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  1. Apollony photonic sponge based photoelectrochemical solar cells.

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    Ramiro-Manzano, Fernando; Atienzar, Pedro; Rodriguez, Isabelle; Meseguer, Francisco; Garcia, Hermenegildo; Corma, Avelino

    2007-01-21

    We have developed a quasi-fractal colloidal crystal to localize efficiently photons in a very broad optical spectral range; it has been applied to prepare dye sensitized photoelectrochemical solar (PES) cells able to harvest very efficiently photons from the ultraviolet (UV) and the visible (VIS) regions of the solar spectrum. PMID:17299626

  2. Photosystem I - based biohybrid photoelectrochemical cells.

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    Ciesielski, Peter N; Hijazi, Frederick M; Scott, Amanda M; Faulkner, Christopher J; Beard, Lisa; Emmett, Kevin; Rosenthal, Sandra J; Cliffel, David; Kane Jennings, G

    2010-05-01

    Photosynthesis is the process by which Nature coordinates a tandem of protein complexes of impressive complexity that function to harness staggering amounts of solar energy on a global scale. Advances in biochemistry and nanotechnology have provided tools to isolate and manipulate the individual components of this process, thus opening a door to a new class of highly functional and vastly abundant biological resources. Here we show how one of these components, Photosystem I (PSI), is incorporated into an electrochemical system to yield a stand-alone biohybrid photoelectrochemical cell that converts light energy into electrical energy. The cells make use of a dense multilayer of PSI complexes assembled on the surface of the cathode to produce a photocatalytic effect that generates photocurrent densities of approximately 2 microA/cm(2) at moderate light intensities. We describe the relationship between the current and voltage production of the cells and the photoinduced interactions of PSI complexes with electrochemical mediators, and show that the performance of the present device is limited by diffusional transport of the electrochemical mediators through the electrolyte. These biohybrid devices display remarkable stability, as they remain active in ambient conditions for at least 280 days. Even at bench-scale production, the materials required to fabricate the cells described in this manuscript cost approximately 10 cents per cm(2) of active electrode area. PMID:20064713

  3. Photoelectrochemical cell

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    Rauh, R. David; Boudreau, Robert A.

    1983-06-14

    A photoelectrochemical cell comprising a sealed container having a light-transmitting window for admitting light into the container across a light-admitting plane, an electrolyte in the container, a photoelectrode in the container having a light-absorbing surface arranged to receive light from the window and in contact with the electrolyte, the surface having a plurality of spaced portions oblique to the plane, each portion having dimensions at least an order of magnitude larger than the maximum wavelength of incident sunlight, the total surface area of the surface being larger than the area of the plane bounded by the container, and a counter electrode in the container in contact with the electrolyte.

  4. Nanocomposite Photoelectrochemical Cells

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    Narayan, Sri R.; Kindler, Andrew; Whitacre, Jay F.

    2007-01-01

    Improved, solid-state photoelectrochemical cells for converting solar radiation to electricity have been proposed. (In general, photoelectrochemical cells convert incident light to electricity through electrochemical reactions.) It is predicted that in comparison with state-of-the-art photoelectrochemical cells, these cells will be found to operate with greater solar-to-electric energy-conversion efficiencies.

  5. Bacteriorhodopsin-based photo-electrochemical cell.

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    Chu, Li-Kang; Yen, Chun-Wan; El-Sayed, Mostafa A

    2010-10-15

    A simple solution-based electrochemical cell has been constructed and successfully employed in the detection of the photoelectric response upon photoexcitation of bacteriorhodopsin (bR) without external bias. Commercially-available indium tin oxide (ITO) glasses served as the optical windows and electrodes. Small amounts of bR suspensions (∼100 μL) were utilized as the photovoltaic medium to generate the proton gradient between two half-cells separated by a molecular porous membrane. Continuous broadband visible light (λ>380 nm) and a short-pulse 532-nm laser were employed for the photoexcitation of bR. Upon the modulated cw broadband irradiation, an instantaneous rise and decay of the current was observed. Our observations of the pH-dependent photocurrent are consistent with previous reports in a bR thin film configuration, which also showed a polarity inversion at pH 5-6. This is due to the change of the priority of the proton release and proton uptake in the photocycle of bR. Studies on the ionic strength effect were also carried out at different KCl concentrations, which resulted in the acceleration of the rise and decay of the photoelectric response. This was accompanied by a decrease in the stationary photocurrent at higher KCl concentrations in the broadband excitation experiments. The solution-based electrochemical cell uses aqueous medium, which is required for the completion of the bR proton pumping function. Due to the generation of the stationary current, it is advantageous to convert solar energy into electricity without the need of film-based photovoltaic devices with external bias. PMID:20719494

  6. Photoelectrochemical Solar Cells.

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    McDevitt, John T.

    1984-01-01

    This introduction to photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells reviews topics pertaining to solar energy conversion and demonstrates the ease with which a working PEC cell can be prepared with n-type silicon as the photoanode and a platinum counter electrode (both immersed in ethanolic ferrocene/ferricenium solutions). Experiments using the cell are…

  7. Improved performance of InSe-based photoelectrochemical cells by means of a selective (photo)electrochemical etching

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    Tenne, R.; Theys, B.; Rioux, J.; Levy-Clement, C.

    1985-01-01

    It is shown that the performance of photoelectrochemical cells based on the lamellar material InSe can be considerably improved by means of a selective (photo)electrochemical etching. Whereas the cleavage Van de Waals plane (⊥ to c axis) shows little improvement, the photcurrent in the ∥ face (parallel to the c axis) is doubled (30 mA cm-2 under AM1 illumination). For n-type InSe a reverse bias (+1.5 V versus standard calomel electrode SCE) was employed during the photoetching, p-InSe electrodes were electrochemically etched by applying a forward bias (+1.5 V). In both cases, surface holes carry out the selective corrosion of the semiconductor surface which is another manifestation for the asymmetry played by holes and electrons on semiconductor surfaces. It is hoped that this finding will pave the way for the construction of high-efficiency solar cells based on a thin film made of lamellar materials.

  8. High-performance photoelectrochemical cells based on a binuclear ruthenium catalyst for visible-light-driven water oxidation.

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    Zhang, Linlin; Gao, Yan; Ding, Xin; Yu, Ze; Sun, Licheng

    2014-10-01

    Two photoanodes based on a binuclear (2) and a mononuclear ruthenium (3) water oxidation catalysts were assembled in combination with a molecular photosensitizer (1) by using a co-adsorption method. The anodes were used in dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (DS-PECs) for visible-light-driven water splitting. A DS-PEC device using TiO2 (1+2) as working electrode (WE) exhibits better performance than TiO2 (1+3) as WE in light-driven water splitting. Detailed photoelectrochemical studies on these DS-PEC devices are discussed. PMID:25139154

  9. A photoelectrochemical methanol fuel cell based on aligned TiO2 nanorods decorated graphene photoanode.

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    Li, Xinyuan; Wang, Guowen; Jing, Lin; Ni, Wei; Yan, Huan; Chen, Chao; Yan, Yi-Ming

    2016-02-11

    We report the photoelectrochemical (PEC) oxidation of methanol on a rationally designed graphene-TiO2 nanorod array (G-TNR) photoanode. A PEC methanol fuel cell was constructed by coupling the G-TNR photoanode with a cathode. This study raises a conceptual fuel cell that realizes the synergistic energy conversion of chemical energy and solar energy. PMID:26741738

  10. Automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell driven by visible light.

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    Yu, You; Han, Yanchao; Xu, Miao; Zhang, Lingling; Dong, Shaojun

    2016-04-28

    Inverted illumination compensation is important in energy-saving projects, artificial photosynthesis and some forms of agriculture, such as hydroponics. However, only a few illumination adjustments based on self-powered biodetectors that quantitatively detect the intensity of visible light have been reported. We constructed an automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell (PBFC) driven by visible light. The PBFC consisted of a glucose dehydrogenase modified bioanode and a p-type semiconductor cuprous oxide photocathode. The PBFC had a high power output of 161.4 μW cm(-2) and an open circuit potential that responded rapidly to visible light. It adjusted the amount of illumination inversely irrespective of how the external illumination was changed. This rational design of utilizing PBFCs provides new insights into automatic light adjustable devices and may be of benefit to intelligent applications. PMID:27076202

  11. Automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell driven by visible light

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    Yu, You; Han, Yanchao; Xu, Miao; Zhang, Lingling; Dong, Shaojun

    2016-04-01

    Inverted illumination compensation is important in energy-saving projects, artificial photosynthesis and some forms of agriculture, such as hydroponics. However, only a few illumination adjustments based on self-powered biodetectors that quantitatively detect the intensity of visible light have been reported. We constructed an automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell (PBFC) driven by visible light. The PBFC consisted of a glucose dehydrogenase modified bioanode and a p-type semiconductor cuprous oxide photocathode. The PBFC had a high power output of 161.4 μW cm-2 and an open circuit potential that responded rapidly to visible light. It adjusted the amount of illumination inversely irrespective of how the external illumination was changed. This rational design of utilizing PBFCs provides new insights into automatic light adjustable devices and may be of benefit to intelligent applications.Inverted illumination compensation is important in energy-saving projects, artificial photosynthesis and some forms of agriculture, such as hydroponics. However, only a few illumination adjustments based on self-powered biodetectors that quantitatively detect the intensity of visible light have been reported. We constructed an automatic illumination compensation device based on a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell (PBFC) driven by visible light. The PBFC consisted of a glucose dehydrogenase modified bioanode and a p-type semiconductor cuprous oxide photocathode. The PBFC had a high power output of 161.4 μW cm-2 and an open circuit potential that responded rapidly to visible light. It adjusted the amount of illumination inversely irrespective of how the external illumination was changed. This rational design of utilizing PBFCs provides new insights into automatic light adjustable devices and may be of benefit to intelligent applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00759g

  12. Sunlight-assisted, biocatalytic formate synthesis from CO2 and water using silicon-based photoelectrochemical cells.

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    Son, Eun Jin; Ko, Jong Wan; Kuk, Su Keun; Choe, Hyunjun; Lee, Sumi; Kim, Jae Hong; Nam, Dong Heon; Ryu, Gyeong Min; Kim, Yong Hwan; Park, Chan Beum

    2016-08-11

    We report on a silicon-based photoelectrochemical cell that integrates a formate dehydrogenase from Thiobacillus sp. (TsFDH) to convert CO2 to formate using water as an electron donor under visible light irradiation and an applied bias. Our current study suggests that the deliberate integration of biocatalysis to a light-harvesting platform could provide an opportunity to synthesize valuable chemicals with the use of earth-abundant materials and sustainable resources. PMID:27411734

  13. Photoelectrochemical based direct conversion systems

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    Kocha, S.; Arent, D.; Peterson, M.

    1995-09-01

    The goal of this research is to develop a stable, cost effective, photoelectrochemical based system that will split water upon illumination, producing hydrogen and oxygen directly, using sunlight as the only energy input. This type of direct conversion system combines a photovoltaic material and an electrolyzer into a single monolithic device. We report on our studies of two multifunction multiphoton photoelectrochemical devices, one based on the ternary semiconductor gallium indium phosphide, (GaInP{sub 2}), and the other one based on amorphous silicon carbide. We also report on our studies of the solid state surface treatment of GaInP{sub 2} as well as our continuing effort to develop synthetic techniques for the attachment of transition metal complexes to the surface of semiconductor electrodes. All our surface studies are directed at controlling the interface energetics and forming stable catalytic surfaces.

  14. Photoelectrochemical cells including chalcogenophosphate photoelectrodes

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    Reichman, B.; Byvik, C. E. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    Photoelectrochemical cells employing chalcogenophosphate (MPX3) photoelectrodes are described where M is selected from the group of transition metal series of elements beginning with scandium (atomic number 21) through germanium (atomic number 32) yttrium (atomic number 39) through antimony (atomic number 51) and lanthanum (atomic number 57) through polonium (atomic number 84); P is phosphorus; and X is selected from the chalogenide series consisting of sulfur, selenium, and tellurium. These compounds have bandgaps in the desirable range from 2.0 eV to 2.2 eV for the photoelectrolysis of water and are stable when used as photoelectrodes for the same.

  15. Photoelectrochemical cells - Conversion of intense optical energy

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    Wrighton, M. S.; Ellis, A. B.; Kaiser, S. W.

    1976-01-01

    Conversion of optical energy to chemical energy and/or electrical energy using wet photoelectrochemical cells is described. Emphasis is on (1) the photoelectrolysis of H2O to H2 and O2 using cells having n-type semiconductor photoelectrodes fabricated from TiO2, SnO2, SrTiO3, KTaO3, and KTa(0.77)Nb(0.23)O3, and (2) the conversion of light to electrical energy using CdSe- and CdS-based cells with polysulfide electrolytes.

  16. Solar energy conversion by chloroplast photoelectrochemical cells

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    Bhardwaj, R.; Pan, R. L.; Gross, E. L.

    1981-01-01

    A photoelectrochemical cell based on chloroplasts which generates large photovoltages and photocurrents from solar energy is presented. The cell contains broken Type C chloroplasts placed on a filter separating compartments containing an electron acceptor and electron donor with platinum electrodes in each. Photovoltages were observed across a load resistance of 3000 ohms with either flavin mononucleotide or anthroquinone 2-sulphonate as the electron acceptor and dichlorophenol indophenol as the donor, and persisted for 1-2 hr after the light was turned off. The powers and short circuit currents obtained in the chloroplast cells are nearly equal to those obtained in cells based on isolated photosystem I particles. Finally, an efficiency of 2.3% has been measured for the chloroplast contribution to the total power in flavin mononucleotide cells.

  17. n-Type Si-based photoelectrochemical cell: New liquid junction photocell using a nonaqueous ferricenium/ferrocene electrolyte

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    Legg, Kenneth D.; Ellis, Arthur B.; Bolts, Jeffrey M.; Wrighton, Mark S.

    1977-01-01

    n-Type Si has been shown to serve as a stable photoanode in a cell for the conversion of light to electricity. The other components of the cell are a Pt cathode and an electrolyte consisting of an ethanol solution of [n-Bu4N]ClO4 with a redox couple of ferricenium/ferrocene. Data from a two-compartment cell show that ferrocene is oxidized to ferricenium with 100 ± 2% current efficiency at the Si photoanode. Furthermore, prolonged irradiation of the Si in a one-compartment cell yields constant photocurrent and output characteristics. The maximum open-circuit photopotential is ∼700 mV, and the short-circuit quantum yield for electron flow at low light intensity exceeds 0.5. Conversion of monochromatic 632.8-nm light to electricity with ∼2% power efficiency at an output voltage of ∼200 mV has been sustained. These results represent a stable n-type Si-based photoelectrochemical cell. PMID:16592436

  18. Superlattice photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical cells

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    Nozik, Arthur J.

    1987-01-01

    A superlattice or multiple-quantum-well semiconductor is used as a photoelectrode in a photoelectrochemical process for converting solar energy into useful fuels or chemicals. The quantum minibands of the superlattice or multiple-quantum-well semiconductor effectively capture hot-charge carriers at or near their discrete quantum energies and deliver them to drive a chemical reaction in an electrolyte. The hot-charge carries can be injected into the electrolyte at or near the various discrete multiple energy levels quantum minibands, or they can be equilibrated among themselves to a hot-carrier pool and then injected into the electrolyte at one average energy that is higher than the lowest quantum band gap in the semiconductor.

  19. Construction of flexible photoelectrochemical solar cells based on ordered nanostructural BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunction films.

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    Fang, Mingqing; Jia, Huimin; He, Weiwei; Lei, Yan; Zhang, Lizhi; Zheng, Zhi

    2015-05-28

    Ordered 2D nanostructural BiOI nanoflake arrays decorated with Bi2S3 nanospheres have been designed and in situ fabricated for the first time, to form BiOI/Bi2S3 bulk heterojunctions through a soft chemical route. A modified successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was developed to fabricate BiOI nanoflake arrays on flexible ITO/PET substrates at room temperature. The degree of transformation of BiOI to Bi2S3 was controlled through the adjustment of exposure time of the BiOI/ITO substrate to thioacetamide (TAA) aqueous solution. The morphologies of BiOI, BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunctions and Bi2S3 films were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) patterns, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The presence of Bi2S3 was further validated through Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Especially, photoelectrochemical measurements demonstrated that such a Bi2S3 decorated BiOI photoanode based cell exhibits significant augments of short-circuit current density (Jsc) and incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE, 3 times higher than the pure BiOI photoanode), attributable to the stronger photo-absorption and better photogenerated charge carrier separation and transport efficiency. The surface photovoltage (SPV) measurements further confirmed the importance of BiOI/Bi2S3 heterojunctions in such PEC cells. This solution-based process directly on flexible ITO offers the promise for low-cost, large-area, roll-to-roll application of the manufacturing of the third generation thin-film photovoltaic devices. PMID:25941684

  20. Photoelectrochemical cell with nondissolving anode

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    Ellis, A. B.; Kaiser, S. W.; Wrighton, M. S.

    1980-01-01

    Improved electrolytic cells have efficiencies comparable to those of best silicon solar cells but are potentially less expensive to manufacture. Cells consist of light-sensitive n-type semiconductor anode and metallic cathode immersed in electrolytic solution. Reversible redox cells produce no chemical change in electrolyte and stabilize anode against dissolving. Cell can produce more than 500 mW of power per square centimeter of anode area at output voltage of 0.4 V.

  1. A photoelectrochemical sensor based on CdS-polyamidoamine nano-composite film for cell capture and detection.

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    Qian, Zheng; Bai, Hai-Jing; Wang, Guang-Li; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2010-05-15

    We demonstrated herein a newly developed photoelectrochemical cell-sensor for the determination of SMMC-7721 human hepatoma carcinoma cells (SMMC-7721 cells) by using a photosensitive CdS-polyamidoamine (G4) nano-composite film (CdS-PAMAM). The film was generated by electrodeposition method. The presence of PAMAM in the film eliminated the surface defects of CdS nanoparticles and therefore resulted in a greatly enhanced photocurrent and a reduced dark current. In the presence of the electron donor ascorbic acid (AA), the photoexcitation of this modified electrode potentiostated at 0 V versus Ag/AgCl led to an anodic photocurrent. As a result of the covalent coupling reactions, a layer of concanavalin A (ConA) was firmly bound to the functionalized CdS-PAMAM film via glutaraldehyde bridges. The resulting modified electrodes were tested as sensors for SMMC-7721 cell capture and detection via affinity interactions between ConA and mannosyl groups on cell surface. The cell concentration was measured from 5.0 x 10(3) to 1.0 x 10(7) cells mL(-1) through the decrease in photocurrent intensity resulting from its specific binding onto the photosensitive film, the detection limit being 5.0 x 10(3) cells mL(-1). PMID:20181470

  2. ZnO Nanocoral Structures for Photoelectrochemical Cells

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    Ahn, K. S.; Yan, Y.; Shet, S.; Jones, K.; Deutsch, T.; Turner, J.; Al-Jassim, M.

    2008-01-01

    We report on synthesis of a uniform and large area of a new form of ZnO nanocorals. These nanostructures can provide suitable electrical pathways for efficient carrier collection as well as large surface areas for the photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. PEC devices made from these ZnO nanocoral structures demonstrate significantly enhanced photoresponse as compared to ZnO compact and nanorod films. Our results suggest that the nanocoral structures could be an excellent choice for nanomaterial-based applications such as dye-sensitized solar cells, electrochromic windows, and batteries.

  3. Photoelectrochemical cells based on ternary compounds CuIn{sub 2n+1}Se{sub 3n+2} (n = 3-6)

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    Rud, V. Yu. Rud, Yu. V.; Bodnar, I. V.; Gorbachev, D. V.; Ushakova, T. N.

    2009-03-15

    Single crystals of ternary CuIn{sub 2n+1}Se{sub 3n+2} semiconductors with the composition index n = 3, 5, 6 were grown for the first time using the direct crystallization method. It was shown that these crystals have hexagonal symmetry and close unit cell parameters. Photoelectrochemical cells based on CuIn{sub 2n+1}Se{sub 3n+2} and In{sub 2}Se{sub 3} single crystals were fabricated. Their photosensitivity spectra were measured for the first time, which were used to determine the nature of interband transitions and the band gap. The weak dependence of the parameters of the band's spectrum and unit cell of these semiconductors at n {>=} 2 was attributed to the features of the interatomic interaction in such phases. It was concluded that new CuIn{sub 2n+1}Se{sub 3n+2} semiconductors can be used in broadband photoconverters of optical radiations.

  4. Increasing the open-circuit voltage of photoprotein-based photoelectrochemical cells by manipulation of the vacuum potential of the electrolytes.

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    Tan, Swee Ching; Crouch, Lucy I; Mahajan, Sumeet; Jones, Michael R; Welland, Mark E

    2012-10-23

    The innately highly efficient light-powered separation of charge that underpins natural photosynthesis can be exploited for applications in photoelectrochemistry by coupling nanoscale protein photoreaction centers to man-made electrodes. Planar photoelectrochemical cells employing purple bacterial reaction centers have been constructed that produce a direct current under continuous illumination and an alternating current in response to discontinuous illumination. The present work explored the basis of the open-circuit voltage (V(OC)) produced by such cells with reaction center/antenna (RC-LH1) proteins as the photovoltaic component. It was established that an up to ~30-fold increase in V(OC) could be achieved by simple manipulation of the electrolyte connecting the protein to the counter electrode, with an approximately linear relationship being observed between the vacuum potential of the electrolyte and the resulting V(OC). We conclude that the V(OC) of such a cell is dependent on the potential difference between the electrolyte and the photo-oxidized bacteriochlorophylls in the reaction center. The steady-state short-circuit current (J(SC)) obtained under continuous illumination also varied with different electrolytes by a factor of ~6-fold. The findings demonstrate a simple way to boost the voltage output of such protein-based cells into the hundreds of millivolts range typical of dye-sensitized and polymer-blend solar cells, while maintaining or improving the J(SC). Possible strategies for further increasing the V(OC) of such protein-based photoelectrochemical cells through protein engineering are discussed. PMID:23009071

  5. Studies of photocorrosion and passivation of n-GaAs based semiconductor/liquid junction photoelectrochemical cells

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    Miller, Eric Alan

    Semiconductor photoelectrochemical cells offer a cheap, easily constructed alternative to all-solid-state solar cells. However, a persistent problem in their development has been photocorrosion of the semiconductor electrode. Photocorrosion degrades the electrode, reducing the device lifetime to unacceptably short times. Much effort has gone into developing passivation schemes to reduce or eliminate photocorrosion. None has yet provided permanent protection. A better understanding of the basic interfacial chemistry and physics is necessary to achieve this. Toward this end, the studies described in this manuscript have been performed. n-GaAs has been chosen as the electrode material in these studies due to its strong absorption near a maximum in the solar spectrum. Its photoelectrochemical behavior in Nasb2S has been examined because of the known ability of Nasb2S to passivate photocorrosion. Although the protection provided by Nasb2S is known to be temporary, the focus of these studies is to gain a more complete understanding of the interactions between Nasb2S and GaAs which lead to passivation and photocorrosion. Three separate studies are described in this manuscript. In the first, time-resolved photoluminescence experiments were employed to determine whether the minority carrier surface recombination velocity (SRV) is dependent upon electrolyte concentration. The results indicate that, within the concentration range studied, the SRV is independent of Nasb2S concentration, suggesting that there is no significant change in the degree of semiconductor/electrolyte bond formation. In the second study, the dependence of photocorrosion and passivation on crystallographic orientation was examined. Results show that the (100) and (110) surfaces of GaAs were passivated equally well by Nasb2S, although surface states which eventually formed at the two surfaces were separated in energy by 300 meV. The (111)B surface was not passivated by Nasb2S. In the third study, the

  6. Impedance analysis of inherently redox-active ionic-liquid-based photoelectrochemical cells: charge-transfer mechanism in the presence of an additional redox couple.

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    Patel, Dipal B; Chauhan, Khushbu R; Mukhopadhyay, Indrajit

    2015-06-01

    An intensive electrochemical impedance study was carried out to understand the charge-transfer processes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells based on ionic liquid (IL) electrolytes. Three different electrolytes were utilized to understand the role of redox species as well as the medium on the charge-transfer mechanism. The negligible diffusion resistance, despite the presence of two different redox species in the case of Fe(CN)(6) (-4/-3) in IL, was explained on the basis of charge transfer between species of two different redox couples. Accordingly, the redox species are not required to travel through the bulk of the electrolyte for the removal of accumulated charges, as short-range charge transfer between the IL and the Fe(CN)(6) (-4/-3) species facilitates the removal of accumulated charges. It is also shown that PEC cells utilizing dual redox couples are highly stable with larger photoelectrochmeical windows, >3 V. PMID:25820185

  7. Nanostructure-based WO3 photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Liu, Xien; Wang, Fengying; Wang, Qing

    2012-06-14

    Nanostructured WO(3) has been developed as a promising water-splitting material due to its ability of capturing parts of the visible light and high stability in aqueous solutions under acidic conditions. In this review, the fabrication, photocatalytic performance and operating principles of photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) for water splitting based on WO(3) photoanodes, with an emphasis on the last decade, are discussed. The morphology, dimension, crystallinity, grain boundaries, defect and separation, transport of photogenerated charges will also be mentioned as the impact factors on photocatalytic performance. PMID:22534756

  8. Integrated photoelectrochemical cell and system having a liquid electrolyte

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    Deng, Xunming; Xu, Liwei

    2010-07-06

    An integrated photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell generates hydrogen and oxygen from water while being illuminated with radiation. The PEC cell employs a liquid electrolyte, a multi-junction photovoltaic electrode, and a thin ion-exchange membrane. A PEC system and a method of making such PEC cell and PEC system are also disclosed.

  9. Optimization of amorphous silicon double junction solar cells for an efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting device based on a bismuth vanadate photoanode.

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    Han, Lihao; Abdi, Fatwa F; Perez Rodriguez, Paula; Dam, Bernard; van de Krol, Roel; Zeman, Miro; Smets, Arno H M

    2014-03-01

    A photoelectrochemical water splitting device (PEC-WSD) was designed and fabricated based on cobalt-phosphate-catalysed and tungsten-gradient-doped bismuth vanadate (W:BiVO4) as the photoanode. A simple and cheap hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) double junction solar cell has been used to provide additional bias. The advantage of using thin film silicon (TF-Si) based solar cells is that this photovoltaic (PV) technology meets the crucial requirements for the PV component in PEC-WSDs based on W:BiVO4 photoanodes. TF-Si PV devices are stable in aqueous solutions, are manufactured by simple and cheap fabrication processes and their spectral response, voltage and current density show an excellent match with the photoanode. This paper is mainly focused on the optimization of the TF-Si solar cell with respect to the remaining solar spectrum transmitted through the W:BiVO4 photoanode. The current matching between the top and bottom cells is studied and optimized by varying the thickness of the a-Si:H top cell. We support the experimental optimization of the current balance between the two sub-cells with simulations of the PV devices. In addition, the impact of the light induced degradation of the a-Si:H double junction, the so-called Staebler-Wronski Effect (SWE), on the performance of the PEC-WSD has been studied. The light soaking experiments on the a-Si:H/a-Si:H double junctions over 1000 hours show that the efficiency of a stand-alone a-Si:H/a-Si:H double junction cell is significantly reduced due to the SWE. Nevertheless, the SWE has a significantly smaller effect on the performance of the PEC-WSD. PMID:24452785

  10. Research on photoelectrochemical cells based on CdSe, CdSe/sub 1-x/Te/sub x/ and other photoelectrode materials

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    Wallace, W L

    1984-05-01

    Research on electrochemical photovoltaic cells incorporating thin film n-CdSe and n-CdSe/sub 1-x/Te/sub x/ photoanodes has resulted in efficiencies up to 7.5% using small area electrodes in polysulfide electrolytes. Efficiencies close to 10% can be achieved using alternate electrolytes in significantly less stable systems. The major limitations on the efficiency of II-VI photoelectrochemical cells are associated with the open circuit voltage and the fill factor. Research on CuInSe/sub 2/ electrochemical photovoltaic cells has resulted in efficiencies up to 11.7% using single crystal n-CuInSe/sub 2/ photoanodes in aqueous electrolytes. The n-CuInSe/sub 2/ surface and the electrolyte have been optimized to produce a highly stable semiconductor/electrolyte junction. A review will also be given on the status of photoelectrochemical storage cell research. In situ photoelectrochemical measurement techniques have been used to probe the semiconductor/electrolyte interface and have been used to support the characterization of semiconductor materials for solid state photovoltaic applications.

  11. Photoelectrochemical cells based on hydrogen-atom abstraction and electron-transfer reactions in solution: systems based on benzophenone, 2-propanol, trialkylamines, and methyl viologen

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    Chandrasekaran, K.; Whitten, D.G.

    1981-12-02

    This paper reports the linking of well-studied solution photoprocesses such as hydrogen-atom abstraction by triplet benzophenone from 2-propanol and electron transfer from triethylamine to triplet benzophenone to proton reduction in aqueous acid via a two-compartment photoelectrochemical cell. In each case the intermediate reduction of N,N'-dimethyl-4,4'-bipyridinium (methyl viologen, MV/sup 2 +/) provides a means for circumventing undesirable radical reactions and generating a stable carrier in high overall efficiency. The net result is reasonably efficient generation of a photocurrent concurrent with the occurrence of an endothermic reaction providing products that can in principle be recycled. An interesting aspect of this work is the finding that the overall efficiency of these cells is enhanced by the photochemical self-sensitization of MV/sup +/ in the presence of 2-propanol or triethylamine and MV/sup 2 +/.

  12. Double junction photoelectrochemical solar cells based on Cu2ZnSnS4/Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin film as composite photocathode

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    Zhu, L.; Qiang, Y. H.; Zhao, Y. L.; Gu, X. Q.

    2014-02-01

    A solvothermal method was used to synthesize Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) and Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) nanoparticles. CZTS/CZTSe bilayer films have been fabricated via a layer-by-layer blade coating process on the fluorine dope tin oxide (FTO) substrates. We converted conventional dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) into double junction photoelectrochemical solar cells with the replacement of the Pt-coated counter electrode with the as-prepared films as composite photocathodes. Compared with conventional DSSCs, the cells show an increased short circuit current and power conversion efficiency.

  13. Paper-Based Device for Colorimetric and Photoelectrochemical Quantification of the Flux of H2O2 Releasing from MCF-7 Cancer Cells.

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    Li, Li; Zhang, Yan; Zhang, Lina; Ge, Shenguang; Liu, Haiyun; Ren, Na; Yan, Mei; Yu, Jinghua

    2016-05-17

    In this work, a novel dual photoelectrochemical/colorimetric cyto-analysis format was first introduced into a microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μ-PAD) for synchronous sensitive and visual detection of H2O2 released from tumor cells based on an in situ hydroxyl radicals ((•)OH) cleaving DNA approach. The resulted μ-PAD offered an excellent platform for high-performance biosensing applications, which was constructed by a layer-by-layer modification of concanavalin A, graphene quantum dots (GQDs) labeled flower-like Au@Pd alloy nanoparticles (NPs) probe, and tumor cells on the surface of the vertically aligned bamboo like ZnO, which grows on a pyknotic Pt NPs modified paper working electrode (ZnO/Pt-PWE). It was the effective matching of energy levels between GQDs and ZnO levels that lead to the enhancement of the photocurrent response compared with the bare ZnO/Pt-PWE. After releasing H2O2, the DNA strand was cleaved by (•)OH generated under the synergistic catalysis of GQDs and Au@Pd alloy NPs and thus, reduced the photocurrent, resulting in a high sensitivity to H2O2 in aqueous solutions with a detection limit of 0.05 nmol observed, much lower than that in the previously reported method. The disengaged probe can result in catalytic chromogenic reaction of substrates, resulting in real-time imaging of H2O2 biological processes. Therefore, this work provided a truly low-cost, simple, and disposable μ-PAD for precise and visual detection of cellular H2O2, which had potential utility to cellular biology and pathophysiology. PMID:27065042

  14. Photoelectrochemical based direct conversion systems for hydrogen production

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    Khaselev, O.; Bansal, A.; Kocha, S.; Turner, J.A.

    1998-08-01

    With an eye towards developing a photoelectrochemical system for hydrogen production using sunlight as the only energy input, two types of systems were studied, both involving multijunction devices. One set of cells consisted of a-Si triple junctions and the other a GaInP{sub 2}/GaAs tandem cell combination. Additional investigations were carried out on semiconductor surface modifications to move semiconductor band edges to more favorable energetic positions.

  15. Photoelectrochemical based direct conversion systems for hydrogen production

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    Kocha, S.; Peterson, M.; Arent, D.

    1996-10-01

    Photon driven, direct conversion systems consist of a light absorber and a water splitting catalyst as a monolithic system; water is split directly upon illumination. This one-step process eliminates the need to generate electricity externally and subsequently feed it to an electrolyzer. These configurations require only the piping necessary for transport of hydrogen to an external storage system or gas pipeline. This work is focused on multiphoton photoelectrochemical devices for production of hydrogen directly using sunlight and water. Two types of multijunction cells, one consisting of a-Si triple junctions and the other GaInP{sub 2}/GaAs homojunctions, were studied for the photoelectrochemical decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen from an aqueous electrolyte solution. To catalyze the water decomposition process, the illuminated surface of the device was modified either by addition of platinum colloids or by coating with ruthenium dioxide. These colloids have been characterized by gel electrophoresis.

  16. Multiple junction II-VI compound photoelectrochemical cells

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    Russak, Michael A.

    1986-12-01

    The application of concepts used in producing tandem solid state photovoltaic devices to photoelectrochemical cells has resulted in improved spectral response and photovoltaic output. As in solid state devices, the key to achieving good photovoltaic performance is optimization of the semiconductor properties in each part of the tandem arrangement. This has been done for the thin film CdS/CdSe/sulfide-polysulfide system with an improvement of over 15 percent in conversion efficiency being obtained. Preliminary results showing significant current enhancement by the addition of a CdSe backwall electrode to the CdTe/selenide-polyselenide system are also reported.

  17. Visible light to electrical energy conversion using photoelectrochemical cells

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    Wrighton, Mark S. (Inventor); Ellis, Arthur B. (Inventor); Kaiser, Steven W. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    Sustained conversion of low energy visible or near i.r. light (>1.25 eV) to electrical energy has been obtained using wet photoelectrochemical cells where there are no net chemical changes in the system. Stabilization of n-type semi-conductor anodes of CdS, CdSe, CdTe, GaP, GaAs and InP to photoanodic dissolution is achieved by employing selected alkaline solutions of Na.sub.2 S, Na.sub.2 S/S, Na.sub.2 Se, Na.sub.2 Se/Se, Na.sub.2 Te and Na.sub.2 Te/Te as the electrolyte. The oxidation of (poly) sulfide, (poly)selenide or (poly)telluride species occurs at the irradiated anode, and reduction of polysulfide, polyselenide or polytelluride species occurs at the dark Pt cathode of the photoelectrochemical cell. Optical to electrical energy conversion efficiencies approaching 15% at selected frequencies have been observed in some cells. The wavelength for the onset of photocurrent corresponds to the band gap of the particular anode material used in the cell.

  18. Photoelectrolysis of water at high current density - Use of laser light excitation of semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical cells

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    Wrighton, M. S.; Bocarsley, A. B.; Bolts, J. M.

    1978-01-01

    In the present paper, some results are given for UV laser light irradiation of the photoanode (SnO2, SrTiO3, or TiO2) in a cell for the light-driven electrolysis of H2O, at radiation intensities of up to 380 W/sq cm. The properties of the anode material are found to be independent of light intensity. Conversion of UV light to stored chemical energy in the form of 2H2/O2 from H2O was driven at a rate of up to 30 W/sq cm. High O2 evolution rates at the irradiated anodes without changes in the current-voltage curves are attributed to the excess oxidizing power associated with photogenerated holes. A test for this sort of hypothesis for H2 evolution at p-type materials is proposed.

  19. Development of photoelectrochemical cells based on compound semiconductors and nonaqueous electrolytes. Semiannual report, May 1, 1981-October 31, 1981

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    Rauh, R. D.

    1982-03-01

    A reproducible procedure for chemical bath deposition (CBD) of CdSe has been documented in detail, allowing a consistent production of photoelectrode yielding 5.5 to 6.5% conversion efficiency in alkaline polysulfide electrolyte (employing a tungsten halogen lamp/KG-2 filter solar simulated light source). The CBD films of n-CdSe on Ti have achieved an efficiency of approx. 10% under both solar simulated and real sunlight conditions using an Fe(CN)/sub 6//sup -3///sup -4/ electrolyte at pH 13. For an initial current density of 16 mA/cm/sup 2/ (approx. 80 mW/cm/sup 2/ illumination), a decrease of approx. 25% is observed after 3 hours illumination. Research was completed on developing a stable Cu/sup +///sup +2/ redox electrolyte in CH/sub 3/CN, which contains excess Cl/sup -/, to promote photochemical stability. For poly-n-GaAs, best results were obtained for electrolytes containing approx. 0.5M Cucl, 0.05M CuCl/sub 2/, 1M tetrabutylammonium chloride, viz: at 80 mW/cm/sup 2/, j/sub sc/ = 19 mA/cm/sup 2/, V/sub oc/ = 0.74V, P/sub max/ = 3.78 mW/cm/sup 2/, ff = 0.27 and eta = 4.8% (eta = 8.1% at 8 mW/cm/sup 2/ irradiation). Five encapsulated sealed cells have been tested with 15 cm/sup 2/ photoelectrodes comprised of CBD CdSe on Ti. The cells are frontwall illuminated with various configurations for ion flow to the rear-placed Ni/CoS electrode. For one design, an efficiency of 4.3% was achieved under 63 mW/cm/sup 2/ real solar illumination. Laser spot scanning has been developed as a technique for evaluation of both large area geometrical effects and microscopic photoelectrode morphological effects on the performance of PECs.

  20. Integrating a dual-silicon photoelectrochemical cell into a redox flow battery for unassisted photocharging.

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    Liao, Shichao; Zong, Xu; Seger, Brian; Pedersen, Thomas; Yao, Tingting; Ding, Chunmei; Shi, Jingying; Chen, Jian; Li, Can

    2016-01-01

    Solar rechargeable flow cells (SRFCs) provide an attractive approach for in situ capture and storage of intermittent solar energy via photoelectrochemical regeneration of discharged redox species for electricity generation. However, overall SFRC performance is restricted by inefficient photoelectrochemical reactions. Here we report an efficient SRFC based on a dual-silicon photoelectrochemical cell and a quinone/bromine redox flow battery for in situ solar energy conversion and storage. Using narrow bandgap silicon for efficient photon collection and fast redox couples for rapid interface charge injection, our device shows an optimal solar-to-chemical conversion efficiency of ∼5.9% and an overall photon-chemical-electricity energy conversion efficiency of ∼3.2%, which, to our knowledge, outperforms previously reported SRFCs. The proposed SRFC can be self-photocharged to 0.8 V and delivers a discharge capacity of 730 mAh l(-1). Our work may guide future designs for highly efficient solar rechargeable devices. PMID:27142885

  1. Integrating a dual-silicon photoelectrochemical cell into a redox flow battery for unassisted photocharging

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    Liao, Shichao; Zong, Xu; Seger, Brian; Pedersen, Thomas; Yao, Tingting; Ding, Chunmei; Shi, Jingying; Chen, Jian; Li, Can

    2016-01-01

    Solar rechargeable flow cells (SRFCs) provide an attractive approach for in situ capture and storage of intermittent solar energy via photoelectrochemical regeneration of discharged redox species for electricity generation. However, overall SFRC performance is restricted by inefficient photoelectrochemical reactions. Here we report an efficient SRFC based on a dual-silicon photoelectrochemical cell and a quinone/bromine redox flow battery for in situ solar energy conversion and storage. Using narrow bandgap silicon for efficient photon collection and fast redox couples for rapid interface charge injection, our device shows an optimal solar-to-chemical conversion efficiency of ∼5.9% and an overall photon–chemical–electricity energy conversion efficiency of ∼3.2%, which, to our knowledge, outperforms previously reported SRFCs. The proposed SRFC can be self-photocharged to 0.8 V and delivers a discharge capacity of 730 mAh l−1. Our work may guide future designs for highly efficient solar rechargeable devices. PMID:27142885

  2. General Characterization Methods for Photoelectrochemical Cells for Solar Water Splitting.

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    Shi, Xinjian; Cai, Lili; Ma, Ming; Zheng, Xiaolin; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2015-10-12

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is a very promising technology that converts water into clean hydrogen fuel and oxygen by using solar light. However, the characterization methods for PEC cells are diverse and a systematic introduction to characterization methods for PEC cells has rarely been attempted. Unlike most other review articles that focus mainly on the material used for the working electrodes of PEC cells, this review introduces general characterization methods for PEC cells, including their basic configurations and methods for characterizing their performance under various conditions, regardless of the materials used. Detailed experimental operation procedures with theoretical information are provided for each characterization method. The PEC research area is rapidly expanding and more researchers are beginning to devote themselves to related work. Therefore, the content of this Minireview can provide entry-level knowledge to beginners in the area of PEC, which might accelerate progress in this area. PMID:26365789

  3. A Photoelectrochemical Solar Cell: An Undergraduate Experiment.

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    Boudreau, Sharon M.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Preparation and testing of a cadmium selenide photoelectrical solar cell was introduced into an environmental chemistry course to illustrate solid state semiconductor and electrochemical principles. Background information, procedures, and results are provided for the experiment which can be accomplished in a three- to four-hour laboratory session…

  4. Iron Pyrite/Titanium Dioxide Photoanode for Extended Near Infrared Light Harvesting in a Photoelectrochemical Cell.

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    Wang, Di-Yan; Li, Cheng-Hung; Li, Shao-Sian; Kuo, Tsung-Rong; Tsai, Chin-Ming; Chen, Tin-Reui; Wang, Ying-Chiao; Chen, Chun-Wei; Chen, Chia-Chun

    2016-01-01

    The design of active and stable semiconducting composites with enhanced photoresponse from visible light to near infrared (NIR) is a key to improve solar energy harvesting for photolysis of water in photoelectrochemical cell. In this study, we prepared earth abundant semiconducting composites consisting of iron pyrite and Titanium oxide as a photoanode (FeS2/TiO2 photoanode) for photoelectrochemical applications. The detailed structure and atomic compositions of FeS2/TiO2 photoanode was characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma with atomic emission spectroscopy (ICPAES) and Raman spectroscopy. Through the proper sulfurization treatment, the FeS2/TiO2 photoanode exhibited high photoresponse from visible light extended to near infrared range (900 nm) as well as stable durability test for 4 hours. We found that the critical factors to enhance the photoresponse are on the elimination of surface defect of FeS2 and on the enhancement of interface charge transfer between FeS2 and TiO2. Our overall results open a route for the design of sulfur-based binary compounds for photoelectrochemical applications. PMID:26852670

  5. Iron Pyrite/Titanium Dioxide Photoanode for Extended Near Infrared Light Harvesting in a Photoelectrochemical Cell

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    Wang, Di-Yan; Li, Cheng-Hung; Li, Shao-Sian; Kuo, Tsung-Rong; Tsai, Chin-Ming; Chen, Tin-Reui; Wang, Ying-Chiao; Chen, Chun-Wei; Chen, Chia-Chun

    2016-01-01

    The design of active and stable semiconducting composites with enhanced photoresponse from visible light to near infrared (NIR) is a key to improve solar energy harvesting for photolysis of water in photoelectrochemical cell. In this study, we prepared earth abundant semiconducting composites consisting of iron pyrite and Titanium oxide as a photoanode (FeS2/TiO2 photoanode) for photoelectrochemical applications. The detailed structure and atomic compositions of FeS2/TiO2 photoanode was characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma with atomic emission spectroscopy (ICPAES) and Raman spectroscopy. Through the proper sulfurization treatment, the FeS2/TiO2 photoanode exhibited high photoresponse from visible light extended to near infrared range (900 nm) as well as stable durability test for 4 hours. We found that the critical factors to enhance the photoresponse are on the elimination of surface defect of FeS2 and on the enhancement of interface charge transfer between FeS2 and TiO2. Our overall results open a route for the design of sulfur-based binary compounds for photoelectrochemical applications. PMID:26852670

  6. Iron Pyrite/Titanium Dioxide Photoanode for Extended Near Infrared Light Harvesting in a Photoelectrochemical Cell

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    Wang, Di-Yan; Li, Cheng-Hung; Li, Shao-Sian; Kuo, Tsung-Rong; Tsai, Chin-Ming; Chen, Tin-Reui; Wang, Ying-Chiao; Chen, Chun-Wei; Chen, Chia-Chun

    2016-02-01

    The design of active and stable semiconducting composites with enhanced photoresponse from visible light to near infrared (NIR) is a key to improve solar energy harvesting for photolysis of water in photoelectrochemical cell. In this study, we prepared earth abundant semiconducting composites consisting of iron pyrite and Titanium oxide as a photoanode (FeS2/TiO2 photoanode) for photoelectrochemical applications. The detailed structure and atomic compositions of FeS2/TiO2 photoanode was characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma with atomic emission spectroscopy (ICPAES) and Raman spectroscopy. Through the proper sulfurization treatment, the FeS2/TiO2 photoanode exhibited high photoresponse from visible light extended to near infrared range (900 nm) as well as stable durability test for 4 hours. We found that the critical factors to enhance the photoresponse are on the elimination of surface defect of FeS2 and on the enhancement of interface charge transfer between FeS2 and TiO2. Our overall results open a route for the design of sulfur-based binary compounds for photoelectrochemical applications.

  7. Highly efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting by a hybrid tandem perovskite solar cell.

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    Bin, Abd Rashid; Yusoff, Mohd; Jang, Jin

    2016-04-30

    Herein, we show that graphene can be fully utilized to function as an electrocatalyst in highly efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting. Combining a solution-processed organic photovoltaic and the state-of-the-art perovskite solar cell in a tandem architecture yields a stable short-circuit water splitting photocurrent of ∼7.25 mA cm(-2) under 1 sun illumination. The ∼7.25 mA cm(-2) photocurrent corresponds to a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 9.02%, which is the highest efficiency yet reported for water splitting based on a hybrid tandem perovskite solar cell. PMID:27035707

  8. Photoelectrochemical Corrosion of Semiconductors for Solar Cells

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    Madou, M. J.; Frese, K. W.; Morrison, S. R.

    1980-11-01

    Experimental results on stabilization against photo-induced corrosion of n-Si and n-GaAs in contact with electrolytes are given. Photocorrosion is examined on silicon using voltammetry on GaAs using a rotating ring-disk technique. The most extensive testing of stability was done for n-Si in a solution of N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-p-phenvlenediamine in methanol and for n-GaAs in an aqueous solution of Fe(II) EDTA. Multiple waves were observed for the oxidation of several organic compounds on illuminated n-Si. To explain this auasi-metallic behavior a model based on an intervening thin surface oxide is postulated. In the case of n-GaAs the influence of mechanical surface damage, pH of the solution and redox couple used was studied. It is found that surface defects areativ enhance the susceptibility of the GaAs to photo-induced corrosion.

  9. A Liquid Junction Photoelectrochemical Solar Cell Based on p-Type MeNH3PbI3 Perovskite with 1.05 V Open-Circuit Photovoltage.

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    Hsu, Hsien-Yi; Ji, Li; Ahn, Hyun S; Zhao, Ji; Yu, Edward T; Bard, Allen J

    2015-11-25

    A liquid junction photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar cell based on p-type methylammonium lead iodide (p-MeNH3PbI3) perovskite with a large open-circuit voltage is developed. MeNH3PbI3 perovskite is readily soluble or decomposed in many common solvents. However, the solvent dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) can be employed to form stable liquid junctions. These were characterized with photoelectrochemical cells with several redox couples, including I3(-)/I(-), Fc/Fc(+), DMFc/DMFc(+), and BQ/BQ(•-) (where Fc is ferrocene, DMFc is decamethylferrocene, BQ is benzoquinone) in CH2Cl2. The solution-processed MeNH3PbI3 shows cathodic photocurrents and hence p-type behavior. The difference between the photocurrent onset potential and the standard potential for BQ/BQ(•-) is 1.25 V, which is especially large for a semiconductor with a band gap of 1.55 eV. A PEC photovoltaic cell, with a configuration of p-MeNH3PbI3/CH2Cl2, BQ (2 mM), BQ(•-) (2 mM)/carbon, shows an open-circuit photovoltage of 1.05 V and a short-circuit current density of 7.8 mA/cm(2) under 100 mW/cm(2) irradiation. The overall optical-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency is 6.1%. The PEC solar cell shows good stability for 5 h under irradiation. PMID:26523921

  10. Conversion of sunlight into electrical power and photoassisted electrolysis of water in photoelectrochemical cells

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    Heller, A.

    1981-05-01

    The development of photoelectrochemical solar cells based on semiconductor liquid junctions is discussed. Over the past 6 years, the efficiency of solar energy conversion has increased from < 1% to 12%, and the operational life of these cells has increased from hours to months. Understanding the chemistry of surfaces and grain boundaries has made it possible to manipulate the position of the surface and grain boundary states and thus reduce losses due to electron-hole recombination. Cells exhibiting approx. 12% efficiency of conversion are: (1) chemisorbed Ru/sup 3 +/ ions on n-GaAs photoanodes; (2) diffused Ru/sup 3 +/ and Pb/sup 2 +/ into grain boundaries of polycrystalline n-GaAs films on graphite; (3) p-InP/VCl/sub 3/-VCl/sub 2/-HCl/C cell; and (4) p-InP(Ru)/HCl-KCl/Pt cell. Photoassisted electrolysis of water for conversion of solar energy to hydrogen using the last mentioned photoelectrochemical cell represents the most efficient system for solar energy conversion. 61 references are cited. (BLM)tic stainless steel is required to prevent stress corrosion cracking byd stuffs contamination in the USSR takes place in the framework of variations observed in separate countries of northern hemisphere.

  11. Wire Array Solar Cells: Fabrication and Photoelectrochemical Studies

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    Spurgeon, Joshua Michael

    Despite demand for clean energy to reduce our addiction to fossil fuels, the price of these technologies relative to oil and coal has prevented their widespread implementation. Solar energy has enormous potential as a carbon-free resource but is several times the cost of coal-produced electricity, largely because photovoltaics of practical efficiency require high-quality, pure semiconductor materials. To produce current in a planar junction solar cell, an electron or hole generated deep within the material must travel all the way to the junction without recombining. Radial junction, wire array solar cells, however, have the potential to decouple the directions of light absorption and charge-carrier collection so that a semiconductor with a minority-carrier diffusion length shorter than its absorption depth (i.e., a lower quality, potentially cheaper material) can effectively produce current. The axial dimension of the wires is long enough for sufficient optical absorption while the charge-carriers are collected along the shorter radial dimension in a massively parallel array. This thesis explores the wire array solar cell design by developing potentially low-cost fabrication methods and investigating the energy-conversion properties of the arrays in photoelectrochemical cells. The concept was initially investigated with Cd(Se, Te) rod arrays; however, Si was the primary focus of wire array research because its semiconductor properties make low-quality Si an ideal candidate for improvement in a radial geometry. Fabrication routes for Si wire arrays were explored, including the vapor-liquid-solid growth of wires using SiCl4. Uniform, vertically aligned Si wires were demonstrated in a process that permits control of the wire radius, length, and spacing. A technique was developed to transfer these wire arrays into a low-cost, flexible polymer film, and grow multiple subsequent arrays using a single Si(111) substrate. Photoelectrochemical measurements on Si wire array

  12. Polyoxymetalate liquid-catalyzed polyol fuel cell and the related photoelectrochemical reaction mechanism study

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    Wu, Weibing; Liu, Wei; Mu, Wei; Deng, Yulin

    2016-06-01

    A novel design of liquid catalyzed fuel cell (LCFC), which uses polyoxometalates (POMs) as the photocatalyst and charge carrier has been reported previously. In this paper, the adaptability of biomass fuels (e.g., glycerol and glucose) to the LCFC and corresponding cell performance were studied in detail here. An interesting finding that greatly differs from conventional fuel cell is that high molecular weight fuels rather than small molecule fuels (e.g., methanol and ethylene glycol) are favored by the novel LCFC with respect to the power densities. The power output of LCFC strongly depends on the number and structure of hydroxyl groups in the biomass fuels. The evidence of UV-Vis and 1H NMR spectra shows that the preassociation between POM and alcohol fuels, which determines the photoelectrochemical reaction pathway of POM, is enhanced as the number of hydroxyl increases. Experimental results also demonstrate that more hydroxyl groups in the molecules lead to faster photoelectrochemical reaction between POM and fuels, higher reduction degree of POM, and further higher power output of LCFC. Our study reveals that biomass-based polyhydroxyl compounds such as starch, hemicellulose and cellulose are potential high-performance fuels for LCFC.

  13. A one-volt p-InP/n-CdSe regenerative photoelectrochemical cell

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    Ang, P.G.P.; Sammells, A.F.

    1983-08-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells have the potential utility of being used for either the direct conversion of solar energy to electricity as in regenerative devices or to generate stored redox species which can later be electrochemically discharged in a suitable cell. This latter approach has been particularly intriguing over the last few years. However, although several photoelectrochemical storage cells have been discussed, it has become increasingly desirable to have a high-voltage (approx. =1 V) PEC cell, so that the storage cell with which it is associated has some hope of being competitive with presently available commercial batteries.

  14. Combined biomass valorization and hydrogen production in a photoelectrochemical cell

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    Cha, Hyun Gil; Choi, Kyoung-Shin

    2015-04-01

    In a typical hydrogen-producing photoelectrochemical cell (PEC), water reduction at the cathode (producing hydrogen) is accompanied by water oxidation at the anode (producing oxygen). This anode reaction is, however, not kinetically favourable. Here we investigate the possibility of utilizing solar energy for biomass conversion by performing the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) into 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) at the anode of a PEC. HMF is a key intermediate in biomass conversion, and FDCA is an important monomer for the production of numerous polymers. Using 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl as a mediator, we obtained a near-quantitative yield and 100% Faradaic efficiency at ambient conditions without the use of precious-metal catalysts. This reaction is also thermodynamically and kinetically more favourable than water oxidation. Our results suggest that solar-driven biomass conversion can be a viable anode reaction that has the potential to increase both the efficiency and the utility of PECs constructed for solar-fuel production.

  15. Photoelectrochemical Properties of Nanocrystalline Sb6O13, MgSb2O6, and ZnSb2O6-Based Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Jang, Jiyeon; Kim, Seung-Joo

    2012-10-01

    Three kinds of antimony compounds - Sb6O13, MgSb2O6 and ZnSb2O6 - were prepared in the form of nanocrystalline film and their photo-electrochemical properties were investigated. The preparation of Sb6O13 was based on thermolysis of a colloidal Sb2O5·4H2O suspension. MgSb2O6 and ZnSb2O6 were prepared via low-temperature hydrothermal methods. All the compounds exhibited semiconducting properties applicable to dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The energy band gaps were estimated to be 3.39 eV for Sb6O13, 3.60 eV for MgSb2O6, and 3.31 eV for ZnSb2O6, respectively. After sensitization with a conventional ruthenium-dye (N719), Sb6O13-based solar cell exhibited the highest open circuit voltage (Voc = 0.76 V) whereas the Voc values (0.44-0.46 V) of MgSb2O6 and ZnSb2O6 are relatively low. The Voc values were proven to be related to the flat band potentials of the antimony compounds. The overall solar-to-electric energy conversion efficiencies were in the range of 0.7-1.0% under AM 1.5, 100 mW/cm2 illumination.

  16. Atomic Layer Deposited Corrosion Protection: A Path to Stable and Efficient Photoelectrochemical Cells.

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    Scheuermann, Andrew G; McIntyre, Paul C

    2016-07-21

    A fundamental challenge in developing photoelectrochemical cells for the renewable production of solar chemicals and fuels is the simultaneous requirement of efficient light absorption and robust stability under corrosive conditions. Schemes for corrosion protection of semiconductor photoelectrodes such as silicon using deposited layers were proposed and attempted for several decades, but increased operational lifetimes were either insufficient or the resulting penalties for device efficiency were prohibitive. In recent years, advances in atomic layer deposition (ALD) of thin coatings have made novel materials engineering possible, leading to substantial and simultaneous improvements in stability and efficiency of photoelectrochemical cells. The self-limiting, layer-by-layer growth of ALD makes thin films with low pinhole densities possible and may also provide a path to defect control that can generalize this protection technology to a large set of materials necessary to fully realize photoelectrochemical cell technology for artificial photosynthesis. PMID:27359352

  17. Surface defects on n-MoSe2 electrodes used in photoelectrochemical solar cells

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    Peraldo Bicelli, L.; Razzini, G.

    1983-12-01

    It is pointed out that stable and efficient electrochemical solar cells based on layered semiconducting materials have been obtained with single-crystal electrodes. It is necessary that the electrode materials have a very high degree of crystalline perfection, while the active surface of the electrode must be parallel to the van der Waals plane. The present investigation is concerned with two problems, taking into account the influence of local variations in the stoichiometric composition of the electrode material on the performance, and the photocatalytic process occurring on the active areas of the electrode. The obtained results provide information concerning the problems which have to be solved to obtain transition metal dichalcogenide electrodes for solid-liquid junction cells with an photoelectrochemical behavior suitable for practical applications.

  18. Metal-free organic sensitizers for use in water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells

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    Swierk, John R.; Méndez-Hernández, Dalvin D.; McCool, Nicholas S.; Liddell, Paul; Terazono, Yuichi; Pahk, Ian; Tomlin, John J.; Oster, Nolan V.; Moore, Thomas A.; Moore, Ana L.; Gust, Devens; Mallouk, Thomas E.

    2015-01-01

    Solar fuel generation requires the efficient capture and conversion of visible light. In both natural and artificial systems, molecular sensitizers can be tuned to capture, convert, and transfer visible light energy. We demonstrate that a series of metal-free porphyrins can drive photoelectrochemical water splitting under broadband and red light (λ > 590 nm) illumination in a dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cell. We report the synthesis, spectral, and electrochemical properties of the sensitizers. Despite slow recombination of photoinjected electrons with oxidized porphyrins, photocurrents are low because of low injection yields and slow electron self-exchange between oxidized porphyrins. The free-base porphyrins are stable under conditions of water photoelectrolysis and in some cases photovoltages in excess of 1 V are observed. PMID:25583488

  19. Visible light induced photoelectrochemical biosensing based on oxygen-sensitive quantum dots.

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    Wang, Wenjing; Bao, Lei; Lei, Jianping; Tu, Wenwen; Ju, Huangxian

    2012-09-26

    A visible light induced photoelectrochemical biosensing platform based on oxygen-sensitive near-infrared quantum dots (NIR QDs) was developed for detection of glucose. The NIR QDs were synthesized in an aqueous solution, and characterized with scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The as-prepared NIR QDs were employed to construct oxygen-sensitive photoelectrochemical biosensor on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) electrode. The oxygen dependency of the photocurrent was investigated at as-prepared electrode, which demonstrated the signal of photocurrent is suppressed with the decreasing of oxygen. Coupling with the consumption of oxygen during enzymatic reaction, a photoelectrochemical strategy was proposed for the detection of substrate. Using glucose oxidase (GOx) as a model enzyme, that is, GOx was covalently attached to the surface of CdTe QDs, the resulting biosensor showed the sensitive response to glucose. Under the irradiation of visible light of a wavelength at 505 nm, the proposed photoelectrochemical method could detect glucose ranging from 0.1 mM to 11 mM with a detection limit of 0.04 mM. The photoelectrochemical biosensor showed a good performance with high upper detection limit, acceptable stability and accuracy, providing an alternative method for monitoring biomolecules and extending the application of near-infrared QDs. PMID:22935371

  20. Photoelectrochemical scanning droplet cell microscopy for localized photovoltaic investigations on organic semiconductors.

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    Gasiorowski, Jacek; Kollender, Jan Philipp; Hingerl, Kurt; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar; Mardare, Andrei Ionut; Hassel, Achim Walter

    2014-02-28

    Photoelectrochemical characterization of the regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) was performed using an adapted version of a photoelectrochemical scanning droplet cell microscope (PE-SDCM). The real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function were determined using spectroscopic ellipsometry in order to identify the absorption region of the polymer. Detailed photoelectrochemical experiments were performed for the thin polymer layer contacted with 0.1 M tetrabutylammonium hexafluorophosphate dissolved in propylene carbonate as well as with an electrolyte containing a 5.4 mM ferrocene/ferrocenium redox couple. The effect of the illumination on the P3HT covered WE in contact with both the pure electrolyte and an electrolyte containing a ferrocene/ferrocenium redox couple was studied using dark/illumination sequences. The stability of the photovoltaic effect was characterized using long term current transients. Finally, the photoelectrochemical impedance spectroscopy was applied to determine the electrical properties of the P3HT in the dark and under illumination. PMID:24424428

  1. Porous copper zinc tin sulfide thin film as photocathode for double junction photoelectrochemical solar cells.

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    Dai, Pengcheng; Zhang, Guan; Chen, Yuncheng; Jiang, Hechun; Feng, Zhenyu; Lin, Zhaojun; Zhan, Jinhua

    2012-03-21

    Porous copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) thin film was prepared via a solvothermal approach. Compared with conventional dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), double junction photoelectrochemical cells using dye-sensitized n-type TiO(2) (DS-TiO(2)) as the photoanode and porous p-type CZTS film as the photocathode shows an increased short circuit current, external quantum efficiency and power conversion efficiency. PMID:22322239

  2. Fluorescent gold nanoclusters based photoelectrochemical sensors for detection of H2O2 and glucose.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Jianxiu; Tu, Liping; Zhao, Shuang; Liu, Guohua; Wang, Yangyun; Wang, Yong; Yue, Zhao

    2015-05-15

    In this work, low-toxicity fluorescent gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) based photoelectrochemical sensors were developed for H2O2 and glucose detection. Herein, the processes used to fabricate the sensors and the photoelectrochemical performances of the sensors under different conditions were presented. Based on the energy band levels of the AuNCs and electron tunneling processes, a detailed photoelectrochemical sensing model was given. The designed sensors were then used for H2O2 and glucose detection without any extra modification of the AuNCs or complex enzyme immobilization. The results demonstrate that the AuNCs allow for H2O2 sensing based on their capacity for both fluorescence and catalysis. Indeed, it was observed that H2O2 was catalyzed by the AuNCs and reduced by photoinduced electrons derived from excited AuNCs. Furthermore, an enhancement in photocurrent amplitude followed the increase in the concentrations of H2O2 and glucose. The effects of the types of ligands surrounding the AuNCs and the applied potential on the output photocurrent were well studied to optimize the measurement conditions. The sensitivity and LOD of MUA-AuNCs at -500 mV were 4.33 nA/mM and 35 μM, respectively. All experimental results indicated that AuNCs could not only serve as a promising photoelectrical material for building the photoelectrochemical biosensors but as catalysts for H2O2 sensing. PMID:25190086

  3. Assembling Supramolecular Dye-Sensitized Photoelectrochemical Cells for Water Splitting.

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    Ding, Xin; Gao, Yan; Ye, Lu; Zhang, Linlin; Sun, Licheng

    2015-12-01

    The method used to assemble dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical (DS-PEC) devices plays a vital role in determining its photoactivity and stability. We report a simple and effective method to assemble supramolecular DS-PECs introducing PMMA as support material and a catalyst modified with long carbon chains as photoanodes. The long carbon chains in combination with PMMA allow to better immobilize the catalyst. DS-PECs obtained by this simple method have display excellent photoactivities and stabilities. A photocurrent density of 1.1 mA cm(-2) and a maximum IPCE of 9.5 % have been obtained with a 0.2 V vs NHE external bias. PMID:26592360

  4. Zinc selenide photoelectrodes: efficient radiative recombination in a stable photoelectrochemical cell

    SciTech Connect

    Smiley, P.M.; Biagioni, R.N.; Ellis, A.B.

    1984-05-01

    A study has been made of photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) from single-crystal n-type ZnSe:Al electrodes. It is shown that emission from the electrodes, with a measured radiative quantum yield of 0.1-0.01, competes favorably with other deactivation paths in stable efficient photoelectrochemical cells. As observed with other semiconductor electrodes, the PL of n-ZnSe:Al electrodes can be perturbed and EL initiated by interfacial charge-transfer processes. It is shown that PL quenching by applied potential is compatible with a dead-layer model used to describe such quenching in other photoelectrochemical cells and in Au-ZnSe Schottky diodes. 24 references.

  5. Development of photoelectrochemical cells based on compound semiconductors and nonaqueous electrolyes. Quarterly technical progress report, August 1, 1980-October 31, 1980

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    Rauh, R.D.

    1980-12-01

    A solar cell using polyvinylpyrrolidone treated polycrystalline n-GaAs and CH/sub 3/CN, I/sub 3//sup -//I/sup -/ electrolyte achieved a power conversion efficiency of 4.3% with i/sub sc/ = 11.6 mA/cm/sup 2/, V/sub oc/ = -0.485V, P/sub max/ = 2.3 mW/cm/sup 2/, ff = 0.40 at 53.3 mW/cm/sup 2/ Xe arc intensity. A p-GaAs electrode in the same acetonitrile electrolyte gives photovoltages similar to those reported for aqueous HI/I/sub 2/ electrolyte, but the photocurrent decays rapidly with time. Exploratory work on p-Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ indicates that nonaqueous electrolytes will probably be required for EPCs based on this semiconductor due to a dark reaction of Zn/sub 3/P/sub 2/ with H/sub 2/O to liberate PH/sub 3/. Stable photoresponse was obtained in CH/sub 3/CN, I/sub 3//sup -//I/sup -/. Optimum thickness of electrodeposited CdSe films on titanium substrates was determined to be >3..mu... Anodization and dipping in ZnCl/sub 2/ solution improves i/sub sc/ and V/sub oc/, respectively, to give electrodes capable of >4% efficiency in aqueous polysulfide at 67 mW/cm/sup 2/ tungsten-iodine lamp intensity. Prototype solar cells of 4 cm/sup 2/ area suffer a reduction in efficiency due to iR drop between the electrodes and counter electrode polarization. The former may be reduced by perforating the photoelectrode. Photoaction spectra of electrodeposited CdSe films have been obtained with a newly constructed apparatus for recording source-corrected photocurrent action spectra of semiconductor electrodes.

  6. Photoelectrochemical cell having photoanode with thin boron phosphide coating as a corrosion resistant layer

    DOEpatents

    Baughman, Richard J.; Ginley, David S.

    1984-01-01

    A surface prone to corrosion in corrosive environments is rendered anticorrosive by CVD growing a thin continuous film, e.g., having no detectable pinholes, thereon, of boron phosphide. In one embodiment, the film is semiconductive. In another aspect, the invention is an improved photoanode, and/or photoelectrochemical cell with a photoanode having a thin film of boron phosphide thereon rendering it anitcorrosive, and providing it with unexpectedly improved photoresponsive properties.

  7. Photoenergy storage and power amplification strategy in membrane-less photoelectrochemical biofuel cells.

    PubMed

    Yu, You; Xu, Miao; Dong, Shaojun

    2016-05-10

    The photoelectrochemical biofuel cell (PBFC) has drawn great attention because of its potential in the conversion of both photoenergy and chemical energy from biomass into electricity. Herein, we proposed a novel integrated PBFC by insetting a third electrode with high efficiency energy storage and release between the bioelectrode and the photoelectrode, resulting in a higher power output than that of the original PBFC. PMID:27117777

  8. Nanostructured photoelectrochemical solar cell for nitrogen reduction using plasmon-enhanced black silicon

    PubMed Central

    Ali, Muataz; Zhou, Fengling; Chen, Kun; Kotzur, Christopher; Xiao, Changlong; Bourgeois, Laure; Zhang, Xinyi; MacFarlane, Douglas R.

    2016-01-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is one of the most widely produced chemicals worldwide. It has application in the production of many important chemicals, particularly fertilizers. It is also, potentially, an important energy storage intermediate and clean energy carrier. Ammonia production, however, mostly uses fossil fuels and currently accounts for more than 1.6% of global CO2 emissions (0.57  Gt in 2015). Here we describe a solar-driven nanostructured photoelectrochemical cell based on plasmon-enhanced black silicon for the conversion of atmospheric N2 to ammonia producing yields of 13.3 mg m−2 h−1 under 2 suns illumination. The yield increases with pressure; the highest observed in this work was 60 mg m−2 h−1 at 7 atm. In the presence of sulfite as a reactant, the process also offers a direct solar energy route to ammonium sulfate, a fertilizer of economic importance. Although the yields are currently not sufficient for practical application, there is much scope for improvement in the active materials in this cell. PMID:27093916

  9. Nanostructured photoelectrochemical solar cell for nitrogen reduction using plasmon-enhanced black silicon

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ali, Muataz; Zhou, Fengling; Chen, Kun; Kotzur, Christopher; Xiao, Changlong; Bourgeois, Laure; Zhang, Xinyi; Macfarlane, Douglas R.

    2016-04-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is one of the most widely produced chemicals worldwide. It has application in the production of many important chemicals, particularly fertilizers. It is also, potentially, an important energy storage intermediate and clean energy carrier. Ammonia production, however, mostly uses fossil fuels and currently accounts for more than 1.6% of global CO2 emissions (0.57 Gt in 2015). Here we describe a solar-driven nanostructured photoelectrochemical cell based on plasmon-enhanced black silicon for the conversion of atmospheric N2 to ammonia producing yields of 13.3 mg m-2 h-1 under 2 suns illumination. The yield increases with pressure; the highest observed in this work was 60 mg m-2 h-1 at 7 atm. In the presence of sulfite as a reactant, the process also offers a direct solar energy route to ammonium sulfate, a fertilizer of economic importance. Although the yields are currently not sufficient for practical application, there is much scope for improvement in the active materials in this cell.

  10. A thin-film polycrystalline photoelectrochemical cell with 8% solar conversion efficiency

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hodes, G.

    1980-05-01

    A thin-film polycrystalline CdSe(0.65)Te(0.35)/polysulfide-based photoelectrochemical solar cell with an energy conversion efficiency of up to 8% is presented. Cell electrodes were prepared by painting a slurry of sintered CdSe(0.65)Te(0.35) powder onto a Ti substrate and then annealing in an inert atmosphere and etching by various means. Solar efficiencies of the electrodes immersed in an aqueous electrolyte 1 M in KOH, Na2S and S with a counter electrode of sulfide brass gauze of up to 5% were obtained following a HCl:HNO3 etch, up to 5.5% following etching in dilute aqueous CrO3 and up to 8.0% following photoetching and K2CrO4 treatment. The spectral response of the anode in polysulfide solution exhibits a short-wavelength cutoff due to electrolyte absorption, a flat plateau region, and a fairly sharp long-wavelength cut-off indicating an effective band gap of about 1.45 eV, similar to that of CdTe. Output stability has been found to decrease with increasing output current, remaining stable for more than 21 h at a current of 20 mA/sq cm.

  11. Nanostructured photoelectrochemical solar cell for nitrogen reduction using plasmon-enhanced black silicon.

    PubMed

    Ali, Muataz; Zhou, Fengling; Chen, Kun; Kotzur, Christopher; Xiao, Changlong; Bourgeois, Laure; Zhang, Xinyi; MacFarlane, Douglas R

    2016-01-01

    Ammonia (NH3) is one of the most widely produced chemicals worldwide. It has application in the production of many important chemicals, particularly fertilizers. It is also, potentially, an important energy storage intermediate and clean energy carrier. Ammonia production, however, mostly uses fossil fuels and currently accounts for more than 1.6% of global CO2 emissions (0.57  Gt in 2015). Here we describe a solar-driven nanostructured photoelectrochemical cell based on plasmon-enhanced black silicon for the conversion of atmospheric N2 to ammonia producing yields of 13.3 mg m(-2) h(-1) under 2 suns illumination. The yield increases with pressure; the highest observed in this work was 60 mg m(-2) h(-1) at 7 atm. In the presence of sulfite as a reactant, the process also offers a direct solar energy route to ammonium sulfate, a fertilizer of economic importance. Although the yields are currently not sufficient for practical application, there is much scope for improvement in the active materials in this cell. PMID:27093916

  12. Linker-free deposition and adhesion of Photosystem I onto nanostructured TiO2 for biohybrid photoelectrochemical cells.

    PubMed

    Shah, Vivek B; Henson, William R; Chadha, Tandeep S; Lakin, Gerard; Liu, Haijun; Blankenship, Robert E; Biswas, Pratim

    2015-02-10

    Photosystem I (PSI) from oxygenic photosynthetic organisms is an attractive sensitizer for nano-biohybrid solar cells as it has a combined light-harvesting and reaction center in one protein complex and operates at a quantum yield close to one in biological systems. Using a linker-free deposition technique enabled by an electrospray system, PSI was coupled to 1-D nanostructured titanium dioxide thin films to fabricate an electrode for a photoelectrochemical cell. After deposition, the surfactant in the PSI aggregate was dissolved in the surfactant-free electrolyte, ensuring that partly hydrophobic PSI was not resuspended and stayed in contact with titanium dioxide. A maximum current density of 4.15 mA cm(-2) was measured after 10 min of electrospray deposition, and this is the highest current density reported so far for PSI-based photoelectrochemical cells. The high current is attributed to 1D nanostructure of titanium dioxide and orientation of the PSI onto the surface, which allows easy transfer of electrons. PMID:25540979

  13. Multielectrode photoelectrochemical cell for unassisted photocatalysis and photosynthesis

    SciTech Connect

    Smotkin, E.; Bard, A.J.; Fox, M.A.

