Journal Article Fabrication and Characterization of Semiconductor Photoelectrodes with Orientation-Controlled α-Fe<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> Thin Films

増子, 尚徳  ,  Mashiko, Hisanori  ,  吉松, 公平  ,  Yoshimatsu, Kohei  ,  大島, 孝仁  ,  OSHIMA, Takayoshi  ,  大友, 明  ,  Ohtomo, Akira

Epitaxial α-Fe2O3 thin films on conducting Ta-doped SnO2 bottom layers are prepared by pulsed-laser deposition in order to elucidate variation of the photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties for the water oxidation reaction on the α-Fe2O3 photoanodes with different orientation and thickness. Cyclic voltammetry under illumination shows that current density (photocurrent onset potential) of the m-axis oriented samples is considerably larger (lower) than that of the c-axis oriented ones. Using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy under illumination, we ascribe these behaviors to difference in surface states between c- and m-planes besides anisotropic conductivity along the individual axes. Our study demonstrates the power of utilizing well-defined epitaxial thin films to investigate the anisotropic PEC properties of visible-light-driven photoelectrodes.

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