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High Performance of Manganese Porphyrin Sensitized p-Type CuFe2O4 Photocathode for Solar Water Splitting to Produce Hydrogen in a Tandem Photoelectrochemical Cell

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College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China
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Key Laboratory of Nano-Bio Interface, Division of Nanobiomedicine, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(3), 108; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8030108
Received: 22 January 2018 / Revised: 3 March 2018 / Accepted: 6 March 2018 / Published: 9 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photocatalytic Water Splitting)
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Abstract

A novel composite composed of (5, 10, 15, 20-tetraphenyl) porphinato manganese sensitized p-type CuFe2O4 was developed for constructing the photocathode of a tandem photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell. The prepared material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Light-driven water splitting to produce hydrogen can be achieved through the PEC cell, and the results show that H2 and O2 can be collected separately at low applied bias. This work demonstrates that manganese porphyrin sensitized CuFe2O4 is an effective hybrid material for building the photocathode of a PEC cell for solar water splitting to produce H2. View Full-Text
Keywords: CuFe2O4; nanocomposite photocathode; photoelectrochemical cell; water splitting; hydrogen production CuFe2O4; nanocomposite photocathode; photoelectrochemical cell; water splitting; hydrogen production
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Li, X.; Liu, A.; Chu, D.; Zhang, C.; Du, Y.; Huang, J.; Yang, P. High Performance of Manganese Porphyrin Sensitized p-Type CuFe2O4 Photocathode for Solar Water Splitting to Produce Hydrogen in a Tandem Photoelectrochemical Cell. Catalysts 2018, 8, 108.

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