    1988-12-27

    A multielectrode photoelectrochemical unit for unassisted photoelectrical-induction of a chemical reaction is described comprising: a housing having at least one light-passing side, a first end, a second end and a housing wall defining an internal section; a first photoactive bipolar electrode panel in the internal section having a semiconductor side, an ohmic contact layer and a underside; a second photoactive bipolar electrode panel in the internal section, the second photoactive bipolar electrode panel having a semiconductor side, an ohmic contact layer and a catalytic side and being attached to the housing wall near the second end of the internal section with the catalytic side oriented toward the second end and partially forming a second terminal compartment, an internal compartment in the internal section being partially formed by the underside of the first photoactive bipolar electrode panel and the semiconductor side of the second photoactive bipolar electrode panel, the first and second photoactive bipolar electrode panels being attached to the housing walls to prevent liquid flow between the internal compartment and the terminal compartments and being positioned so that light from an external source entering the internal section is substantially incident upon the semi-conductor sides.

  14. 1-(3'-Amino)propylsilatrane derivatives as covalent surface linkers to nanoparticulate metal oxide films for use in photoelectrochemical cells.

    PubMed

    Brennan, Bradley J; Keirstead, Amy E; Liddell, Paul A; Vail, Sean A; Moore, Thomas A; Moore, Ana L; Gust, Devens

    2009-12-16

    A triethanolamine-protected silane, 1-(3'-amino)propylsilatrane, was incorporated into the structure of porphyrin- and ruthenium-based dyes and used to link them to transparent semiconductor nanoparticulate metal oxide films. Silatrane reacts with the metal oxide to form strong, covalent silyl ether bonds. In this study, silatrane-functionalized dyes and analogous carboxylate-functionalized dyes were used as visible light sensitizers for porous nanoparticulate SnO(2) photoanodes. The performance of the dyes was compared in photoelectrochemical cells incorporating either non-regenerative or regenerative redox components. The non-regenerative cell used NADH (beta-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) as a sacrificial electron donor and Hg(2)SO(4)/Hg as a sacrificial cathode, whereas the regenerative cell used the iodide/triiodide redox couple. Experiments showed that the silyl ether bonding gave the electrodes increased stability toward sensitizer desorption compared to carboxylate surface linkages. Porphyrin-silatrane dyes also demonstrated similar or better performance than their carboxylate analogs in photoelectrochemical cells. The improvement correlates with the results from transient absorbance spectroscopy, which show that the longer linker on the silatrane porphyrins slows charge recombination between oxidized porphyrin and the electrode surface. The improved photoelectrochemical cell efficiency and stability of the silatrane-based dyes compared to carboxylates demonstrate that silatranes are promising agents for bonding organic molecules to metal oxide surfaces. PMID:19923652

  15. Realizing InGaN monolithic solar-photoelectrochemical cells for artificial photosynthesis

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    Dahal, R.; Pantha, B. N.; Li, J.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2014-04-01

    InGaN alloys are very promising for solar water splitting because they have direct bandgaps that cover almost the whole solar spectrum. The demonstration of direct solar-to-fuel conversion without external bias with the sunlight being the only energy input would pave the way for realizing photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen by using InGaN. A monolithic solar-PEC cell based on InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells capable to directly generate hydrogen gas under zero bias via solar water splitting is reported. Under the irradiation by a simulated sunlight (1-sun with 100 mW/cm2), a 1.5% solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency has been achieved under zero bias, setting a fresh benchmark of employing III-nitrides for artificial photosynthesis. Time dependent hydrogen gas production photocurrent measured over a prolonged period (measured for 7 days) revealed an excellent chemical stability of InGaN in aqueous solution of hydrobromic acid. The results provide insights into the architecture design of using InGaN for artificial photosynthesis to provide usable clean fuel (hydrogen gas) with the sunlight being the only energy input.

  16. Zinc selenide photoelectrodes. Efficient radiative recombination in a stable photoelectrochemical cell. Technical report

    SciTech Connect

    Smiley, P.M.; Biagioni, R.N.; Ellis, A.B.

    1984-05-25

    Photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) from single-crystal, n-type, A1-doped ZnSe (ZnSe:A1) electrodes have been studied. These samples exhibit both edge emission (lambda(max) approx. 460 nm) and subband gap emission when excited at several ultraband gap wavelengths. The latter PL band is particularly intense, with a measured radiative quantum yield of approx. 0.1 to 0.01; the transition seems at least partially self-activated (SA) in origin, based on previously reported PL data. Excited-state communication involving the two emissive states is inferred from time-resolved PL measurements. Stable photoelectrochemical cells (PEC's) can be constructed from n-ZnSe:A1 electrodes and aqueous diselenide or ditelluride electrolytes. Applied potential quenches both of the photoanodes' PL bands roughly in parallel. The extent of PL quenching is consistent with a dead-layer model previously used to describe quenching in Au-ZnSe Schottky diodes. When used as a dark cathode in aqueous, alkaline peroxydisulfate eletrolyte, EL from ZnSe:A1 electrodes is observed.

  17. Realizing InGaN monolithic solar-photoelectrochemical cells for artificial photosynthesis

    SciTech Connect

    Dahal, R.; Pantha, B. N.; Li, J.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2014-04-07

    InGaN alloys are very promising for solar water splitting because they have direct bandgaps that cover almost the whole solar spectrum. The demonstration of direct solar-to-fuel conversion without external bias with the sunlight being the only energy input would pave the way for realizing photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen by using InGaN. A monolithic solar-PEC cell based on InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells capable to directly generate hydrogen gas under zero bias via solar water splitting is reported. Under the irradiation by a simulated sunlight (1-sun with 100 mW/cm{sup 2}), a 1.5% solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency has been achieved under zero bias, setting a fresh benchmark of employing III-nitrides for artificial photosynthesis. Time dependent hydrogen gas production photocurrent measured over a prolonged period (measured for 7 days) revealed an excellent chemical stability of InGaN in aqueous solution of hydrobromic acid. The results provide insights into the architecture design of using InGaN for artificial photosynthesis to provide usable clean fuel (hydrogen gas) with the sunlight being the only energy input.

  18. A photoelectrochemical cell for the study of the photosensitive materials used in solar-hydrogen energy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ardelean, P.; Indrea, E.; Silipas, T. D.; Ardelean, C.; Mihailescu, G. H.; Suciu, Ramona-Crina; Dreve, Simina Virginia; Moldovan, Z.; Corina Rosu, Marcela

    2009-08-01

    It was built a versatile photoelectrochemical cell devoted to the comparative study of the photosensitive materials used as photoelectrodes in solar-hydrogen production. The experimental arrangement makes possible a relative evaluation of the electrodes properties by the measurement of the electric parameters, giving directly I = f (U) for the cell electric circuit with and without an external electrical bias. It also gives a direct measurement of the volume of the evolved gases, and an on-line analysis of the gases by the coupled gas chromatograph, or of-line, by a mass spectrometer.

  19. Converting environmentally hazardous materials into clean energy using a novel nanostructured photoelectrochemical fuel cell

    SciTech Connect

    Gan, Yong X.; Gan, Bo J.; Clark, Evan; Su, Lusheng; Zhang, Lihua

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► A photoelectrochemical fuel cell has been made from TiO{sub 2} nanotubes. ► The fuel cell decomposes environmentally hazardous materials to produce electricity. ► Doping the anode with a transition metal oxide increases the visible light sensitivity. ► Loading the anode with a conducting polymer enhances the visible light absorption. -- Abstract: In this work, a novel photoelectrochemical fuel cell consisting of a titanium dioxide nanotube array photosensitive anode and a platinum cathode was made for decomposing environmentally hazardous materials to produce electricity and clean fuel. Titanium dioxide nanotubes (TiO{sub 2} NTs) were prepared via electrochemical oxidation of pure Ti in an ammonium fluoride and glycerol-containing solution. Scanning electron microscopy was used to analyze the morphology of the nanotubes. The average diameter, wall thickness and length of the as-prepared TiO{sub 2} NTs were determined. The photosensitive anode made from the highly ordered TiO{sub 2} NTs has good photo-catalytic property, as proven by the decomposition tests on urea, ammonia, sodium sulfide and automobile engine coolant under ultraviolet (UV) radiation. To improve the efficiency of the fuel cell, doping the TiO{sub 2} NTs with a transition metal oxide, NiO, was performed and the photosensitivity of the doped anode was tested under visible light irradiation. It is found that the NiO-doped anode is sensitive to visible light. Also found is that polyaniline-doped photosensitive anode can harvest photon energy in the visible light spectrum range much more efficiently than the NiO-doped one. It is concluded that the nanostructured photoelectrochemical fuel cell can generate electricity and clean fuel by decomposing hazardous materials under sunlight.

  20. Tin doped indium oxide core—TiO2 shell nanowires on stainless steel mesh for flexible photoelectrochemical cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hong Noh, Jun; Ding, Bo; Soo Han, Hyun; Seong Kim, Ju; Hoon Park, Jong; Baek Park, Sang; Suk Jung, Hyun; Lee, Jung-Kun; Sun Hong, Kug

    2012-02-01

    Photoanode architecture is built on highly conductive tin doped indium oxide (ITO) nanowires (NWs) on a flexible stainless steel mesh (SSM). ITO nanowires were coated with the atomic layer deposition grown TiO2 layer and the photoelectrochemical performance of the stainless steel mesh based photoanode were examined as a function of wire-length and shell-thickness. The photoanode consisting of 20 μm-long nanowire core and 36 nm thick shell increased the photocurrent of the testing cell by 4 times, compared to a reference cell. This enhanced photochemical activity is attributed to higher light harvesting efficiency of nanowire arrays and suppressed charge recombination of core-shell structure.

  1. CdS/MoS2 heterojunction-based photoelectrochemical DNA biosensor via enhanced chemiluminescence excitation.

    PubMed

    Zang, Yang; Lei, Jianping; Hao, Qing; Ju, Huangxian

    2016-03-15

    This work developed a CdS/MoS2 heterojunction-based photoelectrochemical biosensor for sensitive detection of DNA under the enhanced chemiluminescence excitation of luminol catalyzed by hemin-DNA complex. The CdS/MoS2 photocathode was prepared by the stepwise assembly of MoS2 and CdS quantum dots (QDs) on indium tin oxide (ITO), and achieved about 280% increasing of photocurrent compared to pure CdS QDs electrode due to the formation of heterostructure. High photoconversion efficiency in the photoelectrochemical system was identified to be the rapid spatial charge separation of electron-hole pairs by the extension of electron transport time and electron lifetime. In the presence of target DNA, the catalytic hairpin assembly was triggered, and simultaneously the dual hemin-labeled DNA probe was introduced to capture DNA/CdS/MoS2 modified ITO electrode. Thus the chemiluminescence emission of luminol was enhanced via hemin-induced mimetic catalysis, leading to the physical light-free photoelectrochemical strategy. Under optimized conditions, the resulting photoelectrode was proportional to the logarithm of target DNA concentration in the range from 1 fM to 100 pM with a detection limit of 0.39 fM. Moreover, the cascade amplification biosensor demonstrated high selectivity, desirable stability and good reproducibility, showing great prospect in molecular diagnosis and bioanalysis. PMID:26476013

  2. Photoelectrochemical and Electrochemical Characterization of Sub-Micro-Gram Amounts of Organic Semiconductors Using Scanning Droplet Cell Microscopy.

    PubMed

    Kollender, Jan Philipp; Gasiorowski, Jacek; Sariciftci, Niyazi S; Mardare, Andrei I; Hassel, Achim Walter

    2014-07-31

    A model organic semiconductor (MDMO-PPV) was used for testing a modified version of a photoelectrochemical scanning droplet cell microscope (PE-SDCM) adapted for use with nonaqueous electrolytes and containing an optical fiber for localized illumination. The most attractive features of the PE-SDCM are represented by the possibility of addressing small areas on the investigated substrate and the need of small amounts of electrolyte. A very small amount (ng) of the material under study is sufficient for a complete electrochemical and photoelectrochemical characterization due to the scanning capability of the cell. The electrochemical behavior of the polymer was studied in detail using potentiostatic and potentiodynamic investigations as well as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Additionally, the photoelectrochemical properties were investigated under illumination conditions, and the photocurrents found were at least 3 orders of magnitude higher than the dark (background) current, revealing the usefulness of this compact microcell for photovoltaic characterizations. PMID:25101149

  3. Photoelectrochemical and Electrochemical Characterization of Sub-Micro-Gram Amounts of Organic Semiconductors Using Scanning Droplet Cell Microscopy

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    A model organic semiconductor (MDMO-PPV) was used for testing a modified version of a photoelectrochemical scanning droplet cell microscope (PE-SDCM) adapted for use with nonaqueous electrolytes and containing an optical fiber for localized illumination. The most attractive features of the PE-SDCM are represented by the possibility of addressing small areas on the investigated substrate and the need of small amounts of electrolyte. A very small amount (ng) of the material under study is sufficient for a complete electrochemical and photoelectrochemical characterization due to the scanning capability of the cell. The electrochemical behavior of the polymer was studied in detail using potentiostatic and potentiodynamic investigations as well as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Additionally, the photoelectrochemical properties were investigated under illumination conditions, and the photocurrents found were at least 3 orders of magnitude higher than the dark (background) current, revealing the usefulness of this compact microcell for photovoltaic characterizations. PMID:25101149

  4. Experimenting with Photoelectrochemical Cells in Drinking Straws: Practical Aids for Learning about Solar Energy in School or at Home

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Appleyard, S. J.

    2008-01-01

    Photoelectrochemical cells using dye-sensitized ZnO with a Cu[superscript 2+]/Fe[superscript 2+]/Fe[superscript 3+] electrolyte can be easily made at home or in a school classroom with household chemicals and other readily available materials. The cells, which are made with wire housed within plastic drinking straws, have open-circuit voltages of…

  5. Study of Cd-chalcogenide/ferri-ferrocyanide photoelectrochemical cells: effect of surface morphology and added salt

    SciTech Connect

    Tenne, R.

    1983-11-01

    The authors carried out an investigation of the Cd-chalcogenide/ferri-ferrocyanide photoelectrochemical cells. In particular, the effect of surface morphology and the effect of added salts upon the characteristics of these cells were investigated. Successive etching with Br/sub 2/ (3%)/methanol, aqua regia, and finally photoetching increases the surface roughness of CdSe (CdS, CdTe) which has a marked effect on the cell characteristics in the ferri-ferrocyanide electrolyte (and polysulfide electrolyte as well). In contrast with polysulfide electrolyte, added salts decrease the output stability of the cell and the onset potential for the photocurrent, which can be explained by the removal of the physiosorbed ferrocyanide ions from the electrode surface by the ions of the salt. On increasing the surface roughness of the electrode, while keeping the salt concentration unchanged, the output stability and the onset potential were increased. A kinetic model is used to explain these phenomena. Thus, added salts can be used to probe the strength of the adsorption of the active electrolyte on the surface of the photoelectrode. Finally, we report on the surface morphology of CdSe and CdTe after irradiation in ferri-ferrocyanide solution and compare our findings to surface morphologies which were observed previously with the help of photoelectrochemical etching (photoetching). It is found that small rectangular crystallites, probably of cadmium ferrocyanide, deposit on the crystal surface during the photocorrosion process in addition to elemental Se(Te).

  6. Self-biasing photoelectrochemical cell for spontaneous overall water splitting under visible-light illumination.

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    Chen, Quanpeng; Li, Jinhua; Li, Xuejin; Huang, Ke; Zhou, Baoxue; Shangguan, Wenfeng

    2013-07-01

    A self-biasing photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell that could work for spontaneous overall water splitting in a neutral solution was established based on the mismatched Fermi levels between the photoelectrodes. A Pt-catalyst-decorated crystalline silicon photovoltaic cell (Pt/PVC) was prepared and employed as an effective photocathode. This was coupled with a poly(ethylene glycol)-directed WO3/W photoanode prepared by a hydrothermal process. Both of the photoelectrodes showed a response to visible light. The WO3/W photoanode had a positively located valence band edge, the energy level of which was enough for water oxidation, and the Pt/PVC photocathode possessed a negatively located conduction band edge, which was capable of water reduction. More importantly, the Fermi level of the WO3/W photoanode was more positive than that of the Pt/PVC photocathode because of the p-n junction of the PVC that decoupled the band bending and enlarged the photovoltage. Under visible-light irradiation, the WO3/W photoanode provided a negative bias for the Pt/PVC photocathode, and the Pt/PVC photocathode provided a positive bias for the WO3/W photoanode. An interior bias was generated that could relax the strict criteria of overall water splitting by cooperatively separating the hole-electron pairs at both photoelectrodes. In this system, the short-circuit current and the open-circuit voltage increased with increasing light intensity (AM 1.5 illumination) to reach 121 μA cm(-2) and 0.541 V, respectively, at a light intensity of 100 mW cm(-2). Such a combination provides a promising method for the fabrication of self-driven devices for solar-energy storage. PMID:23775929

  7. A novel photoelectrochemical biosensor for protein kinase activity assay based on phosphorylated graphite-like carbon nitride.

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    Li, Xue; Zhou, Yunlei; Xu, Yan; Xu, Huijie; Wang, Minghui; Yin, Huanshun; Ai, Shiyun

    2016-08-31

    Protein kinases are general and significant regulators in the cell signaling pathway, and it is still greatly desired to achieve simple and quick kinase detection. Herein, we develop a simple and sensitive photoelectrochemical strategy for the detection of protein kinase activity based on the bond between phosphorylated peptide and phosphorylated graphite-like carbon nitride (P-g-C3N4) conjugates triggered by Zr(4+) ion coordination. Under optimal conditions, the increased photocurrent is proportional to the protein kinase A (PKA) concentration ranging from 0.05 to 50 U/mL with a detection limit of 0.077 U/mL. Moreover, this photoelectrochemical assay can be also applied to quantitative analysis of kinase inhibition. The results indicated that the IC50 value (inhibitor concentration producing 50% inhibitor) for ellagic acid was 9.1 μM. Moreover, the developed method is further applied to detect PKA activity in real samples, which contains serum from healthy person and gastric cancer patients and breast tissue from healthy person and breast cancer patients. Therefore, the established protocol provides a new and simple tool for assay of kinase activity and its inhibitors with low cost and high sensitivity. PMID:27506341

  8. Solar water splitting in a molecular photoelectrochemical cell.

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    Alibabaei, Leila; Brennaman, M Kyle; Norris, Michael R; Kalanyan, Berç; Song, Wenjing; Losego, Mark D; Concepcion, Javier J; Binstead, Robert A; Parsons, Gregory N; Meyer, Thomas J

    2013-12-10

    Artificial photosynthesis and the production of solar fuels could be a key element in a future renewable energy economy providing a solution to the energy storage problem in solar energy conversion. We describe a hybrid strategy for solar water splitting based on a dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell. It uses a derivatized, core-shell nanostructured photoanode with the core a high surface area conductive metal oxide film--indium tin oxide or antimony tin oxide--coated with a thin outer shell of TiO2 formed by atomic layer deposition. A "chromophore-catalyst assembly" 1, [(PO3H2)2bpy)2Ru(4-Mebpy-4-bimpy)Rub(tpy)(OH2)](4+), which combines both light absorber and water oxidation catalyst in a single molecule, was attached to the TiO2 shell. Visible photolysis of the resulting core-shell assembly structure with a Pt cathode resulted in water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen with an absorbed photon conversion efficiency of 4.4% at peak photocurrent. PMID:24277806

  9. Solar water splitting in a molecular photoelectrochemical cell

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    Alibabaei, Leila; Brennaman, M. Kyle; Norris, Michael R.; Kalanyan, Berç; Song, Wenjing; Losego, Mark D.; Concepcion, Javier J.; Binstead, Robert A.; Parsons, Gregory N.; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2013-01-01

    Artificial photosynthesis and the production of solar fuels could be a key element in a future renewable energy economy providing a solution to the energy storage problem in solar energy conversion. We describe a hybrid strategy for solar water splitting based on a dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell. It uses a derivatized, core–shell nanostructured photoanode with the core a high surface area conductive metal oxide film––indium tin oxide or antimony tin oxide––coated with a thin outer shell of TiO2 formed by atomic layer deposition. A “chromophore–catalyst assembly” 1, [(PO3H2)2bpy)2Ru(4-Mebpy-4-bimpy)Rub(tpy)(OH2)]4+, which combines both light absorber and water oxidation catalyst in a single molecule, was attached to the TiO2 shell. Visible photolysis of the resulting core–shell assembly structure with a Pt cathode resulted in water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen with an absorbed photon conversion efficiency of 4.4% at peak photocurrent. PMID:24277806

  10. Spatially Separated Photosystem II and a Silicon Photoelectrochemical Cell for Overall Water Splitting: A Natural-Artificial Photosynthetic Hybrid.

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    Wang, Wangyin; Wang, Hong; Zhu, Qingjun; Qin, Wei; Han, Guangye; Shen, Jian-Ren; Zong, Xu; Li, Can

    2016-08-01

    Integrating natural and artificial photosynthetic platforms is an important approach to developing solar-driven hybrid systems with exceptional function over the individual components. A natural-artificial photosynthetic hybrid platform is formed by wiring photosystem II (PSII) and a platinum-decorated silicon photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell in a tandem manner based on a photocatalytic-PEC Z-scheme design. Although the individual components cannot achieve overall water splitting, the hybrid platform demonstrated the capability of unassisted solar-driven overall water splitting. Moreover, H2 and O2 evolution can be separated in this system, which is ascribed to the functionality afforded by the unconventional Z-scheme design. Furthermore, the tandem configuration and the spatial separation between PSII and artificial components provide more opportunities to develop efficient natural-artificial hybrid photosynthesis systems. PMID:27345863

  11. Electrochemical, Electrochemiluminescence, and Photoelectrochemical Aptamer-Based Nanostructured Sensors for Biomarker Analysis.

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    Ravalli, Andrea; Voccia, Diego; Palchetti, Ilaria; Marrazza, Giovanna

    2016-01-01

    Aptamer-based sensors have been intensively investigated as potential analytical tools in clinical analysis providing the desired portability, fast response, sensitivity, and specificity, in addition to lower cost and simplicity versus conventional methods. The aim of this review, without pretending to be exhaustive, is to give the readers an overview of recent important achievements about electrochemical, electrochemiluminescence, and photoelectrochemical aptasensors for the protein biomarker determination, mainly cancer related biomarkers, by selected recent publications. Special emphasis is placed on nanostructured-based aptasensors, which show a substantial improvement of the analytical performances. PMID:27490578

  12. Reaction kinetics and product distributions in photoelectrochemical cells

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    Koval, C.A.

    1992-01-01

    Hot electron reaction studies at p-InP/CH[sub 3]CN interface revealed essential/desirable features for redox systems used to investigate hot carriers in photoelectrocehmical cells. Reduction of dibromoethylbenzene (DBEB) in presence of metallocene couples is being studied using rotating rink disk electrodes of n-and p-InP disks and Pt rings. At highly doped p-InP electrodes, reduction of DBEB can be very efficient (>30%). A minielectrochemical cell was used to investigate electron transfer at nonilluminated n-WSe[sub 2]/dimethylferrocene[sup +/0] interfaces.

  13. Electrolyte Concentration Effect of a Photoelectrochemical Cell Consisting of TiO 2 Nanotube Anode

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    Ren, Kai; Gan, Yong X.; Nikolaidis, Efstratios; Sofyani, Sharaf Al; Zhang, Lihua

    2013-01-01

    The photoelectrochemical responses of a TiO 2 nanotube anode in ethylene glycol (EG), glycerol, ammonia, ethanol, urea, and Na 2 S electrolytes with different concentrations were investigated. The TiO 2 nanotube anode was highly efficient in photoelectrocatalysis in these solutions under UV light illumination. The photocurrent density is obviously affected by the concentration change. Na 2 S generated the highest photocurrent density at 0, 1, and 2 V bias voltages, but its concentration does not significantly affect the photocurrent density. Urea shows high open circuit voltage at proper concentration and low photocurrent at different concentrations. Externally applied bias voltage ismore » also an important factor that changes the photoelectrochemical reaction process. In view of the open circuit voltage, EG, ammonia, and ethanol fuel cells show the trend that the open circuit voltage (OCV) increases with the increase of the concentration of the solutions. Glycerol has the highest OCV compared with others, and it deceases with the increase in the concentration because of the high viscosity. The OCV of the urea and Na 2 S solutions did not show obvious concentration effect.« less

  14. Electrodeposition and Screening of Photoelectrochemical Activity in Conjugated Polymers Using Scanning Electrochemical Cell Microscopy.

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    Aaronson, Barak D B; Garoz-Ruiz, Jesus; Byers, Joshua C; Colina, Alvaro; Unwin, Patrick R

    2015-11-24

    A number of renewable energy systems require an understanding and correlation of material properties and photoelectrochemical activity on the micro to nanoscale. Among these, conducting polymer electrodes continue to be important materials. In this contribution, an ultrasensitive scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM) platform is used to electrodeposit microscale thin films of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) on an optically transparent gold electrode and to correlate the morphology (film thickness and structural order) with photoactivity. The electrochemical growth of P3HT begins with a thin ordered film up to 10 nm thick, after which a second more disordered film is deposited, as revealed by micro-Raman spectroscopy. A decrease in photoactivity for the thicker films, measured in situ immediately following film deposition, is attributed to an increase in bulk film disorder that limits charge transport. Higher resolution ex situ SECCM phototransient measurements, using a smaller diameter probe, show local variations in photoactivity within a given deposit. Even after aging, thinner, more ordered regions within a deposit exhibit sustained enhanced photocurrent densities compared to areas where the film is thicker and more disordered. The platform opens up new possibilities for high-throughput combinatorial correlation studies, by allowing materials fabrication and high spatial resolution probing of processes in photoelectrochemical materials. PMID:26502089

  15. Electrochemical and photoelectrochemical nano-immunesensing using origami paper based method.

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    Hasanzadeh, Mohammad; Shadjou, Nasrin

    2016-04-01

    Patterned paper has characteristics that lead to miniaturized assays that run by capillary action with small volumes of fluids. These methods suggest a path for the development of simple, inexpensive, and portable diagnostic assays that can be useful in remote settings, where simple immunoassays are becoming increasingly important for detecting disease and monitoring health. Incorporation of nanomaterials plays a major role in sensing probe immobilization and detection sensitivity of paper-based devices. Nanomaterial properties, such as increased surface area, have aided with signal amplification and lower detection limits. This review focuses on application of nanomaterials as signal amplification elements on origami paper-based electro-analytical devices for immune biomarkers detection with a brief introduction about various fabrication techniques and designs, biological and detection methods. In this review, we comprehensively summarize the selected latest research articles from 2013 to May 2015 on application of nanomaterials in various types of origami paper based electrochemical and photoelectrochemical immunosensors. The review breaks into two parts. The first part devotes to the development and applications of nanomaterials in electrochemical immunesensing. The second part provides an overview of recent origami paper based photoelectrochemical immunosensors. PMID:26838927

  16. ZnO nanoflower-based photoelectrochemical DNAzyme sensor for the detection of Pb2+.

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    Zhang, Bintian; Lu, Lili; Hu, Qichang; Huang, Feng; Lin, Zhang

    2014-06-15

    Lead contamination is now widespread, and exposure to lead may cause adverse effects on human beings. In this study, a photoelectrochemical sensor based on flower-like ZnO nanostructures was developed for Pb(2+) detection, using a Pb(2+)-dependent DNAzyme as the recognition unit and a double-strand DNA intercalator, Ru(bpy)2(dppz)(2+) (bpy=2,2'-bipyridine, dppz=dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c] phenazine) as the photoelectrochemical signal reporter. The ZnO nanoflower was fabricated on an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode by the convenient hydrothermal decomposition method. The morphology and photoelectrochemical property of the ZnO nanoflowers were characterized by SEM, XRD and photocurrent measurements. DNAzyme-substrate duplex was assembled on an ITO/ZnO electrode through electrostatic adsorption. In the presence of Pb(2+), RNA-cleavage activity of the DNAzyme was activated and its substrate strand was cleaved, resulting in the release of Ru(bpy)2(dppz)(2+) from the DNA film and the concomitant photocurrent decrease. The detection principle was verified by fluorescence measurements. Under the optimized conditions, a linear relationship between photocurrent and Pb(2+) concentration was obtained over the range of 0.5-20 nM, with a detection limit of 0.1 nM. Interference from other common metal ions was found negligible. Applicability of the sensor was demonstrated by analyzing lead level in human serum and Pb(2+) spiked water samples. This facile and economical sensor system showed high sensitivity and selectivity, thus can be potentially applied for on-site monitoring of lead contaminant. PMID:24508815

  17. Use of amorphous silicon tandem junction solar cells for hydrogen production in a photoelectrochemical cell

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    Stavrides, Alex; Kunrath, Augusto; Hu, Jian; Treglio, Richard; Feldman, Ari; Marsen, Bjorn; Cole, Brian; Miller, Eric; Madan, Arun

    2006-08-01

    We report the use of amorphous silicon (a-Si) tandem junctions as part of an integral "hybrid" photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell to produce hydrogen directly from water using sunlight. The device configuration consists of stainless steel (SS)/ni IIpni Ip/ZnO/WO 3. When the device is immersed in an electrolyte and illuminated, O II is evolved at the WO 3/electrolyte interface and H II is produced at the counter electrode. A voltage >1.23V is required to split water; typically 1.6-1.8V are needed, taking account of losses in a practical water-splitting system. We use a-Si tandem cells, deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, to supply this voltage. Current matching in the two a-Si subcells is achieved by altering the thicknesses of the two layers (i I and i II) while keeping their band gaps at ~1.75eV, which results in a device with an open circuit voltage >1.6V, short circuit current density (J sc) >6mA/cm2 (on SS substrates), and a fill factor >0.6. Deposition on a textured SnO II coated glass has resulted in J sc >9mA/cm2. Photoactive WO 3 films, deposited using the RF sputtering technique, have achieved photocurrents >3mA/cm2 at 1.6V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE). The PEC device operates at the point at which the WO 3 photocurrent IV curve and the a-Si (filtered by WO 3) light IV curve cross, leading to operating currents of 2.5mA/cm2 and solar-to-hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiency of >3%.

  18. Stable N-CuInSe.sub.2 /iodide-iodine photoelectrochemical cell

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    Cahen, David; Chen, Yih W.

    1985-01-01

    In a photoelectrochemical solar cell, stable output and solar efficiency in excess of 10% are achieved with a photoanode of n-CuInSe.sub.2 electrode material and an iodine/iodide redox couple used in a liquid electrolyte. The photoanode is prepared by treating the electrode material by chemical etching, for example in Br.sub.2 /MeOH; heating the etched electrode material in air or oxygen; depositing a surface film coating of indium on the electrode material after the initial heating; and thereafter again heating the electrode material in air or oxygen to oxidize the indium. The electrolyte is treated by the addition of Cu.sup.+ or Cu.sup.2+ salts and In.sup.3+ salts.

  19. Highly efficient and stable Si nanowires array embedded into transparent polymer for visible light photoelectrochemical cell

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    Wang, Hui; Wang, Jian-Tao; Ou, Xue-Mei; Li, Fan; Zhang, Xiao-Hong

    2014-07-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell supports a renewable method for solving current environmental and energy issues by combining solar energy collection and photocatalysis in a single semiconductor photoelectrode. However, it is still challenged by visible light photoelectrodes. The present work reports fabricating highly efficient and stable Si nanowires (SiNWs) array as visible light photoelectrodes. It involves embedding SiNWs arrays into a transparent polymer substrate to build an axial carrier collection geometry. We demonstrated that this strategy could significantly strengthen the chemical stability of SiNWs by largely reducing their surface area. Moreover, this device structure can also enhance visible light absorption efficiency through taking advantage of the highly crystalline structure of vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) grown SiNWs. Thus it can double the photodegradation ability of SiNWs.

  20. Stable N-CuInSe/sub 2//iodine-iodide photoelectrochemical cell

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    Cahen, D.; Chen, Y.W.

    1985-12-17

    In a photoelectrochemical solar cell, stable output and solar efficiency in excess of 10% are achieved with a photoanode of n-CuInSe/sub 2/ electrode material and an iodine/iodide redox couple used in a liquid electrolyte. The photoanode is prepared by treating the electrode material by chemical etching, for example in Br/sub 2//MeOH; heating the etched electrode material in air or oxygen; depositing a surface film coating of indium on the electrode material after the initial heating; and thereafter again heating the electrode material in air or oxygen to oxidize the indium. The electrolyte is treated by the addition of Cu/sup +/ or Cu/sup 2 +/ salts and In/sup 3/ salts.

  1. Stable n-CuInSe/sub 2/iodide-iodine photoelectrochemical cell

    DOEpatents

    Cahen, D.; Chen, Y.W.

    1984-09-20

    In a photoelectrochemical solar cell, stable output and solar efficiency in excess of 10% are achieved with a photoanode of n-CuInSe/sub 2/ electrode material and an iodine/iodide redox couple used in a liquid electrolyte. The photoanode is prepared by treating the electrode material by chemical etching, for example in Br/sub 2//MeOH; heating the etched electrode material in air or oxygen; depositing a surface film coating of indium on the electrode material after the initial heating; and thereafter again heating the electrode material in air or oxygen to oxidize the indium. The electrolyte is treated by the addition of Cu/sup +/ or Cu/sup 2 +/ salts and in In/sup 3 +/ salts.

  2. Polytypic Nanocrystals of Cu-Based Ternary Chalcogenides: Colloidal Synthesis and Photoelectrochemical Properties.

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    Wu, Liang; Chen, Shi-You; Fan, Feng-Jia; Zhuang, Tao-Tao; Dai, Chen-Min; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2016-05-01

    Heterocrystalline polytype nanostructured semiconductors have been attracting more and more attention in recent years due to their novel structures and special interfaces. Up to now, controlled polytypic nanostructures are mostly realized in II-VI and III-V semiconductors. Herein, we report the synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties of Cu-based ternary I-III-VI2 chalcogenide polytypic nanocrystals, with a focus on polytypic CuInS2 (CIS), CuInSe2 (CISe), and CuIn(S0.5Se0.5)2 alloy nanocrystals. Each obtained polytypic nanocrystal is constructed with a wurtzite hexagonal column and a zinc blende/chalcopyrite cusp, regardless of the S/Se ratio. The growth mechanisms of polytypic CIS and CISe nanocrystals have been studied by time-dependent experiments. The polytypic nanocrystals are solution-deposited on indium-tin oxide glass substrate and used as a photoelectrode, thus showing stable photoelectrochemical activity in aqueous solution. Density functional theory calculation was used to study the electronic structure and the band gap alignment. This versatile synthetic method provides a new route for synthesis of novel polytypic nanostructured semiconductors with unique properties. PMID:27063512

  3. Bio-Photoelectrochemical Solar Cells Incorporating Reaction Center and Reaction Center Plus Light Harvesting Complexes

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    Yaghoubi, Houman

    Harvesting solar energy can potentially be a promising solution to the energy crisis now and in the future. However, material and processing costs continue to be the most important limitations for the commercial devices. A key solution to these problems might lie within the development of bio-hybrid solar cells that seeks to mimic photosynthesis to harvest solar energy and to take advantage of the low material costs, negative carbon footprint, and material abundance. The bio-photoelectrochemical cell technologies exploit biomimetic means of energy conversion by utilizing plant-derived photosystems which can be inexpensive and ultimately the most sustainable alternative. Plants and photosynthetic bacteria harvest light, through special proteins called reaction centers (RCs), with high efficiency and convert it into electrochemical energy. In theory, photosynthetic RCs can be used in a device to harvest solar energy and generate 1.1 V open circuit voltage and ~1 mA cm-2 short circuit photocurrent. Considering the nearly perfect quantum yield of photo-induced charge separation, efficiency of a protein-based solar cell might exceed 20%. In practice, the efficiency of fabricated devices has been limited mainly due to the challenges in the electron transfer between the protein complex and the device electrodes as well as limited light absorption. The overarching goal of this work is to increase the power conversion efficiency in protein-based solar cells by addressing those issues (i.e. electron transfer and light absorption). This work presents several approaches to increase the charge transfer rate between the photosynthetic RC and underlying electrode as well as increasing the light absorption to eventually enhance the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of bio-hybrid solar cells. The first approach is to decrease the electron transfer distance between one of the redox active sites in the RC and the underlying electrode by direct attachment of the of protein complex

  4. Directed assembly of the thylakoid membrane on nanostructured TiO2 for a photo-electrochemical cell

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    Kavadiya, Shalinee; Chadha, Tandeep S.; Liu, Haijun; Shah, Vivek B.; Blankenship, Robert E.; Biswas, Pratim

    2016-01-01

    The thylakoid membrane mainly consists of photosystem I (PSI), photosystem II (PSII) and the cytochrome b6f embedded in a lipid bilayer. PSI and PSII have the ability to capture sunlight and create an electron-hole pair. The study aims at utilizing these properties by using the thylakoid membrane to construct a photo-electrochemical cell. A controlled aerosol technique, electrohydrodynamic atomization, allows a systematic study by the fabrication of different cell configurations based on the surfactant concentration without any linker, sacrificial electron donor and mediator. The maximum photocurrent density observed is 6.7 mA cm-2 under UV and visible light, and 12 μA cm-2 under visible light illumination. The electron transfer occurs from PSII to PSI via cytochrome b6f and the electron at PSII is regenerated by water oxidation, similar to the z-scheme of photosynthesis. This work shows that re-engineering the natural photosynthesis circuit by the novel technique of electrospray deposition can result in an environmentally friendly method of harvesting sunlight.The thylakoid membrane mainly consists of photosystem I (PSI), photosystem II (PSII) and the cytochrome b6f embedded in a lipid bilayer. PSI and PSII have the ability to capture sunlight and create an electron-hole pair. The study aims at utilizing these properties by using the thylakoid membrane to construct a photo-electrochemical cell. A controlled aerosol technique, electrohydrodynamic atomization, allows a systematic study by the fabrication of different cell configurations based on the surfactant concentration without any linker, sacrificial electron donor and mediator. The maximum photocurrent density observed is 6.7 mA cm-2 under UV and visible light, and 12 μA cm-2 under visible light illumination. The electron transfer occurs from PSII to PSI via cytochrome b6f and the electron at PSII is regenerated by water oxidation, similar to the z-scheme of photosynthesis. This work shows that re

  5. Silicon microhole arrays architecture for stable and efficient photoelectrochemical cells using ionic liquids electrolytes

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    Shen, Xiaojuan; Chen, Ling; Li, Junnan; Zhao, Jie

    2016-06-01

    Silicon microhole arrays (SiMHs) structure is constructed and fabricated by a low-cost maskless anodic etching process, which is applied as the photoanode for the silicon photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. The depths of silicon microhole arrays can be independently controlled by the etching time. The light-scattering properties are also investigated. Additionally, surface morphology analysis show that large hole diameters of SiMHs is very favourable for the full-filling of ionic liquids electrolyte. Therefore, better electrochemical contact as well as high ionic conductivity of the ionic liquids electrolyte renders the PEC SiMHs solar cells to exhibit more excellent performance. After optimization, the maximum PCE could be achieved at 4.04% for the SiMHs cell. The performance of the SiMHs cell is highly comparable to that of silicon nanowires cell. More importantly, the liquid-state electrolyte is confined in the unique microhole structure, which can obviously prevent the leakage of the ionic liquids electrolyte, resulting in much better long-term stability than the reference devices. These preliminary results validate the concept of interpenetrating networks with semiconductor structure/ILs junction to develop stable and efficient PEC cells.

  6. A miniature photoelectrochemical sensor based on organic electrochemical transistor for sensitive determination of chemical oxygen demand in wastewaters.

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    Liao, Jianjun; Lin, Shiwei; Zeng, Min; Yang, Yue

    2016-05-01

    A three-electrode configuration is often required in the conventional photoelectrochemical measurements. Nevertheless, one common drawback is the reference electrode and the counter electrode used in the measurements, which has been proved to be an impediment for the miniaturization. In this study, a simple, cost-effective and miniature photoelectrochemical sensor based on high sensitive organic electrochemical transistor (OECT) is developed and used for the determination of chemical oxygen demand (COD) in wastewaters. The devices show detection limit down to 0.01 mg/L COD, which is two orders of magnitude better than that of the conventional photoelectrochemical method. The excellent sensing performance can be contributed to the novel sensing mechanism of OECT devices. That is, the devices are sensitive to the potential changes induced by the photoelectrochemical reaction on TiO2 nanotube arrays gate electrodes. Real sample analyses are also carried out. The results demonstrate that the measured COD values using the OECT devices and the standard dichromate methods are in a good agreement. Since the proposed sensor is constructed on a miniature transistor, it is expected that the device shows a promising application on the integrated COD monitoring platform. PMID:26971805

  7. Directed assembly of the thylakoid membrane on nanostructured TiO2 for a photo-electrochemical cell.

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    Kavadiya, Shalinee; Chadha, Tandeep S; Liu, Haijun; Shah, Vivek B; Blankenship, Robert E; Biswas, Pratim

    2016-01-28

    The thylakoid membrane mainly consists of photosystem I (PSI), photosystem II (PSII) and the cytochrome b6f embedded in a lipid bilayer. PSI and PSII have the ability to capture sunlight and create an electron-hole pair. The study aims at utilizing these properties by using the thylakoid membrane to construct a photo-electrochemical cell. A controlled aerosol technique, electrohydrodynamic atomization, allows a systematic study by the fabrication of different cell configurations based on the surfactant concentration without any linker, sacrificial electron donor and mediator. The maximum photocurrent density observed is 6.7 mA cm(-2) under UV and visible light, and 12 μA cm(-2) under visible light illumination. The electron transfer occurs from PSII to PSI via cytochrome b6f and the electron at PSII is regenerated by water oxidation, similar to the z-scheme of photosynthesis. This work shows that re-engineering the natural photosynthesis circuit by the novel technique of electrospray deposition can result in an environmentally friendly method of harvesting sunlight. PMID:26731449

  8. Electron transfer kinetics in water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells

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    Swierk, John R.

    Water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical (WS-DSPECs) cells utilize molecular sensitizers absorbed on mesoporous TiO2 electrodes to harvest visible light, inject photoexcited electrons into the conduction band of TiO2, and finally transfer holes across the TiO2 surface to water oxidation catalysts, which in turn oxidize water to give molecular oxygen and four protons. Within the TiO2 layer photoinjected electrons are transported to a transparent conductor back contact and from there to a dark cathode to reduce protons to molecular hydrogen. WS-DSPECs offer several advantages for alternative solar fuels systems: the use of low-cost materials, tunable molecular sensitizers, and relaxed catalytic turnover requirements to name a few. Despite these advantageous features, power conversion efficiencies in WS-DSPECs are generally low. Broadly, this thesis explores the fundamental electron transfer processes that control the efficiency of these cells. Chapter 1 presents a survey of the previous literature and individually considers each component of a WS-DSPEC (water oxidation catalyst, sensitizers, electrode materials, redox mediators, and overall system design). Chapter 2 presents a novel method of preparing a WS-DSPEC that utilizes crystalline IrO2 nanoparticles directly sintered to TiO2 as a water oxidation catalyst and describes a previously unknown electron-scavenging pathway by IrO2. Chapter 3 explores how electron trapping by and proton intercalation into TiO2 controls the photoelectrochemical performance of WS-DSPECs. Chapter 4 characterizes how electron recombination with the oxidized sensitizer and electron scavenging by the IrO 2 catalyst combine to limit the concentration of conduction band electrons and by extension photocurrent in WS-DSPECs. Chapter 5 demonstrates the use of the first totally organic sensitizers for light driven water-splitting and explores how the molecular and electronic structure of a sensitizer affects the electron transfer

  9. Electrochemical synthesis of SnS thin films for photoelectrochemical cells

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    Subramanian, B.; Sanjeevi Raja, C.; Jayachandran, M.; Chockalingam, Mary J.

    1999-11-01

    Tin Sulphide (SnS), a layered semiconducting material which finds wide applications in optoelectronic devices and window material for heterojunction solar cell. This paper reports on the material properties of thin films of SnS prepared by electrodeposition and brush plating. Brush plating is an electroplating process usually adopted to coat large area thin metal or alloy film. The films of 0.6-1.0 μm and 1.0-2.5 μm thickness were prepared by electrodeposition and brush plating respectively. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the as prepared films of both techniques revealed polycrystalline nature of the films and the lattice parameter values are: a=0.403 nm; b=1.145 nm; and c=0.399 nm. The surfaces were analyzed by electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis and SEM for surface morphology. The band gap, refractive index and extinction coefficient values were estimated from the optical studied in the wavelength region of 400-1500 nm. The adhesion of the films prepared by brush plating was found to be excellent. Photoelectrochemical solar cells were fabricated using SnS photoelectrodes. Capacitance-voltage studies revealed the p- type nature of all the films. The flat band potentials were 0.52 V and 0.47 V respectively. The quality of the films prepared by electrodeposition and brush plating are compared.

  10. Reversible chemical tuning of charge carriers for enhanced photoelectrochemical conversion and probing of living cells.

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    Wang, Yongcheng; Tang, Jing; Zhou, Tong; Da, Peimei; Li, Jun; Kong, Biao; Yang, Zhongqin; Zheng, Gengfeng

    2014-12-10

    A facile, solution method for reversible tuning of oxygen vacancies inside TiO2 nanowires, in which the reducing treatment of TiO2 by NaBH4 leads to 2.4-fold increase of photocurrent density, compared to pristine TiO2 nanowires, is reported. Subsequent oxidizing treatment using KMnO4 or annealing in air can reset the photocurrent density to the original values. The incident photo-to-current conversion efficiency measurement exhibits that the reduced TiO2 nanowires present both enhanced photoactivity in both UV and visible regions. Density functional theory calculations reveal that the oxygen vacancies in the reduced TiO2 cause defect states in the band structure and result in enhanced carrier density and conductivity. In addition, the enhanced solar energy-driven photoelectrochemical conversion allows real-time, sensitive chemical probing of living cells that are directly grown on the TiO2 nanowire photoanodes. As proofs-of-concept, after functionalized with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) on the surface, the reduced TiO2 NWs demonstrate sensitive, real-time monitoring of the H2O2 levels in several distinctive living cell lines, with the lowest detectable H2O2 concentration of 7.7 nM. This reversible tuning of oxygen vacancies suggests a facile means for transition metal oxides, with enhanced photoconversion activity and electrochemical sensitivity. PMID:25044916

  11. Detection of esophageal cancer cell by photoelectrochemical Cu2O/ZnO biosensor (Conference Presentation)

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    Hsu, Chao-Hsin; Chu, Cheng-Hsun; Chen, Weichung; Wu, I.-Chen; Wu, Ming Tsang; Kuo, Chie-Tong; Tsiang, Raymond Chien-Chao; Wang, Hsiang-Chen

    2016-03-01

    We have demonstrated a Cu2O/ZnO nanorods (NRs) array p-n heterostructures photoelectrochemical biosensor. The electrodeposition of Cu2O at pH 12 acquired the preferably (111) lattice planes, resulting in the largest interfacial electric field between Cu2O and ZnO, which finally led to the highest separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers. High verticality ZnO nanorods by seed layer and thermal annealing assist the hydrothermal growth. The optimized Cu2O/ZnO NRs array p-n heterostructures exhibited enhanced PEC performance, such as elevated photocurrent and photoconversion efficiency, as well as excellent sensing performance for the sensitive detection of four strains of different races and different degree of cancer cell which made the device self-powered. We got spectral response characteristics and operating wavelength range of biosensor, and to verify the biological characteristics of cancer cells wafer react with different stages of cancer characterized by a cancer measured reaction experiment.

  12. Light Harvesting Proteins for Solar Fuel Generation in Bioengineered Photoelectrochemical Cells

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    Ihssen, Julian; Braun, Artur; Faccio, Greta; Gajda-Schrantz, Krisztina; Thöny-Meyer, Linda

    2014-01-01

    The sun is the primary energy source of our planet and potentially can supply all societies with more than just their basic energy needs. Demand of electric energy can be satisfied with photovoltaics, however the global demand for fuels is even higher. The direct way to produce the solar fuel hydrogen is by water splitting in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells, an artificial mimic of photosynthesis. There is currently strong resurging interest for solar fuels produced by PEC cells, but some fundamental technological problems need to be solved to make PEC water splitting an economic, competitive alternative. One of the problems is to provide a low cost, high performing water oxidizing and oxygen evolving photoanode in an environmentally benign setting. Hematite, α-Fe2O3, satisfies many requirements for a good PEC photoanode, but its efficiency is insufficient in its pristine form. A promising strategy for enhancing photocurrent density takes advantage of photosynthetic proteins. In this paper we give an overview of how electrode surfaces in general and hematite photoanodes in particular can be functionalized with light harvesting proteins. Specifically, we demonstrate how low-cost biomaterials such as cyanobacterial phycocyanin and enzymatically produced melanin increase the overall performance of virtually no-cost metal oxide photoanodes in a PEC system. The implementation of biomaterials changes the overall nature of the photoanode assembly in a way that aggressive alkaline electrolytes such as concentrated KOH are not required anymore. Rather, a more environmentally benign and pH neutral electrolyte can be used. PMID:24678669

  13. Layered transition metal thiophosphates /MPX3/ as photoelectrodes in photoelectrochemical cells

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    Byvik, C. E.; Smith, B. T.; Reichman, B.

    1982-01-01

    Layered crystals of the transition metal thiophosphates were synthesized and characterized for use as photoelectrodes in photoelectrochemical cells. Crystals incorporating tin and manganese show n-type response while those with iron and nickel show p-type response. These materials have a measured indirect bandgap of about 2.1 eV. They show ability to photoelectrolyze water in acid solutions with onset potentials which change in a Nernstian way as the PH of the solution changes. The onset potential is near zero volts versus a saturated calomel electrode at pH 2. At n-type crystals, oxygen could be evolved upon irradiation at underpotentials of 850 mV and at p-type crystals, hydrogen could be evolved at underpotentials of 400 mV, indicating a net gain in energy conversion. All crystals were unstable in basic solution. Liquid junction photovoltaic cells in iodide-triiodide acid solution using these layered materials were also constructed and found to have low efficiences.

  14. Formation of surface morphology of silicon solar cells by means of two-step photo-electrochemical etching and their characterization

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    Shatkovskis, E.; Zagadskij, V.; Jukna, A.; Boris, R.; Antonovic, V.; Stupakova, J.; Mitkevicius, R.; Baradinskaite, A.; Keriene, J.

    2014-10-01

    The electrochemical etching of porous silicon offers many diverse opportunities for production of complex porous silicon structures located not only on the surface but also in a bulk of the silicon devices. A specific technological regime, the photo-electrochemical etching can affect bulk of the silicon device but at the same time saving its textured surface almost unchanged. Our group is the first who investigated the silicon solar cells with textured surface modified by means of photo-electrochemical etching. Etched devices demonstrated better photoelectrical characteristics if compare ones with unmodified solar cells. Our current work presents results on research of solar cells photoelectrochemically treated in HF: ethanol solution. Applied etching regime allowed us to modify the emitter's volume at the same time affecting only minimally the surface of the solar cell itself. SEM micrographs show the elevations, ripples, bumps, cracks etc. on the surface of photo-electrochemically treated solar cells. The optical ellipsometer spectra, optical microscope measurements results, SEM micrographs of surface morphology as well as light reflectivity of the photoelectrochemically treated and untreated surfaces of the solar cells investigated and discussed in this work.

  15. Structural effects on the photoelectrochemical properties of new push-pull dyes based on vinazene acceptor triphenylamine donor

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    Arcos, Wilmmer A.; Guimarães, Robson R.; Insuasty, Braulio; Araki, Koiti; Ortiz, Alejandro

    2016-05-01

    The push-pull behavior of novel dyes, based on vinazene electron-acceptor groups linked to arrays of triphenylamine (TPA) electron-donor group, was studied by electronic absorption and emission spectroscopy, as well as by cyclic voltammetry. The most stable ground state structure and their electronic properties were modeled by density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the B3LYP functional and 6-31G++ basis set, whereas the electronic properties in the excited states were calculated by TD-DFT, under the same functional and basis set, using SCF and PCM methods. The theoretical calculations matched well with experimental data, showing that λmax of the lowest energy absorption band can be assigned to an intramolecular charge transfer transition. In fact, the HOMO and LUMO are respectively localized on the TPA donor and the dicyanomethylene acceptor moiety confirming a remarkable push-pull character. Photoelectrochemical cells parameters were correlated with dyes structural properties showing to be consistent with the anchoring through the nitrogen atoms of CN groups. The nature of the donor-acceptor groups, conformation and number of anchoring CN groups (2 seems to be the best) strongly influenced the overall efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells.

  16. Improved Photoelectrochemical Cell Performance of Tin Oxide with Functionalized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes-Cadmium Selenide Sensitizer.

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    Bhande, Sambhaji S; Ambade, Rohan B; Shinde, Dipak V; Ambade, Swapnil B; Patil, Supriya A; Naushad, Mu; Mane, Rajaram S; Alothman, Z A; Lee, Soo-Hyoung; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2015-11-18

    Here we report functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNTs)-CdSe nanocrystals (NCs) as photosensitizer in photoelectrochemical cells, where f-MWCNTs were uniformly coated with CdSe NCs onto SnO2 upright standing nanosheets by using a simple electrodeposition method. The resultant blended photoanodes demonstrate extraordinary electrochemical properties including higher Stern-Volmer constant, higher absorbance, and positive quenching, etc., caused by more accessibility of CdSe NCs compared with pristine SnO2-CdSe photoanode. Atomic and weight percent changes of carbon with f-MWCNTs blending concentrations were confirmed from the energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The morphology images show a uniform coverage of CdSe NCs over f-MWCNTs forming a core-shell type structure as a blend. Compared to pristine CdSe, photoanode with f-MWCNTs demonstrated a 257% increase in overall power conversion efficiency. Obtained results were corroborated by the electrochemical impedance analysis. Higher scattering, more accessibility, and hierarchical structure of SnO2-f-MWCNTs-blend-CdSe NCs photoanode is responsible for higher (a) electron mobility (6.89 × 10(-4) to 10.89 × 10(-4) cm(2) V(-1) S(1-)), (b) diffusion length (27 × 10(-6)), PMID:26334564

  17. The study of the photosensitive materials used in solar-hydrogen energy by a versatile photoelectrochemical cell

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    Ardelean, P.; Indrea, E.; Ardelean, C.; Mihailescu, Gh.; Balazs, Z.; Silipas, T. D.; Moldovan, Z.; Suciu, R. C.; Dreve, S. V.; Rosu, M. C.

    2012-02-01

    In this paper it was made a comparative study of the doped TiO2 thin films used as photoelectrodes by using a versatile photoelectrochemical cell. The experimental arrangement makes possible the relative evaluation of the electrodes properties by measurement of the electric parameters, giving directly I = f(U) for the cell electric circuit by using an "internal" chemical bias. It is also possible to measure the volume of the evolved gas, and to analyze it by a gas-chromatograph and by a mass spectrometer.

  18. Target-induced nano-enzyme reactor mediated hole-trapping for high-throughput immunoassay based on a split-type photoelectrochemical detection strategy.

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    Zhuang, Junyang; Tang, Dianyong; Lai, Wenqiang; Xu, Mingdi; Tang, Dianping

    2015-09-15

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) detection is an emerging and promising analytical tool. However, its actual application still faces some challenges like potential damage of biomolecules (caused by itself system) and intrinsic low-throughput detection. To solve the problems, herein we design a novel split-type photoelectrochemical immunoassay (STPIA) for ultrasensitive detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA). Initially, the immunoreaction was performed on a microplate using a secondary antibody/primer-circular DNA-labeled gold nanoparticle as the detection tag. Then, numerously repeated oligonucleotide sequences with many biotin moieties were in situ synthesized on the nanogold tag via RCA reaction. The formed biotin concatamers acted as a powerful scaffold to bind with avidin-alkaline phosphatase (ALP) conjugates and construct a nanoenzyme reactor. By this means, enzymatic hydrolysate (ascorbic acid) was generated to capture the photogenerated holes in the CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays, resulting in amplification of the photocurrent signal. To elaborate, the microplate-based immunoassay and the high-throughput detection system, a semiautomatic detection cell (installed with a three-electrode system), was employed. Under optimal conditions, the photocurrent increased with the increasing PSA concentration in a dynamic working range from 0.001 to 3 ng mL(-1), with a low detection limit (LOD) of 0.32 pg mL(-1). Meanwhile, the developed split-type photoelectrochemical immunoassay exhibited high specificity and acceptable accuracy for analysis of human serum specimens in comparison with referenced electrochemiluminescence immunoassay method. Importantly, the system was not only suitable for the sandwich-type immunoassay mode, but also utilized for the detection of small molecules (e.g., aflatoxin B1) with a competitive-type assay format. PMID:26291091

  19. Solar-Energy-Driven Photoelectrochemical Biosensing Using TiO2 Nanowires.

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    Tang, Jing; Li, Jun; Da, Peimei; Wang, Yongcheng; Zheng, Gengfeng

    2015-08-01

    Photoelectrochemical sensing represents a unique means for chemical and biological detection, with foci of optimizing semiconductor composition and electronic structures, surface functionalization layers, and chemical detection methods. Here, we have briefly discussed our recent developments of TiO2 nanowire-based photoelectrochemical sensing, with particular emphasis on three main detection mechanisms and corresponding examples. We have also demonstrated the use of the photoelectrochemical sensing of real-time molecular reaction kinetic measurements, as well as direct interfacing of living cells and probing of cellular functions. PMID:25962650

  20. Visible photoelectrochemical water splitting into H2 and O2 in a dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell

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    Alibabaei, Leila; Sherman, Benjamin D.; Norris, Michael R.; Brennaman, M. Kyle; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2015-01-01

    A hybrid strategy for solar water splitting is exploited here based on a dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell (DSPEC) with a mesoporous SnO2/TiO2 core/shell nanostructured electrode derivatized with a surface-bound Ru(II) polypyridyl-based chromophore–catalyst assembly. The assembly, [(4,4’-(PO3H2)2bpy)2Ru(4-Mebpy-4’-bimpy)Ru(tpy)(OH2)]4+ ([RuaII-RubII-OH2]4+, combines both a light absorber and a water oxidation catalyst in a single molecule. It was attached to the TiO2 shell by phosphonate-surface oxide binding. The oxide-bound assembly was further stabilized on the surface by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of either Al2O3 or TiO2 overlayers. Illumination of the resulting fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)|SnO2/TiO2|-[RuaII-RubII-OH2]4+(Al2O3 or TiO2) photoanodes in photoelectrochemical cells with a Pt cathode and a small applied bias resulted in visible-light water splitting as shown by direct measurements of both evolved H2 and O2. The performance of the resulting DSPECs varies with shell thickness and the nature and extent of the oxide overlayer. Use of the SnO2/TiO2 core/shell compared with nanoITO/TiO2 with the same assembly results in photocurrent enhancements of ∼5. Systematic variations in shell thickness and ALD overlayer lead to photocurrent densities as high as 1.97 mA/cm2 with 445-nm, ∼90-mW/cm2 illumination in a phosphate buffer at pH 7. PMID:25918426

  1. Visible photoelectrochemical water splitting into H2 and O2 in a dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell.

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    Alibabaei, Leila; Sherman, Benjamin D; Norris, Michael R; Brennaman, M Kyle; Meyer, Thomas J

    2015-05-12

    A hybrid strategy for solar water splitting is exploited here based on a dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cell (DSPEC) with a mesoporous SnO2/TiO2 core/shell nanostructured electrode derivatized with a surface-bound Ru(II) polypyridyl-based chromophore-catalyst assembly. The assembly, [(4,4'-(PO3H2)2bpy)2Ru(4-Mebpy-4'-bimpy)Ru(tpy)(OH2)](4+) ([Ru(a) (II)-Ru(b) (II)-OH2](4+), combines both a light absorber and a water oxidation catalyst in a single molecule. It was attached to the TiO2 shell by phosphonate-surface oxide binding. The oxide-bound assembly was further stabilized on the surface by atomic layer deposition (ALD) of either Al2O3 or TiO2 overlayers. Illumination of the resulting fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)|SnO2/TiO2|-[Ru(a) (II)-Ru(b) (II)-OH2](4+)(Al2O3 or TiO2) photoanodes in photoelectrochemical cells with a Pt cathode and a small applied bias resulted in visible-light water splitting as shown by direct measurements of both evolved H2 and O2. The performance of the resulting DSPECs varies with shell thickness and the nature and extent of the oxide overlayer. Use of the SnO2/TiO2 core/shell compared with nanoITO/TiO2 with the same assembly results in photocurrent enhancements of ∼ 5. Systematic variations in shell thickness and ALD overlayer lead to photocurrent densities as high as 1.97 mA/cm(2) with 445-nm, ∼ 90-mW/cm(2) illumination in a phosphate buffer at pH 7. PMID:25918426

  2. In situ-generated nano-gold plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensing based on carboxylated perylene-functionalized graphene.

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    Li, Jing; Tu, Wenwen; Li, Hongbo; Han, Min; Lan, Yaqian; Dai, Zhihui; Bao, Jianchun

    2014-01-21

    A novel in situ-generated nanogold plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensor for Hg(2+) ions was fabricated using a perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid/graphene (PTCA-GR) heterojunction. The fabricated photoelectrochemical aptasensor was based on thymine-Hg(2+)-thymine coordination chemistry and the plasmonic near-field absorption enhancement effect of the subsequent specific catalytic formation of nanogold. The energetic electrons from the surface plasmons of the nanogold were injected into the LUMO orbit of the organic PTCA semiconductor and then rapidly transferred to the electrode through GR due to the possible Hg(2+)-DNA molecular wires following irradiation with the visible light (λ > 450 nm) and at a bias voltage of 0.2 V. The fabricated aptasensor was linear in its response to the concentration of Hg(2+) ions in the range of 5-500 pmol L(-1), with a detection limit of 2 pmol L(-1). The presence of up to 200-fold greater concentrations of other common metal ions did not interfere with the detection of Hg(2+) ions in an aqueous system, and the results corresponded well with those obtained by ICP-MS. This novel plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensor exhibited good performance with its high sensitivity, good selectivity, low cost, and portable features. The strategy of the localized surface plasmon resonance through the in situ generation of noble metal nanoparticles paves the way for improvements in PEC aptasensor performance. PMID:24377281

  3. Cyclometalated iridium complex-based label-free photoelectrochemical biosensor for DNA detection by hybridization chain reaction amplification.

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    Li, Chunxiang; Wang, Hongyang; Shen, Jing; Tang, Bo

    2015-04-21

    Photoactive material is the most crucial factor which intimately determines analytical performances of the photoelectrochemical sensor. On the basis of the high affinity of dipyrido [3,2-a:2',3'-c] phenazine (dppz) with DNA helix, a novel photoactive intercalator, [(ppy)2Ir(dppz)](+)PF6(-)(ppy = 2-phenylpyridine and dppz = dipyrido [3,2-a:2',3'-c] phenazine) was prepared and characterized by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. The photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared iridium(III) complex immobilized on the ITO electrode was investigated. Either cathodic or anodic photocurrent generation can be observed when triethanolamine (TEOA) or dissolved O2 is used as a sacrificial electron donor/acceptor, respectively. The probable photocurrent-generation mechanisms are speculated. A highly sensitive iridium(III) complex-based photoelectrochemical sensor was proposed for DNA detection via hybridization chain reaction (HCR) signal amplification. Under optimal conditions, the biosensor was found to be linearly proportional to the logarithm of target DNA concentration in the range from 0.025 to 100 pmol L(-1) with a detection limit of 9.0 fmol L(-1) (3σ). Moreover, the proposed sensor displayed high selectivity and good reproducibility, demonstrating efficient and stable photoelectric conversion ability of the Ir(III) complex. PMID:25816127

  4. Investigation of a Photoelectrochemical Passivated ZnO-Based Glucose Biosensor

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    Lee, Ching-Ting; Chiu, Ying-Shuo; Ho, Shu-Ching; Lee, Yao-Jung

    2011-01-01

    A vapor cooling condensation system was used to deposit high quality intrinsic ZnO thin films and intrinsic ZnO nanorods as the sensing membrane of extended-gate field-effect-transistor (EGFET) glucose biosensors. The sensing sensitivity of the resulting glucose biosensors operated in the linear range was 13.4 μA mM−1 cm−2. To improve the sensing sensitivity of the ZnO-based glucose biosensors, the photoelectrochemical method was utilized to passivate the sidewall surfaces of the ZnO nanorods. The sensing sensitivity of the ZnO-based glucose biosensors with passivated ZnO nanorods was significantly improved to 20.33 μA mM−1 cm−2 under the same measurement conditions. The experimental results verified that the sensing sensitivity improvement was the result of the mitigation of the Fermi level pinning effect caused by the dangling bonds and the surface states induced on the sidewall surface of the ZnO nanorods. PMID:22163867

  5. Photoelectrochemical sensing of 4-chlorophenol based on Au/BiOCl nanocomposites.

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    Yan, Pengcheng; Xu, Li; Xia, Jiexiang; Huang, Yan; Qiu, Jingxia; Xu, Qian; Zhang, Qi; Li, Huaming

    2016-08-15

    The Au/BiOCl composites have been prepared by a facile one-pot ethylene glycol (EG) assisted solvothermal reaction in the presence of ionic liquid 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C16mim]Cl). During the synthesis procedure, the [C16mim]Cl has been used as Cl source, solvent of this system, and dispersing agent to effectively disperse Au on the surface of BiOCl. The as-prepared samples have been systematically characterized by multiple instruments to investigate the structure, morphology, and photoelectrochemical properties. According to the photoelectrochemical data, the Au/BiOCl composites exhibit better photoelectrochemical performance toward the detection of 4-chlorophenol than that of the pure BiOCl. The photocurrent response of Au/BiOCl modified electrode is high and stable under light irradiation. The proposed Au/BiOCl modified electrode shows a wide linear response ranging from 0.16 to 20mgL(-1) with detection limit of 0.05mgL(-1). It indicates a dramatically promising application of bismuth oxyhalides in photoelectrochemical detection. It will be expected that the present study may be lightly extended to the monitor of other organic pollutants by photoelectrochemical detection of the Au/BiOCl composites. PMID:27260461

  6. Semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical water splitting at the limit of very wide depletion region

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    Liu, Mingzhao; Lyons, John L.; Yan, Danhua H.; Hybertsen, Mark S.

    2015-11-23

    In semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, carrier separation and delivery largely relies on the depletion region formed at the semiconductor/water interface. As a Schottky junction device, the trade-off between photon collection and minority carrier delivery remains a persistent obstacle for maximizing the performance of a water splitting photoelectrode. Here, it is demonstrated that the PEC water splitting efficiency for an n-SrTiO3 (n-STO) photoanode is improved very significantly despite its weak indirect band gap optical absorption (α < 10⁴ cm⁻¹), by widening the depletion region through engineering its doping density and profile. Graded doped n-SrTiO3 photoanodes are fabricated with their bulkmore » heavily doped with oxygen vacancies but their surface lightly doped over a tunable depth of a few hundred nanometers, through a simple low temperature re-oxidation technique. The graded doping profile widens the depletion region to over 500 nm, thus leading to very efficient charge carrier separation and high quantum efficiency (>70%) for the weak indirect transition. As a result, this simultaneous optimization of the light absorption, minority carrier (hole) delivery, and majority carrier (electron) transport by means of a graded doping architecture may be useful for other indirect band gap photocatalysts that suffer from a similar problem of weak optical absorption.« less

  7. Semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical water splitting at the limit of very wide depletion region

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    Liu, Mingzhao; Lyons, John L.; Yan, Danhua H.; Hybertsen, Mark S.

    2015-11-23

    In semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, carrier separation and delivery largely relies on the depletion region formed at the semiconductor/water interface. As a Schottky junction device, the trade-off between photon collection and minority carrier delivery remains a persistent obstacle for maximizing the performance of a water splitting photoelectrode. Here, it is demonstrated that the PEC water splitting efficiency for an n-SrTiO3 (n-STO) photoanode is improved very significantly despite its weak indirect band gap optical absorption (α < 10⁴ cm⁻¹), by widening the depletion region through engineering its doping density and profile. Graded doped n-SrTiO3 photoanodes are fabricated with their bulk heavily doped with oxygen vacancies but their surface lightly doped over a tunable depth of a few hundred nanometers, through a simple low temperature re-oxidation technique. The graded doping profile widens the depletion region to over 500 nm, thus leading to very efficient charge carrier separation and high quantum efficiency (>70%) for the weak indirect transition. As a result, this simultaneous optimization of the light absorption, minority carrier (hole) delivery, and majority carrier (electron) transport by means of a graded doping architecture may be useful for other indirect band gap photocatalysts that suffer from a similar problem of weak optical absorption.

  8. Photoelectrochemical lab-on-paper device based on an integrated paper supercapacitor and internal light source.

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    Ge, Lei; Wang, Panpan; Ge, Shenguang; Li, Nianqiang; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei; Huang, Jiadong

    2013-04-16

    In this work, a photoelectrochemical (PEC) method was introduced into a microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μ-PAD), and thus, a truly low-cost, simple, portable, and disposable microfluidic PEC origami device (μ-PECOD) with an internal chemiluminescence light source and external digital multimeter (DMM) was demonstrated. The PEC responses of this μ-PECOD were investigated, and the enhancements of photocurrents in μ-PECOD were observed under both external and internal light sources compared with that on a traditional flat electrode counterpart. As a further amplification of the generated photocurrents, an all-solid-state paper supercapacitor was constructed and integrated into the μ-PECOD to collect and store the generated photocurrents. The stored electrical energy could be released instantaneously through the DMM to obtain an amplified (∼13-fold) and DMM-detectable current as well as a higher sensitivity than the direct photocurrent measurement, allowing the expensive and sophisticated electrochemical workstation or lock-in amplifier to be abandoned. As a model, sandwich adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-binding aptamers were taken as molecular reorganization elements on this μ-PECOD for the sensitive determination of ATP in human serum samples in the linear range from 1.0 pM to 1.0 nM with a detection limit of 0.2 pM. The specificity, reproducibility, and stability of this μ-PECOD were also investigated. PMID:23472854

  9. Self-Enhanced Ultrasensitive Photoelectrochemical Biosensor Based on Nanocapsule Packaging Both Donor-Acceptor-Type Photoactive Material and Its Sensitizer.

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    Zheng, Ying-Ning; Liang, Wen-Bin; Xiong, Cheng-Yi; Yuan, Ya-Li; Chai, Ya-Qin; Yuan, Ruo

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a self-enhanced ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor was established based on a functionalized nanocapsule packaging both donor-acceptor-type photoactive material and its sensitizer. The functionalized nanocapsule with self-enhanced PEC responses was achieved first by packaging both the donor-acceptor-type photoactive material (poly{4,8-bis[5-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophen-2-yl]benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-3-fluoro-2-[(2-ethylhexyl)carbonyl]thieno[3,4-b]thiophene-4,6-diyl}, PTB7-Th) and its sensitizer (nano-C60, fullerene) in poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) to form a nanocapsule, which significantly enhanced PEC signal and stability of the PEC biosensor. Moreover, a quadratic enzymes-assisted target recycling amplification strategy was introduced to the system for ultrasensitive determination. Compared with other established PEC biosensors, our proposed self-enhanced approach showed higher effectivity, accuracy, sensitivity, and convenience without any addition of coreactant or sensitizers into the testing electrolyte for photocurrent amplification and performed excellent analytical properties for microRNA estimation down to femtomole level with microRNA-141 as a model. Additionally, the proposed PEC biosensor was employed for estimation of microRNA in different cancer cells and pharmacodynamic evaluation in cancer cells. This self-enhanced PEC strategy has laid the foundation for fabrication of simple, effective, and ultrasensitive PEC diagnostic devices, leading to the possibility for early diagnosis, timely stage estimation, and accurate prognosis judgment of disease. PMID:27513736

  10. Self-deposition of Pt nanoparticles on graphene woven fabrics for enhanced hybrid Schottky junctions and photoelectrochemical solar cells.

