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Materials 2018, 11(7), 1189; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11071189

Screen Printed Pb3O4 Films and Their Application to Photoresponsive and Photoelectrochemical Devices

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Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Roma, Italy
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Via Eudossiana, 18, 00184 Roma, Italy
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Received: 21 June 2018 / Revised: 5 July 2018 / Accepted: 8 July 2018 / Published: 11 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Thin Films)
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Abstract

A new and simple procedure for the deposition of lead (II, IV) oxide films by screen printing was developed. In contrast to conventional electrochemical methods, films can be also deposited on non-conductive substrates without any specific dimensional restriction, being the only requirement the thermal stability of the substrate in air up to 500 °C to allow for the calcination of the screen printing paste and sintering of the film. In this study, films were exploited for the preparation of both photoresponsive devices and photoelectrochemical cell photoanodes. In both cases, screen printing was performed on FTO (Fluorine-Tin Oxide glass) substrates. The photoresponsive devices were tested with I-V curves in dark and under simulated solar light with different irradiation levels. Responses were evaluated at different voltage biases and under light pulses of different durations. Photoelectrochemical cells were tested by current density–voltage (J-V) curves under air mass (AM) 1.5 G illumination, incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. View Full-Text
Keywords: Pb3O4; screen printing; p-n heterojunction; photoresponsive device; photoelectrochemical cell Pb3O4; screen printing; p-n heterojunction; photoresponsive device; photoelectrochemical cell
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Panetta, R.; Quaranta, S.; Latini, A. Screen Printed Pb3O4 Films and Their Application to Photoresponsive and Photoelectrochemical Devices. Materials 2018, 11, 1189.

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