Growth, characterization, and electrochemical properties of doped n-Type KTaO3 photoanodes

I. E. Paulauskas, J. E. Katz, G. E. Jellison, N. S. Lewis, L. A. Boatner, G. M. Brown

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The effects of compositionally induced changes on the semiconducting properties, optical response, chemical stability, and overall performance of KTaO3 photoanodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells have been investigated. Single crystals of n-type Ca- and Ba-doped KTaO3 with carrier concentrations ranging from 0.45 to 11.5 × 1019 cm -3 were grown and characterized as photoanodes in basic aqueous electrolyte PEC cells. The PEC properties of the crystals, including the photocurrent, photovoltage, and flatband potential in contact with 8.5 M NaOH(aq) were relatively independent of whether Ca or Ba was used to produce the semiconducting form of KTaO3. All of the Ca- or Ba-doped KTaO 3 single-crystal photoanodes were chemically stable in the electrolyte and, based on the open-circuit potential and the band-edge positions, were capable of unassisted photochemical H2 and O 2 evolution from H2O. The minority-carrier diffusion lengths values were small and comparable to the depletion region width. Photoanodic currents were only observed for photoanode illumination with light above the bandgap (i.e., λ<340 nm). The maximum external quantum yield occurred at λ=255 nm (4.85 eV), and the depletion width plus the minority-carrier diffusion length ranged from 20 to 65 nm for the various KTaO3 -based photoanode materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)B580-B587
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 8 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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