Silicon Nanowire Photocathodes for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production

Abstract

The performance of silicon for water oxidation and hydrogen production can be improved by exploiting the antireflective properties of nanostructured silicon substrates. In this work, silicon nanowires were fabricated by metal-assisted electroless etching of silicon. An enhanced photocurrent density of -17 mA/cm² was observed for the silicon nanowires coated with an iron sulphur carbonyl catalyst when compared to bare silicon nanowires (-5 mA/cm²). A substantial amount of 315 µmol/h hydrogen gas was produced at low bias potentials for the silicon nanowires coated with an iron sulphur carbonyl catalyst.

DOI: 10.3390/nano6080144

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@inproceedings{Chandrasekaran2016SiliconNP, title={Silicon Nanowire Photocathodes for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production}, author={Soundarrajan Chandrasekaran and Thomas Nann and Nicolas H. Voelcker}, booktitle={Nanomaterials}, year={2016} }