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Efficient charge transfer and separation of TiO2@NiCo-LDH core-shell nanowire arrays for enhanced photoelectrochemical water-splitting

  • Chenchun Hao
  • Ru ZhangEmail author
  • Wenzhong WangEmail author
  • Liang Yujie 
  • Fu Junli 
  • Bin Zou
  • Honglong Shi
Original Paper
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Abstract

Efficient charge transfer and separation play a significant role in determining the photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting performance of photocatalysts. Here, hierarchical nanowire arrays (NWAs) containing the TiO2 nanowire core and nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide (NiCo-LDH) shell were synthesized by combining a hydrothermal method with a facile electrochemical-deposition process. The hierarchical structure not only forms heterojunctions between the TiO2 core and NiCo-LDH shell but also provides active sites for water-splitting reaction, achieving the charge transfer efficiency up to 87% and the charge separation efficiency up to 42% at 1.23 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) under one sun illumination. The excellent PEC water-splitting performance of TiO2@NiCo-LDH core-shell NWAs is attributed to the enhanced charge transfer and separation, resulting from the decoration of the NiCo-LDH cocatalyst. This facile and cost-effective strategy for integrating the light-harvesting TiO2 semiconductor and NiCo-LDH cocatalyst into a hierarchical core-shell nanostructure can be potentially applied in energy conversion and environmental applications.

Keywords

Photoelectrochemical Water-splitting TiO2 Layered double hydroxide NiCo-LDH 

Notes

Funding information

This study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61671085, 61377097, 11074312, 11374377, and 61575225) and Beijing Higher Education Young Elite Teacher Project (YETP1297).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications & School of ScienceBeijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Ethnic EducationBeijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijingChina
  3. 3.Beijing Key Laboratory of Space-ground Interconnection and ConvergenceBeijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijingChina
  4. 4.School of ScienceMinzu University of ChinaBeijingChina

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