Ta₃N₅/Polymeric g-C₃N₄ as Hybrid Photoanode for Solar Water Splitting
Liu, Mengdi. “Ta₃N₅/Polymeric g-C₃N₄ as Hybrid Photoanode for Solar Water Splitting”, Boston College, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2345/bc-ir:108366.
Water splitting has been recognized as a promising solution to challenges associated with the intermittent nature of solar energy for over four decades. A great deal of research has been done to develop high efficient and cost-effective catalysts for this process. Among which tantalum nitride (Ta₃N₅) has been considered as a promising candidate to serve as a good catalyst for solar water splitting based on its suitable band structure, chemical stability and high theoretical efficiency. However, this semiconductor is suffered from its special self-oxidation problem under photoelectrochemical water splitting conditions. Several key unique properties of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C₃N₄) render it an ideal choice for the protection of Ta₃N₅. In this work, Ta₃N₅/g-C₃N₄ hybrid photoanode was successfully synthesized. After addition of co-catalyst, the solar water splitting performance of this hybrid photoanode was enhanced. And this protection method could also act as a potential general protection strategy for other unstable semiconductors.