Pd Nanoparticle-Decorated Hydrogen Plasma-Treated TiO2 for Photoelectrocatalysis-Based Solar Energy Devices

Deepanjana Adak, Poulomi Chakrabarty, Pavel Majumdar, Rabibrata Mukherjee, Snehangshu Patra, Anup Mondal, Sekhar Bhattacharyya, Hiranmay Saha, Raghunath Bhattacharyya

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    Abstract

    A relatively less explored plasmonic material, Pd, on the TiO2 interface has been utilized to boost the catalytic efficiency of rutile TiO2 as a photoelectrocatalyst material. To obtain desired plasmonic behavior, Pd ions deposited over TiO2 were reduced under cold/nonthermal hydrogen plasma, for complete reduction of as-deposited Pd ions to metallic Pd nanoparticles. The Pd@TiO2 photocatalyst, thus prepared, was then extensively characterized. We emphasize that this particular catalyst can be used as a photoelectrocatalyst, as this is found to exhibit promising photoelectrochemical behavior and its ability as a water oxidation catalyst in water splitting devices. The enhanced catalytic activity achieved by using Pd nanoparticles and subsequent cold hydrogen plasma treatment of Pd@TiO2 is expected to make such a system useful for many other electrocatalytic and related applications.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalACS Applied Electronic Materials
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    StatePublished - Dec 7 2020

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