Composition and Band Gap Tailoring of Crystalline (GaN)1- x(ZnO)x Solid Solution Nanowires for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance

Jing Li, Baodan Liu, Aimin Wu, Bing Yang, Wenjin Yang, Fei Liu, Xinglai Zhang, Vladimir An, Xin Jiang

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Photoelectrochemical water splitting has emerged as an effective artificial photosynthesis technology to generate clean energy of H2 from sunlight. The core issue in this reaction system is to develop a highly efficient photoanode with a large fraction of solar light absorption and greater active surface area. In this work, we take advantage of energy band engineering to synthesize (GaN)1-x(ZnO)x solid solution nanowires with ZnO contents ranging from 10.3% to 47.6% and corresponding band gap tailoring from 3.08 to 2.77 eV on the basis of the Au-assisted VLS mechanism. The morphology of nanowires directly grown on the conductive substrate facilitates the charge transfer and simultaneously improves the surface reaction sites. As a result, a photocurrent approximately 10 times larger than that for a conventional powder-based photoanode is obtained, which indicates the potential of (GaN)1-x(ZnO)x nanowires in the preparation of superior photoanodes for enhanced water splitting. It is anticipated that the water-splitting capability of (GaN)1-x(ZnO)x nanowire can be further increased through alignment control for enhanced visible light absorption and reduction of charge transfer resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5240-5248
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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