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Cobalt phosphate-modified barium-doped tantalum nitride nanorod photoanode with 1.5% solar energy conversion efficiency
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2013 (English)In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 4, 2566Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Spurred by the decreased availability of fossil fuels and global warming, the idea of converting solar energy into clean fuels has been widely recognized. Hydrogen produced by photoelectrochemical water splitting using sunlight could provide a carbon dioxide lean fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels. A major challenge in photoelectrochemical water splitting is to develop an efficient photoanode that can stably oxidize water into oxygen. Here we report an efficient and stable photoanode that couples an active barium-doped tantalum nitride nanostructure with a stable cobalt phosphate co-catalyst. The effect of barium doping on the photoelectrochemical activity of the photoanode is investigated. The photoanode yields a maximum solar energy conversion efficiency of 1.5%, which is more than three times higher than that of state-of-the-art single-photon photoanodes. Further, stoichiometric oxygen and hydrogen are stably produced on the photoanode and the counter electrode with Faraday efficiency of almost unity for 100 min.

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2013. Vol. 4, 2566
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Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Inorganic Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97043DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3566ISI: 000326470400010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-97043DiVA: diva2:668980
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Available from: 2013-12-02 Created: 2013-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Structural study of nano-structured materials: electron crystallography approaches
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Structural study of nano-structured materials: electron crystallography approaches
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The structural analysis serves as a bridge to link the structure of materials to their properties. Revealing the structure details allows a better understanding on the growth mechanisms and properties of materials, and a further designed synthesis of functional materials. The widely used methods based on X-ray diffraction have certain limitations for the structural analysis when crystals are small, poorly crystallized or contain many defects. As electrons interact strongly with matter and can be focused by electromagnetic lenses to form an image, electron crystallography (EC) approaches become prime candidates for the structural analysis of a wide range of materials that cannot be done using X-rays, particularly nanomaterials with poor crystallinity.

Three-dimensional electron diffraction tomography (3D EDT) is a recently developed method to automatically collect 3D electron diffraction data. By combining mechanical specimen tilt and electronic e-beam tilt, a large volume of reciprocal space can be swept at a fine step size to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the diffraction data with respect to both position and intensity. Effects of the dynamical scattering are enormously reduced as most of the patterns are collected at conditions off the zone axes. In this thesis, 3D EDT has been used for unit cell determination (COF-505), phase identifications and structure solutions (ZnO, Ba-Ta3N5, Zn-Sc, and V4O9), and the study of layer stacking faults (ETS-10 and SAPO-34 nanosheets).

High-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) imaging shows its particular advantages over diffraction by allowing observations of crystal structure projections and the 3D potential map reconstruction. HRTEM imaging has been used to visualize fine structures of different materials (hierarchical zeolites, ETS-10, and SAPO-34). Reconstructed 3D potential maps have been used to locate the positions of metal ions in a woven framework (COF-505) and elucidate the pore shape and connectivity in a silica mesoporous crystal.

The last part of this thesis explores the combination with X-ray crystallography to obtain more structure details.

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Stockholm: Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK), Stockholm University, 2016. 101 p.
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structural analysis, electron crystallography, 3D EDT, HRTEM imaging, defects
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Inorganic Chemistry
Research subject
Inorganic Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129233 (URN)978-91-7649-425-7 (ISBN)
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2016-06-08, Magnéli Hall, Arrhenius Laboratory, Svante arrhenius väg 16 B, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Swedish Research Council, 1486801
Available from: 2016-05-16 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2017-02-23Bibliographically approved

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