Wireless InGaN-Si/Pt device for photo-electrochemical water splitting

Takeyuki Sekimoto, Hiroshi Hashiba, Shuichi Shinagawa, Yusuke Uetake, Masahiro Deguchi, Satoshi Yotsuhashi, Kazuhiro Ohkawa

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We demonstrate a wireless device comprising a gallium nitride (GaN)-silicon-based photo-electrode, and a platinum cathode. Compared with conventional two-electrode photo-electrochemical systems, this wireless monolithic device showed potential for a wider range of applications, and reduced the resistance losses resulting from the wiring and aqueous solution. The efficiency was improved when the electrolyte was changed from KHCO3 to NaOH because water oxidation capability of the surface of the GaN was enhanced. A wider solar spectrum wavelength range was exploited by adopting InGaN as a photo-absorption layer; the improved efficiency for hydrogen generation was 0.90%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number088004
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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