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    Kang, Zhe; Tan, Xinyu; Li, Xiao; Xiao, Ting; Zhang, Li; Lao, Junchao; Li, Xinming; Cheng, Shan; Xie, Dan; Zhu, Hongwei

    2016-01-21

    In this study, we demonstrated a self-deposition method to deposit Pt nanoparticles (NPs) on graphene woven fabrics (GWF) to improve the performance of graphene-on-silicon solar cells. The deposition of Pt NPs increased the work function of GWF and reduced the sheet resistance of GWF, thereby improving the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of graphene-on-silicon solar cells. The PCE (>10%) was further enhanced via solid electrolyte coating of the hybrid Schottky junction in the photoelectrochemical solar cells. These results suggest that the combination of self-deposition of Pt NPs and solid-state electrolyte coating of graphene-on-silicon is a promising way to produce high performance graphene-on-semiconductor solar cells. PMID:26686903

  11. An ultrasensitive and universal photoelectrochemical immunoassay based on enzyme mimetics enhanced signal amplification.

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    Wang, Guang-Li; Shu, Jun-Xian; Dong, Yu-Ming; Wu, Xiu-Ming; Li, Zai-Jun

    2015-04-15

    An ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunoassay based on signal amplification by enzyme mimetics was fabricated for the detection of mouse IgG (as a model protein). The PEC immunosensor was constructed by a layer-by-layer assembly of poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA), CdS quantum dots (QDs), primary antibody (Ab1, polyclonal goat antimouse IgG), and the antigen (Ag, mouse IgG) on an indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode. Then, the secondary antibody (Ab2, polyclonal goat antimouse IgG) combined to a bio-bar-coded Pt nanoparticle(NP)-G-quadruplex/hemin probe was used for signal amplification. The bio-bar-coded Pt NP-G-quadruplex/hemin probe could catalyze the oxidation of hydroquinone (HQ) using H2O2 as an oxidant, demonstrating its intrinsic enzyme-like activity. High sensitivity for the target Ag was achieved by using the bio-bar-coded probe as signal amplifier due to its high catalytic activity, a competitive nonproductive absorption of hemin and the steric hindrance caused by the polymeric oxidation products of HQ. For most important, the oxidation product of HQ acted as an efficient electron acceptor of the illuminated CdS QDs. The target Ag could be detected from 0.01pg/mL to 1.0ng/mL with a low detection limit of 6.0fg/mL. The as-obtained immunosensor exhibited high sensitivity, good stability and acceptable reproducibility. This method might be attractive for clinical and biomedical applications. PMID:25437365

  12. Highly Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation Efficiency Based on Triadic Quantum Dot/Layered Double Hydroxide/BiVO4 Photoanodes.

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    Tang, Yanqun; Wang, Ruirui; Yang, Ye; Yan, Dongpeng; Xiang, Xu

    2016-08-01

    The water oxidation half-reaction is considered to be a bottleneck for achieving highly efficient solar-driven water splitting due to its multiproton-coupled four-electron process and sluggish kinetics. Herein, a triadic photoanode consisting of dual-sized CdTe quantum dots (QDs), Co-based layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets, and BiVO4 particles, that is, QD@LDH@BiVO4, was designed. Two sets of consecutive Type-II band alignments were constructed to improve photogenerated electron-hole separation in the triadic structure. The efficient charge separation resulted in a 2-fold enhancement of the photocurrent of the QD@LDH@BiVO4 photoanode. A significantly enhanced oxidation efficiency reaching above 90% in the low bias region (i.e., E < 0.8 V vs RHE) could be critical in determining the overall performance of a complete photoelectrochemical cell. The faradaic efficiency for water oxidation was almost 90%. The conduction band energy of QDs is ∼1.0 V more negative than that of LDH, favorable for the electron injection to LDH and enabling a more efficient hole separation. The enhanced photon-to-current conversion efficiency and improved water oxidation efficiency of the triadic structure may result from the non-negligible contribution of hot electrons or holes generated in QDs. Such a band-matching and multidimensional triadic architecture could be a promising strategy for achieving high-efficiency photoanodes by sufficiently utilizing and maximizing the functionalities of QDs. PMID:27419597

  13. Enhanced photo-electrochemical performances of graphene-based composite functionalized by Zn2+ tetraphenylporphyrin

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    Zhang, Zhongqiang; Zhu, Junwu; Han, Qiaofeng; Cui, Hao; Bi, Huiping; Wang, Xin

    2014-12-01

    Inspired by the role of electron transport chain in chlorophyll, graphene (G) complexation with zinc 5, 10, 15, 20-tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) is expected to have excellent photo-electrochemical performances. Here, we design a facile strategy to synthesize the functionalized graphene/zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (G/ZnTPP) composite. In which, all characterizations indicate synergistic effect does exist between graphene sheets and ZnTPP. The synergistic effect enables such composite to possess improved photo-electrochemical behaviors that are key features for photoelectric conversion device. On the basis of this, attempts to modify the absorption range, improve specific capacitance and lower resistance to acquire effective photo-current responses have been successfully demonstrated in this research.

  14. Selective modulation of charge-carrier transport of a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell by a graphitized fullerene interfacial layer.

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    Park, Sun-Young; Lim, Dong Chan; Hong, Eun Mi; Lee, Joo-Yeoul; Heo, Jinhee; Lim, Jae Hong; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Young Dok; Mul, Guido

    2015-01-01

    We show that a graphitic carbon interfacial layer, derived from C70 by annealing at 500 °C, results in a significant increase in the attainable photocurrent of a photoelectrochemical cell that contains a WO3 -functionalized fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) photoanode. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, photoconductive atomic force microscopy, Hall measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy show that the increase in photocurrent is the result of fast and selective electron transport from optically excited WO3 through the graphitic carbon interfacial layer to the FTO-coated glass electrode. Thus the energy efficiency of perspective solar-to-fuel devices can be improved by modification of the interface of semiconductors and conducting substrate electrodes by using graphitized fullerene derivatives. PMID:25410298

  15. Semiconducting behavior of substituted tetra-azaporphyrin thin films in photoelectrochemical cells

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    Yanagi, H.; Tsukatani, K.; Yamaguchi, H.; Ashida, M. . Faculty of Engineering); Schlettwein, D.; Woehrle, D. . Organische und Makromolekulare Chemie)

    1993-07-01

    Phthalocyanines are well-known organic semiconductors and have attracted interest in application to electrophotography, chemical sensors, and solar energy conversion. Photoelectrochemical properties of zinc(II) and copper(II) complexes of (1) phthalocyanine, (2) tetrapyrido [2,3-b;2[prime],3[prime]-g;2[double prime],3[double prime]-1;2[prime][double prime],3[prime][double prime]-q]-5,10,15,20-tetra-azaporphyrin, and (3) tetrapyrazino[b;g;1;q]-5,10,15,20-tetra-azaporphyrin, were investigated in thin-film electrodes prepared by vacuum deposition (VD), drop-casting (DC) and in situ synthesis (IS). The opposing behavior, photoreduction at electrodes of 1 and photo-oxidation at electrodes of 2 and 3, are discussed in terms of a band-energy shift of tetra-azaporphyrin macrocycles caused by substitution with heterocyclic pyrido and pyrazino groups. The photoelectrochemical efficiency of the electrodes is strongly affected by the film morphology which is dependent on the preparation methods, and increased in order of DC

  16. An ultrasensitive "on-off-on" photoelectrochemical aptasensor based on signal amplification of a fullerene/CdTe quantum dots sensitized structure and efficient quenching by manganese porphyrin.

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    Li, Mengjie; Zheng, Yingning; Liang, Wenbin; Yuan, Yali; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo

    2016-06-21

    In this work, an ultrasensitive "on-off-on" photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptasensor was proposed based on the signal amplification of a fullerene/CdTe quantum dot (nano-C60/CdTe QDs) sensitized structure and efficient signal quenching of nano-C60/CdTe QDs by a manganese porphyrin (MnPP). PMID:27272457

  17. Dye-sensitized polyoxometalate for visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical cells.

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    Gao, Junkuo; Miao, Jianwei; Li, Yongxin; Ganguly, Rakesh; Zhao, Yang; Lev, Ovadia; Liu, Bin; Zhang, Qichun

    2015-08-28

    A simple and facile one-step method for the synthesis of an organic dye-functionalized polyoxometalate (POM) hybrid with visible-light photo-response was reported. The POM hybrid was fully characterized via single crystal XRD, powder XRD, FTIR and elemental analysis. The reaction of the organic dye with inorganic salts gave the dye-functionalized POM (MoBB3), in which the POM cluster was formed in situ. The electronic absorption peak of this hybrid was successfully extended beyond 680 nm. Photoelectrochemical measurement indicated that MoBB3 was photoresponsive under visible-light illumination, suggesting that it is an n-type (electron conductive) semiconducting material. This result might offer a method for the design of novel organic dye-functionalized POMs for photoelectric applications. PMID:26200796

  18. Photoelectrochemical lab-on-paper device based on molecularly imprinted polymer and porous Au-paper electrode.

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    Wang, Panpan; Sun, Guoqiang; Ge, Lei; Ge, Shenguang; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei

    2013-09-01

    In this work, microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μ-PAD) was applied in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) method and thus a truly low-cost, simple, portable, and disposable microfluidic PEC origami device (μ-PECOD) was demonstrated. The molecular imprinting technique was introduced into microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μ-PADs) through electropolymerization of molecular imprinted polyaniline (MPANI) in a novel Au nanoparticle (AuNP)-modified paper working electrode (Au-PWE). This is fabricated through the growth of an AuNP layer on the surfaces of cellulose fibers in the PWE. Under visible light irradiation, MPANI can generate the photoelectric transition from the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), delivering the excited electrons to the AuNPs, and then to the carbon working electrode. Simultaneously, it is believed that a positively charged hole of MPANI that took part in the oxidation process was consumed by ascorbic acid (AA) to promote the amplifying photocurrent response. On the basis of this novel MPANI-Au-PWE and the principle of origami, a microfluidic molecular imprinted polymer (MIP)-based photoelectrochemical analytical origami device (μ-MPECOD), comprised of an auxiliary tab and a sample tab, is developed for the detection of heptachlor in the linear range from 0.03 nmol L(-1) to 10.0 nmol L(-1) with a low detection limit of 8.0 pmol L(-1). The selectivity, reproducibility, and stability of this μ-MPECOD are investigated. This μ-MPECOD would provide a new platform for high-throughput, sensitive, specific, and multiplex assay in public health, environmental monitoring, and the developing world. PMID:23801374

  19. Effect of inserted Si p-n junction on GaN-based photo-electrochemical CO2 conversion system

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    Yotsuhashi, Satoshi; Deguchi, Masahiro; Yamada, Yuka; Ohkawa, Kazuhiro

    2014-06-01

    We report on significantly improved GaN-based photo-electrochemical CO2 reduction system by inserting Si p-n junction. The device is introduced so as to raise the cathode potential which changes the reaction products qualitatively. It is discussed that the balance between cathode and anode reactions is essential to take the advantage of introduced device. We succeed in stoichiometric evaluation of oxygen evolution on the surface of GaN photo-electrode. When the reaction condition is optimized, we can realize the raised cathode potential, in which the chief reaction product of CO2 reduction changes from formic acid to hydrocarbons, such as methane (CH4) and ethylene (C2H4).

  20. Glassy carbon/multi walled carbon nanotube/cadmium sulphide photoanode for light energy storage in vanadium photoelectrochemical cell

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    Peimanifard, Zahra; Rashid-Nadimi, Sahar

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study is utilizing the artificial photosynthesis, which is an attractive and challenging theme in the photoelectrocatalytic water splitting, to charge the vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). In this work multi walled carbon nanotube/cadmium sulphide hybrid is employed as a photoanode material to oxidize VO2+ to VO2+ for charging the positive vanadium redox flow battery's half-cell. Characterization studies are also described using the scanning electron microscopic-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) and UV-Visible methods. The phtoelectrochemical performance is characterized by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. Applied bias photon-to-current efficiency (ABPE) is achieved for both two and three-electrode configurations. The glassy carbon/multi walled carbon nanotube/cadmium sulphide yields high maximum ABPE of 2.6% and 2.12% in three and two-electrode setups, respectively. These results provide a useful guideline in designing photoelectrochemical cells for charging the vanadium redox flow batteries by sunlight as a low cost, free and abundant energy source, which does not rely on an external power input.

  1. Morphology, structural and optical properties of iron oxide thin film photoanodes in photoelectrochemical cell: Effect of electrochemical oxidation

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    Maabong, Kelebogile; Machatine, Augusto G.; Hu, Yelin; Braun, Artur; Nambala, Fred J.; Diale, Mmantsae

    2016-01-01

    Hematite (α-Fe2O3) is a promising semiconductor as photoanode in solar hydrogen production from photoelectrolysis of water due to its appropriate band gap, low cost and high electrochemical stability in aqueous caustic electrolytes. Operation of such photoanode in a biased photoelectrochemical cell constitutes an anodization with consequent redox reactions at the electrode surface. α-Fe2O3 thin film photoanodes were prepared by simple and inexpensive dip coating method on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate, annealed in air at 500 °C for 2 h, then electrochemically oxidized (anodized) in 1 M KOH at 500 mV for 1 min in dark and light conditions. Changes in structural properties and morphology of α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles films were investigated by XRD, Raman spectroscopy and a high resolution FE-SEM. The average grain size was observed to increase from ~57 nm for pristine samples to 73 and 77 nm for anodized samples in dark and light respectively. Broadening and red shift in Raman spectra in anodized samples may be attributed to lattice expansion upon oxidation. The UV-visible measurements revealed enhanced absorption in the photoanodes after the treatment. The findings suggest that the anodization of the photoelectrode in a biased cell causes not only changes of the molecular structure at the surface, but also changes in the crystallographic structure which can be detected with x-ray diffractometry.

  2. Photoelectrochemical cell/dye-sensitized solar cell tandem water splitting systems with transparent and vertically aligned quantum dot sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Shin, Kahee; Yoo, Ji-Beom; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2013-03-01

    The present work reports fabrication of vertically aligned CdS sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays grown on transparent conducting oxide substrate with high transparency as a photoanode in photoelectrochemical cell for water splitting. To realize an unassisted water splitting system, the photoanode and dye-sensitized solar cell tandem structures are tried and their electrochemical behaviors are also investigated. The hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanorod arrays followed by CdS nanoparticle decoration can improve the light absorption of long wavelength light resulting in increased photocurrent density. Two different techniques (electrodeposition and spray pyrolysis deposition) of CdS nanoparticle sensitization are carried out and their water splitting behaviors in the tandem cell are compared.

  3. TiO2 Nanorod Arrays Sensitized with CdS Quantum Dots for Solar Cell Applications: Effects of Rod Geometry on Photoelectrochemical Performance

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    Zhou, Jing; Song, Bin; Zhao, Gaoling; Dong, Weixia; Han, Gaorong

    2012-05-01

    CdS quantum dot (QD) sensitized TiO2 nanorod array (NRA) film electrodes with different rod geometries were fabricated via a solvothermal route followed by a sequentialchemical bath deposition (S-CBD) process. By controlling the solution growth conditions, the rod geometries, especially the tip structures, of the TiO2 NRAs were tuned. The results indicated that the vertically aligned hierarchical NRAs possessed conically shaped tip geometry, which was favorable for film electrodes due to the reduced reflectance, enhanced light harvesting, fast charge-carrier separation and transfer, suppression of carrier recombination, sufficient electrolyte penetration and subsequent efficient QD assembly. CdS QD sensitized TiO2 NRA film electrodes with tapered tips exhibited an enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance, a photocurrent intensity of 5.13 mA/cm2 at a potential of 0 V vs. saturated calomel electrode, an open-circuit potential of -0.68 V vs. saturated calomel electrode and an incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) of 22% in the visible-light region from 400 to 500 nm. The effects of rod geometry on the optical absorption, reflectance, hydrophilic properties and PEC performance of bare TiO2 and CdS QD sensitized TiO2 NRA film electrodes were investigated. The mechanism of charge-carrier generation and transfer in these CdS QD sensitized solar cells based on vertically aligned TiO2 nanorods is discussed.

  4. BiOI/TiO2-nanorod array heterojunction solar cell: Growth, charge transport kinetics and photoelectrochemical properties

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    Wang, Lingyun; Daoud, Walid A.

    2015-01-01

    A series of BiOI/TiO2-nanorod array photoanodes were grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass using a simple two-step solvothermal/hydrothermal method. The effects of the hydrothermal process, such as TiO2 nanorod growth time, BiOI concentration and the role of surfactant, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), on the growth of BiOI, were investigated. The heterojunctions were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-vis absorbance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The photoelectrochemical properties of the as-grown junctions, such as linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) behavior, photocurrent response and incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) under Xenon lamp illumination, are presented. The cell with BiOI/TiO2 (PVP) as photoanode can reach a short current density (Jsc) of 0.13 mA/cm2 and open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.46 V vs. Ag/AgCl under the irradiation of a 300 W Xenon lamp. Compared to bare TiO2, the IPCE of BiOI/TiO2 (PVP) increased 4-5 times at 380 nm. Furthermore, the charge transport kinetics within the heterojunction is also discussed.

  5. Proton-Induced Trap States, Injection and Recombination Dynamics in Water-Splitting Dye-Sensitized Photoelectrochemical Cells.

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    McCool, Nicholas S; Swierk, John R; Nemes, Coleen T; Saunders, Timothy P; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A; Mallouk, Thomas E

    2016-07-01

    Water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (WS-DSPECs) utilize a sensitized metal oxide and a water oxidation catalyst in order to generate hydrogen and oxygen from water. Although the Faradaic efficiency of water splitting is close to unity, the recombination of photogenerated electrons with oxidized dye molecules causes the quantum efficiency of these devices to be low. It is therefore important to understand recombination mechanisms in order to develop strategies to minimize them. In this paper, we discuss the role of proton intercalation in the formation of recombination centers. Proton intercalation forms nonmobile surface trap states that persist on time scales that are orders of magnitude longer than the electron lifetime in TiO2. As a result of electron trapping, recombination with surface-bound oxidized dye molecules occurs. We report a method for effectively removing the surface trap states by mildly heating the electrodes under vacuum, which appears to primarily improve the injection kinetics without affecting bulk trapping dynamics, further stressing the importance of proton control in WS-DSPECs. PMID:27295276

  6. Photoelectrodes based upon Mo:BiVO4 inverse opals for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Zhou, Min; Bao, Jian; Xu, Yang; Zhang, Jiajia; Xie, Junfeng; Guan, Meili; Wang, Chengliang; Wen, Liaoyong; Lei, Yong; Xie, Yi

    2014-07-22

    BiVO4 has been regarded as a promising material for photoelectrochemical water splitting, but it suffers from a major challenge on charge collection and utilization. In order to meet this challenge, we design a nanoengineered three-dimensional (3D) ordered macro-mesoporous architecture (a kind of inverse opal) of Mo:BiVO4 through a controllable colloidal crystal template method with the help of a sandwich solution infiltration method and adjustable post-heating time. Within expectation, a superior photocurrent density is achieved in return for this design. This enhancement originates primarily from effective charge collection and utilization according to the analysis of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and so on. All the results highlight the great significance of the 3D ordered macro-mesoporous architecture as a promising photoelectrode model for the application in solar conversion. The cooperating amplification effects of nanoengineering from composition regulation and morphology innovation are helpful for creating more purpose-designed photoelectrodes with highly efficient performance. PMID:24911285

  7. Metal-based anode for high performance bioelectrochemical systems through photo-electrochemical interaction

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    Liang, Yuxiang; Feng, Huajun; Shen, Dongsheng; Long, Yuyang; Li, Na; Zhou, Yuyang; Ying, Xianbin; Gu, Yuan; Wang, Yanfeng

    2016-08-01

    This paper introduces a novel composite anode that uses light to enhance current generation and accelerate biofilm formation in bioelectrochemical systems. The composite anode is composed of 316L stainless steel substrate and a nanostructured α-Fe2O3 photocatalyst (PSS). The electrode properties, current generation, and biofilm properties of the anode are investigated. In terms of photocurrent, the optimal deposition and heat-treatment times are found to be 30 min and 2 min, respectively, which result in a maximum photocurrent of 0.6 A m-2. The start-up time of the PSS is 1.2 days and the maximum current density is 2.8 A m-2, twice and 25 times that of unmodified anode, respectively. The current density of the PSS remains stable during 20 days of illumination. Confocal laser scanning microscope images show that the PSS could benefit biofilm formation, while electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicates that the PSS reduce the charge-transfer resistance of the anode. Our findings show that photo-electrochemical interaction is a promising way to enhance the biocompatibility of metal anodes for bioelectrochemical systems.

  8. Photoelectrochemical biosensing platform for microRNA detection based on in situ producing electron donor from apoferritin-encapsulated ascorbic acid.

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    Yin, Huanshun; Wang, Mo; Zhou, Yunlei; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Sun, Bing; Wang, Guihua; Ai, Shiyun

    2014-03-15

    A novel signal "on" type of photoelectrochemical biosensor for microRNA-21 hybridization detection was fabricated, where Bi2S3 nanorods were used as photoactive material with a maximum adsorption at 450 nm visible light, hairpin-structure DNA as detecting probe, streptavidin as signal capturing unit and biotin functionalized ascorbic acid loaded apoferritin as signal amplification unit. Hybridization between the probe and the target microRNA-21 was confirmed by the increased photocurrent of the biosensor after electron donor of ascorbic acid was introduced into the detection buffer by digesting the apoferritin by trypsase, indicating that this method could be used fProd. Type: FTPor quantitative measurements, and the discrimination of the complementary from mismatched microRNA-21. Under the optimal detection conditions, the photoelectrochemical biosensor displayed a linear range of 1-5000 fM and a low detection limit of 0.35 fM for microRNA-21 determination. Moreover, the down-regulated expression of microRNA-21 in poultry cells and tissues infecting with avian leukosis viruses was confirmed by directly detecting microRNA-21 in extracted total RNA. This proposed strategy may open a new avenue for the applications of photoelectrochemical biosensor for oligonucleotides detection using visible light irradiation, which could largely reduce the destructive effect of UV light on biomolecules. PMID:24140833

  9. Photoelectrochemical characteristics of dye-sensitized solar cells incorporating innovative and inexpensive materials

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    Harlow, Lisa Jean

    The use of energy is going to continue to increase rapidly due to population and economic advances occurring throughout the world. The most widely used energies produce carbon dioxide during their combustion and have finite limits on how much of these resources are available. A strong push to utilizing renewable energy is necessary to keep up with the demand. The only renewable energy that has unlimited supply is solar. Our goal is to find cost-effective alternatives to historically the most extensively used materials in dye-sensitized solar cells. In order to rely on efficiency changes coinciding with the introduction of a new component, a standard baseline of performance is necessary to establish. A reproducible fabrication procedure composed of standard materials was instituted; the efficiency parameters exhibited a less than 10% standard deviation for any set of solar cells. Any modifications to the cell components would be apparent in the change in efficiency. Our cell modifications focused on economical alternatives to the electrolyte, the counter electrode and the chromophore. Solution-based electrolytes were replaced with a non-volatile ionic liquid, 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide, and then a poly(imidazole-functionalized) silica nanoparticle. Solid-state electrolytes reduce or prevent leakage and could ease manufacturing in large-scale devices. Platinum has been the counter electrode catalyst primarily used with the iodide/triiodide redox couple, but is a rare metal making it rather costly. We reduce platinum loading by introducing a novel counter electrode that employs platinum nanoparticles embedded on a graphene nanoplatelet paper. The highly conductive carbon base also negates the use of the expensive conductive substrate necessary for the platinum catalyst, further reducing cost. We also study the differences in transitioning from ruthenium polypyridyls to iron-based chromophores in dye-sensitized solar cells. Iron introduces low-lying ligand

  10. Quantitative photoelectrochemical detection of biological affinity reaction: biotin-avidin interaction.

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    Dong, Dong; Zheng, Dong; Wang, Fu-Quan; Yang, Xi-Qiang; Wang, Na; Li, Yuan-Guang; Guo, Liang-Hong; Cheng, Jing

    2004-01-15

    Quantitative detection of a biological affinity reaction, the biotin/avidin recognition, was achieved using our newly developed photoelectrochemical analytical system. The system is based on the operation mechanism of the well-developed dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical solar cells and comprises a ruthenium tris(2,2'-bipyridine) (Ru-bipy) derivative as the photoelectrochemical signal-generating molecule, oxalate as the sacrificial electron donor, and tin oxide nanoparticle as the semiconductor electrode material. To perform the affinity reaction, avidin was immobilized on SnO(2) electrode by passive adsorption. Biotin-linked bovine serum albumin (BSA) was labeled with an NHS-ester derivative of Ru-bipy. After binding of BSA to the surface-immobilized avidin through biotin, photoelectrochemical measurement was carried out in the presence of oxalate. Anodic photocurrent was turned on and off repeatedly by control of incidental light. The action spectrum of the photocurrent resembled the absorption spectrum of Ru-bipy, proving the photocurrent was generated from the metal complex. A linear relationship between photocurrent and BSA concentration was obtained in the range of 1-100 microg/mL. This is the first case of quantitative photoelectrochemical detection of a biological affinity interaction. PMID:14719905

  11. Platelike WO3 sensitized with CdS quantum dots heterostructures for photoelectrochemical dynamic sensing of H2O2 based on enzymatic etching.

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    Wang, Yanhu; Gao, Chaomin; Ge, Shenguang; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei

    2016-11-15

    A platelike tungsten trioxide (WO3) sensitized with CdS quantum dots (QDs) heterojunction is developed for solar-driven, real-time, and selective photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing of H2O2 in the living cells. The structure is synthesized by hydrothermally growing platelike WO3 on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) and subsequently sensitized with CdS QDs. The as-prepared WO3-CdS QDs heterojunction achieve significant photocurrent enhancement, which is remarkably beneficial for light absorption and charge carrier separation. Based on the enzymatic etching of CdS QDs enables the activation of quenching the charge transfer efficiency, thus leading to sensitive PEC recording of H2O2 level in buffer and cellular environments. The results indicated that the proposed method will pave the way for the development of excellent PEC sensing platform with the quantum dot sensitization. This study could also provide a new train of thought on designing of self-operating photoanode in PEC sensing, promoting the application of semiconductor nanomaterials in photoelectrochemistry. PMID:27179135

  12. An ultrasensitive label-free immunosensor based on CdS sensitized Fe-TiO2 with high visible-light photoelectrochemical activity.

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    Fan, Dawei; Wu, Dan; Cui, Jiali; Chen, Yucheng; Ma, Hongmin; Liu, Yixin; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2015-12-15

    An ultrasensitive label-free immunosensor was developed for the detection of squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCCA) based on CdS sensitized Fe-TiO2 nanocomposites with high visible-light photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity. In this protocol, ascorbic acid was used as an efficient electron donor for scavenging photogenerated holes. The Fe-doped TiO2 improved the absorption of TiO2 in the visible light region and promoted the photocurrent production distinctly. Especially, 0.1% Fe-TiO2 showed the highest photocurrent, which was 7.4 times that of pure TiO2. Carboxyl functionalized CdS nanoparticles (CdS NPs) were bonded onto Fe-TiO2 composite through interactions between carboxyl groups and TiO2, which further enhanced the PEC signal strength by approximately 2.9 fold compared with 0.1% Fe-TiO2. The specific binding between SCCA and antibody resulted in a decrease in photocurrent intensity and the intensity decreased linearly with the logarithm of SCCA concentration in the range of 0.001-75 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.22 pg mL(-1). The developed CdS enhanced Fe-TiO2 PEC immunosensor exhibited high sensitivity, good reproducibility, and low cost, which may have potential applications in clinical diagnosis of cancers, aptasensors, photocatalysis, and other related fields. PMID:26233640

  13. Probing the structural flexibility of MOFs by constructing metal oxide@MOF-based heterostructures for size-selective photoelectrochemical response

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    Zhan, Wenwen; He, Yue; Guo, Jiangbin; Chen, Luning; Kong, Xiangjian; Zhao, Haixia; Kuang, Qin; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Zheng, Lansun

    2016-07-01

    It is becoming a challenge to achieve simpler characterization and wider application of flexible metal organic frameworks (MOFs) exhibiting the gate-opening or breathing behavior. Herein, we designed an intelligent MOF-based system where the gate-opening or breathing behavior of MOFs can be facially visualized in solution. Two types of metal oxide@MOF core-shell heterostructures, ZnO@ZIF-7 and ZnO@ZIF-71, were prepared using ZnO nanorods as self-sacrificial templates. The structural flexibility of both the MOFs can be easily judged from the distinct molecular-size-related formation modes and photoelectrochemical performances between the two ZnO@ZIF heterostructures. Moreover, the rotational dynamics of the flexible parts of ZIF-7 were studied by analyzing the intrinsic physical properties, such as dielectric constants, of the structure. The present work reminds us to pay particular attention to the influences of the structural flexibility of MOFs on the structure and properties of MOF-involved heterostructures in future studies.It is becoming a challenge to achieve simpler characterization and wider application of flexible metal organic frameworks (MOFs) exhibiting the gate-opening or breathing behavior. Herein, we designed an intelligent MOF-based system where the gate-opening or breathing behavior of MOFs can be facially visualized in solution. Two types of metal oxide@MOF core-shell heterostructures, ZnO@ZIF-7 and ZnO@ZIF-71, were prepared using ZnO nanorods as self-sacrificial templates. The structural flexibility of both the MOFs can be easily judged from the distinct molecular-size-related formation modes and photoelectrochemical performances between the two ZnO@ZIF heterostructures. Moreover, the rotational dynamics of the flexible parts of ZIF-7 were studied by analyzing the intrinsic physical properties, such as dielectric constants, of the structure. The present work reminds us to pay particular attention to the influences of the structural flexibility of

  14. Biomolecule-free, selective detection of o-diphenol and its derivatives with WS2/TiO2-based photoelectrochemical platform.

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    Ma, Weiguang; Wang, Lingnan; Zhang, Nan; Han, Dongxue; Dong, Xiandui; Niu, Li

    2015-01-01

    Herein, a novel photoelectrochemical platform with WS2/TiO2 composites as optoelectronic materials was designed for selective detection of o-diphenol and its derivatives without any biomolecule auxiliary. First, catechol was chosen as a model compound for the discrimination from resorcinol and hydroquinone; then several o-diphenol derivatives such as dopamine, caffeic acid, and catechin were also detected by employing this proposed photoelectrochemical sensor. Finally, the mechanism of such a selective detection has been elaborately explored. The excellent selectivity and high sensitivity should be attributed to two aspects: (i) chelate effect of adjacent double oxygen atoms in the o-diphenol with the Ti(IV) surface site to form a five/six-atom ring structure, which is considered as the key point for distinction and selective detection. (ii) This selected WS2/TiO2 composites with proper band level between WS2 and TiO2, which could make the photogenerated electron and hole easily separated and results in great improvement of sensitivity. By employing such a photoelectrochemical platform, practical samples including commercial clinic drugs and human urine samples have been successfully performed for dopamine detection. This biomolecule-free WS2/TiO2 based photoelectrochemical platform demonstrates excellent stability, reproducibility, remarkably convenient, and cost-effective advantages, as well as low detection limit (e.g., 0.32 μmol L(-1) for dopamine). It holds great promise to be applied for detection of o-diphenol kind species in environment and food fields. PMID:25844499

  15. Facile fabrication of an aptasensor for thrombin based on graphitic carbon nitride/TiO2 with high visible-light photoelectrochemical activity.

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    Fan, Dawei; Guo, Cuijuan; Ma, Hongmin; Zhao, Di; Li, Yina; Wu, Dan; Wei, Qin

    2016-01-15

    A novel aptasensor for thrombin with high visible-light activity was facilely fabricated based on graphitic carbon nitride/TiO2 (g-C3N4/TiO2) photoelectrochemical (PEC) composite. Crystallization of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) and their strong interaction with g-C3N4 sheet were confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM), both of which contributed to the high photocurrent intensity under visible-light irradiation. Carboxyl functionalized thrombin aptamers were first successfully bound to the g-C3N4/TiO2 modified electrode as proven by photoelectrochemical test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis. Ascorbic acid was utilized as the electron donor for scavenging photo-generated holes and inhibiting light driven electron-hole pair recombination. The specific recognition between thrombin aptamer and thrombin led to the linear decrease of photocurrent with the increase of logarithm of thrombin concentration in the range of 5.0×10(-13)molL(-1) to 5.0×10(-9)molL(-1) with a detection limit of 1.2×10(-13)molL(-1). This proposed low-cost, convenient and sensitive aptasensor showed promising applications in biosensor and photoelectrochemical analysis. PMID:26301999

  16. A derivative photoelectrochemical sensing platform for 4-nitrophenolate contained organophosphates pesticide based on carboxylated perylene sensitized nano-TiO2.

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    Li, Hongbo; Li, Jing; Xu, Qin; Yang, Zhanjun; Hu, Xiaoya

    2013-03-01

    A novel visible light sensitized photoelectrochemical sensing platform was constructed based on the perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid/titanium dioxide (PTCA/TiO(2)) heterojunction as the photoelectric beacon. PTCA was synthesized via facile steps of hydrolysis and neutralization reaction, and then the PTCA/TiO(2) heterojunction was easily prepared by coating PTCA on nano-TiO(2) surface. The resulting photoelectric beacon was characterized by transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, FTIR spectroscopy, and ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometer. Using parathion-methyl as a model, after a simple hydrolyzation process, p-nitrophenol as the hydrolysate of parathion-methyl could be obtained, the fabricated derivative photoelectrochemical sensor showed good performances with a rapid response, instrument simple and portable, low detection limit (0.08 nmol L(-1)) at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3, and good selectivity against other pesticides and possible interferences. It had been successfully applied to the detection of parathion-methyl in green vegetables and the results agreed well with that by GC-MS. This strategy not only extends the application of PTCA, but also presents a simple, economic and novel methodology for photoelectrochemical sensing. PMID:23427799

  17. A novel multi-amplification photoelectrochemical immunoassay based on copper(II) enhanced polythiophene sensitized graphitic carbon nitride nanosheet.

    PubMed

    Li, Rongxia; Liu, Yixin; Li, Xiaojian; Zhang, Sen; Wu, Dan; Zhang, Yong; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2014-12-15

    A new sandwich photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing strategy was proposed for the first time based on the increasing photocurrent of water-soluble polythiophene sensitized g-C3N4 nanosheet (PT-Cl/g-C3N4) in the presence of copper(II) (Cu(2+)), which was doped on the surface of titanium dioxide as labels for multi-amplification. Herein, the photoactive films of PT-Cl/g-C3N4 is employed as the photoactive antibody (Ab1) immobilization matrix for the subsequent sandwich-type antibody-antigen affinity interactions. Upon the presence of antigen (Ag), greatly enhanced photocurrent could be triggered in the PEC platform by the labels of second antibody (Ab2) of Cu(2+) doped titanium dioxide (Cu(2+)-TiO2). As a result of the multi-amplification in this Cu(2+)-TiO2 enhanced PT-Cl/g-C3N4-based PEC immunoassay, it possesses excellent analytical performance. The antigen could be detected from 0.01 pg mL(-1) to 100.0 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 5 fg mL(-1). This work opens up g-C3N4 nanosheet applied in PEC sensing. More importantly, the strategy of specific positive effect of Cu(2+) on the photocurrent of g-C3N4 opens an alternative horizon for PEC sensing. PMID:25037032

  18. A competitive photoelectrochemical immunosensor based on a CdS-induced signal amplification strategy for the ultrasensitive detection of dexamethasone.

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    Wang, Xueping; Yan, Tao; Li, Yan; Liu, Yixin; Du, Bin; Ma, Hongmin; Wei, Qin

    2015-01-01

    A novel photoelectrochemical immunosensor based on the competitive strategy is proposed for the specific detection of dexamethasone (DXM). Graphitic carbon nitride coupled with bismuth sulfide are used as the sensing matrix for the immobilization of BSA-DXM on the electrode surface, while cadmium sulfide functionalized titanium dioxide (TiO2@CdS) is used as the photoelectric active labels of anti-DXM. Due to the perfect matching of energy levels between TiO2 and CdS, the in situ prepared composite labels show excellent photocurrent response under visible lights. The competitive binding of DXM in sample solutions and BSA-DXM on the electrode surface reduces the specific attachment of labels to the electrode, resulting in a decrease of the photocurrent intensity. Greatly enhanced sensitivity is achieved after the optimization of the detection conditions. Under the optimal detection condition, the well-designed immunosensor for DXM exhibits a low detection limit of 2 pg ∙ mL(-1). Additionally, the proposed immunoassay system shows high specificity, good reproducibility and acceptable stability, which is also expected to become a promising platform for the detection of other small molecules. PMID:26648409

  19. Probing the structural flexibility of MOFs by constructing metal oxide@MOF-based heterostructures for size-selective photoelectrochemical response.

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    Zhan, Wenwen; He, Yue; Guo, Jiangbin; Chen, Luning; Kong, Xiangjian; Zhao, Haixia; Kuang, Qin; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Zheng, Lansun

    2016-07-21

    It is becoming a challenge to achieve simpler characterization and wider application of flexible metal organic frameworks (MOFs) exhibiting the gate-opening or breathing behavior. Herein, we designed an intelligent MOF-based system where the gate-opening or breathing behavior of MOFs can be facially visualized in solution. Two types of metal oxide@MOF core-shell heterostructures, ZnO@ZIF-7 and ZnO@ZIF-71, were prepared using ZnO nanorods as self-sacrificial templates. The structural flexibility of both the MOFs can be easily judged from the distinct molecular-size-related formation modes and photoelectrochemical performances between the two ZnO@ZIF heterostructures. Moreover, the rotational dynamics of the flexible parts of ZIF-7 were studied by analyzing the intrinsic physical properties, such as dielectric constants, of the structure. The present work reminds us to pay particular attention to the influences of the structural flexibility of MOFs on the structure and properties of MOF-involved heterostructures in future studies. PMID:27336961

  20. A label-free photoelectrochemical aptasensor based on nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots for chloramphenicol determination.

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    Liu, Yong; Yan, Kai; Okoth, Otieno Kevin; Zhang, Jingdong

    2015-12-15

    A photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing platform for chloramphenicol (CAP) detection was constructed using nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs) as transducer species and label-free aptamer as biological recognition element. N-GQDs, synthesized via a facile one-step hydrothermal method, were explored to achieve highly efficient photon-to-electricity conversion under visible light irradiation. The obtained N-GQDs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which displayed a narrow size distribution with a mean diameter of 2.14 nm. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic (FT-IR) analysis confirmed that nitrogen was successfully doped in GQDs. The UV-visible absorption spectra indicated that nitrogen doping obviously enhanced the absorption of GQDs in visible light region. As a result, the PEC activity of GQDs was promoted by nitrogen doping. Additionally, the π-conjugated structure of N-GQDs provided an excellent platform for aptamer immobilization via π-π stacking interaction. Such an aptamer/N-GQDs based sensor showed a linear PEC response to CAP concentration in the range of 10-250 nM with a detection limit (3 S/N) of 3.1 nM. The developed PEC aptasensor exhibited high sensitivity and selectivity, good reproducibility and high stability. PMID:26264269

  1. A competitive photoelectrochemical immunosensor based on a CdS-induced signal amplification strategy for the ultrasensitive detection of dexamethasone

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Xueping; Yan, Tao; Li, Yan; Liu, Yixin; Du, Bin; Ma, Hongmin; Wei, Qin

    2015-01-01

    A novel photoelectrochemical immunosensor based on the competitive strategy is proposed for the specific detection of dexamethasone (DXM). Graphitic carbon nitride coupled with bismuth sulfide are used as the sensing matrix for the immobilization of BSA-DXM on the electrode surface, while cadmium sulfide functionalized titanium dioxide (TiO2@CdS) is used as the photoelectric active labels of anti-DXM. Due to the perfect matching of energy levels between TiO2 and CdS, the in situ prepared composite labels show excellent photocurrent response under visible lights. The competitive binding of DXM in sample solutions and BSA-DXM on the electrode surface reduces the specific attachment of labels to the electrode, resulting in a decrease of the photocurrent intensity. Greatly enhanced sensitivity is achieved after the optimization of the detection conditions. Under the optimal detection condition, the well-designed immunosensor for DXM exhibits a low detection limit of 2 pg∙mL−1. Additionally, the proposed immunoassay system shows high specificity, good reproducibility and acceptable stability, which is also expected to become a promising platform for the detection of other small molecules. PMID:26648409

  2. CuWO4 Nanoflake Array-Based Single-Junction and Heterojunction Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Ye, Wen; Chen, Fengjiao; Zhao, Feipeng; Han, Na; Li, Yanguang

    2016-04-13

    Over recent years, tremendous efforts have been invested in the search and development of active and durable semiconductor materials for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, particularly for photoanodes operating under a highly oxidizing environment. CuWO4 is an emerging candidate with suitable band gap and high chemical stability. Nevertheless, its overall solar-to-electricity remains low because of the inefficient charge separation process. In this work, we demonstrate that this problem can be partly alleviated through designing three-dimensional hierarchical nanostructures. CuWO4 nanoflake arrays on conducting glass are prepared from the chemical conversion of WO3 templates. Resulting electrode materials possess large surface areas, abundant porosity and small thickness. Under illumination, our CuWO4 nanoflake array photoanodes exhibit an anodic current density of ∼0.4 mA/cm(2) at the thermodynamic potential of water splitting in pH 9.5 potassium borate buffer - the largest value among all available CuWO4-based photoanodes. In addition, we demonstrate that their performance can be further boosted to >2 mA/cm(2) by coupling with a solution-cast BiVO4 film in a heterojunction configuration. Our study unveils the great potential of nanostructured CuWO4 as the photoanode material for PEC water oxidation. PMID:27011376

  3. Self-Biased Hybrid Piezoelectric-Photoelectrochemical Cell with Photocatalytic Functionalities.

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    Tan, Chuan Fu; Ong, Wei Li; Ho, Ghim Wei

    2015-07-28

    Utilizing solar energy for environmental and energy remediations based on photocatalytic hydrogen (H2) generation and water cleaning poses great challenges due to inadequate visible-light power conversion, high recombination rate, and intermittent availability of solar energy. Here, we report an energy-harvesting technology that utilizes multiple energy sources for development of sustainable operation of dual photocatalytic reactions. The fabricated hybrid cell combines energy harvesting from light and vibration to run a power-free photocatalytic process that exploits novel metal-semiconductor branched heterostructure (BHS) of its visible light absorption, high charge-separation efficiency, and piezoelectric properties to overcome the aforementioned challenges. The desirable characteristics of conductive flexible piezoelectrode in conjunction with pronounced light scattering of hierarchical structure originate intrinsically from the elaborate design yet facile synthesis of BHS. This self-powered photocatalysis system could potentially be used as H2 generator and water treatment system to produce clean energy and water resources. PMID:26122026

  4. Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

    SciTech Connect

    Rocheleau, R.; Misra, A.; Miller, E.

    1998-08-01

    A significant component of the US DOE Hydrogen Program is the development of a practical technology for the direct production of hydrogen using a renewable source of energy. High efficiency photoelectrochemical systems to produce hydrogen directly from water using sunlight as the energy source represent one of the technologies identified by DOE to meet this mission. Reactor modeling and experiments conducted at UH provide strong evidence that direct solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency greater than 10% can be expected using photoelectrodes fabricated from low-cost, multijunction (MJ) amorphous silicon solar cells. Solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiencies as high as 7.8% have been achieved using a 10.3% efficient MJ amorphous silicon solar cell. Higher efficiency can be expected with the use of higher efficiency solar cells, further improvement of the thin film oxidation and reduction catalysts, and optimization of the solar cell for hydrogen production rather than electricity production. Hydrogen and oxygen catalysts developed under this project are very stable, exhibiting no measurable degradation in KOH after over 13,000 hours of operation. Additional research is needed to fully optimize the transparent, conducting coatings which will be needed for large area integrated arrays. To date, the best protection has been afforded by wide bandgap amorphous silicon carbide films.

  5. Multifunctional reduced graphene oxide trigged chemiluminescence resonance energy transfer: Novel signal amplification strategy for photoelectrochemical immunoassay of squamous cell carcinoma antigen.

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    Zhang, Yan; Sun, Guoqiang; Yang, Hongmei; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei; Song, Xianrang

    2016-05-15

    Herein, a photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunoassay is constructed for squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCCA) detection using zinc oxide nanoflower-bismuth sulfide (Bi2S3) composites as photoactive materials and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as signal labels. Horseradish peroxidase is used to block sites against nonspecific binding, and then participated in luminol-based chemiluminescence (CL) system. The induced CL emission is acted as an inner light source to excite photoactive materials, simplifying the instrument. A novel signal amplification strategy is stem from rGO because of the rGO acts as an energy acceptor, while luminol serves as a donor to rGO, triggering the CL resonance energy transfer phenomenon between luminol and rGO. Thus, the efficient CL emission to photoactive materials decreases. Furthermore, the signal amplification caused by rGO labeled signal antibodies is related to photogenerated electron-hole pairs: perfect matching of energy levels between rGO and Bi2S3 makes rGO a sink to capture photogenerated electrons from Bi2S3; the increased steric hindrance hinders the electron donor to the surface of Bi2S3 for reaction with the photogenerated holes. On the basis of the novel signal amplification strategy, the proposed immunosensor exhibits excellent analytical performance for PEC detection of SCCA, ranging from 0.8 pg mL(-1) to 80 ng mL(-1) with a low detection limit of 0.21 pg mL(-1). Meanwhile, the designed signal amplification strategy provides a general format for future development of PEC assays. PMID:26686924

  6. Photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of glucose at a ruthenium complex modified titanium dioxide electrode promoted by uric acid and ascorbic acid for photoelectrochemical fuel cells

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    Lu, Shuo-Jian; Ji, Shi-Bo; Liu, Jun-Chen; Li, Hong; Li, Wei-Shan

    2015-01-01

    The simultaneous presence of uric acid (UA) and ascorbic acid (AA) is first found to largely promote the photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of glucose (GLU) at an indium-tin oxide (ITO) or TiO2 nanoparticles/ITO electrode modified with [Ru(tatp)3]2+ (tatp = 1,4,8,9-tetra-aza-triphenylene) possessing good redox activity and nanoparticle size distribution. A well-defined electrocatalytic peak for GLU oxidation is shown at 0.265 V (vs. SCE) under approximate physiological conditions upon incorporation of UA and AA. The [Ru(tatp)3]2+/ITO electrode exhibits attractive amperometric oxidation responses towards GLU, UA and AA, while controlled potentiostatically at 0.3 V, 0.7 V and 1.0 V, respectively, indicating high sensitivity and excellent reproducibility. On basis of the photoelectrocatalysis of [Ru(tatp)3]2+/TiO2/ITO anode, a GLU concentration-dependent photoelectrochemical fuel cell vs. SCE is elaborately assembled. The proposed free-enzyme photoelectrochemical fuel cell employing 0.1 M GLU associated with 0.01 M UA and 0.01 M AA as fuel shows open-circuit photovoltage of 0.608 V, short-circuit photocurrent density of 124.5 μA cm-2 and maximum power density of 21.75 μW cm-2 at 0.455 V, fill factor of 0.32 and photoenergy conversion efficiency of 36.65%, respectively.

  7. Assessing the utility of bipolar membranes for use in photoelectrochemical water-splitting cells.

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    Vargas-Barbosa, Nella M; Geise, Geoffrey M; Hickner, Michael A; Mallouk, Thomas E

    2014-11-01

    Membranes are important in water-splitting solar cells because they prevent crossover of hydrogen and oxygen. Here, bipolar membranes (BPMs) were tested as separators in water electrolysis cells. Steady-state membrane and solution resistances, electrode overpotentials, and pH gradients were measured at current densities relevant to solar photoelectrolysis. Under forward bias conditions, electrodialysis of phosphate buffer ions creates a pH gradient across a BPM. Under reverse bias, the BPM can maintain a constant buffer pH on both sides of the cell, but a large membrane potential develops. Thus, the BPM does not present a viable solution for electrolysis in buffered electrolytes. However, the membrane potential is minimized when the anode and cathode compartments of the cell contain strongly basic and acidic electrolytes, respectively. PMID:25256955

  8. Experimental and Computational Studies on the Design of Dyes for Water-splitting Dye-sensitized Photoelectrochemical Tandem Cells

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    Mendez-Hernandez, Dalvin D.

    Solar energy is a promising alternative for addressing the world's current and future energy requirements in a sustainable way. Because solar irradiation is intermittent, it is necessary to store this energy in the form of a fuel so it can be used when required. The light-driven splitting of water into oxygen and hydrogen (a useful chemical fuel) is a fascinating theoretical and experimental challenge that is worth pursuing because the advance of the knowledge that it implies and the availability of water and sunlight. Inspired by natural photosynthesis and building on previous work from our laboratory, this dissertation focuses on the development of water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical tandem cells (WSDSPETCs). The design, synthesis, and characterization of high-potential porphyrins and metal-free phthalocyanines with phosphonic anchoring groups are reported. Photocurrents measured for WSDSPETCs made with some of these dyes co-adsorbed with molecular or colloidal catalysts on TiO2 electrodes are reported as well. To guide in the design of new molecules we have used computational quantum chemistry extensively. Linear correlations between calculated frontier molecular orbital energies and redox potentials were built and tested at multiple levels of theory (from semi-empirical methods to density functional theory). Strong correlations (with r2 values > 0.99) with very good predictive abilities (rmsd < 50 mV) were found when using density functional theory (DFT) combined with a continuum solvent model. DFT was also used to aid in the elucidation of the mechanism of the thermal relaxation observed for the charge-separated state of a molecular triad that mimics the photo-induced proton coupled electron transfer of the tyrosine-histidine redox relay in the reaction center of Photosystem II. It was found that the inclusion of explicit solvent molecules, hydrogen bonded to specific sites within the molecular triad, was essential to explain the observed

  9. Polymer blends for use in photoelectrochemical cells for conversion of solar energy to electricity

    DOEpatents

    Skotheim, T.

    1984-09-28

    There is disclosed a polymer blend of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte that is designed to achieve better charge transfer across the conductive film/polymer electrolyte interface of the electrochemical photovoltaic cell. The highly conductive polymer is preferably polypyrrole or poly-N-p-nitrophenylpyrrole and the solid polymer electrolyte is preferably polyethylene oxide or polypropylene oxide.

  10. Polymer blends for use in photoelectrochemical cells for conversion of solar energy to electricity

    DOEpatents

    Skotheim, Terje

    1986-01-01

    There is disclosed a polymer blend of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte that is designed to achieve better charge transfer across the conductive film/polymer electrolyte interface of the electrochemical photovoltaic cell. The highly conductive polymer is preferably polypyrrole or poly-N-p-nitrophenylpyrrole and the solid polymer electrolyte is preferably polyethylene oxide or polypropylene oxide.

  11. I-III-VI2 (Copper Chalcopyrite-based) Materials for Use in Hybrid Photovoltaic/Photoelectrochemical Water-Splitting Devices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaneshiro, Jess Masao Makana

    This project, in an effort to improve upon basic crystalline silicon photovoltaic energy conversion, proposes both an alternative material and an alternative method of solar energy conversion. The sun, responsible for giving us life of all kinds, is capable of giving us more. Photovoltaic energy, derived from the conversion of solar energy to electrical energy, can be a very efficient process. Unfortunately, it is often produced at a location and time where we are unable to use it immediately, necessitating transmission or storage of this converted energy; both imposing energy losses and costs. Furthermore, the typical use of crystalline silicon for this process is hindered by supply and fabrication cost issues. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting offers an alternative energy-transport mechanism in the form of evolved hydrogen gas. Untethered by aging power lines and insufficient energy distribution technology, hydrogen gas offers new methods to store and transport converted solar energy to be used in fuel cells or hydrogen combustion engines representing a sustainable, clean and completely carbon-free energy cycle. PEC water-splitting also allows the use of a variety of new semiconductor materials like the I-III-VI2 copper chalcopyrite based material class capable of displacing our reliance on crystalline silicon used to harness the sun's power. Capable of photocurrents as high as 20mA/cm 2, a device utilizing this material demonstrates 4.35% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency. Material durability is also documented, achieving 420 hours of sustained water-splitting representing 4.6 years of operation.

  12. Routes to Ultrahigh Efficiency Photovoltaic and Photoelectrochemical Devices

    SciTech Connect

    Eisler, Carissa; Lloyd, John; Flowers, Cris; Darbe, Sunita; Warmann, Emily; Verlage, Erik; Fountaine, Kate; Hu, Shu; Lewis, Nathan; Atwater, Harry

    2014-10-15

    We discuss ‘full spectrum’ photovoltaic modules that leverage low-cost III-V compound semiconductor cells, efficient optics and unconventional fabrication/assembly methods, and discuss advances in photoelectrochemical water-splitting with high efficiency.

  13. Spectroscopic and photoelectrochemical studies of metal-free dyes for applications in dye-sensitized solar cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mulhern, Kacie Ryan

    In this dissertation, we present a series of novel chalcogenorhodamine dyes bearing phosphonic acids and carboxylic acids for sensitizers of nanocrystalline TiO2 in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). We studied the effect of surface-attachment functionality and aggregation on the persistence, electron transfer reactivity, and overall photoelectrochemical performance of the dyes on TiO2 for DSCs. The dyes were constructed around a 3,6-bis(dimethylamino)chalcogenoxanthylium core and varied in the 9-substituent: 5-carboxythien-2-yl in dyes 1-E (E = O, Se), 2-carboxythien-3-yl in dyes 2-E (E = Se), 5-phosphonothien-2-yl in dyes 3-E (E = O, Se), 4-carboxyphenyl in dyes 4-E (E = O, S), and 4-phosphonophenyl in dyes 5-E (E = O, Se). Monolayers of 1-E, 3-E, 4-E, and 5-E on nanocrystalline TiO2 films consisted of both H-aggregated and non-aggregated dyes, whereas 2-E underwent little or no aggregation upon adsorption. With the exception of 2-E, surface coverages of dyes and the extent of H-aggregation varied minimally with surface-attachment functionality, structure of the 9-aryl group, and identity of the chalcogen heteroatom. Carboxylic acid-functionalized dyes 1-E and 4-E desorbed rapidly and completely from TiO2 into acidified CH3CN, but phosphonic acid-functionalized dyes 3-E and 5-E persisted on TiO2 for days. We used transient absorption spectroscopy to characterize excited-state electron injection from a 1-Se, 2-Se, and 3-Se to TiO2. Injection of electrons from photoexcited dyes into TiO2 yielded the dication radical (1-Se +, 2-Se+, and 3-Se +) and an associated transient absorption at wavelengths shorter than 540 nm, the amplitude of which was proportional to the quantum yield of electron injection (Qinj). Our data reveal the Qinj for H-aggregated 1-Se was approximately 2-fold greater than Q inj for non-aggregated 1-Se and approximately 3-fold greater than Qinj for non-aggregated 2-Se. Additionally, the Qinj from H-aggregated 3-Se was (2.0 +/- 1.3)-fold greater

  14. Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

    SciTech Connect

    Rocheleau, R.E.; Miller, E.; Zhang, Z.

    1995-09-01

    The large-scale production of hydrogen utilizing energy provided by a renewable source to split water is one of the most ambitious long-term goals of the U.S. Department of Energy`s Hydrogen Program. Photoelectrochemical devices-direct photoconversion systems utilizing a photovoltaic-type structure coated with water-splitting catalysts-represent a promising option to meet this goal. Direct solar-to-chemical conversion efficiencies greater than 7% and photoelectrode lifetimes of up to 30 hours in 1 molar KOH have been demonstrated in our laboratory using low-cost, amorphous-silicon-based photoelectrodes. Loss analysis models indicate that the DOE`s goal of 10% solar-to-chemical conversion can be met with amorphous-silicon-based structures optimized for hydrogen production. In this report, we describe recent progress in the development of thin-film catalytic/protective coatings, improvements in photoelectrode efficiency and stability, and designs for higher efficiency and greater stability.

  15. Brown seaweed pigment as a dye source for photoelectrochemical solar cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Calogero, Giuseppe; Citro, Ilaria; Di Marco, Gaetano; Armeli Minicante, Simona; Morabito, Marina; Genovese, Giuseppa

    2014-01-01

    Chlorophylls based-dyes obtained from seaweeds represent attractive alternatives to the expensive and polluting pyridil based Ru complexes because of their abundance in nature. Another important characteristic is that the algae do not subtract either cropland or agricultural water, therefore do not conflict with agro-food sector. This pigment shows a typical intense absorption in the UV/blue (Soret band) and a less intense band in the red/near IR (Q band) spectral regions and for these reasons appear very promising as sensitizer dyes for DSSC. In the present study, we utilized chlorophylls from samples of the brown alga Undaria pinnatifida as sensitizer in DSSCs. The dye, extracted by frozen seaweeds and used without any chemical purification, showed a very good fill factor (0.69). Even the photelectrochemical parameters if compared with the existent literature are very interesting.

  16. A photoelectrochemical sensor based on nickel hydroxyl-oxide modified n-silicon electrode for hydrogen peroxide detection in an alkaline solution.

    PubMed

    Li, Huaixiang; Hao, Wenlong; Hu, Jinchao; Wu, Hongyan

    2013-09-15

    A novel photoelectrochemical hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) sensor was constructed with platinum (Pt) and nickel hydroxyl-oxide (NiOOH) double layers modified n-silicon electrode (NiOOH/Pt/n-n(+)-Si). About 40nm Pt layer and about 100nm Ni layer were successively coated on the front surface of n-n(+)-Si (111) wafers by vacuum evaporating. A stable layer of NiOOH was formed through oxidation of the Ni layer on the coated silicon wafer by the electrochemical method. The surface of modified electrode was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The NiOOH/Pt/n-n(+)-Si electrode has been used for determination of H2O2 with a two-electrode cell in the absence of reference electrode by photocurrent measurement at a zero bias. The photoelectrochemical sensor showed a good linear response to H2O2 concentrations in a range from 1.0×10(-5) to 6×10(-5)M with a determination limit (S/N=3) of 2.2μM. The NiOOH/Pt/n-n(+)-Si electrode exhibited excellent reproducibility and stability. Particularly, the facile measurement requirements made this novel modified electrode promising for the development of outdoor H2O2 sensors. PMID:23584227

  17. Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production

    SciTech Connect

    Hu, Jian

    2013-12-23

    The objectives of this project, covering two phases and an additional extension phase, were the development of thin film-based hybrid photovoltaic (PV)/photoelectrochemical (PEC) devices for solar-powered water splitting. The hybrid device, comprising a low-cost photoactive material integrated with amorphous silicon (a-Si:H or a-Si in short)-based solar cells as a driver, should be able to produce hydrogen with a 5% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency (STH) and be durable for at least 500 hours. Three thin film material classes were studied and developed under this program: silicon-based compounds, copper chalcopyrite-based compounds, and metal oxides. With the silicon-based compounds, more specifically the amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC), we achieved a STH efficiency of 3.7% when the photoelectrode was coupled to an a-Si tandem solar cell, and a STH efficiency of 6.1% when using a crystalline Si PV driver. The hybrid PV/a-SiC device tested under a current bias of -3~4 mA/cm{sup 2}, exhibited a durability of up to ~800 hours in 0.25 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} electrolyte. Other than the PV driver, the most critical element affecting the photocurrent (and hence the STH efficiency) of the hybrid PV/a-SiC device was the surface energetics at the a-SiC/electrolyte interface. Without surface modification, the photocurrent of the hybrid PEC device was ~1 mA/cm{sup 2} or lower due to a surface barrier that limits the extraction of photogenerated carriers. We conducted an extensive search for suitable surface modification techniques/materials, of which the deposition of low work function metal nanoparticles was the most successful. Metal nanoparticles of ruthenium (Ru), tungsten (W) or titanium (Ti) led to an anodic shift in the onset potential. We have also been able to develop hybrid devices of various configurations in a monolithic fashion and optimized the current matching via altering the energy bandgap and thickness of each constituent cell. As a result, the short

  18. Ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunoassay of indole-3-acetic acid based on the MPA modified CdS/RGO nanocomposites decorated ITO electrode.

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    Sun, Bing; Chen, Lijian; Xu, Yan; Liu, Min; Yin, Huanshun; Ai, Shiyun

    2014-01-15

    A novel ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunosensor was fabricated based on 3-mercaptopropionic acid stabilized CdS/reduced graphene oxide (MPA-CdS/RGO) nanocomposites for indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) detection. The MPA-CdS/RGO nanocomposites were synthesized by in situ solvothermal growth of triangulated pyramidal CdS nanoparticles on the RGO sheet. 3-Mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) was employed as the modifier and bridge to immobilize the antibody. The nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and UV/vis spectra. The results showed that the MPA-CdS/RGO nanocomposites revealed enhanced photocurrent response due to excellent electron transport properties of RGO and the improved assembly of CdS nanoparticles onto RGO sheet with the introduction of MPA. Based on the dependence of the photocurrent decline on the concentration of IAA, the proposed photoelectrochemical immunosensor for IAA depicted a linear range from 0.1 to 1000 ng/mL with a lower detection limit (0.05 ng/mL). The high sensitivity, reproducibility and specificity of the method permitted the method suitable to be used in real samples. PMID:23954674

  19. A sensitive photoelectrochemical biosensor for AFP detection based on ZnO inverse opal electrodes with signal amplification of CdS-QDs.

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    Xu, Ru; Jiang, Yandong; Xia, Lei; Zhang, Tianxiang; Xu, Lin; Zhang, Shuang; Liu, Dali; Song, Hongwei

    2015-12-15

    In this work, ZnO inverse opals structure (IOs) based photoelectrochemical (PEC) electrode was fabricated for alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) detection. Then, the uniform CdS quantum dots (QDs) were hydrothermally synthesized, which allowed the binding of AFP and glucose oxidase (GOD) on CdS QDs, forming the AFP-CdS-GOD composite. The competitive immunosensor of AFP and the AFP-CdS-GOD composite with anti-AFP antibodies (Ab) immobilized on FTO (fluorine-doped tin oxide) /ZnO IOs electrode was successfully applied to the detection of AFP. GOD could catalyze glucose to produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) acting as an electron donor to scavenge photogenerated holes in the valence band of CdS QDs, reducing the recombination of electrons and holes of CdS QDs. Also the effective energy level matching between the conduction bands of CdS QDs and ZnO widened the range of light absorption, allowing for electron injection from excited CdS QDs to ZnO upon visible light irradiation, which enhanced the photocurrent. The results show that the immunosensor of AFP possesses a large linear detection range of 0.1-500 ng/ml with a detection limit of 0.01 ng/ml. It also exhibits excellent anti-interference property and acceptable stability. This work provides a promising method for achieving excellent photoelectrochemical biosensor detection of other proteins. PMID:26164013

  20. Photo-enhanced salt-water splitting using orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes in photoelectrochemical cells

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    Cheng, Kong-Wei; Tsai, Wei-Tseng; Wu, Yu-Hsuan

    2016-06-01

    Orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes are prepared on various substrates via reactive sulfurization using the radio-frequency magnetron sputtering of silver-tin metal precursors. Evaluations of the photoelectrochemical performances of Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes with various levels of silver content are carried out in various aqueous solutions. X-ray diffraction patterns and Hall measurements of samples after a three-stage sulfurization process show that all samples are the pure orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 phase with n-type conductivity. The energy band gaps, carrier concentrations, and mobilities of samples on glass substrates are 1.31-1.33 eV, 7.07 × 1011-8.52 × 1012 cm-3, and 74.9-368 cm2 V-1 s-1, respectively, depending on the [Ag]/[Ag+Sn] molar ratio in samples. The highest photoelectrochemical performances of orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes in aqueous 0.35 M Na2S + 0.25 M K2SO3 and 0.5 M NaCl solutions are respectively 2.09 and 2.5 mA cm-2 at an applied voltages of 0.9 and 1.23 V vs. a reversible hydrogen electrode under light irradiation with a light intensity of 100 mW cm-2 from a 300-W Xe lamp.

  1. Enhancing the photoelectrochemical water splitting characteristics of titanium and tungsten oxide based materials via doping and sensitization

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    Gakhar, Ruchi

    To better utilize solar energy for clean energy production, efforts are needed to overcome the natural diurnal variation and the diffuse nature of sunlight. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) hydrogen generation by water splitting is a promising approach to harvest solar energy. Hydrogen gas is a clean and high energy capacity fuel. However, the solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency is determined mainly by the properties of the materials employed as photoanodes. Improving the power-conversion efficiency of PEC water splitting requires the design of inexpensive and efficient photoanodes that have strong visible light absorption, fast charge separation, and lower charge recombination rate. In the present study, PEC characteristics of various semiconducting photoelectrodes such as TiO2, WO3 and CuWO4 were investigated. Due to the inherent wide gap, such metal oxides absorb only ultraviolet radiation. Since ultraviolet radiation only composes of 4% of the sun's spectrum, the wide band gap results in lower charge collection and efficiency. Thusto improve optical absorption and charge separation, it is necessary to modify the band gap with low band gap materials.The two approaches followed for modification of band gap are doping and sensitization. Here, TiO2 and WO3 based photoanodes were sensitized with ternary quatum dots, while doping was the primary method utilized to investigate the modification of the band gap of CuWO4. The first part of this dissertation reports the synthesis of ternary quantum dot - sensitized titania nanotube array photoelectrodes. Ternary quantum dots with varying band gaps and composition (MnCdSe, ZnCdSe and CdSSe) were tethered to the surface of TiO2 nanotubes using succcessive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique. The stoichiometry of ternary quantum dots was estimated to beMn0.095Cd0.95Se, Zn0.16Cd0.84Se and CdS0.54Se0.46. The effect of varying number of sensitization cycles and annealing temperature on optical and

  2. Ratiometric fluorescence, electrochemiluminescence, and photoelectrochemical chemo/biosensing based on semiconductor quantum dots

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    Wu, Peng; Hou, Xiandeng; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2016-04-01

    Ratiometric fluorescent sensors, which can provide built-in self-calibration for correction of a variety of analyte-independent factors, have attracted particular attention for analytical sensing and optical imaging with the potential to provide a precise and quantitative analysis. A wide variety of ratiometric sensing probes using small fluorescent molecules have been developed. Compared with organic dyes, exploiting semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in ratiometric fluorescence sensing is even more intriguing, owing to their unique optical and photophysical properties that offer significant advantages over organic dyes. In this review, the main photophysical mechanism for generating dual-emission from QDs for ratiometry is discussed and categorized in detail. Typically, dual-emission can be obtained either with energy transfer from QDs to dyes or with independent dual fluorophores of QDs and dye/QDs. The recent discovery of intrinsic dual-emission from Mn-doped QDs offers new opportunities for ratiometric sensing. Particularly, the signal transduction of QDs is not restricted to fluorescence, and electrochemiluminescence and photoelectrochemistry from QDs are also promising for sensing, which can be made ratiometric for correction of interferences typically encountered in electrochemistry. All these unique photophysical properties of QDs lead to a new avenue of ratiometry, and the recent progress in this area is addressed and summarized here. Several interesting applications of QD-based ratiometry are presented for the determination of metal ions, temperature, and biomolecules, with specific emphasis on the design principles and photophysical mechanisms of these probes.

  3. An ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical nucleic acid biosensor

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    Gao, Zhiqiang; Tansil, Natalia C.

    2005-01-01

    A simple and ultrasensitive procedure for non-labeling detection of nucleic acids is described in this study. It is based on the photoelectrochemical detection of target nucleic acids by forming a nucleic acid/photoreporter adduct layer on an ITO electrode. The target nucleic acids were hybridized with immobilized oligonucleotide capture probes on the ITO electrode. A subsequent binding of a photoreporter—a photoactive threading bis-intercalator consisting of two N,N′-bis(3-propyl-imidazole)-1,4,5,8-naphthalene diimides (PIND) linked by a Ru(bpy)22+ (bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine) complex (PIND–Ru–PIND)—allowed for photoelectrochemical detection of the target nucleic acids. The extremely low dissociation rate of the adduct and the highly reversible photoelectrochemical response under visible light illumination (490 nm) make it possible to conduct nucleic acid detection, with a sensitivity enhancement of four orders of magnitude over voltammetry. These results demonstrate for the first time the potential of photoelectrochemical biosensors for PCR-free ultrasensitive detection of nucleic acids. PMID:16061935

  4. Scanning photo-electrochemical microscopy as a versatile tool to investigate dye-sensitized nano-crystalline surfaces for solar cells

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    Figgemeier, Egbert; Kylberg, William H.; Bozic, Biljana

    2006-04-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of metal complexes are a central component of functional chemical systems for energy conversion like in e.g. the dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical solar cells or photocatalytic processes at semiconductor surfaces. In this context, scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) under illumination is a most valuable tool for the understanding of elementary processes of such systems. SECM comprises an ultra-microelectrode (UME), which is incorporated into a 3- or 4-electrode, respectively, electrochemical setup and which can be positioned with sub-micrometer resolution in 3 dimensions relative to a substrate. In our system, we used Pt-UMEs and dye-sensitized nano-structured electrodes as substrates. The substrate can be illuminated from the backside, which resembles working conditions of solar cell arrangements. The electrolyte consists of 2-methoxypropionitrile in conjunction with redox couples as they are used in dye-sensitized nano-structured solar cell. With this setup the photoelectrochemistry in close contact to the substrate surface initiated by the injection of electrons from the dye into the conduction band of the TiO II due to illumination at working conditions has been investigated. In this contribution we present the general principle of the method as well as an initial validation by relating photocurrents measured with the SECM and solar cell performances.

  5. Plasmon enhanced photoelectrochemical sensing of mercury (II) ions in human serum based on Au@Ag nanorods modified TiO2 nanosheets film.

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    Zhang, Yong; Shoaib, Anwer; Li, Jiaojiao; Ji, Muwei; Liu, Jiajia; Xu, Meng; Tong, Bin; Zhang, Jiatao; Wei, Qin

    2016-05-15

    Taking advantages of the monodisperse TiO2 nanosheets (NSs) with high active crystal face exposure and the tunable localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties of Au@Ag nanorods (NRs), this study demonstrated that TiO2 NSs film with trace amount of Au@Ag NRs modification possess a strong enhancement of photocurrent response, which was remarkably inhibited with the addition of mercury (II) ions (Hg(2+)). Based on the selective decrease of photocurrent with the addition of Hg(2+), a simple photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensor has been assembled. The PEC sensor exhibits wide linear range (0.01-10nM), low detection limit (2.5pM), satisfying selectivity, reproducibility and acceptable stability for Hg(2+) detection. The feasibility of this method for practical application in human serum has been evaluated and the result was satisfactory. This PEC sensing method would provide a potential application for Hg(2+) detection in clinical diagnosis. PMID:26785311

  6. Higher-efficiency photoelectrochemical electrodes of titanium dioxide-based nanoarrays sensitized simultaneously with plasmonic silver nanoparticles and multiple metal sulfides photosensitizers

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    Guo, Keying; Liu, Zhifeng; Han, Jianhua; Zhang, Xueqi; Li, Yajun; Hong, Tiantian; Zhou, Cailou

    2015-07-01

    This paper describes a novel design of high-efficiency photoelectrochemical water splitting electrode, i.e., ordered TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRs) sensitized simultaneously with noble metal (Ag), binary metal sulfides (Ag2S) and ternary metal sulfides (Ag3CuS2) multiple photosensitizers for the first time. The TiO2/Ag/Ag2S/Ag3CuS2 NRs heterostructure is successfully synthesized through successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and a simple ion-exchange process based on ionic reaction mechanism. On the basis of an optimal quantity of Ag, Ag2S and Ag3CuS2 nanoparticles, such TiO2/Ag/Ag2S/Ag3CuS2 NRs exhibit a higher photoelectrochemical activity ever reported for TiO2-based nanoarrays in PEC water splitting, the photocurrent density is up to 9.82 mA cm-2 at 0.47 V versus Ag/AgCl, respectively. This novel architecture is able to increase electron collection efficiency and suppress carrier recombination via (i) a higher efficiency of light-harvesting through these multiple photosensitizers (Ag, Ag2S and Ag3CuS2); (ii) the efficient separation of photo-induced electrons and holes due to the direct electrical pathways; (iii) the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of Ag nanoparticles, which enhances the efficient charge separation and high carrier mobility. This work is useful to explore feasible routes to further enhance the performance of oxide semiconductors for PEC water splitting to produce clean H2 energy.

