Hole Accumulation at the Grain Boundary Enhances Water Oxidation at α-Fe2O3 Electrodes under a Microwave Electric Field

Masayuki Matsuhisa, Shuntaro Tsubaki, Fuminao Kishimoto, Satoshi Fujii, Iku Hirano, Masahiro Horibe, Eiichi Suzuki, Ryota Shimizu, Taro Hitosugi, Yuji Wada

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Abstract

We studied the effects of surface morphology and carrier distribution of α-Fe2O3 electrodes on the enhancement of water electrolysis under microwave (MW) irradiation. We deposited α-Fe2O3 electrodes with various morphologies on Nb-doped rutile TiO2 (100) substrates. α-Fe2O3 films with rough and flat surfaces were deposited using electrodeposition (ED) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD), respectively. The ED α-Fe2O3 film showed a larger response to the MW electric field applied to the electrodes than did the PLD film. In addition, the response was linearly correlated with the MW electric field intensity. Using scanning MW microscopy, we found that the local MW susceptibility of the α-Fe2O3 electrode was enhanced at the grain boundary of the ED α-Fe2O3 film. Analysis of the surface band structure of both ED and PLD α-Fe2O3 films using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy showed that the ED α-Fe2O3 film had a wider depleted layer, indicating increased accumulation of holes on the surface of the electrode to enhance water oxidation. We concluded that the accumulation of holes at the grain boundary of the ED α-Fe2O3 film determines the enhancement of water oxidation under an MW electric field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7749-7759
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume124
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 9 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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