microwire photocathode with an underlying buried radial Si p-n junction, which achieves efficient light harvesting across the visible spectrum to over 600 nm, reaching an external quantum yield for hydrogen generation close to 80%, with a photocurrent onset above +1.35 V vs RHE, a photocurrent density of ∼10 mA/cm2 at 0 V vs RHE, and an ideal regenerative efficiency of 5.51%. We show step-by-step the effects of every photocathode design element (i.e., Si p-n junction, Cu2O layer thickness, microwire length, microwire pitch, etc.) on the overall efficiency of our final microwire Si/Cu2O photocathode by comparing every addition to a baseline Cu2O photocathode. Lastly, we show a stable operation exceeding 200 h at a bias potential of +1.0 V vs RHE, with an average current density of 4.5 mA/cm2

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2287-2294
Number of pages8
JournalACS Energy Letters
Volume4
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D

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