  7. Cadmium Sulphide-Reduced Graphene Oxide-Modified Photoelectrode-Based Photoelectrochemical Sensing Platform for Copper(II) Ions

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    Ibrahim, I; Lim, H. N; Huang, N. M; Pandikumar, A

    2016-01-01

    A photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensor with excellent sensitivity and detection toward copper (II) ions (Cu2+) was developed using a cadmium sulphide-reduced graphene oxide (CdS-rGO) nanocomposite on an indium tin oxide (ITO) surface, with triethanolamine (TEA) used as the sacrificial electron donor. The CdS nanoparticles were initially synthesized via the aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) method using cadmium acetate and thiourea as the precursors to Cd2+ and S2-, respectively. Graphene oxide (GO) was then dip-coated onto the CdS electrode and sintered under an argon gas flow (50 mL/min) for the reduction process. The nanostructured CdS was adhered securely to the ITO by a continuous network of rGO that also acted as an avenue to intensify the transfer of electrons from the conduction band of CdS. The photoelectrochemical results indicated that the ITO/CdS-rGO photoelectrode could facilitate broad UV-visible light absorption, which would lead to a higher and steady-state photocurrent response in the presence of TEA in 0.1 M KCl. The photocurrent decreased with an increase in the concentration of Cu2+ ions. The photoelectrode response for Cu2+ ion detection had a linear range of 0.5–120 μM, with a limit of detection (LoD) of 16 nM. The proposed PEC sensor displayed ultra-sensitivity and good selectivity toward Cu2+ ion detection. PMID:27176635

  8. Cadmium Sulphide-Reduced Graphene Oxide-Modified Photoelectrode-Based Photoelectrochemical Sensing Platform for Copper(II) Ions.

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    Ibrahim, I; Lim, H N; Huang, N M; Pandikumar, A

    2016-01-01

    A photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensor with excellent sensitivity and detection toward copper (II) ions (Cu2+) was developed using a cadmium sulphide-reduced graphene oxide (CdS-rGO) nanocomposite on an indium tin oxide (ITO) surface, with triethanolamine (TEA) used as the sacrificial electron donor. The CdS nanoparticles were initially synthesized via the aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) method using cadmium acetate and thiourea as the precursors to Cd2+ and S2-, respectively. Graphene oxide (GO) was then dip-coated onto the CdS electrode and sintered under an argon gas flow (50 mL/min) for the reduction process. The nanostructured CdS was adhered securely to the ITO by a continuous network of rGO that also acted as an avenue to intensify the transfer of electrons from the conduction band of CdS. The photoelectrochemical results indicated that the ITO/CdS-rGO photoelectrode could facilitate broad UV-visible light absorption, which would lead to a higher and steady-state photocurrent response in the presence of TEA in 0.1 M KCl. The photocurrent decreased with an increase in the concentration of Cu2+ ions. The photoelectrode response for Cu2+ ion detection had a linear range of 0.5-120 μM, with a limit of detection (LoD) of 16 nM. The proposed PEC sensor displayed ultra-sensitivity and good selectivity toward Cu2+ ion detection. PMID:27176635

  9. Wavelength-resolved simultaneous photoelectrochemical bifunctional sensor on single interface: A newly in vitro approach for multiplexed DNA monitoring in cancer cells.

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    Zheng, Yingning; Liang, Wenbin; Yuan, Yali; Xiong, Chengyi; Xie, Shunbi; Wang, Haijun; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo

    2016-07-15

    Currently, the photoelectrochemical (PEC) strategies can just achieve single analyte detection on a single interface with limited detection efficiency. It is highly valuable but full of challenge to develop a PEC biosensor for multiple analytes evaluation on a single interface. For this point, the wavelength-selective photoactive materials, which could generate separated photocurrents under excitation lights with certain wavelengths, were mainly important to overcome this challenge. Herein, these wavelength-selective photoactive materials were successfully synthesized and served as signal indicators to construct a novel PEC biosensor for multiple analytes evaluation on a single interface for the first time. Moreover, an enzyme-assisted target recycling amplification strategy was introduced for ultrasensitive monitoring. As a result, the proposed PEC biosensor showed excellent analytical performance for both oral cancer (ORVOA 1) gene and p53 gene down to attomolar level. In addition, the fabricated PEC biosensor was employed to evaluate ORVOA 1 gene and p53 gene in Hela cells. This assay has laid the foundation for fabrication of simple, ultrasensitive and economical PEC diagnostic devices to detect multiple analytes in cells, which paved a new avenue for early diagnosis of cancer with higher efficiency and accuracy. PMID:27003607

  10. P3HT:PCBM:pentacene inverted polymer solar cells with roughened Al-doped ZnO nanorod array and photoelectrochemical treatment

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    Lee, Hsin-Ying; Huang, Hung-Lin

    2014-05-01

    In this work, the P3HT:PCBM:pentacene (1:0.8:0.065 by weight) inverted polymer solar cells with roughened Aldoped ZnO (AZO) nanorod array were fabricated. The pentacene doping could modulate the hole mobility and the electron mobility in the active layer. The optimal hole-electron mobility balance ( µh/ µe=1.000) was achieved as the pentacene doping ratio of 0.065. The 100-nm-long AZO nanorod array were formed as the carrier collection layer and the carrier transportation layer of the inverted polymer solar cells using the combination techniques of the laser interference photolithography method and the wet etching process. Because the AZO nanorod array was prepared using the wet etching process, more defects were formed on the sidewall surface of the AZO nanorods. In this work, the photoelectrochemical (PEC) method was used to grow Zn(OH)2 and Al(OH)3 thin layer on the sidewall surface of the AZO nanorods, which could reduce the carrier recombination path in the inverted polymer solar cells. Compared with the P3HT:PCBM:pentacene (1:0.8:0.065) inverted polymer solar cells without PEC treatment, the short circuit current density and the power conversion efficiency of the inverted polymer solar cells with PEC treatment were increased from 14.56 mA/cm2 to 15.85 mA/cm2 and from 5.45% to 6.13%, respectively. The enhancement in the performance of the inverted polymer solar cells with PEC treatment could be attributed to that the PEC treatment could effectively passivate the defects on the surface of the AZO nonorods.

  11. Enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensing platform based on exciton energy transfer between CdSeTe alloyed quantum dots and SiO2@Au nanocomposites.

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    Fan, Gao-Chao; Zhu, Hua; Shen, Qingming; Han, Li; Zhao, Ming; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2015-04-25

    High-efficient exciton energy transfer between CdSeTe alloyed quantum dots and SiO2@Au nanocomposites was applied to develop an enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensing platform with ultrahigh sensitivity, good selectivity, reproducibility and stability. PMID:25804131

  12. "Signal-on" photoelectrochemical biosensor for sensitive detection of human T-Cell lymphotropic virus type II DNA: dual signal amplification strategy integrating enzymatic amplification with terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated extension.

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    Shen, Qingming; Han, Li; Fan, Gaochao; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Jiang, Liping; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2015-01-01

    A novel "signal-on" photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor for sensitive detection of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type II (HTLV-II) DNA was developed on the basis of enzymatic amplification coupled with terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated extension strategy. The intensity of the photocurrent signal was proportional to the concentration of the HTLV-II DNA-target DNA (tDNA) by dual signal amplification. In this protocol, GR-CdS:Mn/ZnS nanocomposites were used as photoelectric conversion material, while pDNA was used as the tDNA recognizing unit. Moreover, the TdT-mediated extension and the enzymatic signal amplification technique were used to enhance the sensitivity of detection. Using this novel dual signal amplification strategy, the prototype of PEC DNA sensor can detect as low as ∼0.033 fM of HTLV-II DNA with a linear range of 0.1-5000 fM, with excellent differentiation ability even for single-base mismatches. This PEC DNA assay opens a promising platform to detect various DNA targets at ultralow levels for early diagnoses of different diseases. PMID:25871300

  13. Dynamics of Electron Injection in SnO2/TiO2 Core/Shell Electrodes for Water-Splitting Dye-Sensitized Photoelectrochemical Cells.

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    McCool, Nicholas S; Swierk, John R; Nemes, Coleen T; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A; Mallouk, Thomas E

    2016-08-01

    Water-splitting dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (WS-DSPECs) rely on photoinduced charge separation at a dye/semiconductor interface to supply electrons and holes for water splitting. To improve the efficiency of charge separation and reduce charge recombination in these devices, it is possible to use core/shell structures in which photoinduced electron transfer occurs stepwise through a series of progressively more positive acceptor states. Here, we use steady-state emission studies and time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to follow the dynamics of electron injection from a photoexcited ruthenium polypyridyl dye as a function of the TiO2 shell thickness on SnO2 nanoparticles. Electron injection proceeds directly into the SnO2 core when the thickness of the TiO2 shell is less than 5 Å. For thicker shells, electrons are injected into the TiO2 shell and trapped, and are then released into the SnO2 core on a time scale of hundreds of picoseconds. As the TiO2 shell increases in thickness, the probability of electron trapping in nonmobile states within the shell increases. Conduction band electrons in the TiO2 shell and the SnO2 core can be differentiated on the basis of their mobility. These observations help explain the observation of an optimum shell thickness for core/shell water-splitting electrodes. PMID:27414977

  14. Semiconducting materials for photoelectrochemical energy conversion

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    Sivula, Kevin; van de Krol, Roel

    2016-02-01

    To achieve a sustainable society with an energy mix primarily based on solar energy, we need methods of storing energy from sunlight as chemical fuels. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) devices offer the promise of solar fuel production through artificial photosynthesis. Although the idea of a carbon-neutral energy economy powered by such ‘artificial leaves’ is intriguing, viable PEC energy conversion on a global scale requires the development of devices that are highly efficient, stable and simple in design. In this Review, recently developed semiconductor materials for the direct conversion of light into fuels are scrutinized with respect to their atomic constitution, electronic structure and potential for practical performance as photoelectrodes in PEC cells. The processes of light absorption, charge separation and transport, and suitable energetics for energy conversion in PEC devices are emphasized. Both the advantageous and unfavourable aspects of multinary oxides, oxynitrides, chalcogenides, classic semiconductors and carbon-based semiconductors are critically considered on the basis of their experimentally demonstrated performance and predicted properties.

  15. A network signal amplification strategy of ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunosensing carcinoembryonic antigen based on CdSe/melamine network as label.

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    Li, Jiaojiao; Zhang, Yong; Kuang, Xuan; Wang, Zhiling; Wei, Qin

    2016-11-15

    Taking advantage of CdSe/melamine network as label and Au-TiO2 as substrate, this work developed a novel kind of signal amplification strategy for fabricating photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunoassay. The melamine, a star-shaped triamino molecule, was firstly used for readily capturing CdSe QDs and forming a CdSe/melamine network, which was formed through strong interactions between the carboxyl groups of TGA-stabilized CdSe QDs and the three amino groups of each melamine molecule. In this strategy, the primary antibody (Ab1) was immobilized onto Au-TiO2 substrate, which made the photoelectric conversion efficiency increase significantly. After the formed Ab2-CdSe/melamine network labels were captured onto the electrode surface via the specific antibody-antigen interaction, the photoelectric activity could be further enhanced via the interaction between the Au-TiO2 substrate and CdSe/melamine network. Due to this amplification of PEC signals and the special structure of the label, the fabricated PEC immunosensor was applied for sensitive and specific detection of cancer biomarker carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), and displayed a wide linear range (0.005-1000ngmL(-1)) and low detection limit (5pgmL(-1)). In addition, the immunosensor was performed with good stability and reproducibility, and the results to analyze human serum samples were satisfactory. PMID:27281106

  16. Using graphene-based plasmonic nanocomposites to quench energy from quantum dots for signal-on photoelectrochemical aptasensing.

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    Zeng, Xianxiang; Ma, Shishi; Bao, Jianchun; Tu, Wenwen; Dai, Zhihui

    2013-12-17

    On the basis of the absorption and emission spectra overlap, an enhanced resonance energy transfer caused by excition-plasmon resonance between reduced graphene oxide (RGO)-Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) and CdTe quantum dots (QDs) was obtained. With the synergy of AuNPs and RGO as a planelike energy acceptor, it resulted in the enhancement of energy transfer between excited CdTe QDs and RGO-AuNPs nanocomposites. Upon the novel sandwichlike structure formed via DNA hybridization, the exciton produced in CdTe QDs was annihilated. A damped photocurrent was obtained, which was acted as the background signal for the development of a universal photoelectrochemical (PEC) platform. With the use of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as a model which bonded to its specific aptamer and destroyed the sandwichlike structure, the energy transfer efficiency was lowered, leading to PEC response augment. Thus a signal-on PEC aptasensor was constructed. Under 470 nm irradiation at -0.05 V, the PEC aptasensor for CEA determination exhibited a linear range from 0.001 to 2.0 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.47 pg mL(-1) at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3 and was satisfactory for clinical sample detection. Since different aptamers can specifically bind to different target molecules, the designed strategy has an expansive application for the construction of versatile PEC platforms. PMID:24256069

  17. Fluorescence and photoelectrochemical behavior of chlorophyll {ital a} adsorbed on a nanocrystalline SnO{sub 2} film

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    Bedja, I.; Kamat, P.V.; Hotchandani, S.

    1996-10-01

    Fluorescence and photoelectrochemical studies of chlorophyll {ital a} (Chl {ital a}) adsorbed on nanocrystalline SnO{sub 2} film were carried out. The results of fluorescence and incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) as a function of applied bias suggest that the fluorescence quenching and the photocarrier generation are interrelated. Fluorescence quenching has thus been utilized to determine the photogeneration efficiency, {eta}({ital e}), of charges in a SnO{sub 2}/Chl {ital a} based photoelectrochemical cell. A value of 0.75 was obtained for {eta}({ital e}) for unbiased cells. With an IPCE of 13{percent}, {eta}({ital e}) of 75{percent}, and a light harvesting efficiency of 70{percent}, the charge collection efficiency of {approximately}23{percent} was evaluated. These results suggest that the losses due to the charge recombination are a major factor that limit the efficiency of the cells. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  18. Novel WO3/Sb2S3 Heterojunction Photocatalyst Based on WO3 of Different Morphologies for Enhanced Efficiency in Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Zhang, Jing; Liu, Zhihua; Liu, Zhifeng

    2016-04-20

    We report the fabrication of tungsten trioxide (WO3) with different morphologies applied in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The antimony sulfide (Sb2S3) was incorporated onto WO3 for the first time with the aim of improving its photoelectrocatalytic activity under visible-light illumination. In the present work, WO3 of different morphologies were fabricated on FTO glass via adjusting the pH value via a facile hydrothermal method and the morphological effect on the photoelectrocatalytic activity of the obtained samples has been discussed. WO3/Sb2S3 heterojunction photoelectrocatalysts were subsequently synthesized successfully to further improve the photoelectrocatalytic activity. Among them, WO3/Sb2S3 heterojunction photoelectrocatalyst based on WO3 micro crystals achieved an enhanced photocurrent of 1.79 mA/cm(2) at 0.8 V versus RHE under simulated sunlight, compared to 0.45 mA/cm(2) of pristine WO3 micro crystals. This excellent PEC performance benefits from the enhanced light absorbance, construction of suitable energy band gap, the improved photogenerated electron-hole pairs separation and transfer efficiency, which potentially provides new insights into PEC water splitting systems. PMID:27032422

  19. Micro-Square-Array InGaN-Based Light-Emitting Diode with an Insulated Ga2O3 Layer through a Photoelectrochemical Process

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    Lin, Chia-Feng; Lin, Chun-Min; Jiang, Ren-Hao

    2012-01-01

    InGaN-based micro-square-array light emitting diode (MSA-LED) was fabricated by filling with an insulated Ga2O3 layer around the individual micro-square patterns for a metal interconnected process. The Ga2O3 layer formed at the mesa sidewall and the bottom etched surface of the n-type GaN layer in the LED structure through a selective photoelectrochemical (PEC) wet oxidation process in H2O solution. The 25- and 15-µm-square mesa patterns of the MSA-LED structures were defined by the plasma dry and the PEC wet etching processes that a conventional broad-area LED (BA-LED) was closed to the MSA-LED for comparison. The peak wavelength blueshift of the electroluminescence spectra and the enhancement of the light output power were measured at 1.0 nm/41% and 2.5 nm/22% for the 25- and 15-µm-MSA-LED, respectively, compared with the BA-LED. The reverse leakage current of both MSA-LED structures was about 2.5×10-11 A that was lower than the BA-LED (8.3×10-9 A) at -5 V reverse bias. The PEC Ga2O3 layer acted a passivation layer to prevent the leakage current from the mesa sidewall surface and an interconnect process in the MSA-LED structures.

  20. Ag nanoclusters could efficiently quench the photoresponse of CdS quantum dots for novel energy transfer-based photoelectrochemical bioanalysis.

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    Zhang, Ling; Sun, Yue; Liang, Yan-Yu; He, Jian-Ping; Zhao, Wei-Wei; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2016-11-15

    Herein the influence of ultrasmall Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) against CdS quantum dots (QDs) in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) nanosystem was exploited for the first time, based on which a novel PEC bioanalysis was successfully developed via the efficient quenching effect of Ag NCs against the CdS QDs. In a model system, DNA assay was achieved by using molecular beacon (MB) probes anchored on a CdS QDs modified electrode, and the MB probes contain two segments that can hybridize with both target DNA sequence and the label of DNA encapsulated Ag NCs. After the MB probe was unfolded by the target DNA sequence, the labels of oligonucleotide encapsulated Ag NCs would be brought in close proximity to the CdS QDs electrode surface, and efficient photocurrent quenching of QDs could be resulted from an energy transfer process that originated from NCs. Thus, by monitoring the attenuation in the photocurrent signal, an elegant and sensitive PEC DNA bioanalysis could be accomplished. The developed biosensor displayed a linear range from 1.0pM to 10nM and the detection limit was experimentally found to be of 0.3pM. This work presents a feasible signaling principle that could act as a common basis for general PEC bioanalysis development. PMID:27315518

  1. Design of two electrode system for detection of antioxidant capacity with photoelectrochemical platform.

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    Han, Dongxue; Ma, Weiguang; Wang, Lingnan; Ni, Shuang; Zhang, Nan; Wang, Wei; Dong, Xiandui; Niu, Li

    2016-01-15

    Recently, a flow photoelectrochemical cell has been first developed and applied to assay global antioxidant capacity in our group. Yet, shortcomings of liquid reference electrode such as sample contaminations from the leaking of the reference solution, mechanically fragile, temperature and light sensitivity, etc. are significant restrictions for integration and miniaturization of photoelectrochemical sensing instruments, which have greatly limited their practical applications. Bearing these problems, in this work a novel two electrode flow photoelectron-chemical system (two-EPCS) has been developed for detection of antioxidant capacity. It is noteworthy that the electrochemical modulation-free mode (detection at the potential of 0.0V) is performed, which has greatly simplified the analysis process and will result in significant simplifications of the instrument integrations. During the sample analysis, both standard antioxidants and commercial beverages were detected. Results evaluated from the two-EPCS are well agreed with those of the traditional three-EPCS at low potentials. By unloading of the reference electrode, it is of great convenience to design a novel photoelectrochemical microfluidic chip based on the two-EPCS, which has also been successfully applied for antioxidant capacity assay. It is satisfactory that comparable detection concentration range and sensitivity were accomplished by applying the microfluidic chip technique. Moreover, the two-EPCS is verified to be a universal platform which does not depend on selected optoelectronic materials but pervasive for general photocatalysts. Such a two-EPCS should be considered as a feasible alternative to the three-EPCS, which will become a promising candidate for industrial and commercial photoelectrochemical sensing instrument integrations in the future. PMID:26363494

  2. Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production - Final Report

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    Miller, E.L.; Marsen, B.; Paluselli, D.; Rocheleau, R.

    2004-11-17

    The scope of this photoelectrochemical hydrogen research project is defined by multijunction photoelectrode concepts for solar-powered water splitting, with the goal of efficient, stable, and economic operation. From an initial selection of several planar photoelectrode designs, the Hybrid Photoelectrode (HPE) has been identified as the most promising candidate technology. This photoelectrode consists of a photoelectrochemical (PEC) junction and a solid-state photovoltaic (PV) junction. Immersed in aqueous electrolyte and exposed to sunlight, these two junctions provide the necessary voltage to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. The efficiency of the conversion process is determined by the performance of the PEC- and the PV-junctions and on their spectral match. Based on their stability and cost effectiveness, iron oxide (Fe2O3) and tungsten oxide (WO3) films have been studied and developed as candidate semiconductor materials for the PEC junction (photoanode). High-temperature synthesis methods, as reported for some high-performance metal oxides, have been found incompatible with multijunction device fabrication. A low-temperature reactive sputtering process has been developed instead. In the parameter space investigated so far, the optoelectronic properties of WO3 films were superior to those of Fe2O3 films, which showed high recombination of photo-generated carriers. For the PV-junction, amorphous-silicon-based multijunction devices have been studied. Tandem junctions were preferred over triple junctions for better stability and spectral matching with the PEC junction. Based on a tandem a-SiGe/a-SiGe device and a tungsten trioxide film, a prototype hybrid photoelectrode has been demonstrated at 0.7% solar-to-hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiency. The PEC junction performance has been identified as the most critical element for higher-efficiency devices. Research into sputter-deposited tungsten trioxide films has yielded samples with higher photocurrents of

  3. A generalized in situ electrodeposition of Zn doped CdS-based photoelectrochemical strategy for the detection of two metal ions on the same sensing platform.

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    Zhang, Yong; Ma, Hongmin; Wu, Dan; Li, Rongxia; Wang, Xueping; Wang, Yaoguang; Zhu, Wenjuan; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2016-03-15

    An efficient strategy for the sensitive detection of Cd(2+) and Cu(2+) on the same sensing platform was first developed based on the photocurrents generated from the electrodeposited Zn doped CdS (CdZnS) film. The enhancement of the photocurrents, which was directly obtained from the in situ electrodeposited CdZnS on ITO with the gradual addition of Cd(2+), was used an indicator for the content of Cd(2+) with theoretical and technical simplicity. Moreover, the electrodeposited CdZnS was further applied to sensing of Cu(2+) based on the interaction between Cu(2+) and S(2-) by immersing the hetero-structural film electrode into a Cu(2+)-containing sample for an appropriate time, leading to decrease the photocurrent of CdZnS. The decrease extent of photocurrent was depended on the concentration of Cu(2+) in the sample solution. Due to the sensitivity of the photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensor was enhanced obviously through the doping of Zn, the present electrodeposited PEC method demonstrated acceptable linear range of 10(-9)-10(-2)M and 10(-8)-10(-4)M, with low detection limit down to 0.35 nM and 3 nM for Cd(2+) and Cu(2+) respectively, which were lower than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The proposed CdZnS-based PEC strategy achieved two metal ions detection on the same sensing platform, which had positive and significant effect on solving the common problems, such as time-consuming, high cost, complex operation and high detection limit in the detection of metal ions. In addition, the proposed PEC device was further successfully applied to an assay of Cd(2+) and Cu(2+) in water sample. PMID:26528808

  4. Photoelectrochemical aptasensor for the sensitive and selective detection of kanamycin based on Au nanoparticle functionalized self-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Xin, Yanmei; Li, Zhenzhen; Zhang, Zhonghai

    2015-11-01

    In this communication, a new photoelectrochemical aptasensor with Au nanoparticle functionalized self-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (Au/SD-TiO2 NTs) as the core sensing unit and aptamers as the recognition unit was set up to accomplish the sensitive and selective detection of kanamycin with the lowest detection limit of 0.1 nM. PMID:26382019

  5. A novel photoelectrochemical sensor based on PPIX-functionalized WO3-rGO nanohybrid-decorated ITO electrode for detecting cysteine.

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    Sun, Bing; Zhang, Kun; Chen, Lijian; Guo, Lintong; Ai, Shiyun

    2013-06-15

    A universal photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing platform was fabricated based on the composition of protoporphyrin IX (PPIX), tungsten trioxide (WO3) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) on indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode for detecting cysteine in aqueous solution. The rGO layer was not only providing bridges for the ITO electrode to anchor tightly with the WO3 nanostructures, but behaved as an electron transfer medium to enhance the electron transport from the conduction band (CB) of WO3. Furthermore, the strong absorption coefficient of porphyrin adsorbed onto WO3 nanoplates by bidentate binding could significantly improve the photocurrent density and slow charge recombination kinetics through the ultrafast electron injection. The SEM, XRD, and DRS were employed to characterize the prepared nanomaterials and modified-ITO electrodes. The results showed that the PPIX-WO3-rGO/ITO electrode could render the capability of absorbing a broad UV-vis light and displayed excellent photocurrent response in 0.1M pH 7.0 PBS with excitation wavelength at 380 nm, which could be notably improved upon addition of cysteine at 0.3 V. Based on the enhanced photocurrent signal, a novel method for PEC detection of cysteine was developed with a linear range of 0.1 to 100 μM in 0.1M PBS (pH 7.0). The detection limit was 25 nM (3σ). And higher stability and selectivity were obtained. The novel strategy could provide a fast and sensitive method for cysteine analysis. PMID:23391706

  6. Highly Sensitive and Selective Photoelectrochemical Biosensor for Hg(2+) Detection Based on Dual Signal Amplification by Exciton Energy Transfer Coupled with Sensitization Effect.

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    Zhao, Ming; Fan, Gao-Chao; Chen, Jing-Jia; Shi, Jian-Jun; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2015-12-15

    A highly sensitive and selective photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor for Hg(2+) detection was developed on the basis of the synergistic effect of exciton energy transfer (EET) between CdS quantum dots (QDs) and Au nanoparticles (NPs) coupled with sensitization of rhodamine 123 (Rh123) for signal amplification. First, the TiO2/CdS hybrid structure obtained by depositing CdS QDs on TiO2 film was employed as a matrix for immobilizing probe DNA (pDNA). Next, Rh123 was introduced into the pDNA terminal, and then Au NP labeled target DNA (Au-tDNA) was hybridized with pDNA to form a rod-like double helix structure. The detection of Hg(2+) was based on a conformational change of the pDNA after incubating with Hg(2+). In the absence of Hg(2+), Rh123 was located away from the electrode surface due to the DNA hybridization, leading to inhibition of the sensitization effect, and meanwhile, the occurrence of EET between CdS QDs and Au NPs resulted in a photocurrent decrease. However, after incubating with Hg(2+), the rod-like double helix was disrupted, and the energy transfer was broken. In this case, the photocurrent recovered, and meanwhile, the folded pDNA made the labeled Rh123 move closer to the electrode surface, leading to the formation of the sensitization structure, which evidently increased the photocurrent intensity. The sensitivity of the biosensor for Hg(2+) detection was greatly enhanced for the dual signal amplification strategy. The linear range was 10 fM to 200 nM, with a detection limit of 3.3 fM. This biosensor provides a promising new platform for detecting various heavy metal ions at ultralow levels. PMID:26599580

  7. Biphasic photoelectrochemical sensing strategy based on in situ formation of CdS quantum dots for highly sensitive detection of acetylcholinesterase activity and inhibition.

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    Hou, Ting; Zhang, Lianfang; Sun, Xinzhi; Li, Feng

    2016-01-15

    Herein, we reported a facile and highly sensitive biphasic photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing strategy based on enzymatic product-mediated in situ formation of CdS quantum dots (QDs), and assayed the activity and inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in its optimal state. Upon the hydrolysis of acetylthiocholine catalyzed by AChE, the product thiocholine stabilizes the in situ formation of CdS QDs in homogenous solution. Due to the electrostatic attraction, the resulting tertiary amino group-functionalized CdS QDs are attached to the surface of the negatively charged indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode, generating significant PEC response upon illumination in the presence of electron donors. By taking full advantage of the in situ formation of CdS QDs in homogenous solution, this strategy is capable of detecting AChE activity and inhibition in its optimal state. A directly measured detection limit of 0.01mU/mL for AChE activity is obtained, which is superior to those obtained by some fluorescence methods. The inhibition of AChE activity by aldicarb is successfully detected, and the corresponding IC50 is determined to be 13μg/L. In addition to high sensitivity and good selectivity, this strategy also exhibits additional advantages of simplicity, low cost and easy operation. To the best of our knowledge, the as-proposed strategy is the first example demonstrating the application of CdS QDs formed in situ for biphasic PEC detection of enzyme activity and inhibition. More significantly, it opens up a new horizon for the development of homogenous PEC sensing platforms, and has great potential in probing many other analytes. PMID:26339933

  8. Nanostructured hematite for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Ling, Yichuan

    Solar water splitting is an environmentally friendly reaction of producing hydrogen gas. Since Honda and Fujishima first demonstrated solar water splitting in 1972 by using semiconductor titanium dioxide (TiO2) as photoanode in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell, extensive efforts have been invested into improving the solar-to-hydrogen (STH) conversion efficiency and lower the production cost of photoelectrochemical devices. In the last few years, hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) nanostructures have been extensively studied as photoanodes for PEC water splitting. Although nanostructured hematite can improve its photoelectrochemical water splitting performance to some extent, by increasing active sites for water oxidation and shortening photogenerated hole path length to semiconductor/electrolyte interface, the photoactivity of pristine hematite nanostructures is still limited by a number of factors, such as poor electrical conductivities and slow oxygen evolution reaction kinetics. Previous studies have shown that tin (Sn) as an n-type dopant can substantially enhance the photoactivity of hematite photoanodes by modifying their optical and electrical properties. In this thesis, I will first demonstrate an unintentional Sn-doping method via high temperature annealing of hematite nanowires grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate to enhance the donor density. In addition to introducing extrinsic dopants into semiconductors, the carrier densities of hematite can also be enhanced by creating intrinsic defects. Oxygen vacancies function as shallow donors for a number of hematite. In this regard, I have investigated the influence of oxygen content on thermal decomposition of FeOOH to induce oxygen vacancies in hematite. In the end, I have studied low temperature activation of hematite nanostructures.

  9. Thermo photo-electrochemical effect in n-InP/aqueous solution of orange dye/C cell

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    Ali, Taimoor; Karimov, Khasan S.; Akhmedov, Khakim M.; Kabutov, K.; Farooq, Amjad

    2015-03-01

    The effect of light and heat is studied on the electrical properties of an electrochemical n-InP/aqueous solution of orange dye/C cell. The cell is investigated under the light and heat of filament bulb. The n-type indium phosphide and carbon plates are used as electrodes. The aqueous solution of organic material orange dye (C17H17N5O2) in distilled water is served as electrolyte at 1, 3 and 5 wt. % concentration. The cell is assembled in sealed organic glass box with dimensions 35 × 13 × 14 mm. The open circuit voltage ( V oc ) and short circuit current ( I sc ) of the cell are observed by illuminating and heating the samples. The temperature is raised up to 60°C from 25°C when light intensity is increased from dark condition to 425 W/m2. It is observed that the relationship between light intensity and temperature is approximately linear for all cases. The V oc and I sc increase 100% and 300% respectively by increasing the light. The reported n-InP/aqueous solution of orange dye/C cell can be considered as small converter of light and heat into electric power. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  10. Photoelectrochemical molecular comb

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    Thundat, Thomas G.; Ferrell, Thomas L.; Brown; Gilbert M.

    2007-05-01

    A method, system, and apparatus are provided for separating molecules, such as biomolecules. The method, system, and apparatus utilize an electrochemical cell having at least to electrodes, one electrode comprising a photo-sensitive material capable of generating a photopotential. Molecules are moved through an electrolyte medium between the at least two electrodes based upon localized photopotentials.

  11. Photoelectrochemical molecular comb

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    Thundat, Thomas G.; Ferrell, Thomas L; Brown, Gilbert M.

    2012-02-07

    A method, system, and apparatus are provided for separating molecules, such as biomolecules. The method, system, and apparatus utilize an electrochemical cell having at least two electrodes, one electrode comprising a photo-sensitive material capable of generating a photopotential. Molecules are moved through an electrolyte medium between the at least two electrodes based upon localized photopotentials.

  12. Reaction kinetics and product distributions in photoelectrochemical cells. Technical progress report, March 15, 1992--March 14, 1993

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    Koval, C.A.

    1992-12-01

    Hot electron reaction studies at p-InP/CH{sub 3}CN interface revealed essential/desirable features for redox systems used to investigate hot carriers in photoelectrocehmical cells. Reduction of dibromoethylbenzene (DBEB) in presence of metallocene couples is being studied using rotating rink disk electrodes of n-and p-InP disks and Pt rings. At highly doped p-InP electrodes, reduction of DBEB can be very efficient (>30%). A minielectrochemical cell was used to investigate electron transfer at nonilluminated n-WSe{sub 2}/dimethylferrocene{sup +/0} interfaces.

  13. Polymer blends for use in photoelectrochemical cells for conversion of solar energy to electricity and methods for manufacturing such blends

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    Skotheim, Terje

    1984-01-01

    There is disclosed a polymer blend of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte that is designed to achieve better charge transfer across the conductive film/polymer electrolyte interface of the electrochemical photovoltaic cell. The highly conductive polymer is preferably polypyrrole or poly-N-p-nitrophenylpyrrole and the solid polymer electrolyte is preferably polyethylene oxide or polypropylene oxide.

  14. Polymer blends for use in photoelectrochemical cells for conversion of solar energy to electricity and methods for manufacturing such blends

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    Skotheim, T.

    A polymer blend is disclosed of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte that is designed to achieve better charge transfer across the conductive film/polymer electrolyte interface of the electrochemical photovoltaic cell. The highly conductive polymer is preferably polypyrrole or poly-N-p-nitrophenylpyrrole and the solid polymer electrolyte is preferably polyethylene oxide or polypropylene oxide.

  15. Photoelectrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide using Ge doped GaN nanowire photoanodes

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    Wang, Yichen; AlOtaibi, Bandar; Chowdhury, Faqrul A.; Fan, Shizhao; Kibria, Md G.; Li, Lu; Li, Chao-Jun; Mi, Zetian

    2015-11-01

    We report on the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) in a photoelectrochemical cell consisting of germanium doped gallium nitride nanowire anode and copper (Cu) cathode. Various products including methane (CH4), carbon monoxide (CO), and formic acid (HCOOH) were observed under light illumination. A Faradaic efficiency of ˜10% was measured for HCOOH. Furthermore, this photoelectrochemical system showed enhanced stability for 6 h CO2 reduction reaction on low cost, large area Si substrates.

  16. Photoelectrochemical fabrication of spectroscopic diffraction gratings

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    Rauh, R. David; Carrabba, Michael M.; Nguyen, Nguyet M.

    1986-01-01

    Photoelectrochemical etching was demonstrated as a means of fabricating a variety of periodic structures in semiconductors. The semiconductor is used as an electrode in an electrochemical cell, and is in contact with a liquid electrolyte. When the crystal is held at a positive voltage and illuminated, etching occurs in only the illuminated regions to a depth proportional to the illumination intensity and exposure time. In Phase 1, it was determined that diffraction gratings could be produced in gallium arsenide crystals by this method, using either a scanned focused laser beam or by uniform illumination of a ruling mask defined in metal or photoresist on the crystal surface. The latter approach was determined to produce V-grooves if the mask is oriented along certain crystallographic directions. These V-grooves were produced with an exceedingly smooth crystal morphology due to the highly controllable nature of the process and the mild electrolytes involved. The results form the basis for photoelectrochemical fabrication of deep, low pitch Eschelle gratings for use in high orders in NASA spectrographic instrumentation such as the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph.

  17. Recent advances in semiconductors for photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Hisatomi, Takashi; Kubota, Jun; Domen, Kazunari

    2014-11-21

    Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting under irradiation by sunlight has received much attention for production of renewable hydrogen from water on a large scale. Many challenges still remain in improving energy conversion efficiency, such as utilizing longer-wavelength photons for hydrogen production, enhancing the reaction efficiency at any given wavelength, and increasing the lifetime of the semiconductor materials. This introductory review covers the fundamental aspects of photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical water splitting. Controlling the semiconducting properties of photocatalysts and photoelectrode materials is the primary concern in developing materials for solar water splitting, because they determine how much photoexcitation occurs in a semiconductor under solar illumination and how many photoexcited carriers reach the surface where water splitting takes place. Given a specific semiconductor material, surface modifications are important not only to activate the semiconductor for water splitting but also to facilitate charge separation and to upgrade the stability of the material under photoexcitation. In addition, reducing resistance loss and forming p-n junction have a significant impact on the efficiency of photoelectrochemical water splitting. Correct evaluation of the photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical activity for water splitting is becoming more important in enabling an accurate comparison of a number of studies based on different systems. In the latter part, recent advances in the water splitting reaction under visible light will be presented with a focus on non-oxide semiconductor materials to give an overview of the various problems and solutions. PMID:24413305

  18. Microfluidic paper-based analytical device for photoelectrochemical immunoassay with multiplex signal amplification using multibranched hybridization chain reaction and PdAu enzyme mimetics.

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    Lan, Feifei; Sun, Guoqiang; Liang, Linlin; Ge, Shenguang; Yan, Mei; Yu, Jinghua

    2016-05-15

    Combining multibranched hybridization chain reaction (mHCR), the photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunosensor was fabricated with a microfluidic paper-based analytical devices using different sizes of CdTe quantum dots (QDs) sensitized flower-like 3D ZnO superstructures as photoactive materials. Firstly, 4-aminothiophenol (PATP) functioned ZnO was anchored on gold-paper working electrode. With the aid of PATP, large-sized CdTe-COOH QDs (QDs1) were conjugated onto the ZnO surface because of the formation of a strong bond (Zn-S) between the thiol of PATP molecule and the ZnO, and the remaining amino group formed an amide bond with carboxylic acid group capping CdTe. Then the small-sized CdTe-NH2 QDs (QDs2) were modified on the QDs1 by forming amide bond, which leaded to a very strong photocurrent response because of the formation of cosensitized structure. The designed mHCR produced long products with multiple branched arms, which could attached multiple PdAu nanoparticles and catalyze the oxidation of hydroquinone (HQ) using H2O2 as anoxidant. Double strands DNA with multiple branched arms (mdsDNA) was formed by mHCR. In the presence of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), PdAu-mdsDNA conjugates-labeled CEA antibody was captured. The concentrations of CEA were measured through the decrease in photocurrent intensity resulting from the increase in steric hindrance of the immunocomplex and the polymeric oxidation product of HQ. In addition, the oxidation product of HQ deposited on the as-obtained electrode, which could efficiently inhibit the photoinduced electron transfer. Under optimal conditions, the PEC immunosensor exhibited excellent analytical performance: the detection range of CEA was from 0.001 to 90 ng mL(-1) with low detection limit of 0.33 pg mL(-1). The as-obtained immunosensor exhibited excellent precision, prominent specificity, acceptable stability and reproducibility, and could be used for the detection of CEA in real samples. The proposed assay opens a

  19. Photo-electrochemical and physical characterizations of a new single crystal POM-based material. Application in photocatalysis

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    Meziani, D.; Abdmeziem, K.; Bouacida, S.; Trari, M.

    2016-12-01

    A new inorganic-organic hybrid material [(H2pip)3][α-PW12O40]2·4H2O, prepared by hydrothermal method, was structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compound based on a Keggin-type polyoxotungstate and piperazine (pip) displays a hybrid framework built from two (α-Keggin)3- polyoxoanions and three (H2pip)2+ hydrogen-bonded fragments, forming 3-D supramolecular architecture. The diffuse reflectance spectrum shows two optical transitions directly (3.27 eV) and indirectly (3.12 eV) allowed. The electrical conductivity follows an exponential law, indicating a semiconducting comportment with activation energy of 14 meV. The Mott-Schottky characteristic, plotted in Na2SO4 (0.5 M) solution indicates n-type conduction with a flat band potential of -0.084 VSCE and electrons density of 4.24 × 1018 cm-3. As application, the photo-degradation of methylene blue (MB) upon UV irradiation was successfully achieved by OH• radicals. The improved activity is attributed to the potentials closeness of the valence and conduction bands with the radical levels.

  20. A derivative photoelectrochemical sensing platform for herbicide acetochlor based on TiO₂-poly (3-hexylthiophene)-ionic liquid nanocomposite film modified electrodes.

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    Jin, Dangqin; Xu, Qin; Wang, Yanjuan; Hu, Xiaoya

    2014-09-01

    Nonelectroactive acetochlor can be indirectly determined through the photocatalytical degradation of acetochlor. A derivative visible light photoelectrochemical sensor for indirect detection of the herbicide acetochlor using TiO2-poly(3-hexylthiophene)-ionic liquid nanocomposite is constructed. Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) was synthesized via chemical oxidative polymerization with anhydrous FeCl3 as oxidant, 3-hexylthiophene as monomer, chloroform as solvent, and the functional TiO2 nanoparticles were facilely prepared by blending TiO2 nanoparticles and P3HT at room temperature ionic liquid, 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate solution. Operational parameters, including the photolysis time, ratios of TiO2 to P3HT, bias voltage and pH of buffer solution have been optimized. Under optimal conditions, the proposed photoelectrochemical method could detect acetochlor ranging from 0.5 to 20 μmol L(-1) with a detection limit of 0.2 nmol L(-1) at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The assay results of acetochlor in water samples with the proposed method were in acceptable agreement with those of the gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) method. The promising sensor opens a new opportunity for fast, portable, and sensitive analysis of acetochlor in environmental samples. PMID:24913872

  1. Unassisted photoelectrochemical water splitting exceeding 7% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency using photon recycling

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    Shi, Xinjian; Jeong, Hokyeong; Oh, Seung Jae; Ma, Ming; Zhang, Kan; Kwon, Jeong; Choi, In Taek; Choi, Il Yong; Kim, Hwan Kyu; Kim, Jong Kyu; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2016-06-01

    Various tandem cell configurations have been reported for highly efficient and spontaneous hydrogen production from photoelectrochemical solar water splitting. However, there is a contradiction between two main requirements of a front photoelectrode in a tandem cell configuration, namely, high transparency and high photocurrent density. Here we demonstrate a simple yet highly effective method to overcome this contradiction by incorporating a hybrid conductive distributed Bragg reflector on the back side of the transparent conducting substrate for the front photoelectrochemical electrode, which functions as both an optical filter and a conductive counter-electrode of the rear dye-sensitized solar cell. The hybrid conductive distributed Bragg reflectors were designed to be transparent to the long-wavelength part of the incident solar spectrum (λ>500 nm) for the rear solar cell, while reflecting the short-wavelength photons (λ<500 nm) which can then be absorbed by the front photoelectrochemical electrode for enhanced photocurrent generation.

  2. Unassisted photoelectrochemical water splitting exceeding 7% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency using photon recycling.

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    Shi, Xinjian; Jeong, Hokyeong; Oh, Seung Jae; Ma, Ming; Zhang, Kan; Kwon, Jeong; Choi, In Taek; Choi, Il Yong; Kim, Hwan Kyu; Kim, Jong Kyu; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2016-01-01

    Various tandem cell configurations have been reported for highly efficient and spontaneous hydrogen production from photoelectrochemical solar water splitting. However, there is a contradiction between two main requirements of a front photoelectrode in a tandem cell configuration, namely, high transparency and high photocurrent density. Here we demonstrate a simple yet highly effective method to overcome this contradiction by incorporating a hybrid conductive distributed Bragg reflector on the back side of the transparent conducting substrate for the front photoelectrochemical electrode, which functions as both an optical filter and a conductive counter-electrode of the rear dye-sensitized solar cell. The hybrid conductive distributed Bragg reflectors were designed to be transparent to the long-wavelength part of the incident solar spectrum (λ>500 nm) for the rear solar cell, while reflecting the short-wavelength photons (λ<500 nm) which can then be absorbed by the front photoelectrochemical electrode for enhanced photocurrent generation. PMID:27324578

  3. The role of ultra-thin SiO2 layers in metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) photoelectrochemical devices (Presentation Recording)

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    Esposito, Daniel V.

    2015-08-01

    Solid-state junctions based on a metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) architecture are of great interest for a number of optoelectronic applications such as photovoltaics, photoelectrochemical cells, and photodetection. One major advantage of the MIS junction compared to the closely related metal-semiconductor junction, or Schottky junction, is that the thin insulating layer (1-3 nm thick) that separates the metal and semiconductor can significantly reduce the density of undesirable interfacial mid-gap states. The reduction in mid-gap states helps "un-pin" the junction, allowing for significantly higher built-in-voltages to be achieved. A second major advantage of the MIS junction is that the thin insulating layer can also protect the underlying semiconductor from corrosion in an electrochemical environment, making the MIS architecture well-suited for application in (photo)electrochemical applications. In this presentation, discontinuous Si-based MIS junctions immersed in electrolyte are explored for use as i.) photoelectrodes for solar-water splitting in photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) and ii.) position-sensitive photodetectors. The development and optimization of MIS photoelectrodes for both of these applications relies heavily on understanding how processing of the thin SiO2 layer impacts the properties of nano- and micro-scale MIS junctions, as well as the interactions of the insulating layer with the electrolyte. In this work, we systematically explore the effects of insulator thickness, synthesis method, and chemical treatment on the photoelectrochemical and electrochemical properties of these MIS devices. It is shown that electrolyte-induced inversion plays a critical role in determining the charge carrier dynamics within the MIS photoelectrodes for both applications.

  4. Photoelectrochemical Immunosensor for Detection of Carcinoembryonic Antigen Based on 2D TiO2 Nanosheets and Carboxylated Graphitic Carbon Nitride

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    Wang, Huan; Wang, Yaoguang; Zhang, Yong; Wang, Qi; Ren, Xiang; Wu, Dan; Wei, Qin

    2016-01-01

    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) was used as the model, an ultrasensitive label-free photoelectrochemical immunosensor was developed using 2D TiO2 nanosheets and carboxylated graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) as photoactive materials and ascorbic acid as an efficient electron donor. 2D TiO2 nanosheets was sythsized by surfactant self-assembly method and proved to have higher photoelectrochemical signals than TiO2 nanoparticles. Firstly, carboxylated g-C3N4 could be attached to 2D TiO2 nanosheets through the bond formed between carboxyl group of carboxylated g-C3N4 and TiO2. And the photocurrent of g-C3N4/TiO2 drastically enhances compared to carboxylated g-C3N4 and TiO2. Then, antibody of CEA was bonded to TiO2 through the dentate bond formed between carboxyl group of anti-CEA and TiO2, leading to the decrease of the photocurrents. As proven by PEC experiments and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis, the fabrication process of the immunosensor is successful. Under the optimal conditions, the intensity decreased linearly with CEA concentration in the range of 0.01~10 ng/mL. The detection limit is 2.1 pg/mL. The work provides an effective method for the detection of tumor markers and can be extended for the application in food safety and environmental monitoring analysis. PMID:27263659

  5. Novel catalysts and photoelectrochemical system for solar fuel production

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    Zhang, Yan

    Solar fuel production from abundant raw chemicals such as CO2 and water is highly desired as a clean renewable energy solution for the future. Developing photoelectrochemical cells is viewed as a promising approach to realize this energy conversion and storage process. Efficient and robust oxygen evolution catalyst made from non-precious materials remains a major challenge for such a system. This thesis basically consists of three parts of work, including studies on enhancing the photocatalytic oxygen evolution activity of cobalt-based spinel nanoparticles by manganese3+ substitution, in situ formation of cobalt oxide nanocubanes as highly active catalyst for photocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction, and development of a photoanode-driven photoelectrochemical cell for CO2 reduction with water. The first part of this thesis work devotes efforts in the development and study on cobalt and other transition metal oxide based oxygen evolution catalyst. Photocatalytic oxygen evolution is a critical step for solar fuel production from abundant sources. It poses a significant challenge because it requires an efficient catalyst to bridge the one-electron photon capture process with the four-electron oxygen reaction. Among all the metal oxides, Co3O4 spinel exhibits a high activity as an oxygen evolution catalyst. The results of this work demonstrate that the photocatalytic oxygen evolution activity of Co3O4 spinel can be further enhanced by substituting Co with Mn in the spinel structure. Using a facile hydrothermal approach, Co3O4 spinel nanoparticles as well as Mn-substituted and Ni-substituted Co3O4 spinel nanoparticles with a typical particle size of 5-7 nm were successfully synthesized. The morphology and crystal structures of the as-synthesized nanoparticle catalysts have been carefully examined using various structural characterization techniques, including powder x-ray diffraction (PXRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), gas adsorption, and x-ray absorption

  6. Integrated photoelectrochemical energy storage: solar hydrogen generation and supercapacitor

    PubMed Central

    Xia, Xinhui; Luo, Jingshan; Zeng, Zhiyuan; Guan, Cao; Zhang, Yongqi; Tu, Jiangping; Zhang, Hua; Fan, Hong Jin

    2012-01-01

    Current solar energy harvest and storage are so far realized by independent technologies (such as solar cell and batteries), by which only a fraction of solar energy is utilized. It is highly desirable to improve the utilization efficiency of solar energy. Here, we construct an integrated photoelectrochemical device with simultaneous supercapacitor and hydrogen evolution functions based on TiO2/transition metal hydroxides/oxides core/shell nanorod arrays. The feasibility of solar-driven pseudocapacitance is clearly demonstrated, and the charge/discharge is indicated by reversible color changes (photochromism). In such an integrated device, the photogenerated electrons are utilized for H2 generation and holes for pseudocapacitive charging, so that both the reductive and oxidative energies are captured and converted. Specific capacitances of 482 F g−1 at 0.5 A g−1 and 287 F g−1 at 1 A g−1 are obtained with TiO2/Ni(OH)2 nanorod arrays. This study provides a new research strategy for integrated pseudocapacitor and solar energy application. PMID:23248745

  7. Synthesis and characterization of Cd{sub 0.7}Pb{sub 0.3}Se thin films for photoelectrochemical solar cell

    SciTech Connect

    Delekar, S.D.; Patil, M.K.; Jadhav, B.V.; Sanadi, K.R.; Hankare, P.P.

    2010-03-15

    Optimum composition Cd{sub 0.7}Pb{sub 0.3}Se thin films have been deposited using the chemical bath containing cadmium sulfate octahydrate, lead nitrate, tartaric acid, potassium hydroxide, ammonia, and sodium selenosulfate onto fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrate. The various deposition parameters such as composition of reactive bath, pH of the solution, deposition temperature, deposition time, speed of rotation, etc. have been optimized for obtaining good quality film. X-ray diffraction studies revealed the polycrystalline nature of sample with the solid solution of lead (II) ions in CdSe host lattice, having a hexagonal phase structure. Scanning electron micrograph suggested that the grains were non-uniformly distributed over the substrate surface. Film composition was determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy as well as energy dispersive X-ray atomic spectroscopy. Optical absorption data showed the presence of direct transition with energy band gap 1.80 eV for the deposited thin films. The dark specific conductance of Cd{sub 0.7}Pb{sub 0.3}Se thin films was found to the order of 10{sup -6} ({omega} cm){sup -1} having n-type semiconducting nature. Photoelectrochemical characterization was carried out using sulfide/polysulfide electrolyte with 1.401% efficiency. (author)

  8. Two Electrode Collector-Generator Method for the Detection of Electrochemically or Photoelectrochemically Produced O2.

    PubMed

    Sherman, Benjamin D; Sheridan, Matthew V; Dares, Christopher J; Meyer, Thomas J

    2016-07-19

    A dual working electrode technique for the in situ production and quantification of electrochemically or photoelectrochemically produced O2 is described. This technique, termed a collector-generator cell, utilizes a transparent fluorine doped tin oxide electrode to sense O2. This setup is specifically designed for detecting O2 in dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells. PMID:27341737

  9. Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

    SciTech Connect

    Rocheleau, R.E.; Miller, E.; Misra, A.

    1996-10-01

    The large-scale production of hydrogen utilizing energy provided by a renewable source to split water is one of the most ambitious long-term goals of the U.S. Department of Energy`s Hydrogen Program. One promising option to meet this goal is direct photoelectrolysis in which light absorbed by semiconductor-based photoelectrodes produces electrical power internally to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Under this program, direct solar-to-chemical conversion efficiencies as high as 7.8 % have been demonstrated using low-cost, amorphous-silicon-based photoelectrodes. Detailed loss analysis models indicate that solar-to-chemical conversion greater than 10% can be achieved with amorphous-silicon-based structures optimized for hydrogen production. In this report, the authors describe the continuing progress in the development of thin-film catalytic/protective coatings, results of outdoor testing, and efforts to develop high efficiency, stable prototype systems.

  10. Semiconductor wire array structures, and solar cells and photodetectors based on such structures

    DOEpatents

    Kelzenberg, Michael D.; Atwater, Harry A.; Briggs, Ryan M.; Boettcher, Shannon W.; Lewis, Nathan S.; Petykiewicz, Jan A.

    2014-08-19

    A structure comprising an array of semiconductor structures, an infill material between the semiconductor materials, and one or more light-trapping elements is described. Photoconverters and photoelectrochemical devices based on such structure also described.

  11. Photoelectrochemical detection of metal ions.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Wei-Wei; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2016-07-21

    Depending on the situation, metal ions may either play beneficial roles or be harmful to human health and ecosystems. Sensitive and accurate detection of metal ions is thus a critical issue in the field of analytical sciences and great efforts have been devoted to the development of various metal ion sensors. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) detection is an emerging technique for the bio/chemical detection of metal ions, and features a fast response, low cost and high sensitivity. Using representative examples, this review will first introduce the fundamentals and summarize recent progress in the PEC detection of metal ions. In addition, interesting strategies for the design of particular PEC metal ion sensors are discussed. Challenges and opportunities in this field are also presented. PMID:27297834

  12. Light addressable photoelectrochemical cyanide sensor

    SciTech Connect

    Licht, S.; Myung, N.; Sun, Y.

    1996-03-15

    A sensor is demonstrated that is capable of spatial discrimination of cyanide with use of only a single stationary sensing element. Different spatial regions of the sensing element are light activated to reveal the solution cyanide concentration only at the point of illumination. In this light addressable photoelectrochemical (LAP) sensor the sensing element consists of an n-CdSe electrode immersed in solution, with the open-circuit potential determined under illumination. In alkaline ferro-ferri-cyanide solution, the open-circuit photopotential is highly responsive to cyanide, with a linear response of (120 mV) log [KCN]. LAP detection with a spatial resolution of {+-}1 mm for cyanide detection is demonstrated. The response is almost linear for 0.001-0.100 m cyanide with a resolution of 5 mV. 38 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Enhanced photoelectrochemical aptasensing platform for TXNDC5 gene based on exciton energy transfer between NCQDs and TiO2 nanorods

    PubMed Central

    Pang, Xuehui; Wang, Lin; Ma, Hongmin; Zhang, Yong; Pan, Jihong; Chen, Yao; Du, Bin; Wei, Qin

    2016-01-01

    The over expression of thioredoxin domain-containing protein 5 (TXNDC5) can promote the growth of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). A novel highly sensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptsensor was developed for the detection of TXNDC5 by using the nanohybrids (TiO2 NRs/NCQDs) of nitrogen-doped carbon quantum dots (NCQDs) and TiO2 nanorods as the photo-to-electron conversion medium. TiO2 NRs/NCQDs nanohybrids were prepared by controlling the experimental condition. TiO2 NRs were self-assembled to form the nanopores with good photocurrent conversion efficiency. NCQDs possessed carboxyl groups (−COOH) and amino groups (−NH2) in the preparation process. −COOH and −NH2 groups played important roles for anchoring the capture probes (5′ primer and 3′ primer) through covalent binding. The ultrasensitive and stable detection for TXNDC5 was achieved by the specific recognition between the capture probes and the targets. The fabricated aptsensor showed excellent performance with a wide linear range (0.5 fmol/L ∼ 10 nmol/L) and a low detection limit of 0.1 fmol/L. This kind of aptsensor would provide a potential application for TXNDC5. PMID:26777976

  14. Fabricating photoelectrochemical aptasensor for selectively monitoring microcystin-LR residues in fish based on visible light-responsive BiOBr nanoflakes/N-doped graphene photoelectrode.

    PubMed

    Du, Xiaojiao; Jiang, Ding; Dai, Liming; Zhou, Lei; Hao, Nan; Qian, Jing; Qiu, Baijing; Wang, Kun

    2016-07-15

    The presence of microcystins in fish has been augmenting the risk of toxicity to animal and human health. Herein, a selective and sensitive method for detecting microcystin-LR (MC-LR) in fish samples by integrating the photoelectrochemical (PEC) technique and the specific recognition ability of aptamer was developed. Specifically, as an efficient PEC transducer, the BiOBr nanoflakes/N-doped graphene p-n heterojunction electrode was utilized as the aptamer immobilization platform via the π-π stacking interaction, which would be a biosensor enabling the convenient and exquisite PEC analysis. Subsequently, the PEC response of constructed aptasensor was specific binding to MC-LR. Other isoforms did not interfere with the detection process, and thus, it could be applied for the highly selective determination of MC-LR level. Under the optimized condition, the PEC signal versus the logarithm of the MC-LR concentration was in good linear relationship ranging from 0.1pM to 100nM with detection limit about 0.03pM. The constructed method was employed to analyze fish samples collected from the local supermarket. The overall analytical recovery of MC-LR in the fish matrices ranged from 97.8 to 101.6%, with relative standard deviation (RSD) of 2.52-5.14%, implying it would have great potential in farm product analysis. PMID:26963789

  15. A photoelectrochemical biosensor for o-aminophenol based on assembling of CdSe and DNA on TiO2 film electrode.

    PubMed

    Yan, Kai; Wang, Rui; Zhang, Jingdong

    2014-03-15

    A novel photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensing platform was constructed by assembling CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and DNA on liquid phase deposited TiO2 (DNA-CdSe/TiO2) film electrode. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicated that CdSe QDs were homogeneously assembled on TiO2 film. The UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) showed that CdSe and DNA could effectively enhance the absorption of TiO2 film to visible light. The obtained electrode showed a sensitive PEC response to o-aminophenol (OAP) under visible light irradiation. Due to the interaction between DNA and OAP, the response of OAP was improved by DNA immobilized on the sensing film. Under optimized conditions, the photocurrent was linearly proportional to OAP in the concentration range from 4.0 × 10(-7) to 2.7 × 10(-5) mol L(-1), with a detection limit (3S/N) of 8.0 × 10(-8) mol L(-1). The novel strategy could provide a fast and sensitive method for OAP determination. PMID:24161564

  16. Photoelectrochemical reduction of CO{sub 2} by silicate rock powders

    SciTech Connect

    Ohta, Kiyohisa; Ohguchi, Youko; Kaneco, Satoshi; Mizuno, Takayuki

    1999-06-01

    The reduction in CO{sub 2} emissions by photoelectrochemical conversion of the CO{sub 2} to formic acid and methanol using silicate rock (andesite) powders suspended in water is presented. For photoelectrochemical reduction of CO{sub 2}, a homemade cell with a platinum and a copper electrode was used. 0.1 M KHCO{sub 3} solution was used as the electrolyte. In the photoelectrochemical reduction of CO{sub 2} with a copper cathode in the catholyte dispersing andesite powder, mainly formic acid, methanol, methane, ethylene, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen were produced. Consequently, it was found that this method using a copper electrode was effective for formic acid and methanol formations from carbon dioxide.

  17. Production of Hydrogen for Clean and Renewable Source of Energy for Fuel Cell Vehicles

    SciTech Connect

    Deng, Xunming; Ingler, William B, Jr.; Abraham, Martin; Castellano, Felix; Coleman, Maria; Collins, Robert; Compaan, Alvin; Giolando, Dean; Jayatissa, Ahalapitiya. H.; Stuart, Thomas; Vonderembse, Mark

    2008-10-31

    This was a two-year project that had two major components: 1) the demonstration of a PV-electrolysis system that has separate PV system and electrolysis unit and the hydrogen generated is to be used to power a fuel cell based vehicle; 2) the development of technologies for generation of hydrogen through photoelectrochemical process and bio-mass derived resources. Development under this project could lead to the achievement of DOE technical target related to PEC hydrogen production at low cost. The PEC part of the project is focused on the development of photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation devices and systems using thin-film silicon based solar cells. Two approaches are taken for the development of efficient and durable photoelectrochemical cells; 1) An immersion-type photoelectrochemical cells (Task 3) where the photoelectrode is immersed in electrolyte, and 2) A substrate-type photoelectrochemical cell (Task 2) where the photoelectrode is not in direct contact with electrolyte. Four tasks are being carried out: Task 1: Design and analysis of DC voltage regulation system for direct PV-to-electrolyzer power feed Task 2: Development of advanced materials for substrate-type PEC cells Task 3: Development of advanced materials for immersion-type PEC cells Task 4: Hydrogen production through conversion of biomass-derived wastes

  18. In situ generation of electron acceptor for photoelectrochemical biosensing via hemin-mediated catalytic reaction.

    PubMed

    Zang, Yang; Lei, Jianping; Zhang, Lei; Ju, Huangxian

    2014-12-16

    A novel photoelectrochemical sensing strategy is designed for DNA detection on the basis of in situ generation of an electron acceptor via the catalytic reaction of hemin toward H2O2. The photoelectrochemical platform was established by sequential assembly of near-infrared CdTe quantum dots, capture DNA, and a hemin-labeled DNA probe to form a triple-helix molecular beacon (THMB) structure on an indium tin oxide electrode. According to the highly catalytic capacity of hemin toward H2O2, a photoelectrochemical mechanism was then proposed, in which the electron acceptor of O2 was in situ-generated on the electrode surface, leading to the enhancement of the photocurrent response. The utilization of CdTe QDs can extend the absorption edge to the near-infrared band, resulting in an increase in the light-to-electricity efficiency. After introducing target DNA, the THMB structure is disassembled and releases hemin and, thus, quenches the photocurrent. Under optimized conditions, this biosensor shows high sensitivity with a linear range from 1 to 1000 pM and detection limit of 0.8 pM. Moreover, it exhibits good performance of excellent selectivity, high stability, and acceptable fabrication reproducibility. This present strategy opens an alternative avenue for photoelectrochemical signal transduction and expands the applications of hemin-based materials in photoelectrochemical biosensing and clinical diagnosis. PMID:25393151

  19. Efficient Blue-Colored Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Enhanced Charge Collection by Using an in Situ Photoelectrochemically Generated Conducting Polymer Hole Conductor.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Jinbao; Vlachopoulos, Nick; Hao, Yan; Holcombe, Thomas W; Boschloo, Gerrit; Johansson, Erik M J; Grätzel, Michael; Hagfeldt, Anders

    2016-05-18

    A high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5.5 % was achieved by efficiently incorporating a diketopyrrolopyrrole-based dye with a conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenediothiophene) (PEDOT) hole-transporting material (HTM) that was formed in situ, compared with a PCE of 2.9 % for small molecular spiro-OMeTAD-based solid-state dye solar cells (sDSCs). The high PCE for PEDOT-based sDSCs is mainly attributed to the significantly enhanced charge-collection efficiency, as a result of the three-order-of-magnitude higher hole conductivity (0.53 S cm(-1) ) compared with that of the widely used low molecular weight HTM spiro-OMeTAD (3.5×10(-4)  S cm(-1) ). PMID:26919196

  20. Solid polymer electrolyte photovoltaic cell

    SciTech Connect

    Skotheim, T.; Lundstrom, I.

    1982-04-01

    Solid photoelectrochemical cells are described based on PEO-KI/I/sub 2/ electrolytes, n-Si/Pt/PPy photoanodes, and conductive tin-oxide glass counter electrodes. The performance of the present devices is limited by a high series resistance in the polymer film. 22 refs.

  1. Photoelectrochemical conversion using reaction-centre electrodes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Janzen, A. F.; Seibert, M.

    1980-08-01

    The production of photovoltages and photocurrents by a bacterial photosynthetic reaction center coupled to an SnO2 electrode is reported. Reaction centers isolated from membranes of the purple, nonsulfur photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides R-26 were transferred to working electrode surfaces and photoeffects were monitored in the external circuit of a photoelectrochemical cell consisting of the working electrode, a platinized platinum or SnO2 counter electrode and a 0.1 M Na2SO4 and 5 M hydroquinone in water or Tricine buffer electrolyte. Small open-circuit photovoltages and short-circuit photocurrents were observed for platinized platinum electrodes coated with a thin film of reaction centers both before and after autoclaving, indicating that biologically active electron transfer is not involved. Reaction-center electrodes made using SnO2-coated glass were observed to generate photovoltages up to 70 mV and photocurrents of 0.3 microamp/sq cm. In addition, the action spectrum of the photocurrent in the external circuit was found to correspond to the absorbance spectra of reaction-center film and solution. It is concluded that charge separation generated across the reaction-center molecule as a result of the primary photochemistry of photosynthesis can be coupled directly to semiconductor electrodes and used to generate photoeffects in an external circuit.

  2. Increasing Efficiency in Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production

    SciTech Connect

    Warren, S.; Turner, J.

    2002-01-01

    Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production promises to be a renewable, clean, and efficient way of storing the sun's energy for use in hydrogen-powered fuel cells. We use p-type Ga.51In.49P semiconductor (henceforth as GaInP2) to absorb solar energy and produce a photocurrent. When the semiconductor is immersed in water, the photocurrent can break down water into hydrogen and oxygen. However, before the GaInP2 can produce hydrogen and oxygen, the conduction band and the Fermi level of the semiconductor must overlap the water redox potentials. In an unmodified system, the conduction band and Fermi level of GaInP2 do not overlap the water redox potentials. When light shines on the semiconductor, electrons build up on the surface, shifting the bandedges and Fermi level further away from overlap of the water redox potentials. We report on surface treatments with metallated porphyrins and transition metals that suppress bandedge migration and allow bandedge overlap to occur. Coating ruthenium octaethylporphyrin carbonyl (RuOEP CO) on the GaInP2 surface shifted bandedges in the positive direction by 270 mV on average, allowing the bandedges to frequently overlap the water redox potentials. Coating the GaInP2 surface with RuCl3 catalyzed charge transfer from the semiconductor to the water, lessening bandedge migration under light irradiation. Future work will focus on the long-term surface stability of these new treatments and quantitative applications of porphyrins.

  3. Nanoscale connectivity in a TiO2/CdSe quantum dots/functionalized graphene oxide nanosheets/Au nanoparticles composite for enhanced photoelectrochemical solar cell performance.

    PubMed

    Narayanan, Remya; Deepa, Melepurath; Srivastava, Avanish Kumar

    2012-01-14

    hierarchical rapid electron transfer model can be adapted to other nanostructures as well, as they can favorably impact photoelectrochemical performance. PMID:22108634

  4. Nitrogen and cobalt co-doped zinc oxide nanowires - Viable photoanodes for hydrogen generation via photoelectrochemical water splitting

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Patel, Prasad Prakash; Hanumantha, Prashanth Jampani; Velikokhatnyi, Oleg I.; Datta, Moni Kanchan; Hong, Daeho; Gattu, Bharat; Poston, James A.; Manivannan, Ayyakkannu; Kumta, Prashant N.

    2015-12-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting has been considered as a promising and environmentally benign approach for efficient and economic hydrogen generation by utilization of solar energy. Development of semiconductor materials with low band gap, high photoelectrochemical activity and stability has been of particular interest for a viable PEC water splitting system. In this study, Co doped ZnO, .i.e., (Zn0.95Co0.05)O nanowires (NWs) was selected as the composition for further co-doping with nitrogen by comparing solar to hydrogen efficiency (SHE) of ZnO NWs with that of various compositions of (Zn1-xCox)O NWs (x = 0, 0.05, 0.1). Furthermore, nanostructured vertically aligned Co and N-doped ZnO, .i.e., (Zn1-xCox)O:N NWs (x = 0.05) have been studied as photoanodes for PEC water splitting. An optimal SHE of 1.39% the highest reported so far to the best of our knowledge for ZnO based photoanodes was obtained for the co-doped NWs, (Zn0.95Co0.05)O:N - 600 NWs generated at 600 °C in ammonia atmosphere. Further, (Zn0.95Co0.05)O:N-600 NWs exhibited excellent photoelectrochemical stability under illumination compared to pure ZnO NWs. These promising results suggest the potential of (Zn0.95Co0.05)O:N-600 NWs as a viable photoanode in PEC water splitting cell. Additionally, theoretical first principles study conducted explains the beneficial effects of Co and N co-doping on both, the electronic structure and the band gap of ZnO.

  5. Optical and photoelectrochemical study of WTe2 single crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Desai, P. F.; Patel, D. D.; Bhavsar, D. N.; Jani, A. R.

    2013-06-01

    Single crystals of Tungsten Ditelluride (WTe2) having a layered structure grown by chemical vapor transport method using iodine as the transporting agent are studied here. The optical response of these crystals has been obtained by UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy at room temperature. Results of optical spectra have been analyzed on the basis of three dimensional models. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) characterization of WTe 2 single crystals have been carried out. Photo response measurements were obtained at different intensities of light source to illuminate the photoanode. The effect of intensity in the efficiency of PEC solar cell has been studied. The implications of the results have been discussed.

  6. One-pot hydrothermal route to fabricate nitrogen doped graphene/Ag-TiO2: Efficient charge separation, and high-performance "on-off-on" switch system based photoelectrochemical biosensing.

    PubMed

    Jiang, Ding; Du, Xiaojiao; Chen, Danyang; Zhou, Lei; Chen, Wei; Li, Yaqi; Hao, Nan; Qian, Jing; Liu, Qian; Wang, Kun

    2016-09-15

    Charge separation is crucial for increasing the performances of semiconductor-based materials in many photoactive applications. In this paper, we designed novel nanocomposites consisting of TiO2 nanocrystals, Ag nanoparticles (NPs) and nitrogen doped graphene (NGR) via a facile one-pot hydrothermal route. The as-prepared ternary nanocomposites exhibited enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) performances owing to the introduction of Ag NPs and NGR, which increase the excitons' lifetime and improve the charge transfer. In particular, it is shown by means of the transient-state surface photocurrent responses that the photocurrent intensity of the as-fabricated composites exhibited 18.2 times higher than that of pristine TiO2. Based on the robust photocurrent signal, a new kind of "on-off-on" PEC aptasensor was established with the assistance of Pb(2+) aptamer, which integrates the advantages of low background signal and high sensitivity. Under optimal conditions, a wide linear response for Pb(2+) detection was obtained from 1pM to 5nM as well as a detection limit down to 0.3pM. With its simplicity, selectivity, and sensitivity, this proposed strategy shows great promise for Pb(2+) detection in food and environment analysis. PMID:27108257

  7. Critical Research for Cost-Effective Photoelectrochemical Production of Hydrogen

    SciTech Connect

    Xu, Liwei; Deng, Xunming; Abken, Anka; Cao, Xinmin; Du, Wenhui; Vijh, Aarohi; Ingler, William; Chen, Changyong; Fan, Qihua; Collins, Robert; Compaan, Alvin; Yan, Yanfa; Giolando, Dean; Turner, John

    2014-10-29

    The objective of this project is to develop critical technologies required for cost-effective production of hydrogen from sunlight and water using a-Si triple junction solar cell based photo-electrodes. In this project, Midwest Optoelectronics, LLC (MWOE) and its collaborating organizations utilize triple junction a-Si thin film solar cells as the core element to fabricate photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. Triple junction a-Si/a-SiGe/a-SiGe solar cell is an ideal material for making cost-effective PEC system which uses sun light to split water and generate hydrogen. It has the following key features: 1) It has an open circuit voltage (Voc ) of ~ 2.3V and has an operating voltage around 1.6V. This is ideal for water splitting. There is no need to add a bias voltage or to inter-connect more than one solar cell. 2) It is made by depositing a-Si/a-SiGe/aSi-Ge thin films on a conducting stainless steel substrate which can serve as an electrode. When we immerse the triple junction solar cells in an electrolyte and illuminate it under sunlight, the voltage is large enough to split the water, generating oxygen at the Si solar cell side (for SS/n-i-p/sunlight structure) and hydrogen at the back, which is stainless steel side. There is no need to use a counter electrode or to make any wire connection. 3) It is being produced in large rolls of 3ft wide and up to 5000 ft long stainless steel web in a 25MW roll-to-roll production machine. Therefore it can be produced at a very low cost. After several years of research with many different kinds of material, we have developed promising transparent, conducting and corrosion resistant (TCCR) coating material; we carried out extensive research on oxygen and hydrogen generation catalysts, developed methods to make PEC electrode from production-grade a-Si solar cells; we have designed and tested various PEC module cases and carried out extensive outdoor testing; we were able to obtain a solar to hydrogen conversion efficiency (STH

  8. Label-free photoelectrochemical strategy for hairpin DNA hybridization detection on titanium dioxide electrode

    SciTech Connect

    Lu Wu; Wang Geng; Jin Yan; Yao Xin; Hu Jianqiang; Li Jinghong

    2006-12-25

    A new photoelectrochemical strategy for hairpin DNA hybridization was devised, in which TiO{sub 2} served as the anchor and signal transducer, and no label or redox couples were required. Once the hybridization between hairpin DNA probe and target DNA occurred, the photocurrent would decrease, utilizing which the sequence of the target DNA could be identified. The sequence specificity experiment showed that one or more mismatches of DNA bases could be discriminated. This photoelectrochemical method would be a potential tool in DNA hybridization detection due to its great advantages: label-free, high sensitivity, specific recognition, low cost, and easy fabrication.

  9. A novel photoelectrochemical sensor based on photocathode of PbS quantum dots utilizing catalase mimetics of bio-bar-coded platinum nanoparticles/G-quadruplex/hemin for signal amplification.

