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Photoelectrochemical Properties of GaN Photoanodes with Cobalt Phosphate Catalyst for Solar Water Splitting in Neutral Electrolyte

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posted on 30.05.2017, 00:00 by Jumpei Kamimura, Peter Bogdanoff, Fatwa F. Abdi, Jonas Lähnemann, Roel van de Krol, Henning Riechert, Lutz Geelhaar
Cyclic voltammetry measurements are carried out in neutral phosphate-buffered electrolyte using n-type Ga-polar GaN thin-film photoelectrodes with and without cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi) modification. Without Co-Pi, the variation of the photocurrent with the bias potential exhibits a two-step behavior and under chopped illumination spikes occur at low bias potential. Thus in this regime surface recombination is dominant. Co-Pi modification suppresses surface recombination and significantly increases the photocurrent, especially for low bias potentials. At the same time, stability tests reveal that Co-Pi does not protect GaN against photocorrosion. Experiments using H2O2 imply that this photocorrosion is a reductive process and probably related to the presence of charged surface defects.