The role of Mo6+ doping on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of BiVO4 photoanodes was investigated both in the presence and in the absence of sulfite as hole scavenger. Optically transparent, flat BiVO4 photoanodes containing different amounts of Mo6+ dopant were synthesized by spin coating. An increase of Mo6+ dopant amount was found to both improve the electron transport in the BiVO4 bulk by increasing its conductivity, as unequivocally ascertained when employing a Ni/Fe oxyhydroxide co-catalyst, and facilitate the charge transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface in water oxidation, in the absence of hole scavenger. On the other hand, increasing amounts of the Mo6+ dopant in BiVO4 induced an unexpected decrease in PEC performance per unit surface area in sulfite oxidation, resulting from enhanced interfacial charge transfer resistance, as demonstrated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. First evidence is thus provided of a different behaviour observed upon Mo6+ doping of BiVO4 depending on the nature of the involved electron donor species, together with an intriguing multifaceted role played by Mo6+ doping in enhancing the PEC performance of modified BiVO4 electrodes.

Unravelling the bulk and interfacial charge transfer effects of molybdenum doping in BiVO4 photoanodes / A. Polo, I. Grigioni, M. Magni, A. Facibeni, M.V. Dozzi, E. Selli. - In: APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE. - ISSN 0169-4332. - 556(2021 Aug 01), pp. 149759.1-149759.13. [10.1016/j.apsusc.2021.149759]

Unravelling the bulk and interfacial charge transfer effects of molybdenum doping in BiVO4 photoanodes

A. Polo
Primo
Investigation
;
I. Grigioni
Secondo
Conceptualization
;
M. Magni
Formal Analysis
;
M.V. Dozzi
Penultimo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
E. Selli
Ultimo
Writing – Review & Editing
2021-08-01

Abstract

The role of Mo6+ doping on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of BiVO4 photoanodes was investigated both in the presence and in the absence of sulfite as hole scavenger. Optically transparent, flat BiVO4 photoanodes containing different amounts of Mo6+ dopant were synthesized by spin coating. An increase of Mo6+ dopant amount was found to both improve the electron transport in the BiVO4 bulk by increasing its conductivity, as unequivocally ascertained when employing a Ni/Fe oxyhydroxide co-catalyst, and facilitate the charge transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface in water oxidation, in the absence of hole scavenger. On the other hand, increasing amounts of the Mo6+ dopant in BiVO4 induced an unexpected decrease in PEC performance per unit surface area in sulfite oxidation, resulting from enhanced interfacial charge transfer resistance, as demonstrated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. First evidence is thus provided of a different behaviour observed upon Mo6+ doping of BiVO4 depending on the nature of the involved electron donor species, together with an intriguing multifaceted role played by Mo6+ doping in enhancing the PEC performance of modified BiVO4 electrodes.
BiVO4; photoanodes; molybdenum doping; water oxidation; sulfite oxidation; electrochemical active surface area; interfacial charge transfer resistance
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