    PubMed

    Wang, Guang-Li; Liu, Kang-Li; Shu, Jun-Xian; Gu, Tian-Tian; Wu, Xiu-Ming; Dong, Yu-Ming; Li, Zai-Jun

    2015-07-15

    Photocathode based on p-type PbS quantum dots (QDs) combing a novel signal amplification strategy utilizing catalase (CAT) mimetics was designed and utilized for sensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) detection of DNA. The bio-bar-coded Pt nanoparticles (NPs)/G-quadruplex/hemin exhibited high CAT-like activity following the Michaelis-Menten model for decomposing H2O2 to water and oxygen, whose activity even slightly exceeded that of natural CAT. The bio-bar-code as a catalytic label was conjugated onto the surface of PbS QDs modified electrodes through the formed sandwich-type structure due to DNA hybridization. Oxygen in situ generated by the CAT mimetics of the bio-bar-code of Pt NPs/G-quadruplex/hemin acted as an efficient electron acceptor of illuminated PbS QDs, promoting charge separation and enhancing cathodic photocurrent. Under optimal conditions, the developed PEC biosensor for target DNA exhibited a dynamic range of 0.2pmol/L to 1.0nmol/L with a low detection limit of 0.08pmol/L. The high sensitivity of the method was resulted from the sensitive response of PbS QDs to oxygen and the highly efficient CAT-like catalytic activity of the bio-bar-coded Pt NPs/G-quadruplex/hemin. PMID:25723768

  10. Enhanced photoelectrochemical strategy for ultrasensitive DNA detection based on two different sizes of CdTe quantum dots cosensitized TiO2/CdS:Mn hybrid structure.

    PubMed

    Fan, Gao-Chao; Han, Li; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2014-11-01

    A TiO2/CdS:Mn hybrid structure cosensitized with two different sizes of CdTe quantum dots (QDs) was designed to develop a novel and ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical DNA assay. In this protocol, TiO2/CdS:Mn hybrid structure was prepared by successive adsorption and reaction of Cd(2+)/Mn(2+) and S(2-) ions on the surface of TiO2 film and then was employed as matrix for immobilization of hairpin DNA probe, whereas large-sized CdTe-COOH QDs and small-sized CdTe-NH2 QDs as signal amplification elements were successively labeled on the terminal of hairpin DNA probe. The target DNA detection was based upon the photocurrent change originated from conformation change of the hairpin DNA probe after hybridization with target DNA. In the absence of target DNA, the immobilized DNA probe was in the hairpin form and the anchored different sizes of CdTe-COOH and CdTe-NH2 QDs were close to the TiO2/CdS:Mn electrode surface, which led to a very strong photocurrent intensity because of the formation of the cosensitized structure. However, in the presence of target DNA, the hairpin DNA probe hybridized with target DNA and changed into a more rigid, rodlike double helix, which forced the multianchored CdTe QDs away from the TiO2/CdS:Mn electrode surface, resulting in significantly decreased photocurrent intensity because of the vanished cosensitization effect. By using this cosensitization signal amplification strategy, the proposed DNA assay could offer an ultrasensitive and specific detection of DNA down to 27 aM, and it opened up a new promising platform to detect various DNA targets at ultralow levels for early diagnoses of different diseases. PMID:25294102

  11. Enhanced charge separation in chlorophyll a solar cell by gold nanoparticles

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    Barazzouk, Saïd; Hotchandani, Surat

    2004-12-01

    An efficient organic photoelectrochemical cell based on chlorophyll a (Chla) and gold nanoparticles is constructed. The enhanced performance of this cell is due to the beneficial role of gold nanoparticles in accepting and shuttling the photogenerated electrons in Chla to the collecting electrode. This produces a long-distance charge-separated state, resulting into an enhancement in charge separation efficiency.

  12. A Novel Photoelectrochemical Biosensor for Tyrosinase and Thrombin Detection

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    Chen, Jiexia; Liu, Yifan; Zhao, Guang-Chao

    2016-01-01

    A novel photoelectrochemical biosensor for step-by-step assay of tyrosinase and thrombin was fabricated based on the specific interactions between the designed peptide and the target enzymes. A peptide chain with a special sequence which contains a positively charged lysine-labeled terminal, tyrosine at the other end and a cleavage site recognized by thrombin between them was designed. The designed peptide can be fixed on surface of the CdTe quantum dots (QDs)-modified indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode through electrostatic attraction to construct the photoelectrochemical biosensor. The tyrosinase target can catalyze the oxidization of tyrosine by oxygen into ortho-benzoquinone residues, which results in a decrease in the sensor photocurrent. Subsequently, the cleavage site could be recognized and cut off by another thrombin target, restoring the sensor photocurrent. The decrease or increase of photocurrent in the sensor enables us to assay tyrosinase and thrombin. Thus, the detection of tyrosinase and thrombin can be achieved in the linear range from 2.6 to 32 μg/mL and from 4.5 to 100 μg/mL with detection limits of 1.5 μg/mL and 1.9 μg/mL, respectively. Most importantly, this strategy shall allow us to detect different classes of enzymes simultaneously by designing various enzyme-specific peptide substrates. PMID:26805846

  13. A Novel Photoelectrochemical Biosensor for Tyrosinase and Thrombin Detection.

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    Chen, Jiexia; Liu, Yifan; Zhao, Guang-Chao

    2016-01-01

    A novel photoelectrochemical biosensor for step-by-step assay of tyrosinase and thrombin was fabricated based on the specific interactions between the designed peptide and the target enzymes. A peptide chain with a special sequence which contains a positively charged lysine-labeled terminal, tyrosine at the other end and a cleavage site recognized by thrombin between them was designed. The designed peptide can be fixed on surface of the CdTe quantum dots (QDs)-modified indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode through electrostatic attraction to construct the photoelectrochemical biosensor. The tyrosinase target can catalyze the oxidization of tyrosine by oxygen into ortho-benzoquinone residues, which results in a decrease in the sensor photocurrent. Subsequently, the cleavage site could be recognized and cut off by another thrombin target, restoring the sensor photocurrent. The decrease or increase of photocurrent in the sensor enables us to assay tyrosinase and thrombin. Thus, the detection of tyrosinase and thrombin can be achieved in the linear range from 2.6 to 32 μg/mL and from 4.5 to 100 μg/mL with detection limits of 1.5 μg/mL and 1.9 μg/mL, respectively. Most importantly, this strategy shall allow us to detect different classes of enzymes simultaneously by designing various enzyme-specific peptide substrates. PMID:26805846

  14. Photoelectrochemical Water Systems for H2 Production (Presentation)

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    Turner, J. A.; Deutsch, T.; Head, J.; Vallett, P.

    2007-05-17

    This Photoelectrochemical Water Systems for Hydrogen Production presentation by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's John Turner was given at the DOE Hydrogen Program's 2007 Annual Merit Review.

  15. Dye-sensitized PS-b-P2VP-templated nickel oxide films for photoelectrochemical applications

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    Massin, Julien; Bräutigam, Maximilian; Kaeffer, Nicolas; Queyriaux, Nicolas; Field, Martin J.; Schacher, Felix H.; Popp, Jürgen; Chavarot-Kerlidou, Murielle; Dietzek, Benjamin; Artero, Vincent

    2015-01-01

    Moving from homogeneous water-splitting photocatalytic systems to photoelectrochemical devices requires the preparation and evaluation of novel p-type transparent conductive photoelectrode substrates. We report here on the sensitization of polystyrene-block-poly-(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) diblock copolymer-templated NiO films with an organic push–pull dye. The potential of these new templated NiO film preparations for photoelectrochemical applications is compared with NiO material templated by F108 triblock copolymers. We conclude that NiO films are promising materials for the construction of dye-sensitized photocathodes to be inserted into photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. However, a combined effort at the interface between materials science and molecular chemistry, ideally funded within a Global Artificial Photosynthesis Project, is still needed to improve the overall performance of the photoelectrodes and progress towards economically viable PEC devices. PMID:26052420

  16. Semiconductor Nanowires for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

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    Hwang, Yun Jeong

    Photolysis of water with semiconductor materials has been investigated intensely as a clean and renewable energy resource by storing solar energy in chemical bonds such as hydrogen. One-dimensional (1D) nanostructures such as nanowires can provide several advantages for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting due to their high surface areas and excellent charge transport and collection efficiency. This dissertation discusses various nanowire photoelectrodes for single or dual semiconductor systems, and their linked PEC cells for self-driven water splitting. After an introduction of solar water splitting in the first chapter, the second chapter demonstrates water oxidative activities of hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanowire arrays depending on their length and surface properties. The photocurrents with TiO2 nanowire arrays approach saturation due to their poor charge collection efficiency with longer nanowires despite increased photon absorption efficiency. Epitaxial grains of rutile atomic layer deposition (ALD) shell on TiO2 nanowire increase the photocurrent density by 1.5 times due to improved charge collection efficiency especially in the short wavelength region. Chapter three compares the photocurrent density of the planar Si and Si nanowire arrays coated by anatase ALD TiO 2 thin film as a model system of a dual bandgap system. The electroless etched Si nanowire coated by ALD TiO2 (Si EENW/TiO2) shows 2.5 times higher photocurrent density due to lower reflectance and higher surface area. Also, this chapter illustrates that n-Si/n-TiO2 heterojunction is a promising structure for the photoanode application of a dual semiconductor system, since it can enhance the photocurrent density compared to p-Si/n-TiO 2 junction with the assistance of bend banding at the interface. Chapter four demonstrates the charge separation and transport of photogenerated electrons and holes within a single asymmetric Si/TiO2 nanowire. Kelvin probe force microscopy measurements show

  17. The Photosystem II D1-K238E mutation enhances electrical current production using cyanobacterial thylakoid membranes in a bio-photoelectrochemical cell.

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    Larom, Shirley; Kallmann, Dan; Saper, Gadiel; Pinhassi, Roy; Rothschild, Avner; Dotan, Hen; Ankonina, Guy; Schuster, Gadi; Adir, Noam

    2015-10-01

    The conversion of solar energy (SEC) to storable chemical energy by photosynthesis has been performed by photosynthetic organisms, including oxygenic cyanobacteria for over 3 billion years. We have previously shown that crude thylakoid membranes from the cyanobacterium Synechocytis sp. PCC 6803 can reduce the electron transfer (ET) protein cytochrome c even in the presence of the PSII inhibitor DCMU. Mutation of lysine 238 of the Photosystem II D1 protein to glutamic acid increased the cytochrome reduction rates, indicating the possible position of this unknown ET pathway. In this contribution, we show that D1-K238E is rather unique, as other mutations to K238, or to other residues in the same vicinity, are not as successful in cytochrome c reduction. This observation indicates the sensitivity of ET reactions to minor changes. As the next step in obtaining useful SEC from biological material, we describe the use of crude Synechocystis membranes in a bio-photovoltaic cell containing an N-acetyl cysteine-modified gold electrode. We show the production of significant current for prolonged time durations, in the presence of DCMU. Surprisingly, the presence of cytochrome c was not found to be necessary for ET to the bio-voltaic cell. PMID:25588957

  18. Enhanced photoelectrochemical activity of a hierarchical-ordered TiO₂ mesocrystal and its sensing application on a carbon nanohorn support scaffold.

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    Dai, Hong; Zhang, Shupei; Hong, Zhensheng; Li, Xiuhua; Xu, Guifang; Lin, Yanyu; Chen, Guonan

    2014-07-01

    A ternary hybrid was developed through interaction between a hierarchical-ordered TiO2 and a thiol group that was obtained by in situ chemical polymerization of L-cysteine on the carbon nanohorn (CNH) superstructure modified electrode. Herein, unique-ordered TiO2 superstructures with quasi-octahedral shape that possess high crystallinity, high porosity, oriented subunit alignment, very large specific surface area, and superior photocatalytic activity were first introduced as a photosensitizer element in the photoelectrochemical determination. Additionally, the assembly of hierarchical-structured CNHs was used to provide an excellent electron-transport matrix to capture and transport an electron from excited anatase to the electrode rapidly, hampering the electron-hole recombination effectively, resulting in improved photoelectrochemical response and higher photocatalytic activity in the visible light region. Owing to the dependence of the photocurrent signal on the concentration of electron donor, 4-methylimidozal, which can act as a photogenerated hole scavenger, an exquisite photoelectrochemical sensor was successfully fabricated with a wide linear range from 1 × 10(-4) to 1 × 10(-10) M, and the detection limit was down to 30 pM. The low applied potential of 0.2 V was beneficial to the elimination of interference from other reductive species that coexisted in the real samples. More importantly, the mesocrystal was first introduced in the fabricating of a biosensor, which not only opens up a new avenue for biosensors manufactured based on mesocrystal materials but also provides beneficial lessons in the research fields ranging from solar cells to photocatalysis. PMID:24884080

  19. Broad Spectrum Photoelectrochemical Diodes for Solar Hydrogen Generation

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    Grimes, Craig A.

    2014-11-26

    Under program auspices we have investigated material chemistries suitable for the solar generation of hydrogen by water photoelectrolysis. We have built upon, and extended, our knowledge base on the synthesis and application of TiO2 nanotube arrays, a material architecture that appears ideal for water photoelectrolysis. To date we have optimized, refined, and greatly extended synthesis techniques suitable for achieving highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays of given length, wall thickness, pore diameter, and tube-to-tube spacing for use in water photoelectrolysis. We have built upon this knowledge based to achieve visible light responsive, photocorrosion stable n-type and p-type ternary oxide nanotube arrays for use in photoelectrochemical diodes.

  20. Photoelectrochemical generation of hydrogen and electricity from hydrazine hydrate using BiVO4 electrodes.

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    Pilli, Satyananda Kishore; Summers, Kodi; Chidambaram, Dev

    2015-06-01

    This study demonstrates solar driven oxidation of hydrazine hydrate and the simultaneous production of hydrogen and electricity in photoelectrochemical cells and photofuel cells, respectively, using a visible light active molybdenum doped BiVO4 photoelectrode. The developed photoelectrodes exhibited tremendous efficiency towards anodic oxidation of hydrous hydrazine with continuous and stable hydrogen evolution at the Pt cathode under benign pH and zero bias conditions. Significantly, the photofuel cell containing hydrazine hydrate fuel has generated electricity with a high open circuit potential of 0.8 V. The presence of bicarbonate ions in the electrolyte has played a significant role in enhancing the kinetics of photoelectrochemical oxidation of hydrazine and improved the hydrogen and electricity generation efficiency thus avoiding the integration of an oxidation electrocatalyst. In addition, molybdenum doped BiVO4 as a possible photoelectrochemical hydrazine sensor has been investigated and the electrode photocurrent was found to be linearly dependent on the concentration of the hydrazine hydrate in the range of 20-90 mM with a correlation coefficient of 0.9936. PMID:25801229

  1. Manipulation of charge transfer and transport in plasmonic-ferroelectric hybrids for photoelectrochemical applications.

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    Wang, Zhijie; Cao, Dawei; Wen, Liaoyong; Xu, Rui; Obergfell, Manuel; Mi, Yan; Zhan, Zhibing; Nasori, Nasori; Demsar, Jure; Lei, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Utilizing plasmonic nanostructures for efficient and flexible conversion of solar energy into electricity or fuel presents a new paradigm in photovoltaics and photoelectrochemistry research. In a conventional photoelectrochemical cell, consisting of a plasmonic structure in contact with a semiconductor, the type of photoelectrochemical reaction is determined by the band bending at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface. The nature of the reaction is thus hard to tune. Here instead of using a semiconductor, we employed a ferroelectric material, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT). By depositing gold nanoparticle arrays and PZT films on ITO substrates, and studying the photocurrent as well as the femtosecond transient absorbance in different configurations, we demonstrate an effective charge transfer between the nanoparticle array and PZT. Most importantly, we show that the photocurrent can be tuned by nearly an order of magnitude when changing the ferroelectric polarization in PZT, demonstrating a versatile and tunable system for energy harvesting. PMID:26753764

  2. Manipulation of charge transfer and transport in plasmonic-ferroelectric hybrids for photoelectrochemical applications

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    Wang, Zhijie; Cao, Dawei; Wen, Liaoyong; Xu, Rui; Obergfell, Manuel; Mi, Yan; Zhan, Zhibing; Nasori, Nasori; Demsar, Jure; Lei, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Utilizing plasmonic nanostructures for efficient and flexible conversion of solar energy into electricity or fuel presents a new paradigm in photovoltaics and photoelectrochemistry research. In a conventional photoelectrochemical cell, consisting of a plasmonic structure in contact with a semiconductor, the type of photoelectrochemical reaction is determined by the band bending at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface. The nature of the reaction is thus hard to tune. Here instead of using a semiconductor, we employed a ferroelectric material, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT). By depositing gold nanoparticle arrays and PZT films on ITO substrates, and studying the photocurrent as well as the femtosecond transient absorbance in different configurations, we demonstrate an effective charge transfer between the nanoparticle array and PZT. Most importantly, we show that the photocurrent can be tuned by nearly an order of magnitude when changing the ferroelectric polarization in PZT, demonstrating a versatile and tunable system for energy harvesting.

  3. Photoelectrochemical water splitting enhanced by self-assembled metal nanopillars embedded in an oxide semiconductor photoelectrode.

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    Kawasaki, Seiji; Takahashi, Ryota; Yamamoto, Takahisa; Kobayashi, Masaki; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Yoshinobu, Jun; Komori, Fumio; Kudo, Akihiko; Lippmaa, Mikk

    2016-01-01

    Production of chemical fuels by direct solar energy conversion in a photoelectrochemical cell is of great practical interest for developing a sustainable energy system. Various nanoscale designs such as nanowires, nanotubes, heterostructures and nanocomposites have been explored to increase the energy conversion efficiency of photoelectrochemical water splitting. Here we demonstrate a self-organized nanocomposite material concept for enhancing the efficiency of photocarrier separation and electrochemical energy conversion. Mechanically robust photoelectrodes are formed by embedding self-assembled metal nanopillars in a semiconductor thin film, forming tubular Schottky junctions around each pillar. The photocarrier transport efficiency is strongly enhanced in the Schottky space charge regions while the pillars provide an efficient charge extraction path. Ir-doped SrTiO3 with embedded iridium metal nanopillars shows good operational stability in a water oxidation reaction and achieves over 80% utilization of photogenerated carriers under visible light in the 400- to 600-nm wavelength range. PMID:27255209

  4. Manipulation of charge transfer and transport in plasmonic-ferroelectric hybrids for photoelectrochemical applications

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Zhijie; Cao, Dawei; Wen, Liaoyong; Xu, Rui; Obergfell, Manuel; Mi, Yan; Zhan, Zhibing; Nasori, Nasori; Demsar, Jure; Lei, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Utilizing plasmonic nanostructures for efficient and flexible conversion of solar energy into electricity or fuel presents a new paradigm in photovoltaics and photoelectrochemistry research. In a conventional photoelectrochemical cell, consisting of a plasmonic structure in contact with a semiconductor, the type of photoelectrochemical reaction is determined by the band bending at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface. The nature of the reaction is thus hard to tune. Here instead of using a semiconductor, we employed a ferroelectric material, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT). By depositing gold nanoparticle arrays and PZT films on ITO substrates, and studying the photocurrent as well as the femtosecond transient absorbance in different configurations, we demonstrate an effective charge transfer between the nanoparticle array and PZT. Most importantly, we show that the photocurrent can be tuned by nearly an order of magnitude when changing the ferroelectric polarization in PZT, demonstrating a versatile and tunable system for energy harvesting. PMID:26753764

  5. Photoelectrochemical water splitting enhanced by self-assembled metal nanopillars embedded in an oxide semiconductor photoelectrode

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    Kawasaki, Seiji; Takahashi, Ryota; Yamamoto, Takahisa; Kobayashi, Masaki; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Yoshinobu, Jun; Komori, Fumio; Kudo, Akihiko; Lippmaa, Mikk

    2016-06-01

    Production of chemical fuels by direct solar energy conversion in a photoelectrochemical cell is of great practical interest for developing a sustainable energy system. Various nanoscale designs such as nanowires, nanotubes, heterostructures and nanocomposites have been explored to increase the energy conversion efficiency of photoelectrochemical water splitting. Here we demonstrate a self-organized nanocomposite material concept for enhancing the efficiency of photocarrier separation and electrochemical energy conversion. Mechanically robust photoelectrodes are formed by embedding self-assembled metal nanopillars in a semiconductor thin film, forming tubular Schottky junctions around each pillar. The photocarrier transport efficiency is strongly enhanced in the Schottky space charge regions while the pillars provide an efficient charge extraction path. Ir-doped SrTiO3 with embedded iridium metal nanopillars shows good operational stability in a water oxidation reaction and achieves over 80% utilization of photogenerated carriers under visible light in the 400- to 600-nm wavelength range.

  6. Photoelectrochemical water splitting enhanced by self-assembled metal nanopillars embedded in an oxide semiconductor photoelectrode

    PubMed Central

    Kawasaki, Seiji; Takahashi, Ryota; Yamamoto, Takahisa; Kobayashi, Masaki; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Yoshinobu, Jun; Komori, Fumio; Kudo, Akihiko; Lippmaa, Mikk

    2016-01-01

    Production of chemical fuels by direct solar energy conversion in a photoelectrochemical cell is of great practical interest for developing a sustainable energy system. Various nanoscale designs such as nanowires, nanotubes, heterostructures and nanocomposites have been explored to increase the energy conversion efficiency of photoelectrochemical water splitting. Here we demonstrate a self-organized nanocomposite material concept for enhancing the efficiency of photocarrier separation and electrochemical energy conversion. Mechanically robust photoelectrodes are formed by embedding self-assembled metal nanopillars in a semiconductor thin film, forming tubular Schottky junctions around each pillar. The photocarrier transport efficiency is strongly enhanced in the Schottky space charge regions while the pillars provide an efficient charge extraction path. Ir-doped SrTiO3 with embedded iridium metal nanopillars shows good operational stability in a water oxidation reaction and achieves over 80% utilization of photogenerated carriers under visible light in the 400- to 600-nm wavelength range. PMID:27255209

  7. A facile strategy to fabricate high-quality single crystalline brookite TiO2 nanoarrays and their photoelectrochemical properties

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    Choi, Mingi; Yong, Kijung

    2014-10-01

    cells, and the photoelectrochemical properties such as photocurrent density and open circuit voltage were measured in a three-electrode electrochemical cell with TiO2 nanoarrays, Ag/AgCl and a Pt flag as the working, reference and counter electrodes, respectively, incorporating a 0.1 M NaOH electrolyte solution. The fabricated brookite TiO2 nanoarrays exhibited a highly enhanced photocurrent density and a longer electron lifetime compared with anatase TiO2 nanoarrays with similar lengths. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Detailed descriptions of SEM images of TiO2 structures depending on the reaction time and temperatures, how sodium titanate was converted into anatase, a bandgap study based on diffuse reflection measurements and XRD images dependending on the reaction time of synthesizing brookite. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04735d

  8. Photoelectrochemical water splitting: silicon photocathodes for hydrogen evolution

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    Warren, Emily L.; Boettcher, Shannon W.; McKone, James R.; Lewis, Nathan S.

    2010-08-01

    The development of low cost, scalable, renewable energy technologies is one of today's most pressing scientific challenges. We report on progress towards the development of a photoelectrochemical water-splitting system that will use sunlight and water as the inputs to produce renewable hydrogen with oxygen as a by-product. This system is based on the design principle of incorporating two separate, photosensitive inorganic semiconductor/liquid junctions to collectively generate the 1.7-1.9 V at open circuit needed to support both the oxidation of H2O (or OH-) and the reduction of H+ (or H2O). Si microwire arrays are a promising photocathode material because the high aspect-ratio electrode architecture allows for the use of low cost, earth-abundant materials without sacrificing energy-conversion efficiency, due to the orthogonalization of light absorption and charge-carrier collection. Additionally, the high surfacearea design of the rod-based semiconductor array inherently lowers the flux of charge carriers over the rod array surface relative to the projected geometric surface of the photoelectrode, thus lowering the photocurrent density at the solid/liquid junction and thereby relaxing the demands on the activity (and cost) of any electrocatalysts. Arrays of Si microwires grown using the Vapor Liquid Solid (VLS) mechanism have been shown to have desirable electronic light absorption properties. We have demonstrated that these arrays can be coated with earth-abundant metallic catalysts and used for photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen. This development is a step towards the demonstration of a complete artificial photosynthetic system, composed of only inexpensive, earth-abundant materials, that is simultaneously efficient, durable, and scalable.

  9. Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Immunosensing Platform Based on CdSeTe@CdS:Mn Core-Shell Quantum Dots-Sensitized TiO2 Amplified by CuS Nanocrystals Conjugated Signal Antibodies.

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    Fan, Gao-Chao; Zhu, Hua; Du, Dan; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Zhu, Jun-Jie; Lin, Yuehe

    2016-03-15

    A new, ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunosensing platform was established on the basis of CdSeTe@CdS:Mn core-shell quantum dots-sensitized TiO2 coupled with signal amplification of CuS nanocrystals conjugated signal antibodies. In this proposal, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA, Ag) was selected as an example of target analyte to show the analytical performances of the platform. Specifically, TiO2-modified electrode was first assembled with CdSeTe alloyed quantum dots (AQDs) via electrostatic adsorption assisted by oppositely charged polyelectrolyte, and then further deposited with CdS:Mn shells on the surface of CdSeTe AQDs via successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction strategy, forming TiO2/CdSeTe@CdS:Mn sensitization structure, which was used as photoelectrochemical matrix to immobilize capture CEA antibodies (Ab1); signal CEA antibodies (Ab2) were labeled with CuS nanocrystals (NCs) to form Ab2-CuS conjugates, which were employed as signal amplification elements when specific immunoreaction occurred. The ultrahigh sensitivity of this immunoassay resulted from the following two aspects. Before detection of target Ag, the TiO2/CdSeTe@CdS:Mn sensitization structure could adequately harvest the exciting light with different bands, evidently expedite the electron transfer, and effectively depress the charge recombination, resulting in noticeably increased photocurrent. When target Ag existed, the Ab2-CuS conjugates could dramatically decrease the photocurrent due to competitive absorption of exciting light and consumption of electron donor for CuS NCs coupled with steric hindrance of Ab2 molecules. The fabricated photoelectrochemical immunosensor showed a low limit of detection of 0.16 pg/mL and a wide linear range from 0.5 pg/mL to 100 ng/mL for CEA detection, and it also exhibited good specificity, reproducibility, and stability. PMID:26910366

  10. Electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of condensed layers of cyanine dyes: Dye layers on platinum

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    Sviridov, D.V.; Kulak, A.I.

    1987-12-01

    The authors discuss the electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of pigment electrodes based on a number of carbocyanine dyes: the pyridinium slat of 3,3'-di-..gamma..-sulfopropyl-9-ethyl-4,5,4',5'-dibenzothiacarbocyanine betaine, 3,3',9-triethyl-4,5,4',5'-dibenzothiacarbocyanine bromide, 3,3'9-trimethyl-4,5,4',5'-dibenzothiacarbocyanine chloride, and 1,1',3,3'-tetraethyl-5,6,5',6'-tetrachloroimidacarbocyanine iodide.

  11. Self bleaching photoelectrochemical-electrochromic device

    DOEpatents

    Bechinger, Clemens S.; Gregg, Brian A.

    2002-04-09

    A photoelectrochemical-electrochromic device comprising a first transparent electrode and a second transparent electrode in parallel, spaced relation to each other. The first transparent electrode is electrically connected to the second transparent electrode. An electrochromic material is applied to the first transparent electrode and a nanoporous semiconductor film having a dye adsorbed therein is applied to the second transparent electrode. An electrolyte layer contacts the electrochromic material and the nanoporous semiconductor film. The electrolyte layer has a redox couple whereby upon application of light, the nanoporous semiconductor layer dye absorbs the light and the redox couple oxidizes producing an electric field across the device modulating the effective light transmittance through the device.

  12. Spectral sensitization of nanocrystalline solar cells

    DOEpatents

    Spitler, Mark T.; Ehret, Anne; Stuhl, Louis S.

    2002-01-01

    This invention relates to dye sensitized polycrystalline photoelectrochemical solar cells for use in energy transduction from light to electricity. It concerns the utility of highly absorbing organic chromophores as sensitizers in such cells and the degree to which they may be utilized alone and in combination to produce an efficient photoelectrochemical cell, e.g., a regenerative solar cell.

  13. Chronic myeloid leukemia drug evaluation using a multisignal amplified photoelectrochemical sensing platform.

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    Zhou, Shiwei; Kong, Yong; Shen, Qingming; Ren, Xiaolin; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2014-12-01

    Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a malignant clone disease of hematopoietic stem cells. At present, the most effective therapy for CML is bone marrow transplantation, but this procedure is expensive, and it is often difficult to find appropriately matched bone marrow donors. As an alternative to marrow transplantation, a more effective anticancer drug should be developed to cure the disease; in addition, an effective system to evaluate the activity of the drug needs to be developed. Herein, we present a novel antileukemia drug evaluation method based on a multisignal amplified photoelectrochemical sensing platform that monitors the activity of caspase-3, a known marker of cell apoptosis. Manganese-doped CdS@ZnS core-shell nanoparticles (Mn:CdS@ZnS) were synthesized via a simple wet chemical method, which provided a stable photocurrent signal. A DEVD-biotin peptide and streptavidin-labeled alkaline phosphatise (SA-ALP) were immobilized successively at these nanoparticles through amide bonding and through specific interaction between biotin and streptavidin, respectively. The photocurrent of this sensing platform improved as the ALP hydrolyzed the substrate 2-phospho-l-ascorbic acid (AAP) to ascorbic acid (AA), a more efficient electron donor. The activity of caspase-3 was detected using this sensing platform, and thus, the efficacy of nilotinib for targeting K562 CML cells could be evaluated. The results indicate that nilotinib can effectively induce apoptosis of the K562 cells. This sensing platform exhibited sensitive, reproductive, and stable performance in studying the nilotinib-induced apoptosis of K562 CML cells, and the platform could be utilized to evaluate other anticancer drugs. PMID:25372503

  14. Enzymatic Oxydate-Triggered Self-Illuminated Photoelectrochemical Sensing Platform for Portable Immunoassay Using Digital Multimeter.

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    Shu, Jian; Qiu, Zhenli; Zhou, Qian; Lin, Youxiu; Lu, Minghua; Tang, Dianping

    2016-03-01

    Herein a novel split-type photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunosensing platform was designed for sensitive detection of low-abundance biomarkers (prostate-specific antigen, PSA, used in this case) by coupling a peroxyoxalate chemiluminescence (PO-CL) self-illuminated system with digital multimeter (DMM) readout. The PEC detection device consisted of a capacitor/DMM-joined electronic circuit and a PO-CL-based self-illuminated cell. Initially, reduced graphene oxide-doped BiVO4 (BiVO4-rGO) photovoltaic materials with good photoelectric properties was integrated into the capacitor/DMM-joined circuit for photocurrent generation in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2, as the hole-trapping reagent). A sandwich-type immunoreaction with target PSA was carried out in capture antibody-coated microplates by using glucose oxidase/detection antibody-conjugating gold nanoparticle (pAb2-AuNP-GOx). Accompanying the sandwiched immunocomplex, the labeled GOx could oxidize glucose to produce H2O2. The as-generated H2O2 could act as the coreaction reagent to trigger the chemiluminescence of the peroxyoxalate system and the PEC reaction of the BiVO4-rGO. Meanwhile, the self-illuminated light could induce photovoltaic material (BiVO4-rGO) to produce a voltage that was utilized to charge an external capacitor. With the switch closed, the capacitor could discharge through the DMM and provide an instantaneous current. Different from conventional PEC immunoassays, the as-generated photoelectron was stored in the capacitor and released instantaneously to amplify the photocurrent. Under the optimal conditions, the transient current increased with the increasing target PSA concentration in the dynamic working range from 10 pg mL(-1) to 80 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit (LOD) of 3 pg mL(-1). This work demonstrated for the first time that the peroxyoxalate CL system could be used as a suitable substitute of physical light source to apply in PEC immunoassay. In addition, this methodology

  15. Photo-electrochemical studies of chemically deposited nanocrystalline meso-porous n-type TiO2 thin films for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using simple synthesized azo dye

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    Ezema, C. G.; Nwanya, A. C.; Ezema, B. E.; Patil, B. H.; Bulakhe, R. N.; Ukoha, P. O.; Lokhande, C. D.; Maaza, Malik; Ezema, Fabian I.

    2016-04-01

    Nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method onto fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass substrate at room temperature (300 K). Titanium trichloride and sodium hydroxide were used as cationic and anionic sources, respectively. The as-deposited and annealed films were characterized for structural, morphological, optical, electrical and wettability properties. The photoelectrochemical study of TiO2 sensitized with a laboratory synthesized organic dye (azo) was evaluated in the polyiodide electrolyte at 40 mW cm-2 light illumination intensity. The photovoltaic characteristics show a fill factor of 0.24 and solar conversion efficiency value of 0.032 % for a TiO2 thickness of 0.96 µm as compared to efficiency of 0.014 % for rose Bengal of the same thickness.

  16. Surface Engineered Doping of Hematite Nanorod Arrays for Improved Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

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    Shen, Shaohua; Zhou, Jigang; Dong, Chung-Li; Hu, Yongfeng; Tseng, Eric Nestor; Guo, Penghui; Guo, Liejin; Mao, Samuel S.

    2014-01-01

    Given the narrow band gap enabling excellent optical absorption, increased charge carrier density and accelerated surface oxidation reaction kinetics become the key points for improved photoelectrochemical performances for water splitting over hematite (α-Fe2O3) photoanodes. In this study, a facile and inexpensive method was demonstrated to develop core/shell structured α-Fe2O3 nanorod arrays. A thin, Ag-doped overlayer of ~2–3 nm thickness was formed along α-Fe2O3 nanorods via ultrasonication treatment of solution-based β-FeOOH nanorods in Ag precursor solution followed by high temperature annealing. The obtained α-Fe2O3/AgxFe2−xO3 core/shell nanorod films demonstrated much higher photoelectrochemical performances as photoanodes than the pristine α-Fe2O3 nanorod film, especially in the visible light region; the incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) at 400 nm was increased from 2.2% to 8.4% at 1.23 V vs. RHE (Reversible hydrogen electrode). Mott-Schottky analysis and X-ray absorption spectra revealed that the Ag-doped overlayer not only increased the carrier density in the near-surface region but also accelerated the surface oxidation reaction kinetics, synergistically contributing to the improved photoelectrochemical performances. These findings provide guidance for the design and optimization of nanostructured photoelectrodes for efficient solar water splitting. PMID:25316219

  17. Development & Optimization of Materials and Processes for a Cost Effective Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production System. Final report

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    McFarland, Eric W

    2011-01-17

    The overall project objective was to apply high throughput experimentation and combinatorial methods together with novel syntheses to discover and optimize efficient, practical, and economically sustainable materials for photoelectrochemical production of bulk hydrogen from water. Automated electrochemical synthesis and photoelectrochemical screening systems were designed and constructed and used to study a variety of new photoelectrocatalytic materials. We evaluated photocatalytic performance in the dark and under illumination with or without applied bias in a high-throughput manner and did detailed evaluation on many materials. Significant attention was given to -Fe2O3 based semiconductor materials and thin films with different dopants were synthesized by co-electrodeposition techniques. Approximately 30 dopants including Al, Zn, Cu, Ni, Co, Cr, Mo, Ti, Pt, etc. were investigated. Hematite thin films doped with Al, Ti, Pt, Cr, and Mo exhibited significant improvements in efficiency for photoelectrochemical water splitting compared with undoped hematite. In several cases we collaborated with theorists who used density functional theory to help explain performance trends and suggest new materials. The best materials were investigated in detail by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet-visual spectroscopy (UV-Vis), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photoelectrocatalytic performance of the thin films was evaluated and their incident photon

  18. Graphene oxide modified TiO2 nanotube arrays: enhanced visible light photoelectrochemical properties

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    Song, Peng; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Sun, Mingxuan; Cui, Xiaoli; Lin, Yuehe

    2012-01-01

    Novel nanocomposite films based on graphene oxide (GO) and TiO2 nanotube arrays were synthesized by assembling GO on the surface of self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays through a simple assembling method. The composite films were characterized with field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical properties of the composite nanotube arrays were investigated under visible light illumination. Remarkably enhanced visible light photoelectrochemical response was observed for the GO decorated TiO2 nanotube composite electrode compared with pristine TiO2 nanotube arrays. Sensitizing effect of GO on the photoelectrochemical response of TiO2 nanotube arrays was demonstrated and about 15 times enhanced maximum photoconversion efficiency was obtained with the presence of GO. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotube arrays towards degradation of methyl blue was also demonstrated after modification of GO. The results presented here demonstrate GO to be efficient for the improvement of utilization of visible light for TiO2 nanotube arrays.

  19. Biofuel from biomass via photo-electrochemical reactions: An overview

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    Ibrahim, N.; Kamarudin, S. K.; Minggu, L. J.

    2014-08-01

    Biomass is attracting a great deal of attention as a renewable energy resource to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Converting biomass from municipal, agricultural and livestock into biofuel and electrical power has significant environmental and economic advantages. The conversion of biomass into practical energy requires elegant designs and further investigation. Thus, biomass is a promising renewable energy source due to its low production cost and simple manufacturing processes. Biofuel (hydrogen and methanol) from biomass will be possible to be used for transportation with near-zero air pollution, involves efficient uses of land and major contribution to reduce dependence on insecure source of petroleum. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) reactions study has potential pathway for producing fuel from biomass and bio-related compound in the near future. This review highlights recent work related to the PEC conversion of biomass and bio-related compounds into useful biofuels and electricity. This review covers different types of photochemical reaction cells utilizing various types of organic and inorganic waste. It also presents recent developments in photoelectrodes, photocatalysts and electrolytes as well as the production of different types of fuel from PEC cells and highlights current developments and problems in PEC reactions.

  20. Wiring of Photosystem II to Hydrogenase for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Mersch, Dirk; Lee, Chong-Yong; Zhang, Jenny Zhenqi; Brinkert, Katharina; Fontecilla-Camps, Juan C; Rutherford, A William; Reisner, Erwin

    2015-07-01

    In natural photosynthesis, light is used for the production of chemical energy carriers to fuel biological activity. The re-engineering of natural photosynthetic pathways can provide inspiration for sustainable fuel production and insights for understanding the process itself. Here, we employ a semiartificial approach to study photobiological water splitting via a pathway unavailable to nature: the direct coupling of the water oxidation enzyme, photosystem II, to the H2 evolving enzyme, hydrogenase. Essential to this approach is the integration of the isolated enzymes into the artificial circuit of a photoelectrochemical cell. We therefore developed a tailor-made hierarchically structured indium-tin oxide electrode that gives rise to the excellent integration of both photosystem II and hydrogenase for performing the anodic and cathodic half-reactions, respectively. When connected together with the aid of an applied bias, the semiartificial cell demonstrated quantitative electron flow from photosystem II to the hydrogenase with the production of H2 and O2 being in the expected two-to-one ratio and a light-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 5.4% under low-intensity red-light irradiation. We thereby demonstrate efficient light-driven water splitting using a pathway inaccessible to biology and report on a widely applicable in vitro platform for the controlled coupling of enzymatic redox processes to meaningfully study photocatalytic reactions. PMID:26046591

  1. Photoelectrochemical synthesis of DNA microarrays

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    Chow, Brian Y.; Emig, Christopher J.; Jacobson, Joseph M.

    2009-01-01

    Optical addressing of semiconductor electrodes represents a powerful technology that enables the independent and parallel control of a very large number of electrical phenomena at the solid-electrolyte interface. To date, it has been used in a wide range of applications including electrophoretic manipulation, biomolecule sensing, and stimulating networks of neurons. Here, we have adapted this approach for the parallel addressing of redox reactions, and report the construction of a DNA microarray synthesis platform based on semiconductor photoelectrochemistry (PEC). An amorphous silicon photoconductor is activated by an optical projection system to create virtual electrodes capable of electrochemically generating protons; these PEC-generated protons then cleave the acid-labile dimethoxytrityl protecting groups of DNA phosphoramidite synthesis reagents with the requisite spatial selectivity to generate DNA microarrays. Furthermore, a thin-film porous glass dramatically increases the amount of DNA synthesized per chip by over an order of magnitude versus uncoated glass. This platform demonstrates that PEC can be used toward combinatorial bio-polymer and small molecule synthesis. PMID:19706433

  2. Template-free synthesis of Ta3N5 nanorod arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Zhen, Chao; Wang, Lianzhou; Liu, Gang; Lu, Gao Qing Max; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2013-04-14

    We report the template-free synthesis of Ta3N5 nanorod array films grown on Ta foil by a combination of a vapor-phase hydrothermal process and subsequent nitriding. The Ta3N5 nanorod array film modified with Co(OH)x when used as a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell for water splitting yields a stable photocurrent density of 2.8 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 VRHE under AM 1.5G simulated sunlight. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency at 480 nm is determined to be 37.8%. PMID:23463440

  3. Cell memory-based therapy.

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    Anjamrooz, Seyed Hadi

    2015-11-01

    Current cell therapies, despite all of the progress in this field, still faces major ethical, technical and regulatory hurdles. Because these issues possibly stem from the current, restricted, stereotypical view of cell ultrastructure and function, we must think radically about the nature of the cell. In this regard, the author's theory of the cell memory disc offers 'memory-based therapy', which, with the help of immune system rejuvenation, nervous system control and microparticle-based biodrugs, may have substantial therapeutic potential. In addition to its potential value in the study and prevention of premature cell aging, age-related diseases and cell death, memory therapy may improve the treatment of diseases that are currently limited by genetic disorders, risk of tumour formation and the availability and immunocompatibility of tissue transplants. PMID:26256679

  4. Cell memory-based therapy

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    Anjamrooz, Seyed Hadi

    2015-01-01

    Current cell therapies, despite all of the progress in this field, still faces major ethical, technical and regulatory hurdles. Because these issues possibly stem from the current, restricted, stereotypical view of cell ultrastructure and function, we must think radically about the nature of the cell. In this regard, the author's theory of the cell memory disc offers ‘memory-based therapy’, which, with the help of immune system rejuvenation, nervous system control and microparticle-based biodrugs, may have substantial therapeutic potential. In addition to its potential value in the study and prevention of premature cell aging, age-related diseases and cell death, memory therapy may improve the treatment of diseases that are currently limited by genetic disorders, risk of tumour formation and the availability and immunocompatibility of tissue transplants. PMID:26256679

  5. Graphite-based photovoltaic cells

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    Lagally, Max; Liu, Feng

    2010-12-28

    The present invention uses lithographically patterned graphite stacks as the basic building elements of an efficient and economical photovoltaic cell. The basic design of the graphite-based photovoltaic cells includes a plurality of spatially separated graphite stacks, each comprising a plurality of vertically stacked, semiconducting graphene sheets (carbon nanoribbons) bridging electrically conductive contacts.

  6. Applications of Metal Oxide Materials in Dye Sensitized Photoelectrosynthesis Cells for Making Solar Fuels: Let the Molecules do the Work

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    Alibabaei, Leila; Luo, Hanlin; House, Ralph L.; Hoertz, Paul G.; Lopez, Rene; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2013-01-01

    Solar fuels hold great promise as a permanent, environmentally friendly, long-term renewable energy source, that would be readily available across the globe. In this account, an approach to solar fuels is described based on Dye Sensitized Photoelectrosynthesis Cells (DSPEC) that mimic the configuration used in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC), but with the goal of producing oxygen and a high energy solar fuel in the separate compartments of a photoelectrochemical cell rather than a photopotential and photocurrent.

  7. Photocatalysis and photoelectrochemical properties of tungsten trioxide nanostructured films.

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    Lai, Chin Wei

    2014-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO₃) possesses a small band gap energy of 2.4-2.8 eV and is responsive to both ultraviolet and visible light irradiation including strong absorption of the solar spectrum and stable physicochemical properties. Thus, controlled growth of one-dimensional (1D) WO₃ nanotubular structures with desired length, diameter, and wall thickness has gained significant interest. In the present study, 1D WO₃ nanotubes were successfully synthesized via electrochemical anodization of tungsten (W) foil in an electrolyte composed of 1 M of sodium sulphate (Na₂SO₄) and ammonium fluoride (NH₄F). The influence of NH₄F content on the formation mechanism of anodic WO₃ nanotubular structure was investigated in detail. An optimization of fluoride ions played a critical role in controlling the chemical dissolution reaction in the interface of W/WO₃. Based on the results obtained, a minimum of 0.7 wt% of NH₄F content was required for completing transformation from W foil to WO₃ nanotubular structure with an average diameter of 85 nm and length of 250 nm within 15 min of anodization time. In this case, high aspect ratio of WO₃ nanotubular structure is preferred because larger active surface area will be provided for better photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) reactions. PMID:24782669

  8. Photocatalysis and Photoelectrochemical Properties of Tungsten Trioxide Nanostructured Films

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    Lai, Chin Wei

    2014-01-01

    Tungsten trioxide (WO3) possesses a small band gap energy of 2.4–2.8 eV and is responsive to both ultraviolet and visible light irradiation including strong absorption of the solar spectrum and stable physicochemical properties. Thus, controlled growth of one-dimensional (1D) WO3 nanotubular structures with desired length, diameter, and wall thickness has gained significant interest. In the present study, 1D WO3 nanotubes were successfully synthesized via electrochemical anodization of tungsten (W) foil in an electrolyte composed of 1 M of sodium sulphate (Na2SO4) and ammonium fluoride (NH4F). The influence of NH4F content on the formation mechanism of anodic WO3 nanotubular structure was investigated in detail. An optimization of fluoride ions played a critical role in controlling the chemical dissolution reaction in the interface of W/WO3. Based on the results obtained, a minimum of 0.7 wt% of NH4F content was required for completing transformation from W foil to WO3 nanotubular structure with an average diameter of 85 nm and length of 250 nm within 15 min of anodization time. In this case, high aspect ratio of WO3 nanotubular structure is preferred because larger active surface area will be provided for better photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) reactions. PMID:24782669

  9. Ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunoassay through tag induced exciton trapping.

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    Wen, Guangming; Ju, Huangxian

    2015-03-01

    The development of photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensors with novel principles is of significance in realizing sensitive and low-cost detection. This work uses CuO NPs labeled antibody to construct a simple and sensitive sandwich-type immunobiosensor for the detection of protein. The detection signal is produced by dissolving the CuO NPs to release copper ions, which are then added on a quantum dots (QDs) modified F-doped tin oxide to quench the photocurrent of QDs via copper ion-induced formation of exciton trapping. The formed exciton trapping blocks the escape of photoelectron and thus leads to a "signal off" PEC method for sensitive immunoassay. The proposed method shows a detectable range from 0.05 to 500 ng/mL for α-fetoprotein (AFP) with a detection limit (LOD) of 0.038 ng/mL. This work further extends the application of exciton trapping-based PEC biosensing strategy in bioanalysis. The sensitive analytical performance of the designed route implies a promising potential of the PEC sensing in clinical diagnosis. PMID:25618699

  10. An electrodeposited inhomogeneous metal-insulator-semiconductor junction for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation.

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    Hill, James C; Landers, Alan T; Switzer, Jay A

    2015-11-01

    The photoelectrochemical splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen requires a semiconductor to absorb light and generate electron-hole pairs, and a catalyst to enhance the kinetics of electron transfer between the semiconductor and solution. A crucial question is how this catalyst affects the band bending in the semiconductor, and, therefore, the photovoltage of the cell. We introduce a simple and inexpensive electrodeposition method to produce an efficient n-Si/SiOx/Co/CoOOH photoanode for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water to oxygen. The photoanode functions as a solid-state, metal-insulator-semiconductor photovoltaic cell with spatially non-uniform barrier heights in series with a low overpotential water-splitting electrochemical cell. The barrier height is a function of the Co coverage; it increases from 0.74 eV for a thick, continuous film to 0.91 eV for a thin, inhomogeneous film that has not reached coalescence. The larger barrier height leads to a 360 mV photovoltage enhancement relative to a solid-state Schottky barrier. PMID:26366847

  11. An electrodeposited inhomogeneous metal-insulator-semiconductor junction for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation

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    Hill, James C.; Landers, Alan T.; Switzer, Jay A.

    2015-11-01

    The photoelectrochemical splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen requires a semiconductor to absorb light and generate electron-hole pairs, and a catalyst to enhance the kinetics of electron transfer between the semiconductor and solution. A crucial question is how this catalyst affects the band bending in the semiconductor, and, therefore, the photovoltage of the cell. We introduce a simple and inexpensive electrodeposition method to produce an efficient n-Si/SiOx/Co/CoOOH photoanode for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water to oxygen. The photoanode functions as a solid-state, metal-insulator-semiconductor photovoltaic cell with spatially non-uniform barrier heights in series with a low overpotential water-splitting electrochemical cell. The barrier height is a function of the Co coverage; it increases from 0.74 eV for a thick, continuous film to 0.91 eV for a thin, inhomogeneous film that has not reached coalescence. The larger barrier height leads to a 360 mV photovoltage enhancement relative to a solid-state Schottky barrier.

  12. Hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting: facile synthesis and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance.

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    Li, Yuangang; Wei, Xiaoliang; Zhu, Bowen; Wang, Hua; Tang, Yuxin; Sum, Tze Chien; Chen, Xiaodong

    2016-06-01

    Highly photoactive and durable photoanode materials are the key to photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this paper, hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays (denoted as Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs) composed of a long Fe2O3 trunk and numerous short TiO2 nanorod branches were fabricated and used as photoanodes for water splitting. Significant improvement of photoelectrochemical water splitting performance was observed based on Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. The photocurrent density of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs reaches up to 1.3 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus RHE, which is 10 times higher than that of pristine Fe2O3 nanorod arrays under the same conditions. Furthermore, an obvious cathodic shift in the onset potential of photocurrent was observed in the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. More significantly, the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs are quite stable even after 3600 s continuous illumination, and the photocurrent density shows almost no decay. Finally, a tentative mechanism was proposed to explain the superior performance of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs for PEC water splitting and discussed in detail on the basis of our experimental results. PMID:27189633

  13. Label-free and selective photoelectrochemical detection of chemical DNA methylation damage using DNA repair enzymes.

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    Wu, Yiping; Zhang, Bintian; Guo, Liang-Hong

    2013-07-16

    Exogenous chemicals may produce DNA methylation that is potentially toxic to living systems. Methylated DNA bases are difficult to detect with biosensors because the methyl group is small and chemically inert. In this report, a label-free photoelectrochemical sensor was developed for the selective detection of chemically methylated bases in DNA films. The sensor employed two DNA repair enzymes, human alkyladenine DNA glycosylase and human apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease, to convert DNA methylation sites in DNA films on indium tin oxide electrodes into strand breaks. A DNA intercalator, Ru(bpy)2(dppz)(2+) (bpy=2,2'-bipyridine, dppz = dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine) was then used as the photoelectrochemical signal indicator to detect the DNA strand breaks. Its photocurrent signal was found to correlate inversely with the amount of 3-methyladenines (metAde) produced with a methylating agent, methylmethane sulfonate (MMS). The sensor detected the methylated bases produced with as low as 1 mM MMS, at which concentration the amount of metAde on the sensor surface was estimated to be 0.5 pg, or 1 metAde in 1.6 × 10(5) normal bases. Other DNA base modification products, such as 5-methylcytosine and DNA adducts with ethyl and styrene groups did not attenuate the photocurrent, demonstrating good selectivity of the sensor. This strategy can be utilized to develop sensors for the detection of other modified DNA bases with specific DNA repair enzymes. PMID:23777269

  14. Photoelectrochemical fabrication of spectroscopic diffraction gratings, phase 2

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    Rauh, R. David; Carrabba, Michael M.; Li, Jianguo; Cartland, Robert F.; Hachey, John P.; Mathew, Sam

    1990-01-01

    This program was directed toward the production of Echelle diffraction gratings by a light-driven, electrochemical etching technique (photoelectrochemical etching). Etching is carried out in single crystal materials, and the differential rate of etching of the different crystallographic planes used to define the groove profiles. Etching of V-groove profiles was first discovered by us during the first phase of this project, which was initially conceived as a general exploration of photoelectrochemical etching techniques for grating fabrication. This highly controllable V-groove etching process was considered to be of high significance for producing low pitch Echelles, and provided the basis for a more extensive Phase 2 investigation.

  15. Explanation of the photocurrent quantum efficiency (Φ) enhancements through the CAN's model equation for the p-CuI sensitized methylviolet-C18 LB films in the photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) and Cu/n-Cu2O/M-C18/p-CuI solid-state photovoltaic cells

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    Fernando, C. A. N.; Liyanaarachchi, U. S.; AARajapaksha, R. D.

    2013-04-01

    Photocurrent enhancements in a dye sensitized photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) with a Cu/p-CuI/M-C18 photoelectrode and a dye sensitized solid state photovoltaic cell (DSSC) with Cu/n-Cu2O/M-C18/p-CuI are studied by controlling the formation of dye aggregates of M-C18 Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films on the p-CuI layer. LB films of M-C18 are deposited under biasing conditions during the LB deposition process on Cu/p-CuI, Cu/n-Cu2O/p-CuI and conductive glass plates with the three-electrode configuration setup coupling to the LB trough. LB films prepared under positive biasing conditions enhance the photocurrent quantum efficiencies for both PECs and DSSCs controlling and minimizing the formation of dye aggregates. The electrolyte used for LB deposition and photocurrent measurements is (10-2 M) Fe2+ + Fe3+ (10-2 M) and (10-2 M) NaH2PO4-Na2HPO4, pH = 6 buffer solution. Maximum photocurrent quantum efficiencies (Фmax%) obtained are ≈22% for PEC and ≈20% for DSSCs, where the M-C18 LB film deposition applied potentials +0.3 V versus Ag/AgCl. The mechanism of the photocurrent enhancement is discussed through the CAN's model equation, Ф = AD0-BD02, where A = k1k2/F, B = I k12 k2[2k6/F3 + k2k4/k32 X2F2], F = k2 + k5Y + k7 + k1 I [1 + k2/k3 X], presented from our previous study [1]. Experimental evidence for the formation of the aggregates of M-C18 LB films for the negative applied potentials and suppression of the aggregates with positive applied potentials are presented from absorption spectra, AFM pictures and fluorescence measurements of the samples. Conversion efficiency obtained is ≈2.5%, Voc ≈750 mV and Isc ≈ 5.8 mA cm-2 for DSSC fabricated with +0.3 V versus Ag/AgCl applied deposition potential of M-C18 LB films.

  16. CuInSe/sub 2/-based photoelectrochemical cells: their use in characterization of thin CuInSe/sub 2/ films, and as photovoltaic cells per se

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    Cahen, D; Chen, Y W; Ireland, P J; Noufi, R; Turner, J A; Rincon, C; Bachmann, K J

    1984-05-01

    Photoelectrochemistry has been employed to characterize the p-CuInSe/sub 2/ component of the CdS/CuInSe/sub 2/ on-metal and a nonaqueous electrolyte containing a redox couple not specifically adsorbed onto the semiconductor, we can test the films for photovoltaic activity and obtain effective electronic properties of them, before CdS deposition, in a nondestructive manner. Electrochemical decomposition of CuInSe/sub 2/ was investigated in acetonitrile solutions to determine the mechanism of decomposition (n and p) in the dark and under illumination. Electrochemical, solution chemical and surface analyses confirmed at the light-assisted decomposition of CuInSe/sub 2/ resulted in metal ions and elemental chalcogen. On the basis of the results from the electrochemical decomposition, and studies on the solid state chemistry of the (Cu/sub 2/Se)/sub x/(In/sub 2/Se/sub 3/)/sub 1-x/ system and surface analyses, the CuInSe/sub 2//polyiodide interface was stabilized and up to 11.7% conversion efficiencies were obtained.

  17. Nanostructured TiO2 Films Attached CdSe QDs Toward Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance.

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    Du, Yingying; Yang, Ping; Liu, Yunshi; Zhao, Jie; He, Haiyan; Miao, Yanping

    2016-06-01

    TiO2 films consisted of small nanoparticles were fabricated via a spinning coating method on fluorine doped in tin oxide (FTO) slide glass. After calcination, the films were subsequently sensitized by CdSe quantum dots (QDs) using mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) as a bifunctional surface modifier. Upon UV light irradiation, CdSe QDs inject electrons into TiO2 nanoparticles, thus resulting in the generation of photocurrent in QD-sensitized solar cell. The results indicate that TiO2 films sensitized by CdSe QDs have achieved 1.5-fold enhancement in photocurrent compared with pure TiO2 films, indicating that CdSe QDs can improve the photocurrent by promoting the separation of photoinduced charge carriers. In addition, the photocurrent enhances as the thickness of TiO2 films increased. Such improved photoelectrochemical performance is ascribed to the basis of improved interfacial charge transport of the TiO2-CdSe composite films. Combining QDs on TiO2 thin films is a promising and effective way to enhance the photoelectrochemical performance, which is important in QD-sensitized solar cell application. PMID:27427714

  18. Room temperature molten salt electrolytes for photoelectrochemical applications

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    Rajeshwar, K.; DuBow, J.; Singh, P.

    1982-08-01

    Mixtures of aluminum chloride (AlCl/sub 3/) with triethylammonium chloride 1,6-ethyl lutidinium bromide (EtluBr), tert-butyl pyridinium bromide (BPBr), and dialkyl imidazolium chloride (R/sub 2/ImCl), in certain molar ratios yielded ionic liquids at room temperature which were studied with respect to their applicability as electrolytes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. Background voltammograms were obtained for these electrolytes on carbon and n-GaAs electrodes. The anodic stability limit was found to be enhanced on n-GaAs relative to carbon in all cases. The cathodic decomposition potential of the electrolyte showed a smaller positive shift on n-GaAs with the exception of the 3:1 AlCl/sub 3/ BPBr electrolyte. The difference in electrolyte stability behavior on carbon and n-GaAs is interpreted in terms of carrier density effects. Cyclic voltammograms were compared on carbon in the various electrolytes for a model redox system comprising the ferrocene/ferricenium couple. The separation of the cathodic and anodic waves in all the cases was consistent with a quasi-reversible redox behavior--the most sluggish electron transfer being observed in the case of the 3:1 AlCl/sub 3/-BpBr electrolyte. Capacitance-voltage measurements were made on n-GaAs electrodes in contact with the various electrolytes. Flatband-potentials (V /SUB fb/) were deduced from these data using Mott-Schottky plots. The implications of this result for PEC applications and the role of specific ion adsorption of electrolyte species on the electrostatic aspects of the n-GaAs/molten salt electrolyte-interface are discussed with the aid of energy band diagrams.

  19. Efficient water-splitting device based on a bismuth vanadate photoanode and thin-film silicon solar cells.

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    Han, Lihao; Abdi, Fatwa F; van de Krol, Roel; Liu, Rui; Huang, Zhuangqun; Lewerenz, Hans-Joachim; Dam, Bernard; Zeman, Miro; Smets, Arno H M

    2014-10-01

    A hybrid photovoltaic/photoelectrochemical (PV/PEC) water-splitting device with a benchmark solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 5.2% under simulated air mass (AM) 1.5 illumination is reported. This cell consists of a gradient-doped tungsten-bismuth vanadate (W:BiVO4 ) photoanode and a thin-film silicon solar cell. The improvement with respect to an earlier cell that also used gradient-doped W:BiVO4 has been achieved by simultaneously introducing a textured substrate to enhance light trapping in the BiVO4 photoanode and further optimization of the W gradient doping profile in the photoanode. Various PV cells have been studied in combination with this BiVO4 photoanode, such as an amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) single junction, an a-Si:H/a-Si:H double junction, and an a-Si:H/nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) micromorph junction. The highest conversion efficiency, which is also the record efficiency for metal oxide based water-splitting devices, is reached for a tandem system consisting of the optimized W:BiVO4 photoanode and the micromorph (a-Si:H/nc-Si:H) cell. This record efficiency is attributed to the increased performance of the BiVO4 photoanode, which is the limiting factor in this hybrid PEC/PV device, as well as better spectral matching between BiVO4 and the nc-Si:H cell. PMID:25138735

  20. CuO-Functionalized Silicon Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Devices.

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    Shi, Yuanyuan; Gimbert-Suriñach, Carolina; Han, Tingting; Berardi, Serena; Lanza, Mario; Llobet, Antoni

    2016-01-13

    One main difficulty for the technological development of photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting (WS) devices is the fabrication of active, stable and cost-effective photoelectrodes that ensure high performance. Here, we report the development of a CuO/Silicon based photoanode, which shows an onset potential for the water oxidation of 0.53 V vs SCE at pH 9, that is, an overpotential of 75 mV, and high stability above 10 h. These values account for a photovoltage of 420 mV due to the absorbed photons by silicon, as proven by comparing with analogous CuO/FTO electrodes that are not photoactive. The photoanodes have been fabricated by sputtering a thin film of Cu(0) on commercially available n-type Si wafers, followed by a photoelectrochemical treatment in basic pH conditions. The resulting CuO/Cu layer acts as (1) protective layer to avoid the corrosion of nSi, (2) p-type hole conducting layer for efficient charge separation and transportation, and (3) electrocatalyst to reduce the overpotential of the water oxidation reaction. The low cost, low toxicity, and good performance of CuO-based coatings can be an attractive solution to functionalize unstable materials for solar energy conversion. PMID:26651152

  1. Quantum dot-functionalized porous ZnO nanosheets as a visible light induced photoelectrochemical platform for DNA detection

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    Wang, Wenjing; Hao, Qing; Wang, Wei; Bao, Lei; Lei, Jianping; Wang, Quanbo; Ju, Huangxian

    2014-02-01

    This work reports the synthesis of novel CdTe quantum dot (QD)-functionalized porous ZnO nanosheets via a covalent binding method with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane as a linker. The functional nanosheets showed an excellent visible-light absorbency and much higher photoelectrochemical activity than both CdTe QDs and ZnO nanosheets due to the porous structure and appropriate band alignment between the CdTe QDs and ZnO nanosheets. Using hydrogen peroxide as an electron acceptor the nanosheet-modified electrode showed a sensitive photocurrent response. This speciality led to a novel methodology for the design of hydrogen peroxide-related biosensors by the formation or consumption of hydrogen peroxide. Using biotin-labeled DNA as capture probe, a model biosensor was proposed by immobilizing the probe on a nanosheet-modified electrode to recognize target DNA in the presence of an assistant DNA, which produced a ``Y'' junction structure to trigger a restriction endonuclease-aided target recycling. The target recycling resulted in the release of biotin labeled to the immobilized DNA from the nanosheet-modified electrode, thus decreased the consumption of hydrogen peroxide by horseradish peroxidase-mediated electrochemical reduction after binding the left biotin with horseradish peroxidase-labeled streptavidin, which produced an increasing photoelectrochemical response. The `signal on' strategy for photoelectrochemical detection of DNA showed a low detection limit down to the subfemtomole level and good specificity to single-base mismatched oligonucleotides. The sensitized porous ZnO nanosheets are promising for applications in both photovoltaic devices and photoelectrochemical biosensing.

  2. Quantum dot-functionalized porous ZnO nanosheets as a visible light induced photoelectrochemical platform for DNA detection.

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    Wang, Wenjing; Hao, Qing; Wang, Wei; Bao, Lei; Lei, Jianping; Wang, Quanbo; Ju, Huangxian

    2014-03-01

    This work reports the synthesis of novel CdTe quantum dot (QD)-functionalized porous ZnO nanosheets via a covalent binding method with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane as a linker. The functional nanosheets showed an excellent visible-light absorbency and much higher photoelectrochemical activity than both CdTe QDs and ZnO nanosheets due to the porous structure and appropriate band alignment between the CdTe QDs and ZnO nanosheets. Using hydrogen peroxide as an electron acceptor the nanosheet-modified electrode showed a sensitive photocurrent response. This speciality led to a novel methodology for the design of hydrogen peroxide-related biosensors by the formation or consumption of hydrogen peroxide. Using biotin-labeled DNA as capture probe, a model biosensor was proposed by immobilizing the probe on a nanosheet-modified electrode to recognize target DNA in the presence of an assistant DNA, which produced a "Y" junction structure to trigger a restriction endonuclease-aided target recycling. The target recycling resulted in the release of biotin labeled to the immobilized DNA from the nanosheet-modified electrode, thus decreased the consumption of hydrogen peroxide by horseradish peroxidase-mediated electrochemical reduction after binding the left biotin with horseradish peroxidase-labeled streptavidin, which produced an increasing photoelectrochemical response. The 'signal on' strategy for photoelectrochemical detection of DNA showed a low detection limit down to the subfemtomole level and good specificity to single-base mismatched oligonucleotides. The sensitized porous ZnO nanosheets are promising for applications in both photovoltaic devices and photoelectrochemical biosensing. PMID:24457595

  3. Photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical conversion of solar energy.

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    Grätzel, Michael

    2007-04-15

    The Sun provides approximately 100,000 terawatts to the Earth which is about 10000 times more than the present rate of the world's present energy consumption. Photovoltaic cells are being increasingly used to tap into this huge resource and will play a key role in future sustainable energy systems. So far, solid-state junction devices, usually made of silicon, crystalline or amorphous, and profiting from the experience and material availability resulting from the semiconductor industry, have dominated photovoltaic solar energy converters. These systems have by now attained a mature state serving a rapidly growing market, expected to rise to 300 GW by 2030. However, the cost of photovoltaic electricity production is still too high to be competitive with nuclear or fossil energy. Thin film photovoltaic cells made of CuInSe or CdTe are being increasingly employed along with amorphous silicon. The recently discovered cells based on mesoscopic inorganic or organic semiconductors commonly referred to as 'bulk' junctions due to their three-dimensional structure are very attractive alternatives which offer the prospect of very low cost fabrication. The prototype of this family of devices is the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC), which accomplishes the optical absorption and the charge separation processes by the association of a sensitizer as light-absorbing material with a wide band gap semiconductor of mesoporous or nanocrystalline morphology. Research is booming also in the area of third generation photovoltaic cells where multi-junction devices and a recent breakthrough concerning multiple carrier generation in quantum dot absorbers offer promising perspectives. PMID:17272237

  4. A new approach to light up the application of semiconductor nanomaterials for photoelectrochemical biosensors: using self-operating photocathode as a highly selective enzyme sensor.

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    Wang, Guang-Li; Liu, Kang-Li; Dong, Yu-Ming; Wu, Xiu-Ming; Li, Zai-Jun; Zhang, Chi

    2014-12-15

    Due to the intrinsic hole oxidation reaction occurred on the photoanode surface, currently developed photoelectrochemical biosensors suffer from the interference from coexisting reductive species (acting as electron donor) and a novel design strategy of photoelectrode for photoelectrochemical detection is urgently required. In this paper, a self-operating photocathode based on CdS quantum dots sensitized three-dimensional (3D) nanoporous NiO was designed and created, which showed highly selective and reversible response to dissolved oxygen (acting as electron acceptor) in the electrolyte solution. Using glucose oxidase (GOD) as a biocatalyst, a novel photoelectrochemical sensor for glucose was developed. The commonly encountered interferents such as H2O2, ascorbic acid (AA), cysteine (Cys), dopamine (DA), etc., almost had no effect for the cathodic photocurrent of the 3D NiO/CdS electrode, though these substances were proved to greatly influence the photocurrent of photoanodes, which indicated greatly improved selectivity of the method. The method was applied to detect glucose in real samples including serum and glucose injections with satisfactory results. This study could provide a new train of thought on designing of self-operating photocathode in photoelectrochemical sensing, promoting the application of semiconductor nanomaterials in photoelectrochemistry. PMID:24984285

  5. Interplay of light transmission and catalytic exchange current in photoelectrochemical systems

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    Fountaine, Katherine T.; Lewerenz, Hans J.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2014-10-01

    We develop an analytic current-voltage expression for a variable junction photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell and use it to investigate and illustrate the influence of the optical and electrical properties of catalysts on the optoelectronic performance of PEC devices. Specifically, the model enables a simple, yet accurate accounting of nanostructured catalyst optical and electrical properties through incorporation of an optical transmission factor and active catalytic area factor. We demonstrate the utility of this model via the output power characteristics of an exemplary dual tandem solar cell with indium gallium phosphide and indium gallium arsenide absorbers with varying rhodium catalyst nanoparticle loading. The approach highlights the importance of considering interactions between independently optimized components for optimal PEC device design.

  6. Interplay of light transmission and catalytic exchange current in photoelectrochemical systems

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    Fountaine, Katherine T.; Lewerenz, Hans J.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2014-10-27

    We develop an analytic current-voltage expression for a variable junction photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell and use it to investigate and illustrate the influence of the optical and electrical properties of catalysts on the optoelectronic performance of PEC devices. Specifically, the model enables a simple, yet accurate accounting of nanostructured catalyst optical and electrical properties through incorporation of an optical transmission factor and active catalytic area factor. We demonstrate the utility of this model via the output power characteristics of an exemplary dual tandem solar cell with indium gallium phosphide and indium gallium arsenide absorbers with varying rhodium catalyst nanoparticle loading. The approach highlights the importance of considering interactions between independently optimized components for optimal PEC device design.

  7. Photoelectrochemical oxidation of ibuprofen via Cu2O-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Sun, Qiannan; Peng, Yen-Ping; Chen, Hanlin; Chang, Ken-Lin; Qiu, Yang-Neng; Lai, Shiau-Wu

    2016-12-01

    A p-n junction based Cu2O-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (Cu2O-TNAs) were synthesized and used as a working anode in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) system. The results revealed that the Cu2O-TNAs were dominated by the anatase phase and responded significantly to visible light. XPS analyses indicated that with an amount of 24.79% Cu doping into the structure, the band gap of Cu2O-TNAs was greatly reduced. SEM images revealed that the supported TiO2 nanotubes had diameters of approximately 80nm and lengths of about 2.63μm. Upon doping with Cu2O, the TiO2 nanotubes maintained their structural integrity, exhibiting no significant morphological change, favoring PEC applications. Under illumination, the photocurrent from Cu2O/TNAs was 2.4 times larger than that from TNAs, implying that doping with Cu2O significantly improved electron mobility by reducing the rate of recombination of electron-hole pairs. The EIS and Bode plot revealed that the estimated electron lifetimes, τel, of TNAs and Cu2O/TNAs were 6.91 and 26.26ms, respectively. The efficiencies of degradation of Ibuprofen by photoelectrochemical, photocatalytic (PC), electrochemical (EC) and photolytic (P) methods were measured. PMID:27021261

  8. Plasmonic layer enhanced photoelectrochemical response of Fe2O3 photoanodes

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    Verma, Anuradha; Srivastav, Anupam; Banerjee, Anamika; Sharma, Dipika; Sharma, Shailja; Singh, Udai Bhan; Satsangi, Vibha Rani; Shrivastav, Rohit; Avasthi, Devesh Kumar; Dass, Sahab

    2016-05-01

    Present experimental study focuses on the influence of plasmonic layer in Zr-doped Fe2O3 (Z-F) thin film based photoanodes deposited in different configurations for photo splitting of water. The Au nanoparticles (plasmonic layer) as bottom layer and surface (top) layer are incorporated in the spray pyrolytically deposited Z-F thin layer. In addition to this, fabrication of Z-F sandwiched between two plasmonic Au layers (Au/Z-F/Au) as well as plasmonic Au layer sandwiched between two Z-F layers (Z-F/Au/Z-F) are also undertaken. All configurations using plasmonic layer show enhanced photoresponse in comparison to the pristine Z-F samples. The Z-F sandwiched between two plasmonic layers shows the most significant increase in photocurrent density at 0.8 V/SCE (Saturated Calomel Electrode) and also improved optical absorption due to the presence of two palsmonic layers which promote charge transfer and inhibit charge recombination. The obtained results are supported by characterization techniques viz. X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDAX), UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy, Photoelectrochemical properties, Mott-Schottky analysis and efficiency measurements of photoelectrochemical (PEC) sytstem.

