Fabrication and Characterization of Semiconductor Photoelectrodes with Orientation-Controlled α-Fe2O3 Thin Films

H. Mashiko, K. Yoshimatsu, T. Oshima, A. Ohtomo

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Epitaxial α-Fe2O3 thin films on conducting Ta-doped SnO2 bottom layers are prepared by pulsed-laser deposition in order to elucidate variation of the photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties for the water oxidation reaction on the α-Fe2O3 photoanodes with different orientation and thickness. Cyclic voltammetry under illumination shows that current density (photocurrent onset potential) of the m-axis oriented samples is considerably larger (lower) than that of the c-axis oriented ones. Using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy under illumination, we ascribe these behaviors to difference in surface states between c- and m-planes besides anisotropic conductivity along the individual axes. Our study demonstrates the power of utilizing well-defined epitaxial thin films to investigate the anisotropic PEC properties of visible-light-driven photoelectrodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2747-2752
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 18
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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