Distinguished heterojunction and co-catalyst behaviors on tungsten doped BiVO4 for photoelectrochemical catalytic water splitting reaction

C. Y. Chen, H. Pai, H. M. Chen, S. Yougbaré, S. Husain, Y. C. Hsiao, L. Y. Lin

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Abstract

Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is one of the most promising photocatalysts for water oxidation. The short charge transfer path of BiVO4 limits its electrochemical performance. Incorporating foreign materials into BiVO4 is widely usedto resolve this problem. The heterojunction or co-catalyst/photocatalyst system can possibly be established in the foreign material/BiVO4 system. However, the definition of these two systems is sometimes misleading. It is necessary to distinguish the behavior of the foreign material and understand its effects on water oxidation catalytic ability. In this study, three metal organic frameworks or their derivatives, MIL(Fe), ZIF67, and oxidized ZIF67, are coupled with BiVO4 as the catalysts for water oxidation. By observing optical properties and linear sweep voltammetry curves, the behavior of foreign materials can be simply defined. The in-situ synthesized MIL(Fe)/W doped BiVO4 (MIL/W:BVO) shows a heterojunction behavior, while the ex-situ synthesized ZIF67-decorated and oxidized ZIF67-decorated W:BVO present co-catalyst behaviors. The highest photocurrent density of 4.14 mA/cm2 at 1.23 VRHE and the smallest charge-transfer resistance of 67.0 Ω are obtained for the MIL/W:BVO electrode, implying a better modification of heterojunction with effective charge transfer cascades. Agood long-term stability with a current retention higher than 90% is also obtained for MIL/W:BVO after 5000 s under illumination.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100488
JournalMaterials Today Sustainability
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Bismuth vanadate
  • Catalyst
  • Linear sweep voltammetry
  • MIL(Fe)
  • Water oxidation
  • ZIF67

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Materials Science

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