  9. Size-selected TiO₂ nanocluster catalysts for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Srivastava, Saurabh; Thomas, Joseph Palathinkal; Rahman, Md Anisur; Abd-Ellah, Marwa; Mohapatra, Mamata; Pradhan, Debabrata; Heinig, Nina F; Leung, Kam Tong

    2014-11-25

    Nanoclusters (NCs) are of great interest because they provide the link between the distinct behavior of atoms and nanoparticles and that of bulk materials. Here, we report precisely controlled deposition of size-selected TiO2 NCs produced by gas-phase aggregation in a special magnetron sputtering system. Carefully optimized aggregation length and Ar gas flow are used to control the size distribution, while a quadrupole mass filter provides precise in situ size selection (from 2 to 15 nm). Transmission electron microscopy studies reveal that NCs larger than a critical size (∼8 nm) have a crystalline core with an amorphous shell, while those smaller than the critical size are all amorphous. The TiO2 NCs so produced exhibit remarkable photoelectrochemical water splitting performance in spite of a small amount of material loading. NCs of three different sizes (4, 6, and 8 nm) deposited on H-terminated Si(100) substrates are tested for the photoelectrochemical catalytic performance, and significant enhancement in photocurrent density (0.8 mA/cm(2)) with decreasing NC size is observed with a low saturation voltage of -0.22 V vs Ag/AgCl (0.78 V vs RHE). The enhanced photoconductivity could be attributed to the increase in the specific surface area and increase in the number of active (defect) sites in the amorphous NCs. The unique advantages of the present technique will be further exploited to develop applications based on tunable, size-selected NCs. PMID:25365773

  10. ZnO-Au-SnO2 Z-scheme photoanodes for remarkable photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Li, Jing-Mei; Cheng, Hao-Yun; Chiu, Yi-Hsuan; Hsu, Yung-Jung

    2016-08-25

    For the first time a ZnO nanorod-based Z-scheme heterostructure system was proposed and realized for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting. The samples were prepared by depositing a thin layer of SnO2 on the Au surface of Au particle-decorated ZnO nanorods. For ZnO-Au-SnO2 nanorods, the embedded Au can mediate interfacial charge transfer by promoting electron transfer from the conduction band of SnO2 to the valence band of ZnO. This vectorial charge transfer resulted in the situation that the photoexcited electrons accumulated at ZnO while the photogenerated holes concentrated at SnO2, giving ZnO-Au-SnO2 substantially high redox powers. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectra suggested that the interfacial charge transfer across the ZnO/Au/SnO2 interface was significantly improved as a result of the Z-scheme charge transfer mechanism. With the substantially high redox powers and significantly improved interfacial charge transfer, ZnO-Au-SnO2 nanorods performed much better as a photoanode in photoelectrochemical water splitting than pristine ZnO, plasmonic Au-decorated ZnO and type-II SnO2-coated ZnO nanorods did. The present study has provided a viable approach to exploit Z-scheme photoanodes in the design of efficient artificial photosynthesis systems for solar energy conversion. PMID:27527337

  11. Different strategies for the detection of bioagents using electrochemical and photoelectrochemical genosensors

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    Voccia, Diego; Bettazi, Francesca; Palchetti, Ilaria

    2015-10-01

    In recent years various kinds of biosensors for the detection of pathogens have been developed. A genosensor consists in the immobilization, onto the surface of a chosen transducer, of an oligonucleotide with a specific base sequence called capture probe. The complementary sequence (the analytical target, i.e. a specific sequence of the DNA/RNA of the pathogen) present in the sample is recognized and captured by the probe through the hybridization reaction. The evaluation of the extent of the hybridization allows one to confirm whether the sample contains the complementary sequence of the probe or not. Electrochemical transducers have received considerable attention in connection with the detection of DNA hybridization. Moreover, recently, with the emergence of novel photoelectrochemically active species and new detection schemes, photoelectrochemistry has resulted in substantial progress in its analytical performance for biosensing applications. In this paper, some examples of electrochemical genosensors for multiplexed pathogen detection are shown. Moreover, the preliminary experiments towards the development of a photoelectrochemical genosensor using a TiO2 - nanocrystal-modified ITO electrode are discussed.

  12. Carbon-based Fuel Cell

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    Steven S. C. Chuang

    2005-08-31

    The direct use of coal in the solid oxide fuel cell to generate electricity is an innovative concept for power generation. The C-fuel cell (carbon-based fuel cell) could offer significant advantages: (1) minimization of NOx emissions due to its operating temperature range of 700-1000 C, (2) high overall efficiency because of the direct conversion of coal to CO{sub 2}, and (3) the production of a nearly pure CO{sub 2} exhaust stream for the direct CO{sub 2} sequestration. The objective of this project is to determine the technical feasibility of using a highly active anode catalyst in a solid oxide fuel for the direct electrochemical oxidation of coal to produce electricity. Results of this study showed that the electric power generation from Ohio No 5 coal (Lower Kittanning) Seam, Mahoning County, is higher than those of coal gas and pure methane on a solid oxide fuel cell assembly with a promoted metal anode catalyst at 950 C. Further study is needed to test the long term activity, selectivity, and stability of anode catalysts.

  13. Hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting: facile synthesis and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance

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    Li, Yuangang; Wei, Xiaoliang; Zhu, Bowen; Wang, Hua; Tang, Yuxin; Sum, Tze Chien; Chen, Xiaodong

    2016-05-01

    Highly photoactive and durable photoanode materials are the key to photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this paper, hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays (denoted as Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs) composed of a long Fe2O3 trunk and numerous short TiO2 nanorod branches were fabricated and used as photoanodes for water splitting. Significant improvement of photoelectrochemical water splitting performance was observed based on Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. The photocurrent density of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs reaches up to 1.3 mA cm-2 at 1.23 V versus RHE, which is 10 times higher than that of pristine Fe2O3 nanorod arrays under the same conditions. Furthermore, an obvious cathodic shift in the onset potential of photocurrent was observed in the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. More significantly, the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs are quite stable even after 3600 s continuous illumination, and the photocurrent density shows almost no decay. Finally, a tentative mechanism was proposed to explain the superior performance of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs for PEC water splitting and discussed in detail on the basis of our experimental results.Highly photoactive and durable photoanode materials are the key to photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this paper, hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays (denoted as Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs) composed of a long Fe2O3 trunk and numerous short TiO2 nanorod branches were fabricated and used as photoanodes for water splitting. Significant improvement of photoelectrochemical water splitting performance was observed based on Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. The photocurrent density of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs reaches up to 1.3 mA cm-2 at 1.23 V versus RHE, which is 10 times higher than that of pristine Fe2O3 nanorod arrays under the same conditions. Furthermore, an obvious cathodic shift in the onset potential of photocurrent was observed in the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. More significantly, the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs are quite stable even after 3600 s continuous illumination, and the photocurrent density shows almost no decay. Finally

  14. Stable Hematite Nanosheet Photoanodes for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Peerakiatkhajohn, Piangjai; Yun, Jung-Ho; Chen, Hongjun; Lyu, Miaoqiang; Butburee, Teera; Wang, Lianzhou

    2016-08-01

    A vertically grown hematite nanosheet film modified with Ag nanoparticles (NPs) and Co-Pi cocatalyst exhibits a remarkably high photocurrent density of 4.68 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus RHE. The Ag NPs leads to significantly improved light harvesting and better charge transfer, while the Co-Pi facilitates a highly stable oxygen evolution process. This photoelectrode design provides more efficient photoelectrochemical systems for solar-energy conversion. PMID:27167876

  15. Quantum-size-controlled photoelectrochemical etching of semiconductor nanostructures

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    Fischer, Arthur J.; Tsao, Jeffrey Y.; Wierer, Jr., Jonathan J.; Xiao, Xiaoyin; Wang, George T.

    2016-03-01

    Quantum-size-controlled photoelectrochemical (QSC-PEC) etching provides a new route to the precision fabrication of epitaxial semiconductor nanostructures in the sub-10-nm size regime. For example, quantum dots (QDs) can be QSC-PEC-etched from epitaxial InGaN thin films using narrowband laser photoexcitation, and the QD sizes (and hence bandgaps and photoluminescence wavelengths) are determined by the photoexcitation wavelength.

  16. Photochemical solar cells based on dye-sensitization of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2}

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    Deb, S.K.; Ellingson, R.; Ferrere, S.; Frank, A.J.; Gregg, B.A.; Nozik, A.J.; Park, N.; Schlichthoerl, G.

    1998-09-01

    A photoelectrochemical solar cell that is based on the dye-sensitization of thin nanocrystalline films of TiO{sub 2} (anatase) nanoparticles in contact with a non-aqueous liquid electrolyte is described. The cell, fabricated at NREL, shows a conversion efficiency of {approximately} 9.2% at AM1.5, which approaches the best reported value of 10--11% by Graetzel at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. The femtosecond (fs) pump-probe spectroscopy has been used to time resolve the injection of electrons into the conduction band of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films under ambient conditions following photoexcitation of the adsorbed Ru(II)-complex dye. The measurement indicates an instrument-limited {minus}50 fs upper limit on the electron injection time. The authors also report the sensitization of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} by a novel iron-based dye, CIS-[Fe{sup II}(2,2{prime}-bipyridine-4,4,{prime}-dicarboxylic acid){sub 2}(CN){sub 2}], a chromophore with an extremely short-lived, nonemissive excited state. The dye also exhibits a unique band selective sensitization through one of its two absorption bands. The operational principle of the device has been studied through the measurement of electric field distribution within the device structure and studies on the pH dependence of dye-redox potential. The incorporation of WO{sub 3}-based electrochromic layer into this device has led to a novel photoelectrochromic device structure for smart window application.

  17. Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance from Rationally Designed Anatase/Rutile TiO2 Heterostructures.

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    Cao, Fengren; Xiong, Jie; Wu, Fangli; Liu, Qiong; Shi, Zhiwei; Yu, Yanhao; Wang, Xudong; Li, Liang

    2016-05-18

    In a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell for water splitting, the critical issue is charge separation and transport, which is usually completed by designing semiconductor heterojunctions. TiO2 anatase-rutile mixed junctions could largely improve photocatalytic properties, but impairs PEC water splitting performance. We designed and prepared two types of TiO2 heterostructures with the anatase thin film and rutile nanowire phases organized in different sequences. The two types of heterostructures were used as PEC photoanodes for water splitting and demonstrated completely opposite results. Rutile nanowires on anatase film demonstrated enhanced photocurrent density and onset potential, whereas strong negative performance was obtained from anatase film on rutile nanowire structures. The mechanism was investigated by photoresponse, light absorption and reflectance, and electrochemical impedance spectra. This work revealed the significant role of phase sequence in performance gain of anatase-rutile TiO2 heterostructured PEC photoanodes. PMID:27136708

  18. Auxiliary pattern for cell-based OPC

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    Kahng, Andrew B.; Park, Chul-Hong

    2006-10-01

    The runtime of model-based optical proximity correction (OPC) tools has grown unacceptably with each successive technology generation, and has emerged as one of the major bottlenecks for turnaround time (TAT) of IC data preparation and manufacturing. The cell-based OPC approach improves runtime by performing OPC once per cell definition as opposed to once per cell instantiation in the layout. However, cell-based OPC does not comprehend inter-cell optical interactions that affect feature printability in a layout context. In this work, we propose auxiliary pattern-enabled cell-based OPC which can minimize the CD differences between cell-based OPC and model-based OPC. To enable effective insertion of auxiliary pattern (AP) in the design, we also propose a post-placement optimization of a standard cell block with respect to detailed placement. By dynamic programming-based placement perturbation, we achieve 100% AP applicability in designs with placement utilizations of < 70%. In an evaluation with a complete industrial flow, cell-based OPC with AP can match gate edge placement error (EPE) count of model-based OPC within 4%. This is an improvement of 90%, on average, over cell-based OPC without APs. The AP-based OPC approach can reduce OPC runtimes versus model-based OPC by up to 40X in our benchmark designs. We can also achieve reduction of GDSII file size and ORC runtimes due to hierarchy maintenance of cell-based OPC.

  19. CoSe₂ and NiSe₂ Nanocrystals as Superior Bifunctional Catalysts for Electrochemical and Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Kwak, In Hye; Im, Hyung Soon; Jang, Dong Myung; Kim, Young Woon; Park, Kidong; Lim, Young Rok; Cha, Eun Hee; Park, Jeunghee

    2016-03-01

    Catalysts for oxygen evolution reactions (OER) and hydrogen evolution reactions (HER) are central to key renewable energy technologies, including fuel cells and water splitting. Despite tremendous effort, the development of low-cost electrode catalysts with high activity remains a great challenge. In this study, we report the synthesis of CoSe2 and NiSe2 nanocrystals (NCs) as excellent bifunctional catalysts for simultaneous generation of H2 and O2 in water-splitting reactions. NiSe2 NCs exhibit superior electrocatalytic efficiency in OER, with a Tafel slope (b) of 38 mV dec(-1) (in 1 M KOH), and HER, with b = 44 mV dec(-1) (in 0.5 M H2SO4). In comparison, CoSe2 NCs are less efficient for OER (b = 50 mV dec(-1)), but more efficient for HER (b = 40 mV dec(-1)). It was found that CoSe2 NCs contained more metallic metal ions than NiSe2, which could be responsible for their improved performance in HER. Robust evidence for surface oxidation suggests that the surface oxide layers are the actual active sites for OER, and that CoSe2 (or NiSe2) under the surface act as good conductive layers. The higher catalytic activity of NiSe2 is attributed to their oxide layers being more active than those of CoSe2. Furthermore, we fabricated a Si-based photoanode by depositing NiSe2 NCs onto an n-type Si nanowire array, which showed efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation with a low onset potential (0.7 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode) and high durability. The remarkable catalytic activity, low cost, and scalability of NiSe2 make it a promising candidate for practical water-splitting solar cells. PMID:26848805

  20. Quantum-dot-sensitized TiO2 inverse opals for photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation.

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    Cheng, Chuanwei; Karuturi, Siva Krishna; Liu, Lijun; Liu, Jinping; Li, Hongxing; Su, Liap Tat; Tok, Alfred Iing Yoong; Fan, Hong Jin

    2012-01-01

    A new nanoarchitecture photoelectrode design comprising CdS quantum-dot-sensitized, optically and electrically active TiO(2) inverse opals is developed for photoelectrochemical water splitting. The photoelectrochemical performance shows high photocurrent density (4.84 mA cm(-2) at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl) under simulated solar-light illumination. PMID:22009604

  1. Ordered titanium dioxide nanotubular arrays: Synthesis, characterization and photoelectrochemical behavior

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    Mahajan, Vishal Khomdeo

    Generation of hydrogen using solar energy and water in a Photo-electrochemical (PEC) system is the most promising method to acquire alternative and renewable energy. Economic feasibility of PEC system requires the energy conversion efficiency (ECE) of 10%, while ensuring high durability of its components. Therefore, the research in this area is based on (i) utilization of renewable sources such as water and solar energy, (ii) improvement in the properties of photoelectrodes to convert maximum of solar energy into hydrogen (chemical energy), (iii) use of environmentally safe materials in the PEC system, (iv) scalability of the process, and (v) durability of the materials used for designing the PEC systems. In present investigation, PEC hydrogen generation was explored by using nanotubular TiO2 photoanodes. One dimensional ordered TiO 2 nanotubes were synthesized by two different techniques. In the first technique, nanotubular TiO2 was prepared in the acidic electrolyte in the presence of fluoride ions. The adventitious one dimensional structure of TiO2 was tested for their material properties by using different characterization tools such as SEM, XRD, UV-VIS and XPS. Effect of heat treatment on their properties was evaluated. In the second TiO2 nanotube synthesis method, organic electrolyte was used. Presence of carbon in the TiO2 nanotubes and its effect on the material properties was studied. Photolectrochemical studies of this material showed increase in the PEC hydrogen generation efficiency after incorporation of the carbon. The process scalability was tested by studying the effect of geometrical area of nanotubular TiO2 photoanodes on its PEC performance. A new Pt/TiO2 cathode was also synthesized by using Pt nanoparticles and TiO2 nanotubes. Newly designed cathode gave similar PEC hydrogen generation efficiency when compared with a Pt foil cathode promising the good performance at low cost. Stability of nanotubular TiO2 arrays was tested by carrying out the

  2. Silicon Microwire Arrays for Photoelectrochemical and Photovoltaic Applications

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    Warren, Emily Lowell

    Si microwire (Si MW) arrays grown by the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) process are promising materials for next-generation solar energy devices. High-aspect-ratio semiconductor structures have attracted recent interest as solar absorber materials because their radial geometry decouples the direction of light absorption and carrier collection, enabling the use of materials with shorter minority-carrier diffusion lengths than would be acceptable in a planar geometry. The VLS growth process is a low-cost deposition technique, which can be used to fabricate flexible, high-performance semiconductor materials. Si MW arrays have been investigated as an inexpensive alternative to wafer-based solar photovoltaics for low- cost electricity generation. Another potential application is to use these vertically oriented wire arrays as photocathodes of a solar fuel conversion devices, where instead of producing electricity, sunlight is used to directly drive a fuel-forming reaction (e.g., splitting water to form O 2 and H2). The high aspect ratio of the Si MW arrays provides a large surface area for the integration of fuel-forming catalysts, allowing for the development of a low-cost, scalable, energy storage technology. This thesis discusses the fabrication and photoelectrochemical characterization of Si MWs grown by the VLS process, focusing on the use of these wire arrays as hydrogen- evolving photocathodes for solar water-splitting. To optimize such a device it is important to balance all of the factors that will affect performance: light absorption, band energetics, attainable open circuit voltage, and catalysis. First, we characterize the electrical performance of the wire arrays using regenerative photoelectrochemistry to understand the material quality and band energetics at the Si/water interface. We demonstrate the fabrication of H2-evolving photocathodes using p-n junction Si MW arrays and earth-abundant Ni-Mo alloy hydrogen evolution catalysts. We then investigate modifying

  3. Facile solution deposition of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nano-worm films on FTO substrates and its photoelectrochemical property

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    Huang, Yaohan; Li, Guangli; Fan, Qingfei; Zhang, Meili; Lan, Qi; Fan, Ximei; Zhou, Zuowan; Zhang, Chaoliang

    2016-02-01

    In this work, Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanoworm films have been directly deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glass substrates by a solvothermal method using polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG-400) as the solvent and structure-directing agent. The as-obtained CZTS thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS), UV-vis spectra and photoelectrochemical measurement. The synthetic conditions, such as reaction temperature, reaction time, solvents, were investigated to know the formation of CZTS thin films. The results showed that PEG-400 plays a key role in the formation of the nanoworms by affecting the crystal growth process. The p-type CZTS nanoworm film with the band gap of 1.62 eV was synthesized at 180 °C for 22 h and the photovoltaic performance was studied by forming a photoelectrochemical cell.

  4. Cell phone based balance trainer

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    2012-01-01

    Background In their current laboratory-based form, existing vibrotactile sensory augmentation technologies that provide cues of body motion are impractical for home-based rehabilitation use due to their size, weight, complexity, calibration procedures, cost, and fragility. Methods We have designed and developed a cell phone based vibrotactile feedback system for potential use in balance rehabilitation training in clinical and home environments. It comprises an iPhone with an embedded tri-axial linear accelerometer, custom software to estimate body tilt, a "tactor bud" accessory that plugs into the headphone jack to provide vibrotactile cues of body tilt, and a battery. Five young healthy subjects (24 ± 2.8 yrs, 3 females and 2 males) and four subjects with vestibular deficits (42.25 ± 13.5 yrs, 2 females and 2 males) participated in a proof-of-concept study to evaluate the effectiveness of the system. Healthy subjects used the system with eyes closed during Romberg, semi-tandem Romberg, and tandem Romberg stances. Subjects with vestibular deficits used the system with both eyes-open and eyes-closed conditions during semi-tandem Romberg stance. Vibrotactile feedback was provided when the subject exceeded either an anterior-posterior (A/P) or a medial-lateral (M/L) body tilt threshold. Subjects were instructed to move away from the vibration. Results The system was capable of providing real-time vibrotactile cues that informed corrective postural responses. When feedback was available, both healthy subjects and those with vestibular deficits significantly reduced their A/P or M/L RMS sway (depending on the direction of feedback), had significantly smaller elliptical area fits to their sway trajectory, spent a significantly greater mean percentage time within the no feedback zone, and showed a significantly greater A/P or M/L mean power frequency. Conclusion The results suggest that the real-time feedback provided by this system can be used to reduce body sway. Its

  5. Thin films of TiO2:N for photo-electrochemical applications.

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    Trenczek-Zajac, A; Pamula, E; Radecka, M; Kowalski, K; Reszka, A; Brudnik, A; Kusior, E; Zakrzewska, K

    2012-06-01

    Dc-pulsed magnetron sputtering from Ti target in reactive Ar+O2+N2 atmosphere was used to grow stoichiometric TiO2:N and non-stoichiometric TiO2-x:N thin films. X-ray diffraction at glancing incidence, atomic force microscopy AFM, scanning electron microscopy SEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy XPS, and optical spectrophotometry were applied for sample characterization. Measurements of photocurrent versus voltage and wavelength over the ultraviolet uv and visible vis ranges of the light spectrum were performed in order to assess the performance of nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide thin films as photoanodes for hydrogen generation in photoelectrochemical cells, PEC. Undoped TiO2 and TiO2-x films were found to be composed of anatase and rutile mixture with larger anatase crystallites (25-35 nm) while the growth of smaller rutile crystallites (6-10 nm) predominated at higher nitrogen flow rates etaN2 as measured in standard cubic centimeters, sccm. Nitrogen-to-titanium ratio increased from N/Ti = 0.05 at etaN2 = 0.8 sccm for stoichiometric TiO2:N to N/Ti = 0.11 at etaN2 = 0.8 sccm for nonstoichiometric TiO2-x:N thin films. A red-shift in the optical absorbance was observed with an increase in etaN2. Doping with nitrogen improved photoelectrochemical properties over the visible range of the light spectrum in the case of nonstoichiometric samples. PMID:22905519

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

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

    2016-08-01

    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%.

  7. Electrochemically reduced graphene oxide on silicon nanowire arrays for enhanced photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution.

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    Meng, Huan; Fan, Ke; Low, Jingxiang; Yu, Jiaguo

    2016-09-21

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen by sunlight is a promising approach to solve energy and environmental problems. In this work, silicon nanowire arrays (SiNWs) photocathodes decorated with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) for PEC water splitting were successfully prepared by a flexible and scalable electrochemical reduction method. The SiNWs photocathode with the optimized rGO decoration (SiNWs/rGO20) shows an enhanced activity with a much higher photocurrent density and significantly positive shift of onset potential compared to the bare SiNWs arrays for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The enhanced PEC activity is ascribed to the high electrical conductivity of rGO and improved separation of the photogenerated charge carriers. This work not only demonstrates a facile, rapid and tunable electrochemical reduction method to produce rGO, but also exhibits an efficient protocol to enhance the PEC water splitting of silicon-based materials. PMID:27461187

  8. Hydrothermal synthesis of Fe2O3/ZnO heterojunction photoanode for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Chen, Chao; Bai, Hongye; da, Zulin; Li, Meng; Yan, Xu; Jiang, Jinhui; Fan, Weiqiang; Shi, Weidong

    2015-05-01

    We report a photoanode based on Fe2O3/zinc oxide (ZnO) heterojunction synthesized by hydrothermal method for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The forming heterojunction is systemically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results from the I-V characteristic curve and conversation efficiency of Fe2O3/ZnO heterojunction reveal that the forming heterojunction would be a benefit for electron transferring from conduction band of ZnO to that of Fe2O3. However, the quantity of ZnO film has an effect on the photocurrent density, the suitable of which has shown enhanced PEC performance.

  9. Two New Armtype Polyoxometalates Grafted on Titanium Dioxide Films: Towards Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance.

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    Sun, Hang; Guo, Li-Ying; Li, Jian-Sheng; Bai, Jian-Ping; Su, Fang; Zhang, Lan-Cui; Sang, Xiao-Jing; You, Wan-Sheng; Zhu, Zai-Ming

    2016-05-23

    Two new carboxyethyltin-functionalized polyoxometalates (POMs) were successfully obtained and confirmed with physicochemical and spectroscopic methods including X-ray crystallography. The lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals of both compounds are higher in energy than that of TiO2 , and the optical band gaps of these compounds are smaller than that of TiO2 . Grafting them onto a TiO2 film created two kinds of novel photoanode materials that showed significantly enhanced photovoltaic and photocurrent responses, as well as improved photoelectrooxidation activities for methanol relative to that shown by a single TiO2 film. Further, P2 W15 -Co-SnR produced the largest photocurrent by exploring the photoelectric activities of a series of carboxyethyltin POM derivatives. This work provides new insight into the photoelectrochemical functionalization of POM-based organic-inorganic hybrids. PMID:27098260

  10. Nanoparticle-based monitoring of cell therapy

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    Xu, Chenjie; Mu, Luye; Roes, Isaac; Miranda-Nieves, David; Nahrendorf, Matthias; Ankrum, James A; Zhao, Weian; Karp, Jeffrey M

    2012-01-01

    Exogenous cell therapy aims to replace/repair diseased or dysfunctional cells and promises to revolutionize medicine by restoring tissue and organ function. To develop effective cell therapy, the location, distribution and long-term persistence of transplanted cells must be evaluated. Nanoparticle (NP) based imaging technologies have the potential to track transplanted cells non-invasively. Here we summarize the most recent advances in NP-based cell tracking with emphasis on (1) the design criteria for cell tracking NPs, (2) protocols for cell labeling, (3) a comparison of available imaging modalities and their corresponding contrast agents, (4) a summary of preclinical studies on NP-based cell tracking and finally (5) perspectives and future directions. PMID:22101191

  11. All-nanoparticle self-assembly ZnO/TiO₂ heterojunction thin films with remarkably enhanced photoelectrochemical activity.

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    Yuan, Sujun; Mu, Jiuke; Mao, Ruiyi; Li, Yaogang; Zhang, Qinghong; Wang, Hongzhi

    2014-04-23

    The multilaminated ZnO/TiO2 heterojunction films were successfully deposited on conductive substrates including fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass and flexible indium tin oxide coated poly(ethylene terephthalate) via the layer-by-layer (LBL) self assembly method from the oxide colloids without using any polyelectrolytes. The positively charged ZnO nanoparticles and the negatively charged TiO2 nanoparticles were directly used as the components in the consecutive deposition process to prepare the heterojunction thin films by varying the thicknesses. Moreover, the crystal growth of both oxides could be efficiently inhibited by the good connection between ZnO and TiO2 nanoparticles even after calcination at 500 °C, especially for ZnO which was able to keep the crystallite size under 25 nm. The as-prepared films were used as the working electrodes in the three-electrode photoelectrochemical cells. Because the well-contacted nanoscale heterojunctions were formed during the LBL self-assembling process, the ZnO/TiO2 all-nanoparticle films deposited on both substrates showed remarkably enhanced photoelectrochemical properties compared to that of the well-established TiO2 LBL thin films with similar thicknesses. The photocurrent response collected from the ZnO/TiO2 electrode on the FTO glass substrate was about five times higher than that collected from the TiO2 electrode. Owing to the absence of the insulating layer of dried polyelectrolytes, the ZnO/TiO2 all-nanoparticle heterojunction films were expected to be used in the photoelectrochemical device before calcination. PMID:24670479

  12. Improved charge transfer and photoelectrochemical performance of CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure nanotube arrays.

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    Yang, Feng; Xi, Jinfang; Gan, Li-Yong; Wang, Yushu; Lu, Shuangwei; Ma, Wenli; Cai, Fanggong; Zhang, Yong; Cheng, Cuihua; Zhao, Yong

    2016-02-15

    Charge transfer is important for the performance of a photoelectrochemical cell. Understanding photogenerated charge accumulation and separation is mandatory for the design and optimisation of photoelectrochemical cells. Unique stacked and embedded heterostructure of Sb2S3/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) was fabricated through anodic oxidation with the hydrothermal method. Surface photovoltage spectroscopy, phase spectra and photoluminescence measurements were performed to explore the mechanism by which the inorganic hole transport material CuI affects the charge transfer and photoelectrochemical properties of Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs. The interfacial separation and transport of photoinduced charge carriers were also examined by applying current-voltage characteristics (J-V), incident-photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) and Mott-Schottky techniques. Results show that CuI acts not only as a hole-conducting and electron-blocking material but also as a light-absorbing material in the ultraviolet range. Efficient charge transfer processes exist in CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs. The photoelectrochemical performance of CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs is dramatically improved. Under AM 1.5G illumination at 100mW/cm(2), the short-circuit current density and open-circuit voltage are 3.51mA/cm(2) and 0.87V, respectively. The photoelectric conversion efficiency of CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs (0.95%) is 36% higher than that of Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs (0.66%). PMID:26598949

  13. Synthesis and characterization of transition metal oxide nanotubes for photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation

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    Rangaraju, Raghu Raj

    Two different configurations of photo anodes based on anodic iron oxide were investigated for photo electrochemical water oxidation. Self ordered and vertically oriented array of iron oxide nanotubes was obtained by anodization of pure iron substrate in ethylene glycol based electrolyte containing 0.1 M NH4F + 3 vol% water (EGWF solution) at 50 V for 15 minutes. Annealing of the oxide nanotubes in hydrogen environment at 500 °C for 1 h resulted in predominantly hematite phase. The second type of photo anode was obtained by a two-step anodization procedure. This process resulted in a two- layered oxide structure, a top layer of nano-dendrite morphology and a bottom layer of nanoporous morphology. This electrode configuration combined the better photo catalytic properties of the nano-dendritic iron oxide and better electron transportation behavior of vertically oriented nano-channels. Annealing of these double anodized samples in acetylene environment at 550 °C for 10 minutes resulted in a mixture of maghemite and hematite phases. Photo current densities of 0.74 mA/cm2 at 0.2 VAg/AgCl and 1.8 mA/cm 2 at 0.5 VAg/AgCl were obtained under AM 1.5 illumination in 1 M KOH solution. The double anodized samples showed high photo conductivity and more negative flat band potential (-0.8 VAg/AgCl), which are the properties required for promising photo anode materials. Apart from the above work, mild steel which is 10 times less the cost of Ti is also being tested for its photoelectrochemical properties. TiO2 nanotubes synthesized and annealed in different conditions are compared for their quantum efficiency is also carried out in this work. Quantum efficiency measurements gives more reliable and photocurrent data towards photoelectrochemical applications.

  14. Infra-red photoresponse of mesoscopic NiO-based solar cells sensitized with PbS quantum dot

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    Raissi, Mahfoudh; Pellegrin, Yann; Jobic, Stéphane; Boujtita, Mohammed; Odobel, Fabrice

    2016-01-01

    Sensitized NiO based photocathode is a new field of investigation with increasing scientific interest in relation with the development of tandem dye-sensitized solar cells (photovoltaic) and dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthetic cells (solar fuel). We demonstrate herein that PbS quantum dots (QDs) represent promising inorganic sensitizers for NiO-based quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The solar cell sensitized with PbS quantum dot exhibits significantly higher photoconversion efficiency than solar cells sensitized with a classical and efficient molecular sensitizer (P1 dye = 4-(Bis-{4-[5-(2,2-dicyano-vinyl)-thiophene-2-yl]-phenyl}-amino)-benzoic acid). Furthermore, the system features an IPCE (Incident Photon-to-Current Efficiency) spectrum that spreads into the infra-red region, reaching operating wavelengths of 950 nm. The QDSSC photoelectrochemical device works with the complexes tris(4,4′-ditert-butyl-2,2′-bipyridine)cobalt(III/II) redox mediators, underscoring the formation of a long-lived charge-separated state. The electrochemical impedance spectrocopy measurements are consistent with a high packing of the QDs upon the NiO surface, the high density of which limits the access of the electrolyte and results in favorable light absorption cross-sections and a significant hole lifetime. These notable results highlight the potential of NiO-based photocathodes sensitized with quantum dots for accessing and exploiting the low-energy part of the solar spectrum in photovoltaic and photocatalysis applications. PMID:27125454

  15. Infra-red photoresponse of mesoscopic NiO-based solar cells sensitized with PbS quantum dot

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    Raissi, Mahfoudh; Pellegrin, Yann; Jobic, Stéphane; Boujtita, Mohammed; Odobel, Fabrice

    2016-04-01

    Sensitized NiO based photocathode is a new field of investigation with increasing scientific interest in relation with the development of tandem dye-sensitized solar cells (photovoltaic) and dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthetic cells (solar fuel). We demonstrate herein that PbS quantum dots (QDs) represent promising inorganic sensitizers for NiO-based quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The solar cell sensitized with PbS quantum dot exhibits significantly higher photoconversion efficiency than solar cells sensitized with a classical and efficient molecular sensitizer (P1 dye = 4-(Bis-{4-[5-(2,2-dicyano-vinyl)-thiophene-2-yl]-phenyl}-amino)-benzoic acid). Furthermore, the system features an IPCE (Incident Photon-to-Current Efficiency) spectrum that spreads into the infra-red region, reaching operating wavelengths of 950 nm. The QDSSC photoelectrochemical device works with the complexes tris(4,4‧-ditert-butyl-2,2‧-bipyridine)cobalt(III/II) redox mediators, underscoring the formation of a long-lived charge-separated state. The electrochemical impedance spectrocopy measurements are consistent with a high packing of the QDs upon the NiO surface, the high density of which limits the access of the electrolyte and results in favorable light absorption cross-sections and a significant hole lifetime. These notable results highlight the potential of NiO-based photocathodes sensitized with quantum dots for accessing and exploiting the low-energy part of the solar spectrum in photovoltaic and photocatalysis applications.

  16. Infra-red photoresponse of mesoscopic NiO-based solar cells sensitized with PbS quantum dot.

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    Raissi, Mahfoudh; Pellegrin, Yann; Jobic, Stéphane; Boujtita, Mohammed; Odobel, Fabrice

    2016-01-01

    Sensitized NiO based photocathode is a new field of investigation with increasing scientific interest in relation with the development of tandem dye-sensitized solar cells (photovoltaic) and dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthetic cells (solar fuel). We demonstrate herein that PbS quantum dots (QDs) represent promising inorganic sensitizers for NiO-based quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The solar cell sensitized with PbS quantum dot exhibits significantly higher photoconversion efficiency than solar cells sensitized with a classical and efficient molecular sensitizer (P1 dye = 4-(Bis-{4-[5-(2,2-dicyano-vinyl)-thiophene-2-yl]-phenyl}-amino)-benzoic acid). Furthermore, the system features an IPCE (Incident Photon-to-Current Efficiency) spectrum that spreads into the infra-red region, reaching operating wavelengths of 950 nm. The QDSSC photoelectrochemical device works with the complexes tris(4,4'-ditert-butyl-2,2'-bipyridine)cobalt(III/II) redox mediators, underscoring the formation of a long-lived charge-separated state. The electrochemical impedance spectrocopy measurements are consistent with a high packing of the QDs upon the NiO surface, the high density of which limits the access of the electrolyte and results in favorable light absorption cross-sections and a significant hole lifetime. These notable results highlight the potential of NiO-based photocathodes sensitized with quantum dots for accessing and exploiting the low-energy part of the solar spectrum in photovoltaic and photocatalysis applications. PMID:27125454

  17. Electron transfer kinetics in water splitting dye-sensitized solar cells based on core-shell oxide electrodes.

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    Lee, Seung-Hyun Anna; Zhao, Yixin; Hernandez-Pagan, Emil A; Blasdel, Landy; Youngblood, W Justin; Mallouk, Thomas E

    2012-01-01

    Photoelectrochemical water splitting occurs in a dye-sensitized solar cell when a [Ru(bpy)3]2+-based dye covalently links a porous TiO2 anode film to IrO2 x nH2O nanoparticles. The quantum yield for oxygen evolution is low because of rapid back electron transfer between TiO2 and the oxidized dye, which occurs on a timescale of hundreds of microseconds, When iodide is added as an electron donor, the photocurrent increases, confirming that the initial charge injection efficiency is high. When the porous TiO2 film is coated with a 1-2 nm thick layer of ZrO2 or Nb2O5, both the charge injection rate and back electron transfer rate decrease. The efficiency of the cell increases and then decreases with increasing film thickness, consistent with the trends in charge injection and recombination rates. The current efficiency for oxygen evolution, measured electrochemically in a generator-collector geometry, is close to 100%. The factors that lead to polarization of the photoanode and possible ways to re-design the system for higher efficiency are discussed. PMID:22470973

  18. Cell or Cell Membrane-Based Drug Delivery Systems

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    Tan, Songwei; Wu, Tingting; Zhang, Dan; Zhang, Zhiping

    2015-01-01

    Natural cells have been explored as drug carriers for a long period. They have received growing interest as a promising drug delivery system (DDS) until recently along with the development of biology and medical science. The synthetic materials, either organic or inorganic, are found to be with more or less immunogenicity and/or toxicity. The cells and extracellular vesicles (EVs), are endogenous and thought to be much safer and friendlier. Furthermore, in view of their host attributes, they may achieve different biological effects and/or targeting specificity, which can meet the needs of personalized medicine as the next generation of DDS. In this review, we summarized the recent progress in cell or cell membrane-based DDS and their fabrication processes, unique properties and applications, including the whole cells, EVs and cell membrane coated nanoparticles. We expect the continuing development of this cell or cell membrane-based DDS will promote their clinic applications. PMID:26000058

  19. Orientation modulated charge transport in hematite for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Cai, Jiajia; Liu, Yinglei; Li, Song; Gao, Meiqi; Wang, Dunwei; Qin, Gaowu

    2016-05-01

    Hematite is currently considered one of the most promising photoanode materials for light-driven water splitting. The photoelectrochemical performance of hematite is limited by its low conductivity. In this work, we demonstrate that the conductivity of hematite films can be tuned by controlling the orientation of hematite crystals. By applying a high magnetic field (up to 10 T) during the drop-casting preparation, hematite films composed of single crystal particles show featured texture by promoting those particles alignment with (001) normal to the substrate. By enhancing the photocurrent densities with tuned hematite orientation, the current method provides an effective way for increasing the number of carriers that can reach the surface.

  20. Ultrathin planar hematite film for solar photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Liu, Dong; Bierman, David M; Lenert, Andrej; Yu, Hai-Tong; Yang, Zhen; Wang, Evelyn N; Duan, Yuan-Yuan

    2015-11-30

    Hematite holds promise for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting due to its stability, low-cost, abundance and appropriate bandgap. However, it suffers from a mismatch between the hole diffusion length and light penetration length. We have theoretically designed and characterized an ultrathin planar hematite/silver nanohole array/silver substrate photoanode. Due to the supported destructive interference and surface plasmon resonance, photons are efficiently absorbed in an ultrathin hematite film. Compared with ultrathin hematite photoanodes with nanophotonic structures, this photoanode has comparable photon absorption but with intrinsically lower recombination losses due to its planar structure and promises to exceed the state-of-the-art photocurrent of hematite photoanodes. PMID:26698797

  1. Dual-signal amplification strategy for ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunosensing of α-fetoprotein.

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    Li, Yong-Jie; Ma, Meng-Jie; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2012-12-01

    An ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical immunoassay of cancer biomarker α-fetoprotein (AFP) is proposed that uses titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) coupled with AFP-CdTe-GOx bioconjugate, which featured AFP antigen and glucose oxidase (GOx) labels linked to CdTe quantum dots (QDs) for signal amplification. The synthesized CdTe QDs yielded a homogeneous and narrow size distribution, which allowed the binding of AFP and GOx on CdTe QDs. Greatly enhanced sensitivity for AFP came from a dual signal amplification strategy. First, an effective matching of energy levels between the conduction bands of CdTe QDs and TiO(2) allowed for fast electron injection from excited CdTe QDs to TiO(2) upon irradiation, which reduced the recombination process of electron-hole pairs and prompted photoelectrochemical performance. Second, GOx enzyme could catalyze glucose to produce H(2)O(2), which acted as a sacrificial electron donor to scavenge the photogenerated holes in the valence band of CdTe QDs, further causing an enhanced photocurrent. Thus, on the basis of the dual signal amplification strategy, the competitive immunosensor based on the specific binding of anti-AFP antibodies to AFP and AFP-CdTe-GOx bioconjugates was achieved. This proposed biosensor for AFP possessed largely increased linear detection range from 0.5 pg/mL to 10 μg/mL with a detection limit of 0.13 pg/mL. The proposed amplification strategy shows high sensitivity, stability, and reproducibility and can become a promising platform for other protein detection. PMID:23140135

  2. Highly stable tandem solar cell monolithically integrating dye-sensitized and CIGS solar cells

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    Chae, Sang Youn; Park, Se Jin; Joo, Oh-Shim; Jun, Yongseok; Min, Byoung Koun; Hwang, Yun Jeong

    2016-01-01

    A highly stable monolithic tandem solar cell was developed by combining the heterogeneous photovoltaic technologies of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and solution-processed CuInxGa1-xSeyS1-y (CIGS) thin film solar cells. The durability of the tandem cell was dramatically enhanced by replacing the redox couple from to [Co(bpy)3]2+ /[Co(bpy)3]3+), accompanied by a well-matched counter electrode (PEDOT:PSS) and sensitizer (Y123). A 1000 h durability test of the DSSC/CIGS tandem solar cell in ambient conditions resulted in only a 5% decrease in solar cell efficiency. Based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and photoelectrochemical cell measurement, the enhanced stability of the tandem cell is attributed to minimal corrosion by the cobalt-based polypyridine complex redox couple. PMID:27489138

  3. Highly stable tandem solar cell monolithically integrating dye-sensitized and CIGS solar cells

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    Chae, Sang Youn; Park, Se Jin; Joo, Oh-Shim; Jun, Yongseok; Min, Byoung Koun; Hwang, Yun Jeong

    2016-08-01

    A highly stable monolithic tandem solar cell was developed by combining the heterogeneous photovoltaic technologies of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and solution-processed CuInxGa1-xSeyS1-y (CIGS) thin film solar cells. The durability of the tandem cell was dramatically enhanced by replacing the redox couple from to [Co(bpy)3]2+ /[Co(bpy)3]3+), accompanied by a well-matched counter electrode (PEDOT:PSS) and sensitizer (Y123). A 1000 h durability test of the DSSC/CIGS tandem solar cell in ambient conditions resulted in only a 5% decrease in solar cell efficiency. Based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and photoelectrochemical cell measurement, the enhanced stability of the tandem cell is attributed to minimal corrosion by the cobalt-based polypyridine complex redox couple.

  4. Band structure engineering of TiO2 nanowires by n-p codoping for enhanced visible-light photoelectrochemical water-splitting.

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    Zhang, Daoyu; Yang, Minnan

    2013-11-14

    The advantages of one-dimensional nanostructures, such as excellent charge separation and charge transport, low charge carrier recombination losses and so on, render them the photocatalysts of choice for many applications that exploit solar energy. In this work, based on very recently synthesized ultrathin anatase TiO2 nanowires, we explore the possibility of these wires as photocatalysts for photoelectrochemical water-splitting via the mono-doping (C, N, V, and Cr) and n-p codoping (C&V, C&Cr, N&V, and N&Cr) schemes. Our first-principles calculations predict that the C&Cr and C&V codoped ANWs may be strong candidates for photoelectrochemical water-splitting, because they have a substantially reduced band gap of 2.49 eV, appropriate band edge positions, no carrier recombination centers, and enhanced optical absorption in the visible light region. PMID:24072357

  5. Preparation and surface modification of hierarchical nanosheets-based ZnO microstructures for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Meng, Yongming; Lin, Yu Lin, Yibing; Yang, Jiyuan

    2014-02-15

    This paper reports a simple one-step hydrothermal route for the preparation of hierarchical nanosheets-based ZnO microstructures and their application to dye-sensitized solar cells. The morphologies of the products were controlled by the dosage of the reactants. Their physical characteristics were detected by X-ray diffraction, a field-emission scanning electron microscope and a surface analyzer. It is proved that the sample of ZnO microspheres with larger surface area and stronger light-trapping capacity since the superiority of their entirely spherical structures exhibits better photoelectrochemical properties than the mixtures of ZnO microspheres and ZnO microflowers. A dye-sensitized solar cell assembled by the ZnO microspheres as photoanode shows an energy conversion efficiency of 2.94% after surface modification by tetrabutyl titanate solution at 90 {sup °}C. This result is over 1.6 times higher than the non-modified cell fabricated by the ZnO microspheres on the basis of the external improvement and the stability enhancement for the dye-sensitized ZnO photoanode. - Graphical abstract: Influences on energy conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells assembled by decorating hierarchical nanosheets-based ZnO microstructures with tetrabutyl titanate solution at different temperatures. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Hierarchical nanosheets-based ZnO microstructures were controllably synthesized. • The ZnO microspheres show good optical and electrochemical properties. • The ZnO microspheres were modified by C{sub 16}H{sub 36}O{sub 4}Ti solution. • Remarkable increase of conversion efficiency is observed after surface modification.

  6. In situ formation of p-n junction: a novel principle for photoelectrochemical sensor and its application for mercury(II) ion detection.

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    Wang, Guang-Li; Liu, Kang-Li; Dong, Yu-Ming; Li, Zai-Jun; Zhang, Chi

    2014-05-27

    The discovery and development of photoelectrochemical sensors with novel principles are of great significance to realize sensitive and low-cost detection. In this paper, a new photoelectrochemial sensor based on the in situ formation of p-n junction was designed and used for the accurate determination of mercury(II) ions. Cysteine-capped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) was assembled on the surface of indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode based on the electrostatic interaction between Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and Cys-capped ZnS QDs. The in situ formation of HgS, a p-type semiconductor, on the surface of ZnS facilitated the charge carrier transport and promoted electron-hole separation, triggered an obviously enhanced anodic photocurrent of Cys-capped ZnS QDs. The formation of p-n junction was confirmed by P-N conductive type discriminator measurements and current-voltage (I-V) curves. The photoelectrochemical method was used for the sensing of trace mercuric (II) ions with a linear concentration of 0.01 to 10.0 µM and a detection limit of 4.6×10(-9)mol/L. It is expected that the present study can serve as a foundation to the application of p-n heterojunction to photoelectrochemical sensors and it might be easily extended to more exciting sensing systems by photoelectrochemistry. PMID:24832992

  7. A three-dimensional interconnected hierarchical FeOOH/TiO₂/ZnO nanostructural photoanode for enhancing the performance of photoelectrochemical water oxidation.

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    Li, Zhenhu; Feng, Shuanglong; Liu, Shuangyi; Li, Xin; Wang, Liang; Lu, Wenqiang

    2015-12-01

    A novel ZnO/TiO2/FeOOH hierarchical nanostructure has been synthesized by a low temperature chemical bath deposition method. The integrated three-dimensional (3D) nanostructure consists of one-dimensional (1D) ZnO/TiO2 core-shell nanowire arrays and two-dimensional (2D) interconnected FeOOH nanosheets. By applying such a hierarchical nanostructure as a photoanode for photoelectrochemical water reaction, higher photostability and photocurrent density are gained compared with the reported ZnO based nanostructures. It is concluded that the giant enhancement of the properties is because, in the process of photoelectrochemical reaction, electron-hole separation and transfer are enhanced efficiently through the ZnO/TiO2 heterojunction, and in the meanwhile, terminal interconnected FeOOH nanosheets play both the roles of a surface catalyst and a protective layer effectively to accelerate water splitting reaction and enhance photostability. Based on such an environmentally friendly hierarchical nanostructure, photoelectrochemical water splitting and other similar reactions could be performed effectively and economically. PMID:26523803

  8. Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production Using New Combinatorial Chemistry Derived Materials

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    Jaramillo, Thomas F.; Baeck, Sung-Hyeon; Kleiman-Shwarsctein, Alan; Stucky, Galen D.; McFarland, Eric W.

    2004-10-25

    Solar photoelectrochemical water-splitting has long been viewed as one of the “holy grails” of chemistry because of its potential impact as a clean, renewable method of fuel production. Several known photocatalytic semiconductors can be used; however, the fundamental mechanisms of the process remain poorly understood and no known material has the required properties for cost effective hydrogen production. In order to investigate morphological and compositional variations in metal oxides as they relate to opto-electrochemical properties, we have employed a combinatorial methodology using automated, high-throughput, electrochemical synthesis and screening together with conventional solid-state methods. This report discusses a number of novel, high-throughput instruments developed during this project for the expeditious discovery of improved materials for photoelectrochemical hydrogen production. Also described within this report are results from a variety of materials (primarily tungsten oxide, zinc oxide, molybdenum oxide, copper oxide and titanium dioxide) whose properties were modified and improved by either layering, inter-mixing, or doping with one or more transition metals. Furthermore, the morphologies of certain materials were also modified through the use of structure directing agents (SDA) during synthesis to create mesostructures (features 2-50 nm) that increased surface area and improved rates of hydrogen production.

  9. Nanostructured photoelectrochemical biosensor for highly sensitive detection of organophosphorous pesticides.

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    Li, Xinyu; Zheng, Zhaozhu; Liu, Xuefeng; Zhao, Shenlong; Liu, Shaoqin

    2015-02-15

    A sensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor for detection of organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) using the nanocomposite of CdSe@ZnS quantum dots (QDs) and graphene deposited on the ITO coated glass electrode as a photoactive electrode is presented. The integration of CdSe@ZnS/graphene nanocomposite with biomolecules acetylcholinesterase (AChE) as a biorecognition element yields a novel biosensing platform. Under visible light irradiation, the AChE-CdSe@ZnS/graphene nanocomposite can generate a stable photocurrent and the photocurrent is found to be inversely dependent on the concentration of OPs. Under the optimal experimental conditions, the photocurrents were proportional to the logarithm of paraoxon and dichlorvos within the concentration range of 10(-12)-10(-6) M. The detection limits (LOD) of the proposed biosensor for paraoxon and dichlorvos are as low as 10(-14) M and 10(-12) M. The photoelectrochemical biosensor shows good sensitivity, reproducibility, stability, and could be successfully applied to detection of OPs in real fruit samples. PMID:25173731

  10. Construction of inorganic-organic 2D/2D WO₃/g-C₃N₄ nanosheet arrays toward efficient photoelectrochemical splitting of natural seawater.

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    Li, Yuangang; Wei, Xiaoliang; Yan, Xiangyang; Cai, Jiangtao; Zhou, Anning; Yang, Mengru; Liu, Kaiqiang

    2016-04-21

    Hydrogen production from seawater and solar energy based on photoelectrochemical cells is extremely attractive due to earth-abundance of seawater and solar radiation. Herein, we report the successful fabrication of novel inorganic-organic 2D/2D WO3/g-C3N4 nanosheet arrays (WO3/g-C3N4 NSAs) grown on a FTO substrate via a facile hydrothermal growth and deposition-annealing process, and their application in natural seawater splitting. The results indicate that the WO3/g-C3N4 NSAs exhibit a photocurrent density of 0.73 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus RHE under AM 1.5G (100 mW cm(-2)) illumination, which is 2-fold higher than that of WO3 NSAs. More importantly, the WO3/g-C3N4 NSA photoanode is quite stable during seawater splitting and the photocurrent density does not substantially decrease after continuous illumination for 3600 s. The remarkably enhanced performance originates primarily from the formation of the WO3/g-C3N4 heterojunction between WO3 and g-C3N4 nanosheets, which accelerates charge transfer and separation, and prolongs the lifetime of electrons as demonstrated by EIS and Mott-Schottky analyses. Finally, a possible mechanism for the improved performance was proposed and discussed. PMID:27022001

  11. Stable core/shell CdTe/Mn-CdS quantum dots sensitized three-dimensional, macroporous ZnO nanosheet photoelectrode and their photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Li, Weili; Sheng, Pengtao; Feng, Hongyan; Yin, Xuehua; Zhu, Xuewei; Yang, Xu; Cai, Qingyun

    2014-08-13

    A novel photoelectrode based on ZnS/CdTe/Mn-CdS/ZnS-sensitized three-dimensional macroporous ZnO nanosheet (NS) has been prepared by electrodeposition and successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The photoelectrode performances were significantly improved through the coupling of the core/shell CdTe/Mn-CdS quantum dots (QDs) with ZnO NS, and the introduction of the ZnS layer as a potential barrier. The photocurrent density systematically increases from ZnO NS (0.45 mA/cm(2)), CdTe/Mn-CdS/ZnO NS (4.98 mA/cm(2)), to ZnS/CdTe/Mn-CdS/ZnS/ZnO (6.23 mA/cm(2)) under the irradiation of AM 1.5G simulated sunlight. More important, the ZnS/CdTe/Mn-CdS/ZnS-sensitized ZnO NS photoelectrode provides a remarkable photoelectrochemical cell efficiency of 4.20% at -0.39 V vs Ag/AgCl. PMID:25010851

  12. Dendritic cell-based cancer therapeutic vaccines

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    Palucka, Karolina; Banchereau, Jacques

    2013-01-01

    The past decade has seen tremendous developments in novel cancer therapies, through targeting of tumor cell-intrinsic pathways whose activity is linked to genetic alterations, as well as the targeting of tumor cell-extrinsic factors such as growth factors. Furthermore, immunotherapies are entering the clinic at an unprecedented speed following the demonstration that T cells can efficiently reject tumors and that their anti-tumor activity can be enhanced with antibodies against immune regulatory molecules (checkpoints blockade). Current immunotherapy strategies include monoclonal antibodies against tumor cells or immune regulatory molecules, cell-based therapies such as adoptive transfer of ex vivo activated T cells and natural killer (NK) cells, and cancer vaccines. Herein, we discuss the immunological basis for therapeutic cancer vaccines and how the current understanding of dendritic cell (DC) and T cell biology might enable development of next-generation curative therapies for patients with cancer. PMID:23890062

  13. Triton-X mediated interconnected nanowalls network of cadmium sulfide thin films via chemical bath deposition and their photoelectrochemical performance

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    Vanalakar, S. A.; Mali, S. S.; Jo, E. A.; Kim, J. Y.; Kim, J. H.; Patil, P. S.

    2014-10-01

    Thin films of cadmium sulfide (CdS) have been wet chemically deposited onto fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated conducting glass substrates by using non-ionic surfactant; Triton-X 100. An aqueous solution contains cadmium sulphate as a cadmium and thiourea as sulphur precursor. Ammonia used as a complexing agent. The results of measurements of the x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET) surface areas and atomic force microscopy were used for the characterization of the films. These results revealed that the films are polycrystalline, consisting of CdS cubic phase. The films show a direct band gap with energy 2.39 eV. The films show interconnected nanowalls like morphology with well-defined surface area. Finally, the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of Triton-X mediated CdS thin film samples were studied. The sample shows photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance with maximum short circuit current density (Jsc) 1.71 mA/cm2 for larger area (1 cm2) solar cells.

  14. Synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties of CdWO4 and CdS/CdWO4 nanostructures

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    Xu, Weina; Zheng, Chunhua; Hua, Hao; Yang, Qi; Chen, Lin; Xi, Yi; Hu, Chenguo

    2015-02-01

    A facile composite-salt-mediated strategy is employed for the first time to synthesize CdWO4 nanowire and nanoflower arrays on cadmium foil substrates. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties are measured on the electrodes made of the CdWO4 nanowire and nanoflower arrays under the simulated sunlight illumination. Both electrodes display high sensitive response and photocurrent stability. The photocurrent density of the nanowire arrays electrode reach 0.35 mA/cm2, which is about 3 times as much as that of the nanoflower array electrode. To improve the visible light photocurrent response, CdS nanoparticles are deposited on the CdWO4 nanowire arrays to form a CdS/CdWO4 heterojunction. Remarkably enhanced photoresponse is observed on the CdS/CdWO4 heterostructure and the photocurrent intensity is about twice as much as that of the electrode made of the pure CdWO4 nanowire arrays. The photoelectric mechanism is also discussed by the crystal structure and morphology characterization, optical band gap and carrier mobility analysis. This work presents a new design of a photoelectrochemical device for possible applications in photoelectrolysis of water and solar cells or highly sensitive light detection.

  15. Molecular mixtures based on porphyrins and phthalocyanines for application in photovoltaics

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    Wróbel, D.; Boguta, A.; Wójcik, A.

    2004-10-01

    This paper presents a study of the photophysical properties of mixtures of magnesium or zinc porphyrins and phthalocyanines dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide in order to follow deactivation pathways of radiative and non-radiative processes of excited states of molecules in the mixtures and their photocurrent generation when embedded in a photoelectrochemical cell. Interactions between dyes in the mixtures were examined by means of absorption, photoacoustics and laser induced optoacoustic spectroscopy. The changes of the spectral parameters (thermal deactivation, quantum yield of triplet state population, lifetime of the triplet states) for the dyes in the mixtures, when compared to those for the individual dyes, evidently indicate the strong interaction between the dye molecules. The alteration of photocurrent generated in the photoelectrochemical cell based on the dye mixture was observed (when compared to that for the individual dyes) and it was discussed in terms of interaction and energy transfer between dyes. The Főrster radia were estimated and their values are found to be typical for the resonance energy transfer. Energy transfer between dyes can cause the increase of photocurrent in the photoelectrochemical cell.

  16. Dense layers of vertically oriented WO 3 crystals as anodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation

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    Qin, Dong-Dong; Tao, Chun-Lan; Friesen, Stuart A.; Wang, Tsing-Hai; Varghese, Oomman K.; Bao, Ning-Zhong; Yang, Zheng-Yin; Mallouk, Thomas E.; Grimes, Craig A.

    2011-11-25

    Films of crystalline WO₃ nanosheets oriented perpendicular to tungsten substrates were grown by a surfactant-free hydrothermal method, followed by sintering. The films exhibit photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution at low overpotential.

  17. Nb doped TiO2 nanotubes for enhanced photoelectrochemical water-splitting.

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    Das, Chittaranjan; Roy, Poulomi; Yang, Min; Jha, Himendra; Schmuki, Patrik

    2011-08-01

    Nanostructured titanium dioxide is one of the classic materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In the present work we dope TiO(2) nanotube anodes. For this, various low concentration bulk-Nb-doped TiO(2) nanotube layers were grown by self-organizing anodization of Ti-Nb alloys. At Nb-contents around 0.1 at%, and after an adequate heat-treatment, a strongly increased and stable photoelectrochemical water-splitting rate is obtained. PMID:21761039

  18. Mammalian Cell-Based Sensor System

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    Banerjee, Pratik; Franz, Briana; Bhunia, Arun K.

    Use of living cells or cellular components in biosensors is receiving increased attention and opens a whole new area of functional diagnostics. The term "mammalian cell-based biosensor" is designated to biosensors utilizing mammalian cells as the biorecognition element. Cell-based assays, such as high-throughput screening (HTS) or cytotoxicity testing, have already emerged as dependable and promising approaches to measure the functionality or toxicity of a compound (in case of HTS); or to probe the presence of pathogenic or toxigenic entities in clinical, environmental, or food samples. External stimuli or changes in cellular microenvironment sometimes perturb the "normal" physiological activities of mammalian cells, thus allowing CBBs to screen, monitor, and measure the analyte-induced changes. The advantage of CBBs is that they can report the presence or absence of active components, such as live pathogens or active toxins. In some cases, mammalian cells or plasma membranes are used as electrical capacitors and cell-cell and cell-substrate contact is measured via conductivity or electrical impedance. In addition, cytopathogenicity or cytotoxicity induced by pathogens or toxins resulting in apoptosis or necrosis could be measured via optical devices using fluorescence or luminescence. This chapter focuses mainly on the type and applications of different mammalian cell-based sensor systems.

  19. Cathodes for ceria-based fuel cells

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    Doshi, R.; Krumpelt, M.; Ricvhards, V.L.

    1997-08-01

    Work is underway to develop a solid oxide fuel cell that has a ceria-based electrolyte and operates at lower temperatures (500-600{degrees}C) than conventional zirconia-based cells. At present the performance of this ceria-based solid oxide fuel cell is limited by the polarization of conventional cathode materials. The performance of alternative cathodes was measured by impedance spectroscopy and dc polarization. The performance was found to improve by using a thin dense interface layer and by using two-phase cathodes with an electrolyte and an electronic phase. The cathode performance was also found to increase with increasing ionic conductivity for single phase cathodes.

  20. Construction of dentate bonded TiO2-CdSe heterostructures with enhanced photoelectrochemical properties: versatile labels toward photoelectrochemical and electrochemical sensing.

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    Gao, Picheng; Ma, Hongmin; Yan, Tao; Wu, Dan; Ren, Xiang; Yang, Jiaojiao; Du, Bin; Wei, Qin

    2015-01-14

    A facile synthetic route for TiO2-CdSe heterostructures was proposed based on dentate binding of TiO2 to carboxyl. Carboxyl functionalized CdSe quantum dots (CF-CdSe QDs) were successfully bonded onto TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), which could significantly improve the photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of TiO2 NPs. This is ascribed to the fact that CdSe QDs with a narrow band gap could be stimulated under visible light irradiation, and the energy levels of TiO2 NPs and CF-CdSe QDs are aligned with an electrolyte solution. High resolution transmission electron microscopy images revealed the heterostructures of the TiO2-CdSe composites. Ultraviolet visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence emission spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis exhibited that the prepared TiO2-CdSe heterostructures have improved light absorption, charge separation efficiency and electron transfer ability in the visible light region. TiO2-CdSe heterostructures were used as versatile labels for fabrication of PEC and electrochemical immunosensors, and human immune globulin G (HIgG) was used as a model analyte. The immunosensor showed high sensitivity, a low detection limit and a wide linear range, which could be applied in practical serum sample analysis. The constructed TiO2-CdSe heterostructures would have potential applications in photocatalysis, aptasensors, cytosensors and other areas of nanotechnology. PMID:25408238

  1. Mesenchymal stem cell-based therapy.

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    Mundra, Vaibhav; Gerling, Ivan C; Mahato, Ram I

    2013-01-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent adult stem cells which have self-renewal capacity and differentiation potential into several mesenchymal lineages including bones, cartilages, adipose tissues and tendons. MSCs may repair tissue injuries and prevent immune cell activation and proliferation. Immunomodulation and secretion of growth factors by MSCs have led to realizing the true potential of MSC-based cell therapy. The use of MSCs as immunomodulators has been explored in cell/organ transplant, tissue repair, autoimmune diseases, and prevention of graft vs host disease (GVHD). This review focuses on the clinical applications of MSC-based cell therapy, with particular emphasis on islet transplantation for treating type I diabetes. PMID:23215004

  2. Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Based Therapy

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    Mundra, Vaibhav; Gerling, Ivan C.; Mahato, Ram I.

    2012-01-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent adult stem cells which have self-renewal capacity and differentiation potential into several mesenchymal lineages including bones, cartilages, adipose tissues and tendons. MSCs may repair tissue injuries and prevent immune cell activation and proliferation. Immunomodulation and secretion of growth factors by MSCs have led to realizing the true potential of MSC-based cell therapy. The use of MSCs as immunomdulators has been explored in cell/organ transplant, tissue repair, autoimmune diseases and prevention of graft vs. host disease (GVHD). This review focuses on the clinical applications of MSC-based cell therapy, with particular emphasis on islet transplantation for treating type I diabetes. PMID:23215004

  3. Effect of charge compensation on the photoelectrochemical properties of Ho-doped SrTiO{sub 3} films

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    Zhao, Long; Fang, Liang; Dong, Wen; Zheng, Fengang; Shen, Mingrong; Wu, Tom

    2013-03-25

    When Ho{sup 3+} ions are substituted at Sr{sup 2+} sites in SrTiO{sub 3} (STO), the excess positive charges are compensated via three complementary routes: (1) strontium vacancies, (2) titanium vacancies, and (3) conduction electrons. In this study, we show that the photoelectrochemical properties of Ho-doped STO films are dependent on the charge compensation mechanisms. The compensation mechanism via the titanium vacancies exhibits the highest photocurrent density, which is 1.7 times higher than that of the pure STO sample. Based on the measured dielectric properties and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy data, we propose that the enhanced dielectric constant of the films can enlarge the width of the space charge region at the film/liquid interface, which eventually leads to the increase of the photocurrent density. Further enhancement of photocurrent density is obtained in the samples decorated with appropriate amounts of Pt nanoparticles, showing the advantage of composites for achieving the efficient photoelectrochemical property.

  4. Design and synthesis of novel organometallic dyes for NiO sensitization and photo-electrochemical applications.

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    Massin, Julien; Lyu, Siliu; Pavone, Michele; Muñoz-García, Ana B; Kauffmann, Brice; Toupance, Thierry; Chavarot-Kerlidou, Murielle; Artero, Vincent; Olivier, Céline

    2016-08-01

    Two metallo-organic dyes were synthesized and used for NiO sensitization in view of their photoelectrochemical applications. The new dyes present an original π-conjugated structure containing the [Ru(dppe)2] metal fragment with a highly delocalized allenylidene ligand on one side and a σ-alkynyl ligand bearing an electron-rich group, i.e. a thiophene or triphenylamine unit, and one or two anchoring functions on the other side. The optoelectronic, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of the dyes were systematically investigated. A broad photoresponse was observed with the absorption maximum at 600 nm. The X-ray crystal structure of one precursor was obtained to elucidate the structural conformation of the organometallic complexes and theoretical calculations were performed in order to address the photophysical properties of the new dyes. These photosensitizers were further implemented in NiO-based photocathodes and tested as photocurrent generators under pertinent aqueous conditions in association with [Co(NH3)5Cl]Cl2 as an irreversible electron acceptor. The dye-sensitized photocathodes provided good photocurrent densities (40 to 60 μA cm(-2)) at neutral pH in phosphate buffer and a high stability was observed for the two dyes. PMID:27436175

  5. Graphene based enzymatic bioelectrodes and biofuel cells

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    Karimi, Anahita; Othman, Ali; Uzunoglu, Aytekin; Stanciu, Lia; Andreescu, Silvana

    2015-04-01

    The excellent electrical conductivity and ease of functionalization make graphene a promising material for use in enzymatic bioelectrodes and biofuel cells. Enzyme based biofuel cells have attracted substantial interest due to their potential to harvest energy from organic materials. This review provides an overview of the functional properties and applications of graphene in the construction of biofuel cells as alternative power sources. The review covers the current state-of-the-art research in graphene based nanomaterials (physicochemical properties and surface functionalities), the role of these parameters in enhancing electron transfer, the stability and activity of immobilized enzymes, and how enhanced power density can be achieved. Specific examples of enzyme immobilization methods, enzyme loading, stability and function on graphene, functionalized graphene and graphene based nanocomposite materials are discussed along with their advantages and limitations. Finally, a critical evaluation of the performance of graphene based enzymatic biofuel cells, the current status, challenges and future research needs are provided.

  6. Raman Spectroscopy Cell-based Biosensors

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    Notingher, Ioan

    2007-01-01

    One of the main challenges faced by biodetection systems is the ability to detect and identify a large range of toxins at low concentrations and in short times. Cell-based biosensors rely on detecting changes in cell behaviour, metabolism, or induction of cell death following exposure of live cells to toxic agents. Raman spectroscopy is a powerful technique for studying cellular biochemistry. Different toxic chemicals have different effects on living cells and induce different time-dependent biochemical changes related to cell death mechanisms. Cellular changes start with membrane receptor signalling leading to cytoplasmic shrinkage and nuclear fragmentation. The potential advantage of Raman spectroscopy cell-based systems is that they are not engineered to respond specifically to a single toxic agent but are free to react to many biologically active compounds. Raman spectroscopy biosensors can also provide additional information from the time-dependent changes of cellular biochemistry. Since no cell labelling or staining is required, the specific time dependent biochemical changes in the living cells can be used for the identification and quantification of the toxic agents. Thus, detection of biochemical changes of cells by Raman spectroscopy could overcome the limitations of other biosensor techniques, with respect to detection and discrimination of a large range of toxic agents. Further developments of this technique may also include integration of cellular microarrays for high throughput in vitro toxicological testing of pharmaceuticals and in situ monitoring of the growth of engineered tissues.

  7. Cell-based strategies for vascular regeneration.

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    Zou, Tongqiang; Fan, Jiabing; Fartash, Armita; Liu, Haifeng; Fan, Yubo

    2016-05-01

    Vascular regeneration is known to play an essential role in the repair of injured tissues mainly through accelerating the repair of vascular injury caused by vascular diseases, as well as the recovery of ischemic tissues. However, the clinical vascular regeneration is still challenging. Cell-based therapy is thought to be a promising strategy for vascular regeneration, since various cells have been identified to exert important influences on the process of vascular regeneration such as the enhanced endothelium formation on the surface of vascular grafts, and the induction of vessel-like network formation in the ischemic tissues. Here are a vast number of diverse cell-based strategies that have been extensively studied in vascular regeneration. These strategies can be further classified into three main categories, including cell transplantation, construction of tissue-engineered grafts, and surface modification of scaffolds. Cells used in these strategies mainly refer to terminally differentiated vascular cells, pluripotent stem cells, multipotent stem cells, and unipotent stem cells. The aim of this review is to summarize the reported research advances on the application of various cells for vascular regeneration, yielding insights into future clinical treatment for injured tissue/organ. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 1297-1314, 2016. PMID:26864677

  8. Efficient Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion using Spinach Photosystem II (PSII) in Lipid Multilayer Films.

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    Zhang, Yun; Magdaong, Nikki M; Shen, Min; Frank, Harry A; Rusling, James F

    2015-04-01

    The need for clean, renewable energy has fostered research into photovoltaic alternatives to silicon solar cells. Pigment-protein complexes in green plants convert light energy into chemical potential using redox processes that produce molecular oxygen. Here, we report the first use of spinach protein photosystem II (PSII) core complex in lipid films in photoelectrochemical devices. Photocurrents were generated from PSII in a ∼2 μm biomimetic dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) film on a pyrolytic graphite (PG) anode with PSII embedded in multiple lipid bilayers. The photocurrent was ∼20 μA cm(-2) under light intensity 40 mW cm(-2). The PSII-DMPC anode was used in a photobiofuel cell with a platinum black mesh cathode in perchloric acid solution to give an output voltage of 0.6 V and a maximum output power of 14 μW cm(-2). Part of this large output is related to a five-unit anode-cathode pH gradient. With catholytes at higher pH or no perchlorate, or using an MnO2 oxygen-reduction cathode, the power output was smaller. The results described raise the possibility of using PSII-DMPC films in small portable power conversion devices. PMID:25969807

  9. Efficient Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion using Spinach Photosystem II (PSII) in Lipid Multilayer Films

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    Zhang, Yun; Magdaong, Nikki M; Shen, Min; Frank, Harry A; Rusling, James F

    2015-01-01

    The need for clean, renewable energy has fostered research into photovoltaic alternatives to silicon solar cells. Pigment–protein complexes in green plants convert light energy into chemical potential using redox processes that produce molecular oxygen. Here, we report the first use of spinach protein photosystem II (PSII) core complex in lipid films in photoelectrochemical devices. Photocurrents were generated from PSII in a ∼2 μm biomimetic dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) film on a pyrolytic graphite (PG) anode with PSII embedded in multiple lipid bilayers. The photocurrent was ∼20 μA cm−2 under light intensity 40 mW cm−2. The PSII–DMPC anode was used in a photobiofuel cell with a platinum black mesh cathode in perchloric acid solution to give an output voltage of 0.6 V and a maximum output power of 14 μW cm−2. Part of this large output is related to a five-unit anode–cathode pH gradient. With catholytes at higher pH or no perchlorate, or using an MnO2 oxygen-reduction cathode, the power output was smaller. The results described raise the possibility of using PSII–DMPC films in small portable power conversion devices. PMID:25969807

  10. Photoelectrochemical properties of spray deposited n-CdSe thin films

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    Yadav, A.A.; Barote, M.A.; Masumdar, E.U.

    2010-05-15

    Polycrystalline cadmium selenide (CdSe) thin films have been prepared by spraying a mixture of an equimolar aqueous solutions of cadmium chloride and selenourea on preheated fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates at different substrate temperatures. The cell configuration n-CdSe/1 M (NaOH + Na{sub 2}S + S)/C is used for studying the capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics in dark, current-voltage (I-V) characteristics in dark and under illumination, photovoltaic power output and spectral response characteristics of the as deposited films. Photoelectrochemical study shows that as deposited CdSe thin films exhibits n-type of conductivity. The spectral response characteristics of the films at room temperature show a prominent sharp peak at 725 nm. The measured values of efficiency ({eta}) and fill factor (FF) are found to be 0.50% and 0.44 respectively for film deposited at 300 C. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy studies show that the CdSe film deposited at 300 C shows better performance in PEC cell. (author)

  11. Growth and Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion of Wurtzite Indium Phosphide Nanowire Arrays.

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    Kornienko, Nikolay; Gibson, Natalie A; Zhang, Hao; Eaton, Samuel W; Yu, Yi; Aloni, Shaul; Leone, Stephen R; Yang, Peidong

    2016-05-24

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen is a promising strategy to absorb solar energy and directly convert it into a dense storage medium in the form of chemical bonds. The continual development and improvement of individual components of PEC systems is critical toward increasing the solar to fuel efficiency of prototype devices. Within this context, we describe a study on the growth of wurtzite indium phosphide (InP) nanowire (NW) arrays on silicon substrates and their subsequent implementation as light-absorbing photocathodes in PEC cells. The high onset potential (0.6 V vs the reversible hydrogen electrode) and photocurrent (18 mA/cm(2)) of the InP photocathodes render them as promising building blocks for high performance PEC cells. As a proof of concept for overall system integration, InP photocathodes were combined with a nanoporous bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photoanode to generate an unassisted solar water splitting efficiency of 0.5%. PMID:27124203

  12. Semiconductor nanowires for photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical energy conversion

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    Dasgupta, Neil P.; Yang, Peidong

    2014-06-01

    Semiconductor nanowires (NW) possess several beneficial properties for efficient conversion of solar energy into electricity and chemical energy. Due to their efficient absorption of light, short distances for minority carriers to travel, high surface-to-volume ratios, and the availability of scalable synthesis methods, they provide a pathway to address the low cost-to-power requirements for wide-scale adaptation of solar energy conversion technologies. Here we highlight recent progress in our group towards implementation of NW components as photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical energy conversion devices. An emphasis is placed on the unique properties of these one-dimensional (1D) structures, which enable the use of abundant, low-cost materials and improved energy conversion efficiency compared to bulk devices.

