BiVO4 is an efficient and stable visible active photoanode material. However, due to its unfavorable conduction band position which falls below the H2 reduction potential, it fails to carry out the complete water splitting reaction. On the other hand, larger band gap TiO2 is able to photocatalytically split water, thanks to its negative conduction band energy. Aiming at verifying the possibility of sensitizing TiO2 with BiVO4 and employing the so obtained composite material in photocatalytic water splitting under visible light, we prepared and photoelectrochemically characterized TiO2/BiVO4 heterojunction electrodes. The photocatalytic reduction of methyl viologen, an electron acceptor probe with a reduction potential close to that of protons, was used to evaluate the reducing ability of the photoactive materials under visible light. An apparently counterintuitive electron transfer from photoexcited BiVO4 to the TiO2 conduction band occurs in the TiO2/BiVO4 heterojunction, resulting in TiO2 sensitization and production of highly reductive electrons, which appears to be favored by the band alignment occurring at the heterojunction.

Sensitizing effects of BiVO4 and visible light induced production of highly reductive electrons in the TiO2/BiVO4 heterojunction / A. Polo, I. Grigioni, M.V. Dozzi, E. Selli. - In: CATALYSIS TODAY. - ISSN 0920-5861. - 340(2020 Jan 15), pp. 19-25. [10.1016/j.cattod.2018.11.050]

Sensitizing effects of BiVO4 and visible light induced production of highly reductive electrons in the TiO2/BiVO4 heterojunction

A. Polo
Primo
Investigation
;
I. Grigioni
Secondo
Data Curation
;
M.V. Dozzi
Penultimo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
E. Selli
Ultimo
Writing – Review & Editing
2020

Abstract

BiVO4 is an efficient and stable visible active photoanode material. However, due to its unfavorable conduction band position which falls below the H2 reduction potential, it fails to carry out the complete water splitting reaction. On the other hand, larger band gap TiO2 is able to photocatalytically split water, thanks to its negative conduction band energy. Aiming at verifying the possibility of sensitizing TiO2 with BiVO4 and employing the so obtained composite material in photocatalytic water splitting under visible light, we prepared and photoelectrochemically characterized TiO2/BiVO4 heterojunction electrodes. The photocatalytic reduction of methyl viologen, an electron acceptor probe with a reduction potential close to that of protons, was used to evaluate the reducing ability of the photoactive materials under visible light. An apparently counterintuitive electron transfer from photoexcited BiVO4 to the TiO2 conduction band occurs in the TiO2/BiVO4 heterojunction, resulting in TiO2 sensitization and production of highly reductive electrons, which appears to be favored by the band alignment occurring at the heterojunction.
TiO2; BiVO4; Heterojunction; Visible light sensitization; Methyl viologen reduction; Photo(electro)catalysis
Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica
15-gen-2020
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