Band engineered Al-rich InAlN thin films as a promising photoanode for hydrogen generation from solar water splitting

Alizadeh, Mahdi and Goh, Boon Tong and Mehmood, Muhammad Shahid and Qader, Karwan Wasman and Rahman, Saadah Abdul and Shokri, Babak (2018) Band engineered Al-rich InAlN thin films as a promising photoanode for hydrogen generation from solar water splitting. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 185. pp. 445-455. ISSN 0927-0248

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2018.05.058

Abstract

In this study, Al-rich InAlN thin films were grown at different substrate temperatures (Ts) by plasma-assisted dual source reactive evaporation and effects of the parameter on indium incorporation, morphology, structural and optical properties of the alloys were investigated. It was shown that indium content of the films increases at higher substrate temperature and the bandgap is decreased from 3.54 to 2.76 eV as Ts increases from 150° to 400 °C, respectively. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity of the deposited films targeted for solar water splitting application was examined in the presence of simulated solar irradiation of AM 1.5 G (100 mW/cm2). The PEC measurements revealed a massive improvement in the photocurrent density for the InAlN sample deposited at Ts = 400 °C compared with the films grown at 150 °C. From the Mott-Schottky (MS) plots it was concluded that by increasing Ts up to 400 °C, charge transport during PEC process could be facilitated. It was shown that Al-rich InAlN with selected band gap and band alignments could be a potential candidate for PEC water splitting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: InAlN thin films; Plasma-assisted deposition; Solar water splitting; Photoelectrochemical cell; Hydrogen production
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Dept of Physics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 04:54
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 04:54
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22546

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