  13. Electrophoretic Deposition of Carbon Nitride Layers for Photoelectrochemical Applications.

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    Xu, Jingsan; Shalom, Menny

    2016-05-25

    Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) is used for the growth of carbon nitride (C3N4) layers on conductive substrates. EPD is fast, environmentally friendly, and allows the deposition of negatively charged C3N4 with different compositions and chemical properties. In this method, C3N4 can be deposited on various conductive substrates ranging from conductive glass and carbon paper to nickel foam possessing complex 3D geometries. The high flexibility of this approach enables us to readily tune the photophysical and photoelectronic properties of the C3N4 electrodes. The advantage of this method was further illustrated by the tailored construction of a heterostructure between two complementary C3N4, with marked photoelectrochemical activity. PMID:27148889

  14. Semiconductor nanowires for photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical energy conversion

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    Dasgupta, Neil; Yang, Peidong

    2013-01-23

    Semiconductor nanowires (NW) possess several beneficial properties for efficient conversion of solar energy into electricity and chemical energy. Due to their efficient absorption of light, short distances for minority carriers to travel, high surface-to-volume ratios, and the availability of scalable synthesis methods, they provide a pathway to address the low cost-to-power requirements for wide-scale adaptation of solar energy conversion technologies. Here we highlight recent progress in our group towards implementation of NW components as photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical energy conversion devices. An emphasis is placed on the unique properties of these one-dimensional (1D) structures, which enable the use of abundant, low-cost materials and improved energy conversion efficiency compared to bulk devices.

  15. Polyaniline films photoelectrochemically reduce CO2 to alcohols.

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    Hursán, Dorottya; Kormányos, Attila; Rajeshwar, Krishnan; Janáky, Csaba

    2016-07-01

    In this communication, we demonstrate that polyaniline, the very first example of an organic semiconductor, is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to alcohol fuels. CO2 is a greenhouse gas; thus using solar energy to convert CO2 to transportation fuels (such as methanol or ethanol) is a value-added approach to simultaneous generation of alternative fuels and environmental remediation of carbon emissions. Insights into its unique behavior obtained from photoelectrochemical measurements and adsorption studies, together with spectroscopic data, are presented. Through a comparative study involving various conducting polymers, a set of criteria is developed for an organic semiconductor to function as a photocathode for generation of solar fuels from CO2. PMID:27345191

  16. Investigation of photoelectrochemical-oxidized p-GaSb films

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    Lee, Hsin-Ying; Huang, Hung-Lin; Lee, Ching-Ting; Petrovich Pchelyakov, Oleg; Andreevich Pakhanov, Nikolay

    2012-12-01

    GaSb oxide films were directly formed on the p-GaSb films using the bias-assisted photoelectrochemical (PEC) oxidation method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicated that the resulting GaSb oxide films consisted of Ga2O3, Sb2O3, and Sb2O5. Different from the non-PEC oxides, the PEC derived oxide contained much more Sb2O5 than Sb2O3. Besides, the interface state density between the PEC oxide and p-GaSb was lower than that of the ordinary oxide/p-GaSb interface. The high quality of the PEC-oxidized GaSb films was attributed to the increase of the stable Sb2O5 content and decrease of the elemental Sb content in the films.

  17. An overview on emerging photoelectrochemical self-powered ultraviolet photodetectors.

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    Zhou, Jinyuan; Chen, Lulu; Wang, Youqing; He, Yongmin; Pan, Xiaojun; Xie, Erqing

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, as a new member of ultraviolet photodetectors (UV-PDs), photoelectrochemical UV-PDs (PEC UV-PDs) have received great attention. Compared to conventional photoconductors, PEC UV-PDs exhibit a number of merits, including low cost, environmentally friendly nature, being self-powered, and fast response. This tutorial review provides a comprehensive introduction to this research field, covering from the basics of performance evaluation of PEC UV-PDs, the state-of-the-art advances in structural design, electrolyte matching, and electrode fabrication of PEC UV-PDs, to the integration of multiple functions into a PEC UV-PD. In the end, we present our perspectives on the future development of PEC UV-PDs and highlight the key technical challenges in aiming to stimulate further developments in this research field. PMID:26646028

  18. Cell-Based Genotoxicity Testing

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    Reifferscheid, Georg; Buchinger, Sebastian

    Genotoxicity test systems that are based on bacteria display an important role in the detection and assessment of DNA damaging chemicals. They belong to the basic line of test systems due to their easy realization, rapidness, broad applicability, high sensitivity and good reproducibility. Since the development of the Salmonella microsomal mutagenicity assay by Ames and coworkers in the early 1970s, significant development in bacterial genotoxicity assays was achieved and is still a subject matter of research. The basic principle of the mutagenicity assay is a reversion of a growth inhibited bacterial strain, e.g., due to auxotrophy, back to a fast growing phenotype (regain of prototrophy). Deeper knowledge of the ­mutation events allows a mechanistic understanding of the induced DNA-damage by the utilization of base specific tester strains. Collections of such specific tester strains were extended by genetic engineering. Beside the reversion assays, test systems utilizing the bacterial SOS-response were invented. These methods are based on the fusion of various SOS-responsive promoters with a broad variety of reporter genes facilitating numerous methods of signal detection. A very important aspect of genotoxicity testing is the bioactivation of ­xenobiotics to DNA-damaging compounds. Most widely used is the extracellular metabolic activation by making use of rodent liver homogenates. Again, genetic engineering allows the construction of highly sophisticated bacterial tester strains with significantly enhanced sensitivity due to overexpression of enzymes that are involved in the metabolism of xenobiotics. This provides mechanistic insights into the toxification and detoxification pathways of xenobiotics and helps explaining the chemical nature of hazardous substances in unknown mixtures. In summary, beginning with "natural" tester strains the rational design of bacteria led to highly specific and sensitive tools for a rapid, reliable and cost effective

  19. A cell nanoinjector based on carbon nanotubes

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    Chen, Xing; Kis, Andras; Zettl, Alex; Bertozzi, Carolyn R.

    2007-01-30

    Technologies for introducing molecules into living cells are vital for probing the physical properties and biochemical interactions that govern the cell's behavior. Here we report the development of a nanoscale cell injection system-termed the nanoinjector-that uses carbon nanotubes to deliver cargo into cells. A single multi-walled carbon nanotube attached to an atomic force microscope tip was functionalized with cargo via a disulfide-based linker. Penetration of cell membranes with this 'nanoneedle', followed by reductive cleavage of the disulfide bonds within the cell's interior, resulted in the release of cargo inside the cells. The capability of the nanoinjector was demonstrated by injection of protein-coated quantum dots into live human cells. Single-particle tracking was employed to characterize the diffusion dynamics of injected quantum dots in the cytosol. This new technique causes no discernible membrane or cell damage, and can deliver a discrete number of molecules to the cell's interior without the requirement of a carrier solvent.

  20. Solid polymer MEMS-based fuel cells

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    Jankowski, Alan F.; Morse, Jeffrey D.

    2008-04-22

    A micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) based thin-film fuel cells for electrical power applications. The MEMS-based fuel cell may be of a solid oxide type (SOFC), a solid polymer type (SPFC), or a proton exchange membrane type (PEMFC), and each fuel cell basically consists of an anode and a cathode separated by an electrolyte layer. The electrolyte layer can consist of either a solid oxide or solid polymer material, or proton exchange membrane electrolyte materials may be used. Additionally catalyst layers can also separate the electrodes (cathode and anode) from the electrolyte. Gas manifolds are utilized to transport the fuel and oxidant to each cell and provide a path for exhaust gases. The electrical current generated from each cell is drawn away with an interconnect and support structure integrated with the gas manifold. The fuel cells utilize integrated resistive heaters for efficient heating of the materials. By combining MEMS technology with thin-film deposition technology, thin-film fuel cells having microflow channels and full-integrated circuitry can be produced that will lower the operating temperature an will yield an order of magnitude greater power density than the currently known fuel cells.

  1. Solid oxide MEMS-based fuel cells

    DOEpatents

    Jankowksi, Alan F.; Morse, Jeffrey D.

    2007-03-13

    A micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) based thin-film fuel cells for electrical power applications. The MEMS-based fuel cell may be of a solid oxide type (SOFC), a solid polymer type (SPFC), or a proton exchange membrane type (PEMFC), and each fuel cell basically consists of an anode and a cathode separated by an electrolyte layer. The electrolyte layer can consist of either a solid oxide or solid polymer material, or proton exchange membrane electrolyte materials may be used. Additionally catalyst layers can also separate the electrodes (cathode and anode) from the electrolyte. Gas manifolds are utilized to transport the fuel and oxidant to each cell and provide a path for exhaust gases. The electrical current generated from each cell is drawn away with an interconnect and support structure integrated with the gas manifold. The fuel cells utilize integrated resistive heaters for efficient heating of the materials. By combining MEMS technology with thin-film deposition technology, thin-film fuel cells having microflow channels and full-integrated circuitry can be produced that will lower the operating temperature an will yield an order of magnitude greater power density than the currently known fuel cells.

  2. Microfabricated Cell-based Biosensor Arrays.

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    Pishko, Michael

    2005-01-01

    Here, we described the fabrication using photolithography of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based hydrogel microstructures encapsulating viable mammalian cells on glass and silicon substrates. Substrates were treated with 3-(trichlorosilyl) propyl methacrylate to form pendant acrylate group to covalent link the hydrogel microstructure. Cells were encapsulated in arrays of cylindrical hydrogel microstructures 600 and 50 μm in diameter and viability assays demonstrated that encapsulated cells remained viable after photoencapsulation. These microstructures had clearly defined, three-dimensional structure without any residual cells remaining surface and no delamination of hydrogel elements from functionalized substrate occurred in aqueous environment for over a week. By changing spin-coating rates and feature sizes of photomasks, we could create cell-containing microstructures with aspect ratios ranging from 0.12 to 1.4. In case of 50 μm hydrogel microstructure, number of cells could be limited to 1 or 2 cells per element and array consisting of 400 elements could be fabricated in a square of 2 mm2. These cell-containinghydrogel microstructures were also successfully fabricated in poly(dimethylsiloxane) microchannels to create optical biosensor arrays of individually addressable single or multiple cell- containing hydrogel microstructures with potential applications in drug screening or pathogen detection. PMID:17282370

  3. Plasmon-enhanced nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation.

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    Gan, Jiayong; Rajeeva, Bharath Bangalore; Wu, Zilong; Penley, Daniel; Liang, Chaolun; Tong, Yexiang; Zheng, Yuebing

    2016-06-10

    Conversion of solar irradiation into chemical fuels such as hydrogen with the use of a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell is an attractive strategy for green energy. The promising technique of incorporating metal nanoparticles (NPs) in the photoelectrodes is being explored to enhance the performance of the photoelectrodes. In this work, we developed Au-NPs-functionalized nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes, and utilized the plasmonic effects of Au NPs to enhance the photoresponse. The plasmonic enhancement leads to an AM 1.5 photocurrent of 5.1 ± 0.1 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus a reverse hydrogen electrode. We observed an enhancement of five times with respect to pristine BiVO4 in the photocurrent with long-term stability and high energy-conversion efficiency. The overall performance enhancement is attributed to the synergy between the nanoporous architecture of BiVO4 and the plasmonic effects of Au NPs. Our further study reveals that the commendable photoactivity arises from the different plasmonic effects and co-catalyst effects of Au NPs. PMID:27119335

  4. Plasmon-enhanced nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation

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    Gan, Jiayong; Bangalore Rajeeva, Bharath; Wu, Zilong; Penley, Daniel; Liang, Chaolun; Tong, Yexiang; Zheng, Yuebing

    2016-06-01

    Conversion of solar irradiation into chemical fuels such as hydrogen with the use of a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell is an attractive strategy for green energy. The promising technique of incorporating metal nanoparticles (NPs) in the photoelectrodes is being explored to enhance the performance of the photoelectrodes. In this work, we developed Au-NPs-functionalized nanoporous BiVO4 photoanodes, and utilized the plasmonic effects of Au NPs to enhance the photoresponse. The plasmonic enhancement leads to an AM 1.5 photocurrent of 5.1 ± 0.1 mA cm‑2 at 1.23 V versus a reverse hydrogen electrode. We observed an enhancement of five times with respect to pristine BiVO4 in the photocurrent with long-term stability and high energy-conversion efficiency. The overall performance enhancement is attributed to the synergy between the nanoporous architecture of BiVO4 and the plasmonic effects of Au NPs. Our further study reveals that the commendable photoactivity arises from the different plasmonic effects and co-catalyst effects of Au NPs.

  5. Large-scale patterned ZnO nanorod arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Hu, Yaping; Yan, Xiaoqin; Gu, Yousong; Chen, Xiang; Bai, Zhiming; Kang, Zhuo; Long, Fei; Zhang, Yue

    2015-06-01

    Nowadays, the fabrication of photoanodes with high light-harvesting capability and charge transfer efficiency is a key challenge for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. In this paper, large-scale patterned ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) were designed and fabricated via two-beam laser interference lithography and hydrothermal synthesis, which were further applied as PEC photoanodes for the first time. By adopting the ZnO NRA photoanodes with square pattern, the PEC cells achieved a maximum efficiency of 0.18%, which was improved 135% compared to the control group with no patterned ZnO NRAs. The large-scale highly ordered ZnO NRAs have enhanced light-harvesting ability due to the light-scattering effect. In addition, the enlarged surface area of the patterned ZnO NRAs accelerated the charge transfer at the photoanode/electrolyte interface. This research demonstrates an effective mean to realize the efficient solar water splitting, and the results suggest that large-scale highly ordered nanostructures are promising candidates in the field of energy harvesting.

  6. Photoelectrochemical properties of CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} films

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    Murali, K.R.; Thilagavathy, K.; Vasantha, S.; Gopalakrishnan, P.; Rachel Oommen, P.

    2010-04-15

    CdS{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} films of different composition (0 < x < 1) were deposited by pulse plating technique at different duty cycles in the range of 10-50%. The films were polycrystalline and exhibited hexagonal structure. The band gap of the films varies from 1.68 to 2.39 eV as the concentration of CdS increases. Energy Dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) measurements indicate that the composition of the films are nearly the same as that of the precursors considered for the deposition. Atomic force microscopy studies indicated that the grain size increased from 20 to 200 nm as the concentration of CdSe increased. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell studies indicated that the films of composition CdS{sub 0.9}Se{sub 0.1} exhibited maximum photoactivity. Mott-Schottky studies indicated that the films exhibit n-type behaviour. Spectral response measurements indicated that the photocurrent maxima occurred at the wavelength value corresponding to the band gap of the films. (author)

  7. Photoelectrochemical properties of polypyrrole/TiO2 nanotube arrays nanocomposite under visible light

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    Jia, Yichao; Xiao, Peng; He, Huichao; Yao, Jianyu; Liu, Feila; Wang, Zhifeng; Li, Yanhong

    2012-06-01

    In this study, different amount of polypyrrole (PPy) were electropolymerized on highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2NTs) anodized by Ti foil in aqueous solution containing fluoride. In order to improve the conductivity of PPy, an anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) was used as doping during electropolymerization. The PPy modified TiO2NTs was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) and UV-vis spectroscopy (UV-vis). The results indicated that there might exist a strong interaction between TiO2NTs and PPy. Photoelectrochemical response showed that PPy/TiO2NTs electropolymerized for 30 s presented the maximum IPCE 1.81% under 550 nm visible light. The results were ascribed to the presence of narrow band gap p-type conducting polymer semiconductor PPy enhancing visible-light absorption and decreasing the recombination of photo electron-hole result in enhanced photocurrent. These results have implications for the use of PPy/TiO2NTs as a photoswitch or solar cell.

  8. Dendritic cell-based therapy for mantle cell lymphoma.

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    Munger, Corey M; Vose, Julie M; Joshi, Shantaram S

    2006-06-01

    Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a B cell malignancy that is resistant to conventional therapies. High-dose therapy (HDT) followed by stem cell transplantation is effective in inducing remission. However, residual lymphoma cells are eventually responsible for the subsequent relapse. Effective therapeutic strategies to eliminate the residual lymphoma is required. In this study, we have examined the in vitro and in vivo anti-lymphoma effects of MCL-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) that were generated using dendritic cells (DCs) fused with MCL cells for immunostimulation. Dendritic cells were generated in vitro using dendritic cell-specific medium, cytomorphology, immunophenotypes and functional capabilities of the generated DCs were studied. Such DCs were then used for the preparation of DC-MCL hybrids and the DC-MCL hybrids were used to generate CTLs against MCL cells and tested for their MCL-specific cytotoxicity in vitro and in vivo. The CTLs demonstrated MCL-specific cytotoxicity in vitro against GRANT-519, a human MCL cell line. These CTLs did not show significant effect against an irrelevant target. To test the in vivo therapeutic effect of DC-MCL hybrid-stimulated CTLs, a preclinical model consisting of NOD-SCID mice bearing Granta 519 was developed. The NOD-SCID mice bearing Granta-519 MCL tumors were treated with DC-MCL hybrids and the same donor T lymphocytes. There was an increase in survival (60% in mice treated with DC-MCL hybrid approach compared to 20% in the untreated group). Histological analysis of liver from control and treated mice displayed a decrease in the number of the tumor nodules in the treatment group. These results indicate the potential of DC-based therapy for the treatment of MCL. PMID:16685434

  9. Mg-Zr Cosubstituted Ta3N5 Photoanode for Lower-Onset-Potential Solar-Driven Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

    PubMed

    Seo, Jeongsuk; Takata, Tsuyoshi; Nakabayashi, Mamiko; Hisatomi, Takashi; Shibata, Naoya; Minegishi, Tsutomu; Domen, Kazunari

    2015-10-14

    In p/n photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell systems, a low onset potential for the photoanode, as well as a high photocurrent, are critical for efficient water splitting. Here, we report a Mg-Zr cosubstituted Ta3N5 (Ta3N5:Mg+Zr) photoanode, designed to provide a more negative onset potential for PEC water splitting. The anodic photocurrent onset on Ta3N5:Mg+Zr was 0.55 V(RHE) under AM 1.5G-simulated sunlight, which represented a negative shift from the ca. 0.8 V(RHE) for pure Ta3N5. This negative shift in the onset potential of PEC water splitting was attributed to the change in the bandgap potential due to partial substitution by the foreign ions Mg(2+) and/or Zr(4+). PMID:26426439

  10. Photoelectrochemical oxidation of water using BaTaO2N photoanodes prepared by particle transfer method.

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    Ueda, Koichiro; Minegishi, Tsutomu; Clune, Justin; Nakabayashi, Mamiko; Hisatomi, Takashi; Nishiyama, Hiroshi; Katayama, Masao; Shibata, Naoya; Kubota, Jun; Yamada, Taro; Domen, Kazunari

    2015-02-18

    A photoanode of particulate BaTaO2N fabricated by the particle transfer method and modified with a Co cocatalyst generated a photocurrent of 4.2 mA cm(-2) at 1.2 V(RHE) in the photoelectrochemical water oxidation reaction under simulated sunlight (AM1.5G). The half-cell solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency (HC-STH) of the photoanode reached 0.7% at 1.0 V(RHE), which was an order of magnitude higher than the previously reported photoanode made from the same material. The faradaic efficiency for oxygen evolution from water was virtually 100% during the reaction for 6 h, attesting to the robustness of the oxynitride. PMID:25650748

  11. Cell-based bioassays in microfluidic systems

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    Itle, Laura J.; Zguris, Jeanna C.; Pishko, Michael V.

    2004-12-01

    The development of cell-based bioassays for high throughput drug screening or the sensing of biotoxins is contingent on the development of whole cell sensors for specific changes in intracellular conditions and the integration of those systems into sample delivery devices. Here we show the feasibility of using a 5-(and-6)-carboxy SNARF-1, acetoxymethyl ester, acetate, a fluorescent dye capable of responding to changes in intracellular pH, as a detection method for the bacterial endotoxin, lipopolysaccharide. We used photolithography to entrap cells with this dye within poly(ethylene) glyocol diacrylate hydrogels in microfluidic channels. After 18 hours of exposure to lipopolysaccharide, we were able to see visible changes in the fluorescent pattern. This work shows the feasibility of using whole cell based biosensors within microfluidic networks to detect cellular changes in response to exogenous agents.

  12. Nanowire-based All Oxide Solar Cells

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    Yang*, Benjamin D. Yuhas and Peidong; Yang, Peidong

    2008-12-07

    We present an all-oxide solar cell fabricated from vertically oriented zinc oxide nanowires and cuprous oxide nanoparticles. Our solar cell consists of vertically oriented n-type zinc oxide nanowires, surrounded by a film constructed from p-type cuprous oxide nanoparticles. Our solution-based synthesis of inexpensive and environmentally benign oxide materials in a solar cell would allow for the facile production of large-scale photovoltaic devices. We found that the solar cell performance is enhanced with the addition of an intermediate oxide insulating layer between the nanowires and the nanoparticles. This observation of the important dependence of the shunt resistance on the photovoltaic performance is widely applicable to any nanowire solar cell constructed with the nanowire array in direct contact with one electrode.

  13. Biotoxin detection using cell-based sensors.

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    Banerjee, Pratik; Kintzios, Spyridon; Prabhakarpandian, Balabhaskar

    2013-12-01

    Cell-based biosensors (CBBs) utilize the principles of cell-based assays (CBAs) by employing living cells for detection of different analytes from environment, food, clinical, or other sources. For toxin detection, CBBs are emerging as unique alternatives to other analytical methods. The main advantage of using CBBs for probing biotoxins and toxic agents is that CBBs respond to the toxic exposures in the manner related to actual physiologic responses of the vulnerable subjects. The results obtained from CBBs are based on the toxin-cell interactions, and therefore, reveal functional information (such as mode of action, toxic potency, bioavailability, target tissue or organ, etc.) about the toxin. CBBs incorporate both prokaryotic (bacteria) and eukaryotic (yeast, invertebrate and vertebrate) cells. To create CBB devices, living cells are directly integrated onto the biosensor platform. The sensors report the cellular responses upon exposures to toxins and the resulting cellular signals are transduced by secondary transducers generating optical or electrical signals outputs followed by appropriate read-outs. Examples of the layout and operation of cellular biosensors for detection of selected biotoxins are summarized. PMID:24335754

  14. LTCC based bioreactors for cell cultivation

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    Bartsch, H.; Welker, T.; Welker, K.; Witte, H.; Müller, J.

    2016-01-01

    LTCC multilayers offer a wide range of structural options and flexibility of connections not available in standard thin film technology. Therefore they are considered as material base for cell culture reactors. The integration of microfluidic handling systems and features for optical and electrical capturing of indicators for cell culture growth offers the platform for an open system concept. The present paper assesses different approaches for the creation of microfluidic channels in LTCC multilayers. Basic functions required for the fluid management in bioreactors include temperature and flow control. Both features can be realized with integrated heaters and temperature sensors in LTCC multilayers. Technological conditions for the integration of such elements into bioreactors are analysed. The temperature regulation for the system makes use of NTC thermistor sensors which serve as real value input for the control of the heater. It allows the adjustment of the fluid temperature with an accuracy of 0.2 K. The tempered fluid flows through the cell culture chamber. Inside of this chamber a thick film electrode array monitors the impedance as an indicator for the growth process of 3-dimensional cell cultures. At the system output a flow sensor is arranged to monitor the continual flow. For this purpose a calorimetric sensor is implemented, and its crucial design parameters are discussed. Thus, the work presented gives an overview on the current status of LTCC based fluid management for cell culture reactors, which provides a promising base for the automation of cell culture processes.

  15. Biotoxin Detection Using Cell-Based Sensors

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    Banerjee, Pratik; Kintzios, Spyridon; Prabhakarpandian, Balabhaskar

    2013-01-01

    Cell-based biosensors (CBBs) utilize the principles of cell-based assays (CBAs) by employing living cells for detection of different analytes from environment, food, clinical, or other sources. For toxin detection, CBBs are emerging as unique alternatives to other analytical methods. The main advantage of using CBBs for probing biotoxins and toxic agents is that CBBs respond to the toxic exposures in the manner related to actual physiologic responses of the vulnerable subjects. The results obtained from CBBs are based on the toxin-cell interactions, and therefore, reveal functional information (such as mode of action, toxic potency, bioavailability, target tissue or organ, etc.) about the toxin. CBBs incorporate both prokaryotic (bacteria) and eukaryotic (yeast, invertebrate and vertebrate) cells. To create CBB devices, living cells are directly integrated onto the biosensor platform. The sensors report the cellular responses upon exposures to toxins and the resulting cellular signals are transduced by secondary transducers generating optical or electrical signals outputs followed by appropriate read-outs. Examples of the layout and operation of cellular biosensors for detection of selected biotoxins are summarized. PMID:24335754

  16. Sensitive-cell-based fish chromatophore biosensor

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    Plant, Thomas K.; Chaplen, Frank W.; Jovanovic, Goran; Kolodziej, Wojtek; Trempy, Janine E.; Willard, Corwin; Liburdy, James A.; Pence, Deborah V.; Paul, Brian K.

    2004-07-01

    A sensitive biosensor (cytosensor) has been developed based on color changes in the toxin-sensitive colored living cells of fish. These chromatophores are highly sensitive to the presence of many known and unknown toxins produced by microbial pathogens and undergo visible color changes in a dose-dependent manner. The chromatophores are immobilized and maintained in a viable state while potential pathogens multiply and fish cell-microbe interactions are monitored. Low power LED lighting is used to illuminate the chromatophores which are magnified using standard optical lenses and imaged onto a CCD array. Reaction to toxins is detected by observing changes is the total area of color in the cells. These fish chromatophores are quite sensitive to cholera toxin, Staphococcus alpha toxin, and Bordatella pertussis toxin. Numerous other toxic chemical and biological agents besides bacterial toxins also cause readily detectable color effects in chromatophores. The ability of the chromatophore cell-based biosensor to distinguish between different bacterial pathogens was examined. Toxin producing strains of Salmonella enteritis, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and Bacillus cereus induced movement of pigmented organelles in the chromatophore cells and this movement was measured by changes in the optical density over time. Each bacterial pathogen elicited this measurable response in a distinctive and signature fashion. These results suggest a chromatophore cell-based biosensor assay may be applicable for the detection and identification of virulence activities associated with certain air-, food-, and water-borne bacterial pathogens.

  17. Photoelectrochemical Behavior of Electrophoretically Deposited Hematite Thin Films Modified with Ti(IV).

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    Dalle Carbonare, Nicola; Boaretto, Rita; Caramori, Stefano; Argazzi, Roberto; Dal Colle, Maurizio; Pasquini, Luca; Bertoncello, Renzo; Marelli, Marcello; Evangelisti, Claudio; Bignozzi, Carlo Alberto

    2016-01-01

    Doping hematite with different elements is a common strategy to improve the electrocatalytic activity towards the water oxidation reaction, although the exact effect of these external agents is not yet clearly understood. Using a feasible electrophoretic procedure, we prepared modified hematite films by introducing in the deposition solution Ti(IV) butoxide. Photoelectrochemical performances of all the modified electrodes were superior to the unmodified one, with a 4-fold increase in the photocurrent at 0.65 V vs. SCE in 0.1 M NaOH (pH 13.3) for the 5% Ti-modified electrode, which was the best performing electrode. Subsequent functionalization with an iron-based catalyst led, at the same potential, to a photocurrent of ca. 1.5 mA·cm(-2), one of the highest achieved with materials based on solution processing in the absence of precious elements. AFM, XPS, TEM and XANES analyses revealed the formation of different Ti(IV) oxide phases on the hematite surface, that can reduce surface state recombination and enhance hole injection through local surface field effects, as confirmed by electrochemical impedance analysis. PMID:27447604

  18. Photoelectrochemical detection of enzymatically generated CdS nanoparticles: Application to development of immunoassay.

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    Barroso, Javier; Saa, Laura; Grinyte, Ruta; Pavlov, Valeri

    2016-03-15

    We report an innovative photoelectrochemical process (PEC) based on graphite electrode modified with electroactive polyvinylpyridine bearing osmium complex (Os-PVP). The system relies on the in situ enzymatic generation of CdS quantum dots (QDs). Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) catalyzes the hydrolisis of sodium thiophosphate (TP) to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) which in the presence Cd(2+) ions yields CdS semiconductor nanoparticles (SNPs). Irradiation of SNPs with the standard laboratory UV-illuminator (wavelength of 365 nm) results in photooxidation of 1-thioglycerol (TG) mediated by Os-PVP complex on the surface of graphite electrode at applied potential of 0.31 V vs. Ag/AgCl. A novel immunoassay based on specific enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) combined with the PEC methodology was developed. Having selected the affinity interaction between bovine serum albumine (BSA) with anti-BSA antibody (AB) as a model system, we built the PEC immunoassay for AB. The new assay displays a linear range up to 20 ngmL(-1) and a detection limit (DL) of 2 ngmL(-1) (S/N=3) which is lower 5 times that of the traditional chromogenic ELISA test employing p-nitro-phenyl phosphate (pNPP). PMID:26432195

  19. Upscaling of integrated photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices to large areas.

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    Turan, Bugra; Becker, Jan-Philipp; Urbain, Félix; Finger, Friedhelm; Rau, Uwe; Haas, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Photoelectrochemical water splitting promises both sustainable energy generation and energy storage in the form of hydrogen. However, the realization of this vision requires laboratory experiments to be engineered into a large-scale technology. Up to now only few concepts for scalable devices have been proposed or realized. Here we introduce and realize a concept which, by design, is scalable to large areas and is compatible with multiple thin-film photovoltaic technologies. The scalability is achieved by continuous repetition of a base unit created by laser processing. The concept allows for independent optimization of photovoltaic and electrochemical part. We demonstrate a fully integrated, wireless device with stable and bias-free operation for 40 h. Furthermore, the concept is scaled to a device area of 64 cm(2) comprising 13 base units exhibiting a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 3.9%. The concept and its successful realization may be an important contribution towards the large-scale application of artificial photosynthesis. PMID:27601181

  20. Amorphous cobalt potassium phosphate microclusters as efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation catalyst

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    Zhang, Ye; Zhao, Chunsong; Dai, Xuezeng; Lin, Hong; Cui, Bai; Li, Jianbao

    2013-12-01

    A novel amorphous cobalt potassium phosphate hydrate compound (KCoPO4·H2O) is identified to be active photocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) to facilitate hydrogen generation from water photolysis. It has been synthesized through a facile and cost-effective solution-based precipitation method using earth-abundant materials. Its highly porous structure and large surface areas are found to be responsible for the excellent electrochemical performance featuring a low OER onset at ˜550 mVSCE and high current density in alkaline condition. Unlike traditional cobalt-based spinel oxides (Co3O4, NiCo2O4) and phosphate (Co-Pi, Co(PO3)2) electrocatalysts, with proper energy band alignment for light-assisted water oxidation, cobalt potassium phosphate hydrate also exhibits robust visible-light response, generating a photocurrent density of ˜200 μA cm-2 at 0.7 VSCE. This catalyst could thus be considered as a promising candidate to perform photoelectrochemical water splitting.

  1. Atomic Force Microscopy Based Cell Shape Index

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    Adia-Nimuwa, Usienemfon; Mujdat Tiryaki, Volkan; Hartz, Steven; Xie, Kan; Ayres, Virginia

    2013-03-01

    Stellation is a measure of cell physiology and pathology for several cell groups including neural, liver and pancreatic cells. In the present work, we compare the results of a conventional two-dimensional shape index study of both atomic force microscopy (AFM) and fluorescent microscopy images with the results obtained using a new three-dimensional AFM-based shape index similar to sphericity index. The stellation of astrocytes is investigated on nanofibrillar scaffolds composed of electrospun polyamide nanofibers that has demonstrated promise for central nervous system (CNS) repair. Recent work by our group has given us the ability to clearly segment the cells from nanofibrillar scaffolds in AFM images. The clear-featured AFM images indicated that the astrocyte processes were longer than previously identified at 24h. It was furthermore shown that cell spreading could vary significantly as a function of environmental parameters, and that AFM images could record these variations. The new three-dimensional AFM-based shape index incorporates the new information: longer stellate processes and cell spreading. The support of NSF PHY-095776 is acknowledged.

  2. Novel Fuel Cells for Coal Based Systems

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    Thomas Tao

    2011-12-31

    The goal of this project was to acquire experimental data required to assess the feasibility of a Direct Coal power plant based upon an Electrochemical Looping (ECL) of Liquid Tin Anode Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (LTA-SOFC). The objective of Phase 1 was to experimentally characterize the interaction between the tin anode, coal fuel and cell component electrolyte, the fate of coal contaminants in a molten tin reactor (via chemistry) and their impact upon the YSZ electrolyte (via electrochemistry). The results of this work will provided the basis for further study in Phase 2. The objective of Phase 2 was to extend the study of coal impurities impact on fuel cell components other than electrolyte, more specifically to the anode current collector which is made of an electrically conducting ceramic jacket and broad based coal tin reduction. This work provided a basic proof-of-concept feasibility demonstration of the direct coal concept.

  3. Cell-based biosensors in clinical chemistry.

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    Kintzios, Spiridon E

    2007-10-01

    Cell-based biosensors represent the next revolution in medical diagnostics, offering a number of significant advantages, such as high speed, portability and low cost. The present review focuses on the most successful technologies used for the detection of ultra-low concentrations of bioactive analytes (such as metabolic markers and pathogens) in clinical samples. PMID:17979804

  4. Zinc oxide nanoparticles/glucose oxidase photoelectrochemical system for the fabrication of biosensor.

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    Ren, Xiangling; Chen, Dong; Meng, Xianwei; Tang, Fangqiong; Hou, Xianquan; Han, Dong; Zhang, Lin

    2009-06-15

    Nanosized semiconductor crystals can increase efficiency of photochemical reactions and greatly improve the catalytic activity of enzymes to generate novel photoelectrochemical systems. In this work, glucose oxidase (GOx)/zinc oxide (ZnO) is selected as a model system to assess the photovoltaic effect of semiconductor nanoparticles on the enzyme electrode. UV-spectrum and circular dichroism (CD) results show that the structure of GOx is preserved after conjugation with ZnO nanoparticles. The current response of the enzyme electrode containing ZnO nanoparticles increases from 0.82 to 21 microA cm(-2) in the solution of 10 mM beta-D-glucose. Furthermore, after irradiating the enzyme electrode with UV light for 2 h, the current response can be increased nearly 30% and the detection limit can be lowered about two orders compared with the catalytic reactions in the dark, which indicate that a technique to fabricate a novel photocontrolled enzyme-based biosensor may be developed. PMID:19394953

  5. Interface induce growth of intermediate layer for bandgap engineering insights into photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Zhang, Jian; Zhang, Qiaoxia; Wang, Lianhui; Li, Xing’ao; Huang, Wei

    2016-01-01

    A model of interface induction for interlayer growing is proposed for bandgap engineering insights into photocatalysis. In the interface of CdS/ZnS core/shell nanorods, a lamellar solid solution intermediate with uniform thickness and high crystallinity was formed under interface induction process. Merged the novel charge carrier transfer layer, the photocurrent of the core/shell/shell nanorod (css-NR) array was significantly improved to 14.0 mA cm−2 at 0.0 V vs. SCE, nearly 8 times higher than that of the perfect CdS counterpart and incident photon to electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) values above 50% under AM 1.5G irradiation. In addition, this array photoelectrode showed excellent photocatalytic stability over 6000 s. These results suggest that the CdS/Zn1−xCdxS/ZnS css-NR array photoelectrode provides a scalable charge carrier transfer channel, as well as durability, and therefore is promising to be a large-area nanostructured CdS-based photoanodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting system. PMID:27250648

  6. Local electronic structure and photoelectrochemical activity of partial chemically etched Ti-doped hematite

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    Rioult, Maxime; Belkhou, Rachid; Magnan, Hélène; Stanescu, Dana; Stanescu, Stefan; Maccherozzi, Francesco; Rountree, Cindy; Barbier, Antoine

    2015-11-01

    The direct conversion of solar light into chemical energy or fuel through photoelectrochemical water splitting is promising as a clean hydrogen production solution. Ti-doped hematite (Ti:α-Fe2O3) is a potential key photoanode material, which despite its optimal band gap, excellent chemical stability, abundance, non-toxicity and low cost, still has to be improved. Here we give evidence of a drastic improvement of the water splitting performances of Ti-doped hematite photoanodes upon a HCl wet-etching. In addition to the topography investigation by atomic force microscopy, a detailed determination of the local electronic structure has been carried out in order to understand the phenomenon and to provide new insights in the understanding of solar water splitting. Using synchrotron radiation based spectromicroscopy (X-PEEM), we investigated the X-ray absorption spectral features at the L3 Fe edge of the as grown surface and of the wet-etched surface on the very same sample thanks to patterning. We show that HCl wet etching leads to substantial surface modifications of the oxide layer including increased roughness and chemical reduction (presence of Fe2 +) without changing the band gap. We demonstrate that these changes are profitable and correlated to the drastic changes of the photocatalytic activity.

  7. Graphitic carbon nitride/BiOCl composites for sensitive photoelectrochemical detection of ciprofloxacin.

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    Xu, Li; Li, Henan; Yan, Pengcheng; Xia, Jiexiang; Qiu, Jingxia; Xu, Qian; Zhang, Shanqing; Li, Huaming; Yuan, Shouqi

    2016-12-01

    Ciprofloxacin, as a second generation of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, has been proved to cause environmental harm and exhibits toxic effects on the wastewater and surface water even at low concentrations due to their continuous input and persistence. Despite tremendous efforts, developing ciprofloxacin detection method with accuracy and sensitivity at low-cost remains a great challenge. Herein, graphitic carbon nitride/BiOCl composite (g-CN/BiOCl) has been designed for a facile and sensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) monitoring platform of ciprofloxacin at first time. BiOCl can be modified with the g-CN nanosheets which are obtained via solvothermal process at low-temperature conditions. The use of g-CN is shown to strongly enhance the PEC response of BiOCl due to the formation of heterojunctions. The photocurrent generated at the g-CN/BiOCl-modified ITO (with 13wt%g-CN content) is much higher and more stable than that of a BiOCl-modified ITO. Based on these findings, the g-CN/BiOCl-modified ITO was used to design a PEC assay for the antibiotic ciprofloxacin. Furthermore, the limit of detection of the ciprofloxacin PEC sensor has been significantly lowered to 0.2ngmL(-1). In addition, the PEC sensor can detect ciprofloxacin in the wide range of 0.5-1840ngmL(-1). PMID:27552431

  8. A highly selective and picomolar level photoelectrochemical sensor for PCB 101 detection in environmental water samples.

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    Shi, Huijie; Zhao, Jinzhi; Wang, Yingling; Zhao, Guohua

    2016-07-15

    A highly selective and sensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensor was fabricated for fast and convenient detection of PCB 101 in environmental water samples with a low detection limit of 1.0×10(-14)molL(-1) based on single crystalline TiO2 nanorods (NRs). By integration with molecular imprinting (MI) technique, the PEC sensor's selectivity towards PCB 101 was significantly improved, so that the interference caused by 100-fold excess of PCB 126 and PCB 77 which had similar structure with PCB 101 was below 37%, not to mention other coexisted pollutants. This high selectivity could be attributed to the high-quality expression of the molecular imprinting sites on the rigid and smooth surface of single crystalline TiO2 NRs on which PCB 101 could be selectively and preferentially adsorbed. The oriented and multiple halogen bonds formed between PCB 101 and the molecular imprinting sites played a critical role in improving the recognition ability of the PEC sensor. Meanwhile, the one dimensional nanorods structure of TiO2 was beneficial for the efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes, leading to enhanced photocurrent response and further improving the sensitivity of the PEC sensor. PMID:27016911

  9. Interface induce growth of intermediate layer for bandgap engineering insights into photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Zhang, Jian; Zhang, Qiaoxia; Wang, Lianhui; Li, Xing'ao; Huang, Wei

    2016-01-01

    A model of interface induction for interlayer growing is proposed for bandgap engineering insights into photocatalysis. In the interface of CdS/ZnS core/shell nanorods, a lamellar solid solution intermediate with uniform thickness and high crystallinity was formed under interface induction process. Merged the novel charge carrier transfer layer, the photocurrent of the core/shell/shell nanorod (css-NR) array was significantly improved to 14.0 mA cm(-2) at 0.0 V vs. SCE, nearly 8 times higher than that of the perfect CdS counterpart and incident photon to electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) values above 50% under AM 1.5G irradiation. In addition, this array photoelectrode showed excellent photocatalytic stability over 6000 s. These results suggest that the CdS/Zn1-xCdxS/ZnS css-NR array photoelectrode provides a scalable charge carrier transfer channel, as well as durability, and therefore is promising to be a large-area nanostructured CdS-based photoanodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting system. PMID:27250648

  10. TiN-buffered substrates for photoelectrochemical measurements of oxynitride thin films

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    Pichler, Markus; Pergolesi, Daniele; Landsmann, Steve; Chawla, Vipin; Michler, Johann; Döbeli, Max; Wokaun, Alexander; Lippert, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    Developing novel materials for the conversion of solar to chemical energy is becoming an increasingly important endeavour. Perovskite compounds based on bandgap tunable oxynitrides represent an exciting class of novel photoactive materials. To date, literature mostly focuses on the characterization of oxynitride powder samples which have undeniable technological interest but do not allow the investigation of fundamental properties such as the role of the crystalline quality and/or the surface crystallographic orientation toward photo-catalytic activity. The challenge of growing high quality oxynitride thin films arises from the availability of a suitable substrate, owing to strict material and processing requirements: effective lattice matching, sufficiently high conductivities, stability under high temperatures and in strongly reducing environments. Here, we have established the foundations of a model system incorporating a TiN-buffer layer which enables fundamental investigations into crystallographic surface orientation and crystalline quality of the photocatalyst against photo(electro)chemical performance to be effectively performed. Furthermore, we find that TiN as current collector enables control over the nitrogen content of oxynitride thin films produced by a modified pulsed laser deposition method and allows the growth of highly ordered LaTiO3-xNx thin films.

  11. Interface induce growth of intermediate layer for bandgap engineering insights into photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Zhang, Jian; Zhang, Qiaoxia; Wang, Lianhui; Li, Xing’Ao; Huang, Wei

    2016-06-01

    A model of interface induction for interlayer growing is proposed for bandgap engineering insights into photocatalysis. In the interface of CdS/ZnS core/shell nanorods, a lamellar solid solution intermediate with uniform thickness and high crystallinity was formed under interface induction process. Merged the novel charge carrier transfer layer, the photocurrent of the core/shell/shell nanorod (css-NR) array was significantly improved to 14.0 mA cm‑2 at 0.0 V vs. SCE, nearly 8 times higher than that of the perfect CdS counterpart and incident photon to electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) values above 50% under AM 1.5G irradiation. In addition, this array photoelectrode showed excellent photocatalytic stability over 6000 s. These results suggest that the CdS/Zn1‑xCdxS/ZnS css-NR array photoelectrode provides a scalable charge carrier transfer channel, as well as durability, and therefore is promising to be a large-area nanostructured CdS-based photoanodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting system.

  12. 1D ZnO/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Yan, Lu; Zhao, Wei; Liu, Zhifeng

    2016-07-28

    In this paper, a novel ZnO nanorods (NRs)/BiVO4 heterojunction has been successfully prepared as a photoanode for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Firstly, ZnO NRs were synthesized by chemical bath deposition onto indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass. Then BiVO4 was deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). The photocurrent density of ZnO NRs and the ZnO NRs/BiVO4 heterojunction photoanode was evaluated under light irradiation. And the value was up to 1.72 mA cm(-2) at 1.2 V vs. Ag/AgCl based on the ZnO NRs/BiVO4 photoanode in the electrolyte solution, which is higher than that of the pure ZnO NRs photoanode at the same potential. It is demonstrated that the presence of BiVO4 has played an important role in expanding the spectral response region and reducing the photogenerated charge recombination rate. This present work provides a simple synthesis route to construct a heterojunction which serves as a photoanode for PEC water splitting. PMID:27328331

  13. First-principles interpretation of core-level spectroscopy of photoelectrochemical materials and processes

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    Pemmaraju, Sri Chaitanya Das; Prendergast, David

    2014-03-01

    We present two case studies of first-principles theoretical methods applied in conjunction with experimental core-level spectroscopy measurements to investigate the electronic structure and dynamical processes in molecular and interfacial systems relevant to photoelectrochemical (PEC) technologies. In the first, we study the core-level and valence spectroscopies of two zinc(II)-porphyrin based Donor-pi-Acceptor (D-p-A) dyes using the occupancy-constrained excited electron and core-hole (XCH) approach and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) simulations. In the second, we use constrained DFT and TDDFT to interpret measured transient core-level shifts in time-resolved femtosecond x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, investigating the dynamics of the electron injection process from a N3 dye molecule chemisorbed onto a ZnO substrate. These studies illustrate the utility of first-principles methods in guiding the design of better PEC materials. This work was performed at the Molecular Foundry, LBNL, supported by the Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  14. Enhancement of photoelectrochemical activity for water splitting by controlling hydrodynamic conditions on titanium anodization

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    Sánchez-Tovar, R.; Fernández-Domene, R. M.; García-García, D. M.; García-Antón, J.

    2015-07-01

    This work studies the electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of a new type of TiO2 nanostructure (nanosponge) obtained by means of anodization in a glycerol/water/NH4F electrolyte under controlled hydrodynamic conditions. For this purpose different techniques such as Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM), Raman Spectroscopy, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) measurements, Mott-Schottky (M-S) analysis and photoelectrochemical water splitting tests under standard AM 1.5 conditions are carried out. The obtained results show that electron-hole separation is facilitated in the TiO2 nanosponge if compared with highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays. As a result, nanosponges enhance the photoelectrochemical activity for water splitting.

  15. Enhanced photoelectrochemical activity of vertically aligned ZnO-coated TiO{sub 2} nanotubes

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    Cai, Hua; Yang, Qin; You, Qinghu; Sun, Jian; Xu, Ning; Wu, Jiada; Hu, Zhigao; Duan, Zhihua

    2014-02-03

    Vertically aligned ZnO-TiO{sub 2} hetero-nanostructures constructed of anatase TiO{sub 2} nanotubes (NTs) and wurtzite ZnO coatings are fabricated by atomic layer deposition of ZnO coatings on electrochemical anodization formed TiO{sub 2} NTs, and their photoelectrochemical activities are studied through photoelectrochemical and electrochemical characterization. Compared with bare TiO{sub 2} NTs, the transient photocurrent increases to over 1.5-fold for the annealed ZnO-coated TiO{sub 2} NTs under visible illumination. The ZnO-coated TiO{sub 2} NTs also show a longer electron lifetime, a lower charge-transfer resistance and a more negative flat-band potential than the bare TiO{sub 2} NTs, confirming the improved photoelectrochemical activity due to the enhanced charge separation.

  16. Oxidatively Stable Nanoporous Silicon Photocathodes for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Evolution

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    Neale, Nathan R.; Zhao, Yixin; Zhu, Kai; Oh, Jihun; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Yuan, Hao-Chih; Branz, Howard M.

    2014-06-02

    Stable and high-performance nanoporous 'black silicon' photoelectrodes with electrolessly deposited Pt nanoparticle (NP) catalysts are made with two metal-assisted etching steps. Doubly etched samples exhibit >20 mA/cm2 photocurrent density at +0.2 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution under 1 sun illumination. We find that the photocurrent onset voltage of black Si photocathodes prepared from single-crystal planar Si wafers increases in oxidative environments (e.g., aqueous electrolyte) owing to a positive flat-band potential shift caused by surface oxidation. However, this beneficial oxide layer becomes a kinetic barrier to proton reduction that inhibits hydrogen production after just 24 h. To mitigate this problem, we developed a novel second Pt-assisted etch process that buries the Pt NPs deeper into the nanoporous Si surface. This second etch shifts the onset voltage positively, from +0.25 V to +0.4 V vs. RHE, and reduces the charge-transfer resistance with no performance decrease seen for at least two months.

  17. Solar Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion using Earth-Abundant Nanomaterials

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    Lukowski, Mark A.

    Although the vast majority of energy consumed worldwide is derived from fossil fuels, the growing interest in making cleaner alternative energies more economically viable has motivated recent research efforts aimed to improve photovoltaic, wind, and biomass power generation. Clean power generation also requires clean burning fuels, such as H2 and O2, so that energy can still be provided on demand at all times, despite the intermittent nature inherent to solar or wind power. My research has focused on the rational approach to synthesizing earth-abundant nanomaterials with applications in the generation of clean alternative fuels and understanding the structure-property relationships which directly influence their performance. Herein, we describe the development of low-cost, earth-abundant layered metal chalcogenides as high-performance electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution, and hematite photoanodes for photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution. This work has revealed a particularly interesting concept where catalytic performance can be enhanced by controlling the phase behavior of the material and taking advantage of previously unexploited properties to overcome the challenges traditionally limiting the performance of these layered materials for hydrogen evolution catalysis.

  18. Greenlighting photoelectrochemical oxidation of water by iron oxide.

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    Kim, Dong Wook; Riha, Shannon C; DeMarco, Erica J; Martinson, Alex B F; Farha, Omar K; Hupp, Joseph T

    2014-12-23

    Hematite (α-Fe2O3) is one of just a few candidate electrode materials that possess all of the following photocatalyst-essential properties for scalable application to water oxidation: excellent stability, earth-abundance, suitability positive valence-band-edge energy, and significant visible light absorptivity. Despite these merits, hematite's modest oxygen evolution reaction kinetics and its poor efficiency in delivering photogenerated holes, especially holes generated by green photons, to the electrode/solution interface, render it ineffective as a practical water-splitting catalyst. Here we show that hole delivery and catalytic utilization can be substantially improved through Ti alloying, provided that the alloyed material is present in ultrathin-thin-film form. Notably, the effects are most pronounced for charges photogenerated by photons with energy comparable to the band gap for excitation of Fe(3d)→Fe(3d) transitions (i.e., green photons). Additionally, at the optimum Ti substitution level the lifetimes of surface-localized holes, competent for water oxidation, are extended. Together these changes explain an overall improvement in photoelectrochemical performance, especially enhanced internal quantum efficiencies, observed upon Ti(IV) incorporation. PMID:25414974

  19. Photoelectrochemical Properties of Vertically Aligned CuInS2 Nanorod Arrays Prepared via Template-Assisted Growth and Transfer.

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    Yang, Wooseok; Oh, Yunjung; Kim, Jimin; Kim, Hyunchul; Shin, Hyunjung; Moon, Jooho

    2016-01-13

    Although copper-based chalcopyrite materials such as CuInS2 have been considered promising photocathodes for solar water splitting, the fabrication route for a nanostructure with vertical orientation has not yet been developed. Here, a fabrication route for vertically aligned CuInS2 nanorod arrays from an aqueous solution using anodic aluminum oxide template-assisted growth and transfer is presented. The nanorods exhibit a phase-pure CuInS2 chalcopyrite structure and cathodic photocurrent response without co-catalyst loading. Small particles of CdS and ZnS were conformally decorated onto CuInS2 nanorods using a successive ion layer adsorption and reaction method. With surface modification of CdS/ZnS, the photoelectrochemical properties of CuInS2 nanorod arrays are enhanced via flat-band potential shift, as determined by analyses of onset potential and Mott-Schottky plots. PMID:26645722

  20. Liquid Crystal Cells Based on Photovoltaic Substrates

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    Lucchetti, L.; Kushnir, K.; Zaltron, A.; Simoni, F.

    2016-02-01

    Liquid crystal cells with LiNbO3:Fe crystals as substrates, are described. The photovoltaic field generated by the substrates is able to reorient the liquid crystal director thus giving rise to a phase shift on the light propagating through the cell, as in liquid crystal light valves. The process does not require the application of an external electric field, thus being potentially useful for applications requiring a high degree of compactness. An efficient optical switch with a high transmission contrast, based on the described optically-induced electric field, is also proposed.

  1. Physiology-based model of cell viscoelasticity.

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    Muñoz, José J; Albo, Santiago

    2013-07-01

    The measured viscoelastic properties of biological tissues is the result of the passive and active response of the cells. We propose an evolution law of the remodeling process in the cytoskeleton which is able to mimic the viscous properties of biological cellular tissues. Our model is based on dynamical changes of the resting length. We show that under the small strain regime, the linear rheology models are recovered, with the relaxation time being replaced by the cell resistance to remodel. We implement the one-dimensional model into network systems of two and three dimensions, and show that the same conclusions may be drawn for those systems. PMID:23944493

  2. Photoelectrochemical properties of n-type KTaO3 single crystals in alkaline electrolytes

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    Paulauskas, Irene E; Jellison Jr, Gerald Earle; Boatner, Lynn A

    2010-01-01

    Semiconducting KTaO3 single crystals have been investigated as a model potential photoanode for hydrogen production using photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. In order to modify the electronic properties of KTaO3 by reducing the bandgap and thereby increase the absorption of light at longer wavelengths, KTaO3 single crystals were doped during the crystal growth process. A wide range of dopant elements was employed that consisted primarily of transition metals - due to the established effects they have exhibited in modifying the properties of other semiconducting systems such as TiO2. With the exception of the crystals grown with LiCO3 or B2O3 added to the melt (resulting in crystals that were not effectively doped), the crystals exhibited n-type behavior with carrier concentrations ranging from 4 x 1018 to 2.6 x 1020 cm-3. The position of the band edges indicated that the crystals were thermodynamically capable of water dissociation without the application of an external bias. External quantum yield (QY) measurements revealed that the samples were photoactive up to a wavelength of ~350 nm. Higher QY s were measured when some of the crystals were thermochemically treated in a CO atmosphere. The indirect bandgap and a parameter denoted as E1 that is related to the direct band edge of the semiconductor were found to be the same within the statistical error for all the samples. These results indicate that the various dopants and treatments did not produce changes in the KTaO3 electronic structure that were sufficient to significantly modify the behavior exhibited by this material in a PEC cell.

  3. Cell-Based Therapies for Diabetic Retinopathy

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    Shaw, Lynn C.; Neu, Matthew B.; Grant, Maria B.

    2013-01-01

    Autologous endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) populations represent a novel treatment for therapeutic revascularization and vascular repair for diabetic patients with complications including diabetic retinopathy. Current therapies are applicable to late-stage disease and carry significant side effects, whereas cell-based therapy may provide an alternative by repairing areas of vasodegeneration and reversing ischemia. However, EPCs from diabetic patients with vascular complications are dysfunctional. Moreover, the diabetic environment poses its own challenges and complicates the use of autologous EPCs. Before EPCs become the ideal “cell therapy,” the optimal EPC must be determined, any functional dysfunction must be corrected prior to use, and the diabetic milieu will require modification to accept the EPCs. This review describes the rationale for harnessing the vascular reparative properties of EPCs with emphasis on the molecular and phenotypic nature of healthy EPCs, how diabetes alters them, and novel strategies to improve dysfunctional EPCs. PMID:21611766

  4. Cell-Based Therapies Formulations: Unintended components.

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    Atouf, Fouad

    2016-07-01

    Cell-based therapy is the fastest growing segment of regenerative medicine, a field that promises to cure diseases not treated by other small molecules or biological drugs. The use of living cells as the active medicinal ingredient present great opportunities to deliver treatment that can trigger the body's own capacity to regenerate damaged or diseased tissue. Some of the challenges in controlling the quality of the finished cell-therapy product relate to the use of a variety of raw materials including excipients, process aids, and growth promotion factors. The quality of these materials is critical for ensuring the safety and quality of the finished therapeutic products. This review will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with the qualification of excipients as well as that of the ancillary materials used in manufacturing. PMID:27233803

  5. Dye-Sensitized and Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Enhanced Visible-Light Photoelectrochemical Biosensors for Highly Sensitive Analysis of Protein Kinase Activity.

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    Yan, Zhiyong; Wang, Zonghua; Miao, Zhuang; Liu, Yang

    2016-01-01

    A novel visible-light photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensor based on localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) enhancement and dye sensitization was fabricated for highly sensitive analysis of protein kinase activity with ultralow background. In this strategy, DNA conjugated gold nanoparticles (DNA@AuNPs) were assembled on the phosphorylated kemptide modified TiO2/ITO electrode through the chelation between Zr(4+) ions and phosphate groups, then followed by the intercalation of [Ru(bpy)3](2+) into DNA grooves. The adsorbed [Ru(bpy)3](2+) can harvest visible light to produce excited electrons that inject into the TiO2 conduction band to form photocurrent under visible light irradiation. In addition, the photocurrent efficiency was further improved by the LSPR of AuNPs under the irradiation of visible light. Moreover, because of the excellent conductivity and large surface area of AuNPs that facilitate electron-transfer and accommodate large number of [Ru(bpy)3](2+), the photocurrent was significantly amplified, affording an extremely sensitive PEC analysis of kinase activity with ultralow background signals. The detection limit of as-proposed PEC biosensor was 0.005 U mL(-1) (S/N = 3). The biosensor also showed excellent performances for quantitative kinase inhibitor screening and PKA activities detection in MCF-7 cell lysates under forskolin and ellagic acid stimulation. The developed dye-sensitization and LSPR enhancement visible-light PEC biosensor shows great potential in protein kinases-related clinical diagnosis and drug discovery. PMID:26648204

  6. Status of photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen and electrical energy

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    Byvik, C. E.; Walker, G. H.

    1976-01-01

    The efficiency for conversion of electromagnetic energy to chemical and electrical energy utilizing semiconductor single crystals as photoanodes in electrochemical cells was investigated. Efficiencies as high as 20 percent were achieved for the conversion of 330 nm radiation to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen by the photoelectrolysis of water in a SrTiO3 based cell. The SrTiO3 photoanodes were shown to be stable in 9.5 M NaOH solutions for periods up to 48 hours. Efficiencies of 9 percent were measured for the conversion of broadband visible radiation to hydrogen using n-type GaAs crystals as photoanodes. Crystals of GaAs coated with 500 nm of gold, silver, or tin for surface passivation show no significant change in efficiency. By suppressing the production of hydrogen in a CdSe-based photogalvanic cell, an efficiency of 9 percent was obtained in conversion of 633 nm light to electrical energy. A CdS-based photogalvanic cell produced a conversion efficiency of 5 percent for 500 nm radiation.

  7. Anodized ZnO nanostructures for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Huang, Mao-Chia; Wang, TsingHai; Wu, Bin-Jui; Lin, Jing-Chie; Wu, Ching-Chen

    2016-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures were fabricated on the polished zinc foil by anodic deposition in an alkaline solution containing 1.0 M NaOH and 0.25 M Zn(NO3)2. Potentiostatic anodization was conducted at two potentials (-0.7 V in the passive region and -1.0 V in the active region vs. SCE) which are higher than the open circuit potential (-1.03 V vs. SCE) and as-obtained ZnO nanostrcutures were investigated focusing on their structural, optical, electrical and photoelectrochemical (PEC) characteristics. All samples were confirmed ZnO by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectra. Observations in the SEM images clearly showed that ZnO nanostructures prepared at -0.7 V vs. SCE were composed of nanowires at while those obtained at -1.0 V vs. SCE possessed nanosheets morphology. Result from transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffraction patterns suggested that the ZnO nanowires belonged to single crystalline with a preferred orientation of (0 0 2) whereas the ZnO nanosheets were polycrystalline. Following PEC experiments indicated that ZnO nanowires had higher photocurrent density of 0.32 mA/cm2 at 0.5 V vs. SCE under 100 mW/cm2 illumination. This value was about 1.9 times higher than that of ZnO nanosheets. Observed higher photocurrent was likely due to the single crystalline, preferred (0 0 2) orientation, higher carrier concentration and lower charge transfer resistance.

  8. a Study of the Electronic Characteristics and Photoelectrochemical Activity of Extrinsic Ceramic Strontium - and Titanium Dioxide.

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    Odekirk, Bruce

    1983-01-01

    A study of the characteristics of extrinsic, ceramic SrTiO(,3) and TiO(,2) is presented. These materials have been known to assist in the photoelectrochemical dissociation of water without undergoing decomposition, but their wide intrinsic bandgaps (3.0-3.2 eV) make them unsuitable for efficient solar energy conversion. Consequently, a wide variety of samples were studied in the highly extrinsic state, produced both by the introduction of impurities and by strong reduction. Electrical conductivity (throughout the range 10 (LESSTHEQ) T (LESSTHEQ) 500 K), thermopower, and photoconductivity were all measured, and compared to photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell performance. Single crystal samples of strongly reduced TiO(,2) were similarly examined for comparison with the ceramic materials. It was found that oxygen vacancies produced upon high temperature reduction of undoped SrTiO(,3) form O(,V) -impurity bands, with activation energies in the range 0.03 -0.075 eV (for n = 10('17) - 10('13) cm('-3)). Impurity band formation was also found in La-doped SrTiO(,3) for {La} (GREATERTHEQ) 0.2%, and the spectral response confirmed expectations from dark conductivity measurements that the conduction and impurity bands are fully merged with a substantial band tail when {La} = 1.0%. This resulted in the diminution of the optical bandgap from (DBLTURN) 3.2 eV to (DBLTURN) 2.8 eV, and with that, significantly enhanced photoanode performance was obtained. The behavior of (sigma) with reduction for La:SrTiO(,3) confirmed that the defect structure at room temperature consists of controlled atomic imperfection under oxidizing conditions, which gives way to a controlled valency mechanism upon reduction. This transition produces a semiconducting material. High temperature reduction of undoped TiO(,2) was found to produce a large number of donor defects, with room temperature conductionband electron densities in the range n = 10('17) - 10('19 )cm('-3). Ta-doped TiO(,2) ceramics demonstrated

  9. Influence of substrates on photoelectrochemical performance of sprayed n-CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} electrodes

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    Sawant, R.R.; Shinde, S.S.; Bhosale, C.H.; Rajpure, K.Y.

    2010-07-15

    Cadmium indium sulphide (CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}) electrodes have been prepared onto the preheated fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass and stainless steel (SS) substrates at optimized deposition conditions by using spray pyrolysis. Influence of substrates on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance has been carried out using cell configuration n-CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4}/1 M (NaOH + Na{sub 2}S + S)/C for studying the current-voltage (I-V), photovoltaic output, photovoltaic rise and decay, photo and spectral responses and capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics. The junction ideality factor in dark (n{sub D}) and light (n{sub L}), series and shunt resistances (R{sub s} and R{sub sh}), fill factor (FF) and efficiency ({eta}) for the cell have been estimated. The measured fill factor (FF) and cell efficiency ({eta}) of the cells are found to be 0.47%, 0.38%, and 1.06%, 0.38% for FTO and SS substrates respectively. The Energy band diagram of band bending has been constructed using the physical parameters estimated from Mott-Schottky plots. Mott-Schottky plots shows the flat-band potential (V{sub fb}) of CdIn{sub 2}S{sub 4} films to be -1.15 V/SCE and -0.90 V/SCE on FTO and SS substrates respectively. (author)

  10. Sensitized solar cells based on nanostructures

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    Lu, Liyou

    Sensitized solar cells (SSCs) based on nanostructures including dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) have attracted great research interest due to their potential in converting sunlight into electricity and solving the energy problem. Metal oxide nanowires, as an important type of nanostructures were grown and applied in the SSCs. In this dissertation, two types of nanowires, ZnO and Zn2GeO4 nanowires were successfully grown onto fluorine-doped-tin-oxide (FTO) coated substrates using a chemical vapor deposition method. This method provides an important way to grow ZnO nanowires directly on FTO substrates without using any catalyst. ZnO nanowires with length of more than 30 mum were used as the photoanode for DSSCs. The dependence of solar cell performance on nanowire length and annealing temperature was studied. Zn2GeO4 nanowires were also directly synthesized on FTO substrates and were utilized as the photoanode in DSSCs and QDSSCs. Transient photocurrent and photovoltage decay measurements were conducted in the SSCs, which showed that the dye sensitization pH was important for DSSCs and that both the QDs coverage and band alignment between QDs and nanowires were key parameters for QDSSCs in order to have a good energy conversion efficiency.

  11. Spatioselective Electrochemical and Photoelectrochemical Functionalization of Silicon Microwires with Axial p/n Junctions.

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    Milbrat, Alexander; Elbersen, Rick; Kas, Recep; Tiggelaar, Roald M; Gardeniers, Han; Mul, Guido; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2016-02-17

    The spatioselective functionalization of silicon microwires with axial p/n junctions is achieved using the electronic properties of the junction. (Photo)electrochemical deposition of metals is demonstrated at the bottom and top of the wires in the dark and light, respectively. The junction depletion layer remains unmodified, which allows its visualization and comparison with theoretical calculations. PMID:26866621

  12. Charge Separation in TiO2/BDD Heterojunction Thin Film for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance.

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    Terashima, Chiaki; Hishinuma, Ryota; Roy, Nitish; Sugiyama, Yuki; Latthe, Sanjay S; Nakata, Kazuya; Kondo, Takeshi; Yuasa, Makoto; Fujishima, Akira

    2016-01-27

    Semiconductor photocatalysis driven by electron/hole has begun a new era in the field of solar energy conversion and storage. Here we report the fabrication and optimization of TiO2/BDD p-n heterojunction photoelectrode using p-type boron doped diamond (BDD) and n-type TiO2 which shows enhanced photoelectrochemical activity. A p-type BDD was first deposited on Si substrate by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) method and then n-type TiO2 was sputter coated on top of BDD grains for different durations. The microstructural studies reveal a uniform disposition of anatase TiO2 and its thickness can be tuned by varying the sputtering time. The formation of p-n heterojunction was confirmed through I-V measurement. A remarkable rectification property of 63773 at 5 V with very small leakage current indicates achieving a superior, uniform and precise p-n junction at TiO2 sputtering time of 90 min. This suitably formed p-n heterojunction electrode is found to show 1.6 fold higher photoelectrochemical activity than bare n-type TiO2 electrode at an applied potential of +1.5 V vs SHE. The enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of this TiO2/BDD electrode is ascribed to the injection of hole from p-type BDD to n-type TiO2, which increases carrier separation and thereby enhances the photoelectrochemical performance. PMID:26756353

  13. Electrochemical photovoltaic cells. Quarterly technical progress report, August 1-October 31, 1980

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    Ang, P. G.P.; Sammells, A. F.

    1980-12-01

    Liquid-junction photoelectrochemical cells can be used either for the direct conversion of solar energy to electricity or to generate stored chemical species available for later electrochemical discharge. The objective of this program is to identify experimental approaches for electrochemical photovoltaic cells that not only show promise of high power-conversion efficiencies but also have the potential to achieve long life and the capacity for energy storage. The work is organized as follows: (1) selection of high-efficiency semiconductor photoelectrode/electrolyte systems; (2) development of long-life electrochemical photovoltaic cells; (3) development of an all solid-state electrochemical photovoltaic cell with in-situ storage; and (4) demonstration of laboratory-size photoelectrochemical cell with redox storage. This program is directed toward identifying a suitable match between the proposed semiconductor and the redox species present in aqueous, nonaqueous, and solid electrolytes for achieving the necessary performance and semiconductor stability requirements. Emphasis is on aqueous electrolyte-based systems where fast kinetics are favored. The proposed systems will be compatible with convenient storage of the electroactive species generated and their later electrochemical discharge in a redox cell.

  14. Fiber and fabric solar cells by directly weaving carbon nanotube yarns with CdSe nanowire-based electrodes

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    Zhang, Luhui; Shi, Enzheng; Ji, Chunyan; Li, Zhen; Li, Peixu; Shang, Yuanyuan; Li, Yibin; Wei, Jinquan; Wang, Kunlin; Zhu, Hongwei; Wu, Dehai; Cao, Anyuan

    2012-07-01

    Electrode materials are key components for fiber solar cells, and when combined with active layers (for light absorption and charge generation) in appropriate ways, they enable design and fabrication of efficient and innovative device structures. Here, we apply carbon nanotube yarns as counter electrodes in combination with CdSe nanowire-grafted primary electrodes (Ti wire) for making fiber and fabric-shaped photoelectrochemical cells with power conversion efficiencies in the range 1% to 2.9%. The spun-twist long nanotube yarns possess both good electrical conductivity and mechanical flexibility compared to conventional metal wires or carbon fibers, which facilitate fabrication of solar cells with versatile configurations. A unique feature of our process is that instead of making individual fiber cells, we directly weave single or multiple nanotube yarns with primary electrodes into a functional fabric. Our results demonstrate promising applications of semiconducting nanowires and carbon nanotubes in woven photovoltaics.Electrode materials are key components for fiber solar cells, and when combined with active layers (for light absorption and charge generation) in appropriate ways, they enable design and fabrication of efficient and innovative device structures. Here, we apply carbon nanotube yarns as counter electrodes in combination with CdSe nanowire-grafted primary electrodes (Ti wire) for making fiber and fabric-shaped photoelectrochemical cells with power conversion efficiencies in the range 1% to 2.9%. The spun-twist long nanotube yarns possess both good electrical conductivity and mechanical flexibility compared to conventional metal wires or carbon fibers, which facilitate fabrication of solar cells with versatile configurations. A unique feature of our process is that instead of making individual fiber cells, we directly weave single or multiple nanotube yarns with primary electrodes into a functional fabric. Our results demonstrate promising applications

  15. Semiconductor electrodes. 50. Effect of mode of illumination and doping on photoelectrochemical behavior of phthalocyanine films. Technical report 1 Sep 82-1 Aug 83

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    Leempoel, P.; Fan, F.F.; Bard, A.J.

    1983-02-25

    The behavior of photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells composed of SnO/sub 2/ or Pt electrodes with coatings of different phthalocyanines (Pc) -H/sub 2/Pc, ZnPc, MgPc, (CuPc, InPc) 1 was investigated. Spectral sensitization at the Sn0/sub 2//Pc interface leads to photooxidation currents, while efficient photoreduction occurs at the Pc/solution interface through bulk generation of charge carriers. The presence of both anodic and cathodic photocurrents leads to different net photocurrent responses for back and front side illumination, especially with thicker films. The efficiency of the reduction process was sensitive to the potential of the redox couple in solution and maximized when E redox was about 0.37V for N/sub 2/Pc, ZnPc and -MgPc. A dramatic improvement of the photoelectrochemical behavior of the coating results from doping with an electron acceptor (e.g.,o-chloranil) and quantum yields as high a s 4.6% were measured for Pt/H/sub 2/Pc electrodes.

  16. Cell-Based Therapy for Silicosis

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    Lopes-Pacheco, Miquéias; Bandeira, Elga; Morales, Marcelo M.

