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Protected, back-illuminated silicon photocathodes or photoanodes for water splitting tandem stacks (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Peter C. Vesborg; Dowon Bae; Brian J. Seger; Ib Chorkendorff; Ole Hansen; Thomas Pedersen; Bastian Mei; Rasmus Frydendal

Paper Abstract

Silicon is a promising contender in the race for low-bandgap absorbers for use in a solar driven monolithic water splitting cell (PEC). However, given its role as the low-bandgap material the silicon must sit behind the corresponding high-bandgap material and as such, it will be exposed to (red) light from the dry back-side – not from the wet front side, where the electrochemistry takes place.[1,2] Depending on the configuration of the selective contacts (junctions) this may lead to compromises between high absorption and low recombination.[2,3] We discuss the tradeoffs and compare modeling results to measurements. Regardless of configuration, the wet surface of the silicon is prone to passivation or corrosion and must therefore be carefully protected in service in order to remain active. We demonstrate the use of TiO2 as an effective protection layer for both photoanodes and photocathodes in acid electrolyte [4] and NiCoOx for photoanodes in alkaline electrolyte. [3] References: [1]: B. Seger et alia, Energ. Environ. Sci., 7 (8), 2397-2413 (2014), DOI:10.1039/c4ee01335b [2]: D. Bae et alia, Energ. Environ. Sci., 8 (2), 650-660 (2015), DOI: 10.1039/c4ee03723e [3]: D. Bae et alia, submitted, (2016) [4]: B. Mei et alia, J. Phys. Chem. C., 119 (27), 15019-15027 (2015), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b04407

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9935, Solar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology XI, 99350E (3 November 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238697
Show Author Affiliations
Peter C. Vesborg, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Dowon Bae, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Brian J. Seger, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Ib Chorkendorff, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Ole Hansen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Thomas Pedersen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Bastian Mei, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Rasmus Frydendal, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9935:
Solar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology XI
Chung-Li Dong, Editor(s)

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