Hydrogen Generation of Cu2O Nanoparticles/MnO-MnO2 Nanorods Heterojunction Supported on Sonochemical-Assisted Synthesized Few-Layer Graphene in Water-Splitting Photocathode

Yen Hsun Su, Shi Hong Huang, Po Yen Kung, Tin Wei Shen, Wen Lin Wang

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Abstract

In this study, we investigated the production of hydrogen by photochemical water splitting. A multi-shaped Cu2O nanoparticles/MnO-MnO2 nanorods heterojunction on a few-layer graphene-based electrode serves as the photocathode. Multi-shaped Cu2O nanoparticles, including truncated cubic shape, cuboctahedral shape, truncated octahedral shape, and octahedral shape, were then coated on square manganese nanorods on a few-layer graphene-based electrode as the photosensitizer. Finally, the efficiency of hydrogen production was measured and recorded. The Cu2O nanoparticles/MnO-MnO2 nanorods heterojunction generates photoelectrons to reduce hydrogen ions into hydrogen gas. The manganese dioxide nanorods were combined with cuprous oxide multi-shaped nanoparticles to be simultaneously utilized in hydrogen production as a photochemical water-splitting solar cell. The highest rate of hydrogen generation is 33.0 mL/min m2 under solar simulation radiation. This study highlights the significance of a back electron-hole recombination loss and transportation process on the surface of a water-splitting photocathode, retarding the appearance of the photocurrent and requiring a greater amount of energy from a solar device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1965-1973
Number of pages9
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Volume3
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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