    2016-01-01

    Silicosis is the most common pneumoconiosis globally, with higher prevalence and incidence in developing countries. To date, there is no effective treatment to halt or reverse the disease progression caused by silica-induced lung injury. Significant advances have to be made in order to reduce morbidity and mortality related to silicosis. In this review, we have highlighted the main mechanisms of action that cause lung damage by silica particles and summarized the data concerning the therapeutic promise of cell-based therapy for silicosis. PMID:27066079

  17. Cell-Based Therapy for Silicosis.

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    Lopes-Pacheco, Miquéias; Bandeira, Elga; Morales, Marcelo M

    2016-01-01

    Silicosis is the most common pneumoconiosis globally, with higher prevalence and incidence in developing countries. To date, there is no effective treatment to halt or reverse the disease progression caused by silica-induced lung injury. Significant advances have to be made in order to reduce morbidity and mortality related to silicosis. In this review, we have highlighted the main mechanisms of action that cause lung damage by silica particles and summarized the data concerning the therapeutic promise of cell-based therapy for silicosis. PMID:27066079

  18. III-Nitride Blue Laser Diode with Photoelectrochemically Etched Current Aperture

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    Megalini, Ludovico

    Group III-nitride is a remarkable material system to make highly efficient and high-power optoelectronics and electronic devices because of the unique electrical, physical, chemical and structural properties it offers. In particular, InGaN-based blue Laser Diodes (LDs) have been successfully employed in a variety of applications ranging from biomedical and military devices to scientific instrumentation and consumer electronics. Recently their use in highly efficient Solid State Lighting (SSL) has been proposed because of their superior beam quality and higher efficiency at high input power density. Tremendous advances in research of GaN semi-polar and non-polar crystallographic planes have led both LEDs and LDs grown on these non-basal planes to rival with, and with the promise to outperform, their equivalent c-plane counterparts. However, still many issues need to be addressed, both related to material growth and device fabrication, including a lack of conventional wet etching techniques. GaN and its alloys with InN and AlN have proven resistant essentially to all known standard wet etching techniques, and the predominant etching methods rely on chlorine-based dry etching (RIE). These introduce sub-surface damage which can degrade the electrical properties of the epitaxial structure and reduce the reliability and lifetime of the final device. Such reasons and the limited effectiveness of passivation techniques have so far suggested to etch the LD ridges before the active region, although it is well-known that this can badly affect the device performance, especially in narrow stripe width LDs, because the gain guiding obtained in the planar configuration is weak and the low index step and high lateral current leakage result in devices with threshold current density higher than devices whose ridge is etched beyond the active region. Moreover, undercut etching of III-nitride layers has proven even more challenging, with limitations in control of the lateral etch

  19. Photoelectrochemical Conversion from Graphitic C3N4 Quantum Dot Decorated Semiconductor Nanowires.

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    An, Tiance; Tang, Jing; Zhang, Yueyu; Quan, Yingzhou; Gong, Xingao; Al-Enizi, Abdullah M; Elzatahry, Ahmed A; Zhang, Lijuan; Zheng, Gengfeng

    2016-05-25

    Despite the recent progress of developing graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) as a metal-free photocatalyst, the synthesis of nanostructured g-C3N4 has still remained a complicated and time-consuming approach from its bulk powder, which substantially limits its photoelectrochemical (PEC) applications as well as the potential to form composites with other semiconductors. Different from the labor-intensive methods used before, such as exfoliation or assistant templates, herein, we developed a facile method to synthesize graphitic C3N4 quantum dots (g-CNQDs) directly grown on TiO2 nanowire arrays via a one-step quasi-chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process in a homemade system. The as-synthesized g-CNQDs uniformly covered over the surface of TiO2 nanowires and exhibited attractive photoluminescence (PL) properties. In addition, compared to pristine TiO2, the heterojunction of g-CNQD-decorated TiO2 nanowires showed a substantially enhanced PEC photocurrent density of 3.40 mA/cm(2) at 0 V of applied potential vs Ag/AgCl under simulated solar light (300 mW/cm(2)) and excellent stability with ∼82% of the photocurrent retained after over 10 h of continuous testing, attributed to the quantum and sensitization effects of g-CNQDs. Density functional theory calculations were further carried out to illustrate the synergistic effect of TiO2 and g-CNQD. Our method suggests that a variety of g-CNQD-based composites with other semiconductor nanowires can be synthesized for energy applications. PMID:27149607

  20. Synthesis of chemicals using solar energy with stable photoelectrochemically active heterostructures.

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    Mubeen, Syed; Singh, Nirala; Lee, Joun; Stucky, Galen D; Moskovits, Martin; McFarland, Eric W

    2013-05-01

    Efficient and cost-effective conversion of solar energy to useful chemicals and fuels could lead to a significant reduction in fossil hydrocarbon use. Artificial systems that use solar energy to produce chemicals have been reported for more than a century. However the most efficient devices demonstrated, based on traditionally fabricated compound semiconductors, have extremely short working lifetimes due to photocorrosion by the electrolyte. Here we report a stable, scalable design and molecular level fabrication strategy to create photoelectrochemically active heterostructure (PAH) units consisting of an efficient semiconductor light absorber in contact with oxidation and reduction electrocatalysts and otherwise protected by alumina. The functional heterostructures are fabricated by layer-by-layer, template-directed, electrochemical synthesis in porous anodic aluminum oxide membranes to produce high density arrays of electronically autonomous, nanostructured, corrosion resistant, photoactive units (~10(9)-10(10) PAHs per cm(2)). Each PAH unit is isolated from its neighbor by the transparent electrically insulating oxide cellular enclosure that makes the overall assembly fault tolerant. When illuminated with visible light, the free floating devices have been demonstrated to produce hydrogen at a stable rate for over 24 h in corrosive hydroiodic acid electrolyte with light as the only input. The quantum efficiency (averaged over the solar spectrum) for absorbed photons-to-hydrogen conversion was 7.4% and solar-to-hydrogen energy efficiency of incident light was 0.9%. The fabrication approach is scalable for commercial manufacturing and readily adaptable to a variety of earth abundant semiconductors which might otherwise be unstable as photoelectrocatalysts. PMID:23586680

  1. The photoelectrochemical exploration of multifunctional TiO2 mesocrystals and its enzyme-assisted biosensing application.

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    Dai, Hong; Zhang, Shupei; Gong, Lingshan; Li, Yilin; Xu, Guifang; Lin, Yanyu; Hong, Zhensheng

    2015-10-15

    Mesocrystals, as the assemblies of crystallographically oriented nanocrystals, have single-crystal-like atom structures and scattering features but with much higher porosity than single-crystalline materials, making them promising substitutes for conventional single crystals in photoelectrochemical application. As a proof-of-concept, a series of photoelectrochemical tests were investigated to understand the influence of the differences between them on photoelectrochemical activity. Expectedly, comparing with TiO2 single crystals, TiO2 mesocrystals demonstrated higher photoelectrochemical capability, which provides unique new opportunities for materials design in the fields of solar-energy conversion and catalysis. Therefore, an elegant photoelectrochemical biosensing platform was firstly developed by virtue of carbon nanohorns with outstanding electrical conductivity support multifunctional TiO2 mesocrystals to accelerate the transfer of photogenerated electrons, and then horseradish peroxidase was introduced through the immune recognition reaction for enzyme-assisted in situ generating CdS QDs. The multiplex amplification strategy successfully achieved the ultrasensitive detection of α-fetoprotein antigen. Promisingly, the successful application of multiplex amplification strategy affords a rational and practical consideration for the fabrication of new and high-performance photoelectrochemical sensing devices. PMID:25957072

  2. Facile fabrication of porous thin films of Bi2O3/Bi2S3 nanocomposite semiconductors at gas/liquid interface and their photoelectrochemical performances

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    Lu, Xiaoqing; Pu, Fang; Xia, Yue; Huang, Wei; Li, Zelin

    2014-04-01

    Porous thin films of Bi2O3/Bi2S3 nanocomposite semiconductors were prepared rapidly at gas/liquid interface for the first time by contacting an acidic Bi(NO3)3 solution with vapors from ammonia water and ammonium sulfide solution. Hydrolysis of Bi3+ into Bi2O3 nanoparticles (NPs) and their partial sulfurization into Bi2S3 occurred at/near the solution surface upon contacting the vapors of NH3 and H2S, respectively. Based on photoelectrochemical performances, the conditions were optimized for preparation of Bi2O3/Bi2S3 thin films by interfacial reactions and self-assembly of the in situ produced nanocomposites, including concentrations of Bi(NO3)3 and HNO3, vapor sources, contact manners and contact times. The porous thin film of Bi2O3/Bi2S3 prepared under optimized conditions showed better photoelectrochemical performance than the respective thin films of Bi2O3 and Bi2S3 and their some other composites.

  3. Flexible and compressible Goretex-PEDOT membrane electrodes for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Mozer, Attila J; Panda, Dillip Kumar; Gambhir, Sanjeev; Romeo, Tony C; Winther-Jensen, Bjorn; Wallace, Gordon G

    2010-02-01

    A porous, flexible electrode based on a PTFE (Teflon) membrane (Goretex) coated with a metallic current collector and a conducting polymer (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), PEDOT) has been developed for applications in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Its low sheet resistance and compressibility make it an ideal electrode on uneven TiO(2) surfaces with high efficiency and reproducibility. The porous nature of the electrode enables the feed-through of reactants and treatment agents, which opens up exciting opportunities to interface these photoelectrochemical devices with electrocatalytic, energy conversion, and storage systems. Postfabrication bonding of the photoanode and the Goretex-Au-PEDOT electrode is demonstrated. PMID:19902936

  4. Single Walled Carbon Nanohorns as Catalytic Counter Electrodes for Co(III)/(II) Electron Mediators in Dye Sensitized Cells.

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    Carli, Stefano; Casarin, Laura; Syrgiannis, Zois; Boaretto, Rita; Benazzi, Elisabetta; Caramori, Stefano; Prato, Maurizio; Bignozzi, Carlo Alberto

    2016-06-15

    The electrochemical properties of both pristine single walled carbon nanohorns (SWCNHS) and their chemically oxidized form (ox-SWCNHS) spray coated onto fluorine doped SnO2 (FTO) were investigated in the framework of the fabrication of cobalt based transparent dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). These new nanocarbon substrates, evaluated in conjunction with the Co(bpy)3(2+/3+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) redox mediator, are endowed with excellent electrocatalytic properties, ease of fabrication, and very promising stability and display a great potential for replacing the best noble metal and conductive polymer catalytic materials in the building of semitransparent counter electrodes in new generation photoelectrochemical devices. PMID:27227738

  5. TOPICAL REVIEW: Stem cells engineering for cell-based therapy

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    Taupin, Philippe

    2007-09-01

    Stem cells carry the promise to cure a broad range of diseases and injuries, from diabetes, heart and muscular diseases, to neurological diseases, disorders and injuries. Significant progresses have been made in stem cell research over the past decade; the derivation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) from human tissues, the development of cloning technology by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) and the confirmation that neurogenesis occurs in the adult mammalian brain and that neural stem cells (NSCs) reside in the adult central nervous system (CNS), including that of humans. Despite these advances, there may be decades before stem cell research will translate into therapy. Stem cell research is also subject to ethical and political debates, controversies and legislation, which slow its progress. Cell engineering has proven successful in bringing genetic research to therapy. In this review, I will review, in two examples, how investigators are applying cell engineering to stem cell biology to circumvent stem cells' ethical and political constraints and bolster stem cell research and therapy.

  6. Inorganic-organic solar cells based on quaternary sulfide as absorber materials.

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    Hong, Tiantian; Liu, Zhifeng; Yan, Weiguo; Liu, Junqi; Zhang, Xueqi

    2015-12-14

    We report a novel promising quaternary sulfide (CuAgInS) to serve as a semiconductor sensitizer material in the photoelectrochemical field. In this study, CuAgInS (CAIS) sulfide sensitized ZnO nanorods were fabricated on ITO substrates through a facile and low-cost hydrothermal chemical method and applied on photoanodes for solar cells for the first time. The component and stoichiometry were key factors in determining the photoelectric performance of CAIS sulfide, which were controlled by modulating their reaction time. ZnO/Cu0.7Ag0.3InS2 nanoarrays exhibit an enhanced optical and photoelectric performance and the power conversion efficiency of ITO/ZnO/Cu0.7Ag0.3InS2/P3HT/Pt solid-state solar cell was up to 1.80%. The remarkable performance stems from improved electron transfer, a higher efficiency of light-harvesting and appropriate band gap alignment at the interface of the ZnO/Cu0.7Ag0.3InS2 NTs. The research indicates that CAIS as an absorbing material has enormous potential in solar cell systems. PMID:26553746

  7. Performance analysis of a potassium-base AMTEC cell

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    Huang, C.; Hendricks, T.J.; Hunt, T.K.

    1998-07-01

    Sodium-BASE Alkali-Metal-Thermal-to-Electric-Conversion (AMTEC) cells have been receiving increased attention and funding from the Department of Energy, NASA and the United States Air Force. Recently, sodium-BASE (Na-BASE) AMTEC cells were selected for the Advanced Radioisotope Power System (ARPS) program for the next generation of deep-space missions and spacecraft. Potassium-BASE (K-BASE) AMTEC cells have not received as much attention to date, even though the vapor pressure of potassium is higher than that of sodium at the same temperature. So that, K-BASE AMTEC cells with potentially higher open circuit voltage and higher power output than Na-BASE AMTEC cells are possible. Because the surface tension of potassium is about half of the surface tension of sodium at the same temperature, the artery and evaporator design in a potassium AMTEC cell has much more challenging pore size requirements than designs using sodium. This paper uses a flexible thermal/fluid/electrical model to predict the performance of a K-BASE AMTEC cell. Pore sizes in the artery of K-BASE AMTEC cells must be smaller by an order of magnitude than in Na-BASE AMTEC cells. The performance of a K-BASE AMTEC cell was higher than a Na-BASE AMTEC cell at low voltages/high currents. K-BASE AMTEC cells also have the potential of much better electrode performance, thereby creating another avenue for potentially better performance in K-BASE AMTEC cells.

  8. Influence of polyaniline on photoelectrochemical characterization of TiO2-PANI layers

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    Tot Pham, Thi; Duyen Nguyen, The; Xuan, Thi Mai; Thanh Thuy Mai, Thi; Yen Tran, Hai; Binh Phan, Thi

    2015-01-01

    TiO2-polyaniline (PANI) composites were prepared by thermal oxidation of titanium substrate combined with chemical polymerization of aniline. Their chemical structures were determined by infrared (IR) spectroscopy and x-ray analysis. Their morphological structures were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Their electro- and photoelectrochmical properties were examined by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis. The results showed that their photoelectrochemical behavior was better than that of TiO2 electrode; among them the more PANI existed in composite the higher was the anodic photoelectrochemical current. It was also found that the composite has structure in the range of nanosize. Report at 2nd International Workshop on Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion, 17-19 November 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

  9. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of WO3-surface modified TiO2 thin film

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    Qamar, Mohammad; Drmosh, Qasem; Ahmed, Muhammad I.; Qamaruddin, Muhammad; Yamani, Zain H.

    2015-02-01

    Development of nanostructured photocatalysts for harnessing solar energy in energy-efficient and environmentally benign way remains an important area of research. Pure and WO3-surface modified thin films of TiO2 were prepared by magnetron sputtering on indium tin oxide glass, and photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities of these films were studied. TiO2 particles were <50 nm, while deposited WO3 particles were <20 nm in size. An enhancement in the photocurrent was observed when the TiO2 surface was modified WO3 nanoparticles. Effect of potential, WO3 amount, and radiations of different wavelengths on the photoelectrochemical activity of TiO2 electrodes was investigated. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and WO3-modified TiO2 for the decolorization of methyl orange was tested.

  10. Efficient and sustained photoelectrochemical water oxidation by cobalt oxide/silicon photoanodes with nanotextured interfaces.

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    Yang, Jinhui; Walczak, Karl; Anzenberg, Eitan; Toma, Francesca M; Yuan, Guangbi; Beeman, Jeffrey; Schwartzberg, Adam; Lin, Yongjing; Hettick, Mark; Javey, Ali; Ager, Joel W; Yano, Junko; Frei, Heinz; Sharp, Ian D

    2014-04-30

    Plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition of cobalt oxide onto nanotextured p(+)n-Si devices enables efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation and effective protection of Si from corrosion at high pH (pH 13.6). A photocurrent density of 17 mA/cm(2) at 1.23 V vs RHE, saturation current density of 30 mA/cm(2), and photovoltage greater than 600 mV were achieved under simulated solar illumination. Sustained photoelectrochemical water oxidation was observed with no detectable degradation after 24 h. Enhanced performance of the nanotextured structure, compared to planar Si, is attributed to a reduced silicon oxide thickness that provides more intimate interfacial contact between the light absorber and catalyst. This work highlights a general approach to improve the performance and stability of Si photoelectrodes by engineering the catalyst/semiconductor interface. PMID:24720554

  11. Platinum monolayer electrocatalyst on gold nanostructures on silicon for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution.

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    Kye, Joohong; Shin, Muncheol; Lim, Bora; Jang, Jae-Won; Oh, Ilwhan; Hwang, Seongpil

    2013-07-23

    Pt monolayer decorated gold nanostructured film on planar p-type silicon is utilized for photoelectrochemical H2 generation in this work. First, gold nanostructured film on silicon was spontaneously produced by galvanic displacement of the reduction of gold ion and the oxidation of silicon in the presence of fluoride anion. Second, underpotential deposition (UPD) of copper under illumination produced Cu monolayer on gold nanostructured film followed by galvanic exchange of less-noble Cu monolayer with more-noble PtCl6(2-). Pt(shell)/Au(core) on p-type silicon showed the similar activity with platinum nanoparticle on silicon for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction in spite of low platinum loading. From Tafel analysis, Pt(shell)/Au(core) electrocatalyst shows the higher area-specific activity than platinum nanoparticle on silicon demonstrating the significant role of underlying gold for charge transfer reaction from silicon to H(+) through platinum catalyst. PMID:23750804

  12. Surface aspects of sol-gel derived hematite films for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water.

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    Herrmann-Geppert, Iris; Bogdanoff, Peter; Radnik, Jörg; Fengler, Steffen; Dittrich, Thomas; Fiechter, Sebastian

    2013-02-01

    α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) photoanodes for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) were prepared by a cost-efficient sol-gel procedure. Due to low active photoelectrochemical properties observed, it is assumed that the sol-gel procedure leads to hematite films with defects and surface states on which generated charge carriers are recombined or immobilized in trap processes. Electrochemical activation was proven to diminish unfavourable surface groups to some extent. More efficiently, a plasma treatment improves significantly the photoelectrochemical properties of the OER. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals an oxygen enriched surface layer with new oxygen species which may be responsible for the improved electrochemical activity. Due to surface photovoltage an increased fraction of transferred charge carriers from these newly produced surface defects are identified. PMID:23247669

  13. Carbon coated Cu2O nanowires for photo-electrochemical water splitting with enhanced activity

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    Shi, Weina; Zhang, Xiaofan; Li, Shaohui; Zhang, Bingyan; Wang, Mingkui; Shen, Yan

    2015-12-01

    Herein, we report on Cu2O nanowire photocathode covered with amorphous carbon thin layer by a simple and effective anodization method for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting hydrogen production. The coating of carbon thin layer increases the photo-electrochemical performance of Cu2O nanowires, achieving a photocurrent density of up to 2.7 mA cm-2 at 0 V (vs. RHE) with a maximum photon to current conversion efficiency of 0.28% at 0.21 V (vs. RHE) under standard testing conditions. The nanocomposite electrode retains 61.3% of its photo-activity after 1000 s irradiation, which is higher than that of bare Cu2O (18.5%). The detailed investigation results reveal that the augmented photocurrent as well as the enhanced stability could be contributed to the acceleration of electrochemical charge transfer at the electrode/electrolyte interface and the reduced rate of photo-corrosion.

  14. Template synthesis and photoelectrochemical properties of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} microflowers

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    Cao, Feng; Wang, Jianmin; Tu, Wanhong; Lv, Xin; Li, Song; Qin, Gaowu

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} microflowers were fabricated by using a sacrificial-template method. • The effect of the specific experimental parameters was examined. • Photoelectrochemical measurements were characterized. - Abstract: Uniform hierarchical Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanostructures were fabricated by using Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}CO{sub 3} nanoflowers as a sacrificial template through a hydrothermal reaction with an aqueous L-cysteine solution. Multiple techniques, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Mott–Schottky (M–S) plot and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were applied to investigate the structure, morphology and photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared samples. This work demonstrated a simple and cost-effective strategy for the design and fabrication of well-defined complex hierarchical nanomaterials, which can be potentially used in energy storage and conversion devices.

  15. Dual Influence of Reduction Annealing on Diffused Hematite/FTO Junction for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Yang, Xiaogang; Liu, Rui; Lei, Yan; Li, Pinjiang; Wang, Ke; Zheng, Zhi; Wang, Dunwei

    2016-06-29

    Band structure engineering of the interface between the semiconductor and the conductive substrate may profoundly influence charge separation and transport for photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical devices. In this work, we found that a reduction-annealing treatment resulted in a diffused junction through enhanced interdiffusion of hematite/FTO at the interface. The activated hematite exhibited higher nanoelectric conductivity that was probed by a PeakForce TUNA AFM method. Furthermore, charge accumulation and recombination via surface states at the interface were dramatically reduced after the reduction-annealing activation, which was confirmed by transient surface photovoltage measurements. The diffused hematite junction promises improved photoelectrochemical performance without the need for a buffer layer. PMID:27275513

  16. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of WO3-surface modified TiO2 thin film.

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    Qamar, Mohammad; Drmosh, Qasem; Ahmed, Muhammad I; Qamaruddin, Muhammad; Yamani, Zain H

    2015-01-01

    Development of nanostructured photocatalysts for harnessing solar energy in energy-efficient and environmentally benign way remains an important area of research. Pure and WO3-surface modified thin films of TiO2 were prepared by magnetron sputtering on indium tin oxide glass, and photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities of these films were studied. TiO2 particles were <50 nm, while deposited WO3 particles were <20 nm in size. An enhancement in the photocurrent was observed when the TiO2 surface was modified WO3 nanoparticles. Effect of potential, WO3 amount, and radiations of different wavelengths on the photoelectrochemical activity of TiO2 electrodes was investigated. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and WO3-modified TiO2 for the decolorization of methyl orange was tested. Graphical abstractWO3-surface modified TiO2 film showing better photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity. PMID:25852351

  17. Laser-based direct-write techniques for cell printing

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    Schiele, Nathan R; Corr, David T; Huang, Yong; Raof, Nurazhani Abdul; Xie, Yubing; Chrisey, Douglas B

    2016-01-01

    Fabrication of cellular constructs with spatial control of cell location (±5 μm) is essential to the advancement of a wide range of applications including tissue engineering, stem cell and cancer research. Precise cell placement, especially of multiple cell types in co- or multi-cultures and in three dimensions, can enable research possibilities otherwise impossible, such as the cell-by-cell assembly of complex cellular constructs. Laser-based direct writing, a printing technique first utilized in electronics applications, has been adapted to transfer living cells and other biological materials (e.g., enzymes, proteins and bioceramics). Many different cell types have been printed using laser-based direct writing, and this technique offers significant improvements when compared to conventional cell patterning techniques. The predominance of work to date has not been in application of the technique, but rather focused on demonstrating the ability of direct writing to pattern living cells, in a spatially precise manner, while maintaining cellular viability. This paper reviews laser-based additive direct-write techniques for cell printing, and the various cell types successfully laser direct-written that have applications in tissue engineering, stem cell and cancer research are highlighted. A particular focus is paid to process dynamics modeling and process-induced cell injury during laser-based cell direct writing. PMID:20814088

  18. Bioorthogonal Click Chemistry-Based Synthetic Cell Glue.

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    Koo, Heebeom; Choi, Myunghwan; Kim, Eunha; Hahn, Sei Kwang; Weissleder, Ralph; Yun, Seok Hyun

    2015-12-22

    Artificial methods of cell adhesion can be effective in building functional cell complexes in vitro, but methods for in vivo use are currently lacking. Here, a chemical cell glue based on bioorthogonal click chemistry with high stability and robustness is introduced. Tetrazine (Tz) and trans-cyclooctene (TCO) conjugated to the cell surface form covalent bonds between cells within 10 min in aqueous conditions. Glued, homogeneous, or heterogeneous cell pairs remain viable and stably attached in a microfluidic flow channel at a shear stress of 20 dyn cm(-2) . Upon intravenous injection of assembled Jurkat T cells into live mice, fluorescence microscopy shows the trafficking of cell pairs in circulation and their infiltration into lung tissues. These results demonstrate the promising potential of chemically glued cell pairs for various applications ranging from delivering therapeutic cells to studying cell-cell interactions in vivo. PMID:26768353

  19. Flame Synthesized Single Crystal Nanocolumn-Structured WO3 Thin Films for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Ding, Jin-Rui; Kim, Kyo-Seon

    2016-02-01

    Tungsten oxide thin films have been found as an active visible light driven photoanode material for photoelectrochemical water splitting due to its good stability in aqueous solution and energetically favorable valence band position for water oxidation. Morphology control, which determines the performance of WO3 photoanode, is one of most focuses of recent research interests. In this work, we successfully prepared monoclinic WO3 thin films on ITO glass at low range of substrate temperature with a fabrication rate around 100 nm per minute by using aerosol flame deposition process. Single crystal nanocolumns with both triangular pyramid-like and triangular prism-like structure were obtained at certain process conditions. Photoelectrochemical properties of photoelectrodes assembled with both structured WO3 thin films were investigated. The prism-like nanocolumn-structured thin film generated the current density of 1.58 mAcm(-2) at potential of 1.0 V versus Ag/AgCl in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution under illumination of AM 1.5 simulated solar light (100 mVcm(-2)). It presented superior photoelectrochemical performance to pyramid-like nanocolumn-structured WO3 thin film. PMID:27433624

  20. Silicon nanowires/reduced graphene oxide composites for enhanced photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Huang, Zhipeng; Zhong, Peng; Wang, Chifang; Zhang, Xuanxiong; Zhang, Chi

    2013-03-01

    The top of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) arrays was coated with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) by the facile spin-coating method. The resulting SiNWs/rGO composite exhibits enhanced photoelectrochemical properties, with short-circuit photocurrent density more than 4 times higher than that of the pristine SiNWs and more than 600 times higher than that of planar Si/rGO composite. The trapping and recombination of photogenerated carriers at the surface state of SiNWs were reduced after the application of rGO. The results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements suggest that the reduction of trapping and recombination of photogenerated carriers as well as remarkably enhancement of photoelectrochemical properties can be attributed to the low charge transfer resistance at the SiNWs-rGO interface and rGO-electrolyte interface. The method and results shown here indicate a convenient and applicable approach to further exploitation of high activity materials for photoelectrochemical applications. PMID:23432521

  1. Photoelectrochemical reduction of CO{sub 2} using silicate rock powder

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    Ohta, Kiyohisa; Ohguchi, Youko; Kaneco, Satochi

    1996-12-31

    Until now, numerous investigators have reported chemical fixation of carbon dioxide, such as electrochemical, photochemical and photoelectrochemical reductions. In these methods, relatively, a few studies on the photoelectrochemical conversion of CO{sub 2} have been reported. We have recently presented a photochemical reduction of carbon dioxide and hydrogen formation by using andesite sands as a photocatalyst under sunlight irradiation. At ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure, 6.5 {times} 10{sup -2} ml g{sup -1} methane and 7.0 {times} 10{sup -2} ml g{sup -1} of hydrogen were formed from carbon dioxide and water on the andesite. This report presents the photoelectrochemical reduction of CO{sub 2} using silicate rock (andesite) powder suspended in water. Carbon dioxide is the end product to complete combustion of all fossil fuels. The generation of carbon dioxide is the primary cause for the greenhouse effect. However, carbon dioxide is a potential carbon source. To utilize such a plentiful carbon source, it has been considered carbon dioxide as a feedstock for organic synthesis of carbonyl- and carboxyl-containing compounds or as an oxidant for oxidative synthesis of more valuable organics.

  2. Photoelectrochemical properties of ITO-coated n-type semiconductor electrodes

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    Kraft, Alexander; Heckner, Karl H.

    1994-09-01

    Because of their high theoretical conversion efficiencies, narrow band gap semiconductors (e.g. Si, GaAs, InP) are most suitable for photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion. unfortunately, they are destroyed by anodic dissolution (photocorrosion) in aqueous electrolytes parallel to photooxidation of electrolyte components. The coating of the semiconductor by a transparent, conductive film is one possibility for corrosion protection. We investigated the suitability of indium tin oxide (ITO) films deposited by different sputter techniques onto n-silicon and n-gallium arsenide substrates. First, the influence of the preparation conditions and of the post deposition annealing treatment on the photovoltaic properties is discussed. Second, the photoelectrochemical properties of the n- semiconductor/ITO electrodes in different aqueous electrolytes containing different redox systems are investigated. n-Si/ITO samples produced by the reactive magetron sputtering technique show the expected corrosion protection behavior, especially in electrolytes with reversible redox systems (e.g. Fe(CN)63-/4-). ITO films deposited by different sputter techniques (reactive magnetron sputtering, d.c. sputtering in different atmospheres) onto n-GaAs are not suitable for corrosion protection purposes. The low Schottky barrier at the n-GaAs/ITO interface and pinholes in the ITO layer are responsible for this behavior. The differences in photoelectrical and photoelectrochemical behavior and in corrosion stability are discussed.

  3. Zinc oxide inverse opal electrodes modified by glucose oxidase for electrochemical and photoelectrochemical biosensor.

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    Xia, Lei; Song, Jian; Xu, Ru; Liu, Dali; Dong, Biao; Xu, Lin; Song, Hongwei

    2014-09-15

    The ZnO inverse opal photonic crystals (IOPCs) were synthesized by the sol-gel method using the polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as a template. For glucose detection, glucose oxidase (GOD) was further immobilized on the inwall and surface of the IOPCs. The biosensing properties toward glucose of the Nafion/GOD/ZnO IOPCs modified FTO electrodes were carefully studied and the results indicated that the sensitivity of ZnO IOPCs modified electrode was 18 times than reference electrode due to the large surface area and uniform porous structure of ZnO IOPCs. Moreover, photoelectrochemical detection for glucose using the electrode was realized and the sensitivity approached to 52.4 µA mM(-1) cm(-2), which was about four times to electrochemical detection (14.1 µA mM(-1) cm(-2)). It indicated that photoelectrochemical detection can highly improve the sensor performance than conventional electrochemical method. It also exhibited an excellent anti-interference property and a good stability at the same time. This work provides a promising approach for realizing excellent photoelectrochemical biosensor of similar semiconductor photoelectric material. PMID:24752145

  4. Hydrogen-treated TiO2 nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Wang, Gongming; Wang, Hanyu; Ling, Yichuan; Tang, Yuechao; Yang, Xunyu; Fitzmorris, Robert C; Wang, Changchun; Zhang, Jin Z; Li, Yat

    2011-07-13

    We report the first demonstration of hydrogen treatment as a simple and effective strategy to fundamentally improve the performance of TiO(2) nanowires for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Hydrogen-treated rutile TiO(2) (H:TiO(2)) nanowires were prepared by annealing the pristine TiO(2) nanowires in hydrogen atmosphere at various temperatures in a range of 200-550 °C. In comparison to pristine TiO(2) nanowires, H:TiO(2) samples show substantially enhanced photocurrent in the entire potential window. More importantly, H:TiO(2) samples have exceptionally low photocurrent saturation potentials of -0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl (0.4 V vs RHE), indicating very efficient charge separation and transportation. The optimized H:TiO(2) nanowire sample yields a photocurrent density of ∼1.97 mA/cm(2) at -0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl, in 1 M NaOH solution under the illumination of simulated solar light (100 mW/cm(2) from 150 W xenon lamp coupled with an AM 1.5G filter). This photocurrent density corresponds to a solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency of ∼1.63%. After eliminating the discrepancy between the irradiance of the xenon lamp and solar light, by integrating the incident-photon-to-current-conversion efficiency (IPCE) spectrum of the H:TiO(2) nanowire sample with a standard AM 1.5G solar spectrum, the STH efficiency is calculated to be ∼1.1%, which is the best value for a TiO(2) photoanode. IPCE analyses confirm the photocurrent enhancement is mainly due to the improved photoactivity of TiO(2) in the UV region. Hydrogen treatment increases the donor density of TiO(2) nanowires by 3 orders of magnitudes, via creating a high density of oxygen vacancies that serve as electron donors. Similar enhancements in photocurrent were also observed in anatase H:TiO(2) nanotubes. The capability of making highly photoactive H:TiO(2) nanowires and nanotubes opens up new opportunities in various areas, including PEC water splitting, dye-sensitized solar cells, and photocatalysis. PMID:21710974

  5. Carbon quantum dots as novel sensitizers for photoelectrochemical solar hydrogen generation and their size-dependent effect

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    Yu, Xuelian; Liu, Rongji; Zhang, Guangjin; Cao, Hongbin

    2013-08-01

    As a result of global energy needs, much research has been devoted to the conversion of solar energy to various usable forms, such as chemical energy in the form of hydrogen via water splitting. To make the conversion methods efficient, economically practical, and industrially scalable, sensitizers capable of utilizing visible and near infrared (IR) light need to be developed. Herein, water-soluble, colloidally stable carbon quantum dots (CQDs) are successfully synthesized by a facile one-step alkali-assisted electrochemical method. Owing to their broad visible light absorption, upconversion luminescence properties and efficient electron injection to TiO2, these CQDs can be used as the sensitizer for photoelectrochemical cells and show an optimized photocurrent of 1.2 mA cm-2 at 0 V versus Ag/AgCl under 100 mW cm-2 simulated sunlight. The above results indicate that the elementally abundant and environmentally friendly CQDs, as a novel sensitizer, can surely be employed to make full use of the visible spectrum of sunlight for their application in photovoltaic devices.

  6. Triple-layered nanostructured WO₃ photoanodes with enhanced photocurrent generation and superior stability for photoelectrochemical solar energy conversion.

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    Qi, Huan; Wolfe, Jonathan; Wang, Danping; Fan, Hong Jin; Fichou, Denis; Chen, Zhong

    2014-11-21

    Unique nanorods/nanoparticles/nanoflakes (NRs/NPs/NFs) WO3 triple-layers are grown on a metallic W foil by a simple one-step anodization method. The triple-layered structure is formed through a self-organization process, the film thickness (up to 3 μm) being controlled by the anodization time. A first layer made of an array of WO3 densely-packed vertically-aligned NRs (1.2-1.4 μm in height) grow atop the tungsten foil, followed by a second layer of small NPs (50-80 nm) and finally a third layer made of rectangular NFs (200-300 nm). When irradiated by white light in a photoelectrochemical cell these WO3 triple-layers generate a photocurrent as high as 0.9 mA cm(-2) at 1.2 V/RHE. Moreover, we show that the stability of the triple-layered WO3 photoanodes can be considerably enhanced by adding an ultrathin (10 nm) TiO2 protective overlayer. PMID:25307270

  7. Applications of light-induced electron-transfer and hydrogen-abstraction processes: photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen from reducing radicals

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    Chandrasekaran, K.; Whitten, D.G.

    1980-07-16

    A study of several photoprocesses which generate reducing radicals in similar photoelectrochemical cells was reported. Coupling of a light-induced reaction to produce a photocurrent concurrent with hydrogen generation in a second compartment can occur for a number of electron transfers and hydrogen abstractions in what appears to be a fairly general process. Irradiation of the RuL/sub 3//sup +2//Et/sub 3/N: photoanode compartment leads to production of a photocurrent together with generation of hydrogen at the cathode. A rather different type of reaction that also results in formation of two reducing radicals as primary photoproducts if the photoreduction of ketones and H-heteroaromatics by alcohols and other hydrogen atom donors. Irradiation of benzophenone/2-propanol/MV/sup +2/ solutions in the photoanode compartment (intensity 1.4 x 10/sup -8/ einstein/s) leads to a buildup of moderate levels of MV/sup +/ and to a steady photocurrent of 320 ..mu..A. The MV/sup +/ is oxidized at the anode of the photolyzed compartment with concomitant reduction of H/sup +/ in the cathode compartment. There was no decrease in benzophenone concentration over moderate periods of irradiation, and a steady production of hydrogen in the cathode compartment was observed. The photocurrent produced was linear with the square of absorbed light intensity. The quantum efficiency at the above-indicated intensity is 22%; quantitative analysis of the hydrogen produced gives good agreement with this value. 1 figure, 1 table. (DP)

  8. Inorganic Nanoporous Membranes for Immunoisolated Cell-Based Drug Delivery

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    Mendelsohn, Adam; Desai, Tejal

    2014-01-01

    Materials advances enabled by nanotechnology have brought about promising approaches to improve the encapsulation mechanism for immunoisolated cell-based drug delivery. Cell-based drug delivery is a promising treatment for many diseases but has thus far achieved only limited clinical success. Treatment of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) by transplantation of pancreatic β-cells represents the most anticipated application of cell-based drug delivery technology. This review outlines the challenges involved with maintaining transplanted cell viability and discusses how inorganic nanoporous membranes may be useful in achieving clinical success. PMID:20384222

  9. Silicon based microfluidic cell for terahertz frequencies

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    Baragwanath, A. J.; Swift, G. P.; Dai, D.; Gallant, A. J.; Chamberlain, J. M.

    2010-07-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the design, fabrication and testing of a silicon based, microfluidic cell, for transmission terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The sensitivity of the device is tested through a range of experiments involving primary alcohol/water mixtures. The dielectric properties of these solutions are subsequently extracted using a Nelder-Mead search algorithm, and are in good agreement with literature values obtained via alternative techniques. Quantities in the order of 2 μmol can be easily distinguished for primary alcohols in solution, even with the subwavelength optical path lengths used. A further display of the device sensitivity is shown through the analysis of commercial whiskeys, where there are clear, detectable differences between samples. Slight absorption variations were identified between samples of the same commercial brand, owing to a 2.5% difference in their alcoholic content. Results from data taken on subsequent days after system realignment are also presented, confirming the robustness of the technique, and the data extraction algorithm used. One final experiment, showing the possible use of this device to analyze aqueous biological samples is detailed; where biotin, a molecule known for its specific terahertz absorptions, is analyzed in solution. The device sensitivity is once again displayed, where quantities of 3 nmol can be clearly detected between samples.

  10. Cellulose nanofiber-templated three-dimension TiO2 hierarchical nanowire network for photoelectrochemical photoanode

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    Li, Zhaodong; Yao, Chunhua; Wang, Fei; Cai, Zhiyong; Wang, Xudong

    2014-12-01

    Three dimensional (3D) nanostructures with extremely large porosity possess a great promise for the development of high-performance energy harvesting and storage devices. In this paper, we developed a high-density 3D TiO2 fiber-nanorod (NR) heterostructure for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The hierarchical structure was synthesized on a ZnO-coated cellulose nanofiber (CNF) template using atomic layer deposition (ALD)-based thin film and NR growth procedures. The tubular structure evolution was in good agreement with the recently discovered vapor-phase Kirkendall effect in high-temperature ALD processes. The NR morphology was formed via the surface-reaction-limited pulsed chemical vapor deposition (SPCVD) mechanism. Under Xenon lamp illumination without and with an AM 1.5G filter or a UV cut off filter, the PEC efficiencies of a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure were found to be 22-249% higher than those of the TiO2-ZnO bilayer tubular nanofibers and TiO2 nanotube networks that were synthesized as reference samples. Such a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure offers a new route for a cellulose-based nanomanufacturing technique, which can be used for large-area, low-cost, and green fabrication of nanomaterials as well as their utilizations for efficient solar energy harvesting and conversion.

  11. Cellulose nanofiber-templated three-dimension TiO2 hierarchical nanowire network for photoelectrochemical photoanode.

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    Li, Zhaodong; Yao, Chunhua; Wang, Fei; Cai, Zhiyong; Wang, Xudong

    2014-12-19

    Three dimensional (3D) nanostructures with extremely large porosity possess a great promise for the development of high-performance energy harvesting and storage devices. In this paper, we developed a high-density 3D TiO2 fiber-nanorod (NR) heterostructure for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The hierarchical structure was synthesized on a ZnO-coated cellulose nanofiber (CNF) template using atomic layer deposition (ALD)-based thin film and NR growth procedures. The tubular structure evolution was in good agreement with the recently discovered vapor-phase Kirkendall effect in high-temperature ALD processes. The NR morphology was formed via the surface-reaction-limited pulsed chemical vapor deposition (SPCVD) mechanism. Under Xenon lamp illumination without and with an AM 1.5 G filter or a UV cut off filter, the PEC efficiencies of a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure were found to be 22-249% higher than those of the TiO2-ZnO bilayer tubular nanofibers and TiO2 nanotube networks that were synthesized as reference samples. Such a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure offers a new route for a cellulose-based nanomanufacturing technique, which can be used for large-area, low-cost, and green fabrication of nanomaterials as well as their utilizations for efficient solar energy harvesting and conversion. PMID:25426973

  12. Cell-based treatments for diabetes.

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    Jones, Peter M; Courtney, Monica L; Burns, Christopher J; Persaud, Shanta J

    2008-10-01

    In Type 1 diabetes mellitus the insulin-secreting beta-cells in pancreatic islets of Langerhans are selectively destroyed by autoimmune assault. Because diabetes is caused by the loss of a single cell type it is amenable to treatment by cell replacement therapy. Advances in islet transplantation procedures have demonstrated that people with Type 1 diabetes can be cured by human islet transplantation, but the severely limited availability of donor islets has restricted the widespread application of this approach, and driven the search for substitute transplant tissues. Recent experimental studies suggest that three separate sources of tissue show therapeutic potential--xenografts from other species, tissue stem cells and embryonic stem cells. Of these, xenografts are closest to clinical application but there are still major obstacles to be overcome. Insulin-expressing cells have been derived from a number of different stem cell populations but embryonic stem cells offer the major advantage of being able, in principle, to provide the vast numbers of cells required for transplantation therapy. PMID:18652911

  13. Stromal cell-based immunotherapy in transplantation

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    Charles, Ronald; Lu, Lina; Qian, Shiguang; Fung, John J

    2012-01-01

    Organs are composed of parenchymal cells that characterize organ function and nonparenchymal cells that are composed of cells in transit, as well as tissue connective tissue, also referred to as tissue stromal cells. It was originally thought that these tissue stromal cells provided only structural and functional support for parenchymal cells and were relatively inert. However, we have come to realize that tissue stromal cells, not restricted to in the thymus and lymphoid organs, also play an active role in modulating the immune system and its response to antigens. The recognition of these elements and the elucidation of their mechanisms of action have provided valuable insight into peripheral immune regulation. Extrapolation of these principles may allow us to utilize their potential for clinical application. In this article, we will summarize a number of tissue stromal elements/cell types that have been shown to induce hyporesponsiveness to transplants. We will also discuss the mechanisms by which these stromal cells create a tolerogenic environment, which in turn results in long-term allograft survival. PMID:22091683

  14. NK cell-based immunotherapy for malignant diseases

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    Cheng, Min; Chen, Yongyan; Xiao, Weihua; Sun, Rui; Tian, Zhigang

    2013-01-01

    Natural killer (NK) cells play critical roles in host immunity against cancer. In response, cancers develop mechanisms to escape NK cell attack or induce defective NK cells. Current NK cell-based cancer immunotherapy aims to overcome NK cell paralysis using several approaches. One approach uses expanded allogeneic NK cells, which are not inhibited by self histocompatibility antigens like autologous NK cells, for adoptive cellular immunotherapy. Another adoptive transfer approach uses stable allogeneic NK cell lines, which is more practical for quality control and large-scale production. A third approach is genetic modification of fresh NK cells or NK cell lines to highly express cytokines, Fc receptors and/or chimeric tumor-antigen receptors. Therapeutic NK cells can be derived from various sources, including peripheral or cord blood cells, stem cells or even induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and a variety of stimulators can be used for large-scale production in laboratories or good manufacturing practice (GMP) facilities, including soluble growth factors, immobilized molecules or antibodies, and other cellular activators. A list of NK cell therapies to treat several types of cancer in clinical trials is reviewed here. Several different approaches to NK-based immunotherapy, such as tissue-specific NK cells, killer receptor-oriented NK cells and chemically treated NK cells, are discussed. A few new techniques or strategies to monitor NK cell therapy by non-invasive imaging, predetermine the efficiency of NK cell therapy by in vivo experiments and evaluate NK cell therapy approaches in clinical trials are also introduced. PMID:23604045

  15. Targeted cell detection based on microchannel gating.

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    Javanmard, Mehdi; Talasaz, Amirali H; Nemat-Gorgani, Mohsen; Pease, Fabian; Ronaghi, Mostafa; Davis, Ronald W

    2007-01-01

    Currently, microbiological techniques such as culture enrichment and various plating techniques are used for detection of pathogens. These expensive and time consuming methods can take several days. Described below is the design, fabrication, and testing of a rapid and inexpensive sensor, involving the use of microelectrodes in a microchannel, which can be used to detect single bacterial cells electrically (label-free format) in real time. As a proof of principle, we have successfully demonstrated real-time detection of target yeast cells by measuring instantaneous changes in ionic impedance. We have also demonstrated the selectivity of our sensors in responding to target cells while remaining irresponsive to nontarget cells. Using this technique, it can be possible to multiplex an array of these sensors onto a chip and probe a complex mixture for various types of bacterial cells. PMID:19693402

  16. Photoelectrochemical etching of silicon carbide (SiC) and its characterization

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    Collins, D. M.; Harris, G. L.; Wongchotigul, K.

    1995-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) is an attractive semiconductor material for high speed, high density, and high temperature device applications due to its wide bandgap (2.2-3.2 eV), high thermal conductivity, and high breakdown electric field (4 x 10(exp 6) V/cm). An instrumental process in the fabrication of semiconductor devices is the ability to etch in a highly controlled and selective manner for direct patterning techniques. A novel technique in etching using electrochemistry is described. This procedure involves the ultraviolet (UV) lamp-assisted photoelectrochemical etching of n-type 3C- and 6H-SiC to enhance the processing capability of device structures in SiC. While under UV illumination, the samples are anodically biased in an HF based aqueous solution since SiC has photoconductive properties. In order for this method to be effective, the UV light must be able to enhance the production of holes in the SiC during the etching process thus providing larger currents with light from the photocurrents generated than those currents with no light. Otherwise dark methods would be used as in the case of p-type 3C-SiC. Experiments have shown that the I/V characteristics of the SiC-electrolyte interface reveal a minimum etch voltage of 3 V and 4 V for n- and p-type 3C-SiC, respectively. Hence it is possible for etch-stops to occur. Etch rates calculated have been as high as 0.67 micrometer/min for p-type, 1.4 micrometer/min for n-type, and 1.1 micrometer/min for pn layer. On n-type 3C- SiC, an oxide formation is present where after etching a yellowish layer corresponds to a low Si/C ratio and a white layer corresponds to a high Si/C ratio. P-type 3C-SiC shows a grayish layer. Additionally, n-type 6H-SiC shows a brown layer with a minimum etch voltage of 3 V.

  17. Silicon Micropore based Electromechanical Transducer to Differentiate Tumor Cells

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    Ali, Waqas; Raza, Muhammad U.; Khanzada, Raja R.; Kim, Young-Tae; Iqbal, Samir M.

    2015-03-01

    Solid-state micropores have been used before to differentiate cancer cells from normal cells using size-based filtering. Tumor cells differ from normal ones not only in size but also in physical properties like elasticity, shape, motility etc. Tumor cells show different physical attributes depending on the stage and type of cancer. We report a micropore based electromechanical transducer that differentiated cancer cells based on their mechanophysical properties. The device was interfaced with a high-speed patch-clamp measurement system that biased the ionic solution across the silicon-based membrane. The bias resulted in the flow of ionic current. Electrical pulses were generated when cells passed through. Different cells depicted characteristic pulses. Translocation profiles of cells that were either small or were more elastic and flexible caused electrical pulses shorter in widths and amplitudes whereas cells with larger size or lesser elasticity/flexibility showed deeper and wider pulses. Three non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines NCI-H1155, A549 and NCI-H460 were successfully differentiated. NCI-H1155, due to their comparatively smaller size, were found quickest in translocating through. The solid-sate micropore based electromechanical transducer could process the whole blood sample of cancer patient without any pre-processing requirements and is ideal for point-of-care applications. Support Acknowledged from NSF through ECCS-1201878.

  18. CELL-BASE URBAN GROWTH MODEL TO 2020

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    SLEUTH (formerly known as the Urban Growth Model) uses a cellular automata simulation approach to illustrate future urbanization based on historic patterns of land transition. Its scale is dependent on cell size, and it applies growth rules to geographic data on a cell-by-cell b...

  19. Aerosol-Based Cell Therapy for Treatment of Lung Diseases.

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    Kardia, Egi; Halim, Nur Shuhaidatul Sarmiza Abdul; Yahaya, Badrul Hisham

    2016-01-01

    Aerosol-based cell delivery technique via intratracheal is an effective route for delivering transplant cells directly into the lungs. An aerosol device known as the MicroSprayer(®) Aerosolizer is invented to transform liquid into an aerosol form, which then can be applied via intratracheal administration for drug delivery. The device produces a uniform and concentrated distribution of aerosolized liquid. Using the capability of MicroSprayer(®) Aerosolizer to transform liquid into aerosol form, our group has designed a novel method of cell delivery using an aerosol-based technique. We have successfully delivered skin-derived fibroblast cells and airway epithelial cells into the airway of a rabbit with minimum risk of cell loss and have uniformly distributed the cells into the airway. This chapter illustrates the application of aerosol device to deliver any type of cells for future treatment of lung diseases. PMID:27062596

  20. ZnFe2 O4 Leaves Grown on TiO2 Trees Enhance Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Zheng, Xue-Li; Dinh, Cao-Thang; de Arquer, F Pelayo García; Zhang, Bo; Liu, Min; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Li, Yi-Ying; Knight, Gordon; Hoogland, Sjoerd; Lu, Zheng-Hong; Du, Xi-Wen; Sargent, Edward H

    2016-06-01

    TiO2 has excellent electrochemical properties but limited solar photocatalytic performance in light of its large bandgap. One important class of visible-wavelength sensitizers of TiO2 is based on ZnFe2 O4 , which has shown fully a doubling in performance relative to pure TiO2 . Prior efforts on this important front have relied on presynthesized nanoparticles of ZnFe2 O4 adsorbed on a TiO2 support; however, these have not yet achieved the full potential of this system since they do not provide a consistently maximized area of the charge-separating heterointerface per volume of sensitizing absorber. A novel atomic layer deposition (ALD)-enhanced synthesis of sensitizing ZnFe2 O4 leaves grown on the trunks of TiO2 trees is reported. These new materials exhibit fully a threefold enhancement in photoelectrochemical performance in water splitting compared to pristine TiO2 under visible illumination. The new materials synthesis strategy relies first on the selective growth of FeOOH nanosheets, 2D structures that shoot off from the sides of the TiO2 trees; these templates are then converted to ZnFe2 O4 with the aid of a novel ALD step, a strategy that preserves morphology while adding the Zn cation to achieve enhanced optical absorption and optimize the heterointerface band alignment. PMID:27145726

  1. Fabrication and Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance of MoS₂/S-Doped g-C₃N₄ Heterojunction Film.

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    Ye, Lijuan; Wang, Dan; Chen, Shijian

    2016-03-01

    We report on a novel MoS2/S-doped g-C3N4 heterojunction film with high visible-light photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance. The heterojunction films are prepared by CVD growth of S-doped g-C3N4 film on indium-tin oxide (ITO) glass substrates, with subsequent deposition of a low bandgap, 1.69 eV, visible-light response MoS2 layer by hydrothermal synthesis. Adding thiourea into melamine as the coprecursor not only facilitates the growth of g-C3N4 films but also introduces S dopants into the films, which significantly improves the PEC performance. The fabricated MoS2/S-doped g-C3N4 heterojunction film offers an enhanced anodic photocurrent of as high as ∼1.2 × 10(-4) A/cm(2) at an applied potential of +0.5 V vs Ag/AgCl under the visible light irradiation. The enhanced PEC performance of MoS2/S-doped g-C3N4 film is believed due to the improved light absorption and the efficient charge separation of the photogenerated charge at the MoS2/S-doped g-C3N4 interface. The convenient preparation of carbon nitride based heterojunction films in this work can be widely used to design new heterojunction photoelectrodes or photocatalysts with high performance for H2 evolution. PMID:26864284

  2. A sensitive and label-free photoelectrochemical aptasensor using Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles.

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    Li, Hongbo; Qiao, Yunfei; Li, Jing; Fang, Hailin; Fan, Dahe; Wang, Wei

    2016-03-15

    Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor as a novel photoelectric beacon was first constructed for photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptasensor of acetamiprid. The fabricated PEC sensing is based on the specific binding of acetamiprid and its aptamer, which induces the decreasement of enhanced photocurrent produced by the electron donor of quercetin. Co(2+) doping has a beneficial effect in extending the band width of light absorption of ZnO into the visible region and to promote the separation of the photoinduced carriers due to the sp-d exchange interactions existing between the band electrons and the localized d electrons of Co(2+). The fabricated aptasensor was linear with the concentration of acetamiprid in the range of 0.5-800 nmolL(-1) with the detection limit of 0.18 nmolL(-1). The presence of same concentration of other conventional pesticides did not interfere in the detection of acetamiprid and the recovery is between 96.2% and 103.7%. This novel PEC aptasensor has good performances with high sensitivity, good selectivity, low cost and portable features. The strategy of Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor paves a new way to improve the performances of PEC aptasensor. PMID:26436325

  3. Femtomole level photoelectrochemical aptasensing for mercury ions using quercetin-copper(II) complex as the DNA intercalator.

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    Li, Hongbo; Xue, Yan; Wang, Wei

    2014-04-15

    An ultrasensitive and selective photoelectrochemical (PEC) aptasensor for mercury ions was first fabricated based on perylene-3, 4, 9, 10-tetracarboxylic acid/graphene oxide (PTCA/GO) heterojunction using quercetin-copper(II) complex intercalated into the poly(dT)-poly(dA) duplexes. Both the PTCA/GO heterojunction and the quercetin-copper(II) complex are in favor of the sensitivity for the fabricated PEC aptasensor due to band alignment and strong reduction capability, respectively. And they efficiently promote the separation of photoexcited carriers and enhance the photocurrent. The formation of thymine-Hg(2+)-thymine coordination chemistry resulted in the dehybridization of poly(dT)-poly(dA) duplexes and then the intercalator quercetin-copper(II) complex broke away from the surface of the PEC aptasensor. As the concentration of mercury ions increased, the photocurrent gradually decreased. The electrode response for mercury ions detection was in the linear range from 0.01 pmol L(-1) to 1.00 pmol L(-1) with the detection limit of 3.33 fmol L(-1). The label-free PEC aptasensor has excellent performances with ultrasensitivity and good selectivity besides the advantage of economic and facile fabrication. The strategy of quercetin-copper(II) complex as a novel DNA intercalator paves a new way to improve the performances for PEC sensors. PMID:24291750

  4. Efficient Electrochemical and Photoelectrochemical H2 Production from Water by a Cobalt Dithiolene One-Dimensional Metal-Organic Surface.

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    Downes, Courtney A; Marinescu, Smaranda C

    2015-11-01

    Solar-driven hydrogen evolution from water has emerged as an important methodology for the storage of renewable energy in chemical bonds. Efficient and practical clean-energy devices for electrochemical or photoelectrochemical splitting of water require the immobilization of stable and active hydrogen-evolving catalysts onto electrode or photocathode materials, which remains a significant challenge. Here we show that cobalt(II) reacts with benzene-1,2,4,5-tetrathiol in the presence of base to form a cobalt dithiolene polymer 1. The generated polymer is immobilized onto glassy carbon electrodes (GCE) to generate a metal-organic surface (MOS 1|GCE), which displays efficient H2-evolving activity and stability in acidic aqueous solutions. Moreover, the generated polymer is integrated with planar p-type Si to generate very efficient photocathode materials (MOS 1|Si) for solar-driven hydrogen production from water. Photocurrents up to 3.8 mA/cm(2) at 0 V vs RHE were achieved under simulated 1 Sun illumination. MOS 1|Si photocathodes operate at potentials 550 mV more positive than MOS 1|GCE cathodes to reach the same activity for H2 evolution from water (1 mA/cm(2)). PMID:26444036

  5. Using silver nanocluster/graphene nanocomposite to enhance photoelectrochemical activity of CdS:Mn/TiO2 for highly sensitive signal-on immunoassay.

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    Song, Jie; Wang, Jiamian; Wang, Xiuyun; Zhao, Wei; Zhao, Yanqiu; Wu, Shuo; Gao, Zhanming; Yuan, Jingli; Meng, Changgong

    2016-06-15

    A highly sensitive signal-on photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunosensor was fabricated here using CdS:Mn/TiO2 as photoelectrochemical sensing platform, and silver nanoclusters and graphene naocomposites (AgNCs-GR) as signal amplification tags. The immunosensor was constructed based on the specific sandwich immunoreaction, and the photo-to-current conversion efficiency of the isolated protein modified CdS:Mn/TiO2 matrix was improved based on the synergistic effect of AgNCs-GR. Under irradiation, the photogenerated electrons from the AgNCs at a higher conduction band edge level could be transport to the CdS:Mn/TiO2 matrix with the assistance of highly conductive graphene nanosheets, as well as recycle the trapped excitons in the defects-rich CdS:Mn/TiO2 interface. The electron transport and exciton recycle reduced the possibility of electron-hole recombination and greatly improved the photo-to-current conversion efficiency of the sensing matrix. Based on the signal enhancement, a signal-on PEC immunosensors was fabricated for the detection of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a model analyte related to many malignant diseases. Under optimal conditions, the as-prepared immunosensor showed excellent analytical performance, with a wide linear range from 1.0 pg/mL to 100 ng/mL and a low limit of detection of 1.0 pg/mL. The signal-on mode provided 2.48 times higher sensitivity compared with signal-off mode. This strategy demonstrated good accuracy and high selectivity for practical sample analysis, thus may have great application prospective in the prediction and early diagnosis of diseases. PMID:26901458

  6. Intuitive, Image-Based Cell Sorting Using Opto-fluidic Cell Sorting

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    Kovac, J. R.; Voldman, J.

    2008-01-01

    We present a microfluidic cell sorting device which augments microscopy with the capability to perform facile image-based cell sorting. This combination enables intuitive, complex phenotype sorting based on spatio-temporal fluorescence or cell morphology. The microfluidic device contains a microwell array that can be passively loaded with mammalian cells via sedimentation and can be subsequently inspected with microscopy. After inspection, we use the scattering force from a focused infrared laser to levitate cells of interest from their wells into a flow field for collection. First, we demonstrate image-based sorting predicated on whole-cell fluorescence, which could enable sorting based on temporal whole-cell fluorescence behavior. Second, we demonstrate image-based sorting predicated on fluorescence localization (nuclear vs. whole-cell fluorescence), highlighting the capability of our approach to sort based on imaged sub-cellular events, such as localized protein expression or translocation events. We achieve post-sort purities up to 89%, and up to 155-fold enrichment of target cells. Optical manipulation literature and a direct cell viability assay suggest that cells remain viable after using our technique. The architecture is highly scalable and supports over 10,000 individually addressable trap sites. Our approach enables sorting of significant populations based on sub-cellular spatio-temporal information, which is difficult or impossible with existing widespread sorting technologies. PMID:18004819

  7. Influence of pH on the quantum-size-controlled photoelectrochemical etching of epitaxial InGaN quantum dots

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    Xiao, Xiaoyin; Lu, Ping; Fischer, Arthur J.; Coltrin, Michael E.; Wang, George T.; Koleske, Daniel D.; Tsao, Jeffrey Y.

    2015-11-18

    Illumination by a narrow-band laser has been shown to enable photoelectrochemical (PEC) etching of InGaN thin films into quantum dots with sizes controlled by the laser wavelength. Here, we investigate and elucidate the influence of solution pH on such quantum-size-controlled PEC etch process. We find that although a pH above 5 is often used for PEC etching of GaN-based materials, oxides (In2O3 and/or Ga2O3) form which interfere with quantum dot formation. Furthermore, at pH below 3, however, oxide-free QDs with self-terminated sizes can be successfully realized.

  8. Influence of pH on the quantum-size-controlled photoelectrochemical etching of epitaxial InGaN quantum dots

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    Xiao, Xiaoyin; Lu, Ping; Fischer, Arthur J.; Coltrin, Michael E.; Wang, George T.; Koleske, Daniel D.; Tsao, Jeffrey Y.

    2015-11-18

    Illumination by a narrow-band laser has been shown to enable photoelectrochemical (PEC) etching of InGaN thin films into quantum dots with sizes controlled by the laser wavelength. Here, we investigate and elucidate the influence of solution pH on such quantum-size-controlled PEC etch process. We find that although a pH above 5 is often used for PEC etching of GaN-based materials, oxides (In2O3 and/or Ga2O3) form which interfere with quantum dot formation. Furthermore, at pH below 3, however, oxide-free QDs with self-terminated sizes can be successfully realized.

  9. Hydrogels and Cell Based Therapies in Spinal Cord Injury Regeneration

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    Assunção-Silva, Rita C.; Gomes, Eduardo D.; Silva, Nuno A.; Salgado, António J.

    2015-01-01

    Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a central nervous system- (CNS-) related disorder for which there is yet no successful treatment. Within the past several years, cell-based therapies have been explored for SCI repair, including the use of pluripotent human stem cells, and a number of adult-derived stem and mature cells such as mesenchymal stem cells, olfactory ensheathing cells, and Schwann cells. Although promising, cell transplantation is often overturned by the poor cell survival in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. Alternatively, the therapeutic role of different cells has been used in tissue engineering approaches by engrafting cells with biomaterials. The latter have the advantages of physically mimicking the CNS tissue, while promoting a more permissive environment for cell survival, growth, and differentiation. The roles of both cell- and biomaterial-based therapies as single therapeutic approaches for SCI repair will be discussed in this review. Moreover, as the multifactorial inhibitory environment of a SCI suggests that combinatorial approaches would be more effective, the importance of using biomaterials as cell carriers will be herein highlighted, as well as the recent advances and achievements of these promising tools for neural tissue regeneration. PMID:26124844

  10. Advancing the Chemistry of CuWO4 for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Lhermitte, Charles R; Bartlett, Bart M

    2016-06-21

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells are an ongoing area of exploration that provide a means of converting solar energy into a storable chemical form (molecular bonds). In particular, using PEC cells to drive the water splitting reaction to obtain H2 could provide a clean and sustainable route to convert solar energy into chemical fuels. Since the discovery of catalytic water splitting on TiO2 photoelectrodes by Fujishima and Honda, significant efforts have been directed toward developing high efficiency metal oxides to use as photocatalysts for this reaction. Improving the efficiency of PEC cells requires developing chemically stable, and highly catalytic anodes for the oxygen-evolution reaction (OER). This water oxidation half reaction requires four protons and four electrons coupling in two bond making steps to form O2, which limits the rate. Our group has accelerated efforts in CuWO4 as a candidate for PEC OER chemistry. Its small band gap of 2.3 eV allows for using visible light to drive OER, and the reaction proceeds with a high degree of chemoselectivity, even in the presence of more kinetically accessible anions such as chloride, which is common to seawater. Furthermore, CuWO4 is a chemically robust material when subjected to the highly oxidizing conditions of PEC OER. The next steps for accelerating research using this (and other), ternary phase oxides, is to move beyond reporting the basic PEC measurements to understanding fundamental chemical reaction mechanisms operative during OER on semiconductor surfaces. In this Account, we outline the process for PEC OER on CuWO4 thin films with emphasis on the chemistry of this reaction, the reaction rate and selectivity (determined by controlled-potential coulometry and oxygen-detection experiments). We discuss key challenges with CuWO4 such as slow kinetics and the presence of an OER-mediating mid-gap state, probed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. We propose that this mid-gap state imparts the observed

  11. Selection and expansion of natural killer cells for NK cell-based immunotherapy.

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    Becker, Petra S A; Suck, Garnet; Nowakowska, Paulina; Ullrich, Evelyn; Seifried, Erhard; Bader, Peter; Tonn, Torsten; Seidl, Christian

    2016-04-01

    Natural killer (NK) cells have been used in several clinical trials as adaptive immunotherapy. The low numbers of these cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) have resulted in various approaches to preferentially expand primary NK cells from PBMC. While some clinical trials have used the addition of interleukin 2 (IL-2) to co-stimulate the expansion of purified NK cells from allogeneic donors, recent studies have shown promising results in achieving in vitro expansion of NK cells to large numbers for adoptive immunotherapy. NK cell expansion requires multiple cell signals for survival, proliferation and activation. Thus, expansion strategies have been focused either to substitute these factors using autologous feeder cells or to use genetically modified allogeneic feeder cells. Recent developments in the clinical use of genetically modified NK cell lines with chimeric antigen receptors, the development of expansion protocols for the clinical use of NK cell from human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells are challenging improvements for NK cell-based immunotherapy. Transfer of several of these protocols to clinical-grade production of NK cells necessitates adaptation of good manufacturing practice conditions, and the development of freezing conditions to establish NK cell stocks will require some effort and, however, should enhance the therapeutic options of NK cells in clinical medicine. PMID:26810567

  12. All solid-state solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI3-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Yang, Xiuchun; Liu, Wei; Ren, Peng

    2016-09-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTAs) were firstly used as photoanode in methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite/TiO2 NTAs heterojunction solar cell, where CH3NH3PbI3 functions as both light absorber and hole conductor. The composition, structure and photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer and electrochemical workstation. The results indicate that the as-prepared CH3NH3PbI3 belongs to the cubic crystal system, and TiO2 NTAs sensitized by 0.3 M CH3NH3I and PbI2 exhibit the best photoelectrochemical properties with an open-circuit voltage of 0.422 V and a short-circuit current density of 173.4 μA cm-2. The EIS result shows that the extremely large resistance at CH3NH3PbI3/FTO interface contributes to the low current density of the perovskite solar cell.

  13. Nanocrystalline silicon based thin film solar cells

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    Ray, Swati

    2012-06-01

    Amorphous silicon solar cells and panels on glass and flexible substrate are commercially available. Since last few years nanocrystalline silicon thin film has attracted remarkable attention due to its stability under light and ability to absorb longer wavelength portion of solar spectrum. For amorphous silicon/ nanocrystalline silicon double junction solar cell 14.7% efficiency has been achieved in small area and 13.5% for large area modules internationally. The device quality nanocrystalline silicon films have been fabricated by RF and VHF PECVD methods at IACS. Detailed characterizations of the materials have been done. Nanocrystalline films with low defect density and high stability have been developed and used as absorber layer of solar cells.

  14. Can dendritic cells improve whole cancer cell vaccines based on immunogenically killed cancer cells?

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    Cicchelero, Laetitia; Denies, Sofie; Devriendt, Bert; de Rooster, Hilde; Sanders, Niek N

    2015-01-01

    Immunogenic cell death (ICD) offers interesting opportunities in cancer cell (CC) vaccine manufacture, as it increases the immunogenicity of the dead CC. Furthermore, fusion of CCs with dendritic cells (DCs) is considered a superior method for generating whole CC vaccines. Therefore, in this work, we determined in naive mice whether immunogenically killed CCs per se (CC vaccine) elicit an antitumoral immune response different from the response observed when immunogenically killed CCs are associated with DCs through fusion (fusion vaccine) or through co-incubation (co-incubation vaccine). After tumor inoculation, the type of immune response in the prophylactically vaccinated mice differed between the groups. In more detail, fusion vaccines elicited a humoral anticancer response, whereas the co-incubation and CC vaccine mainly induced a cellular response. Despite these differences, all three approaches offered a prophylactic protection against tumor development in the murine mammary carcinoma model. In summary, it can be concluded that whole CC vaccines based on immunogenically killed CCs may not necessarily require association with DCs to elicit a protective anticancer immune response. If this finding can be endorsed in other cancer models, the manufacture of CC vaccines would greatly benefit from this new insight, as production of DC-based vaccines is laborious, time-consuming and expensive. PMID:26587315

  15. Three-dimensional tissue culture based on magnetic cell levitation

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    Souza, Glauco R.; Molina, Jennifer R.; Raphael, Robert M.; Ozawa, Michael G.; Stark, Daniel J.; Levin, Carly S.; Bronk, Lawrence F.; Ananta, Jeyarama S.; Mandelin, Jami; Georgescu, Maria-Magdalena; Bankson, James A.; Gelovani, Juri G.; Killian, T. C.; Arap, Wadih; Pasqualini, Renata

    2010-04-01

    Cell culture is an essential tool in drug discovery, tissue engineering and stem cell research. Conventional tissue culture produces two-dimensional cell growth with gene expression, signalling and morphology that can be different from those found in vivo, and this compromises its clinical relevance. Here, we report a three-dimensional tissue culture based on magnetic levitation of cells in the presence of a hydrogel consisting of gold, magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and filamentous bacteriophage. By spatially controlling the magnetic field, the geometry of the cell mass can be manipulated, and multicellular clustering of different cell types in co-culture can be achieved. Magnetically levitated human glioblastoma cells showed similar protein expression profiles to those observed in human tumour xenografts. Taken together, these results indicate that levitated three-dimensional culture with magnetized phage-based hydrogels more closely recapitulates in vivo protein expression and may be more feasible for long-term multicellular studies.

  16. Standing surface acoustic wave (SSAW)-based cell washing

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    Li, Sixing; Ding, Xiaoyun; Mao, Zhangming; Chen, Yuchao; Nama, Nitesh; Guo, Feng; Li, Peng; Wang, Lin; Cameron, Craig E.; Huang, Tony Jun

    2014-01-01

    Cell/bead washing is an indispensable sample preparation procedure used in various cell studies and analytical processes. In this article, we report a standing surface acoustic wave (SSAW)-based microfluidic device for cell and bead washing in a continuous flow. In our approach, the acoustic radiation force generated in a SSAW field is utilized to actively extract cells or beads from their original medium. A unique configuration of tilted-angle standing surface acoustic wave (taSSAW) is employed in our device, enabling us to wash beads with >98% recovery rate and >97% washing efficiency. We also demonstrate the functionality of our device by preparing high-purity (>97%) white blood cells from lysed blood samples through cell washing. Our SSAW-based cell/bead washing device has the advantages of label-free manipulation, simplicity, high biocompatibility, high recovery rate, and high washing efficiency. It can be useful for many lab-on-a-chip applications. PMID:25372273

  17. Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Detection of Bioaffinity Reactions by Vertically Oriented Au Nanobranches Complexed with a Biotinylated Polythiophene Derivative

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    Zhou, Huiqiong; Tang, Yanli; Zhai, Jin; Wang, Shu; Tang, Zhiyong; Jiang, Lei

    2009-01-01

    Four nanostructured Au electrodes were prepared by a simple and templateless electrochemical deposition technique. After complexing with a biotinylated polythiophene derivative (PTBL), photocurrent generation and performance of PTBL/Au-nanostructured electrodes as photoelectrochemical biosensors were investigated. Among these four nanostructured Au electrodes, vertically oriented nanobranches on the electrode significantly improved the photoelectric conversion, because the vertically oriented nanostructures not only benefit light harvesting but also the transfer of the photogenerated charge carriers. Owing to this advantaged nanostructure, the PTBL/Au-nanobranch electrode showed higher sensitivity and faster response times in the photoelectrochemical detection of a streptavidin-biotin affinity reaction compared to a PTBL/Au-nanoparticle electrode. PMID:22399957

  18. Microfluidics-Based Laser Guided Cell-Micropatterning System

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    Erdman, Nick; Schmidt, Lucas; Qin, Wan; Yang, Xiaoqi; Lin, Yongliang; DeSilva, Mauris N; Gao, Bruce Z.

    2014-01-01

    The ability to place individual cells into an engineered microenvironment in a cell-culture model is critical for the study of in vivo-relevant cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. Microfluidics provides a high-throughput modality to inject various cell types into a microenvironment. Laser guided systems provide the high spatial and temporal resolution necessary for single-cell micropatterning. Combining these two techniques, the authors designed, constructed, tested, and evaluated 1) a novel removable microfluidics-based cell-delivery biochip and 2) a combined system that uses the novel biochip coupled with a laser guided cell-micropatterning system to place individual cells into both 2D and 3D arrays. Cell-suspensions of chick forebrain neurons and glial cells were loaded into their respective inlet reservoirs and traversed the microfluidic channels until reaching the outlet ports. Individual cells were trapped and guided from the outlet of a microfluidic channel to a target site on the cell-culture substrate. At the target site, 2D and 3D pattern arrays were constructed with micron-level accuracy. Single-cell manipulation was accomplished at a rate of 150 μm/s in the radial plane and 50 μm/s in the axial direction of the laser beam. Results demonstrated that a single-cell can typically be patterned in 20-30 seconds, and that highly accurate and reproducible cellular arrays and systems can be achieved through coupling the microfluidics-based cell-delivery biochip with the laser guided system. PMID:25190714

  19. Microfluidics-based laser cell-micropatterning system.

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    Erdman, Nick; Schmidt, Lucas; Qin, Wan; Yang, Xiaoqi; Lin, Yongliang; DeSilva, Mauris N; Gao, Bruce Z

    2014-09-01

    The ability to place individual cells into an engineered microenvironment in a cell-culture model is critical for the study of in vivo relevant cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. Microfluidics provides a high-throughput modality to inject various cell types into a microenvironment. Laser guided systems provide the high spatial and temporal resolution necessary for single-cell micropatterning. Combining these two techniques, the authors designed, constructed, tested and evaluated (1) a novel removable microfluidics-based cell-delivery biochip and (2) a combined system that uses the novel biochip coupled with a laser guided cell-micropatterning system to place individual cells into both two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) arrays. Cell-suspensions of chick forebrain neurons and glial cells were loaded into their respective inlet reservoirs and traversed the microfluidic channels until reaching the outlet ports. Individual cells were trapped and guided from the outlet of a microfluidic channel to a target site on the cell-culture substrate. At the target site, 2D and 3D pattern arrays were constructed with micron-level accuracy. Single-cell manipulation was accomplished at a rate of 150 μm s(-1) in the radial plane and 50 μm s(-1) in the axial direction of the laser beam. Results demonstrated that a single-cell can typically be patterned in 20-30 s, and that highly accurate and reproducible cellular arrays and systems can be achieved through coupling the microfluidics-based cell-delivery biochip with the laser guided system. PMID:25190714

  20. Microchip-based immunomagnetic detection of circulating tumor cells.

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    Hoshino, Kazunori; Huang, Yu-Yen; Lane, Nancy; Huebschman, Michael; Uhr, Jonathan W; Frenkel, Eugene P; Zhang, Xiaojing

    2011-10-21

    Screening for circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in blood has been an object of interest for evidence of progressive disease, status of disease activity, recognition of clonal evolution of molecular changes and for possible early diagnosis of cancer. We describe a new method of microchip-based immunomagnetic CTC detection, in which the benefits of both immunomagnetic assay and the microfluidic device are combined. As the blood sample flows through the microchannel closely above arrayed magnets, cancer cells labeled with magnetic nanoparticles are separated from blood flow and deposited at the bottom wall of the glass coverslip, which allows direct observation of captured cells with a fluorescence microscope. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based microchannel fixed on a glass coverslip was used to screen blood samples. The thin, flat dimensions of the microchannel, combined with the sharp magnetic field gradient in the vicinity of arrayed magnets with alternate polarities, lead to an effective capture of labeled cells. Compared to the commercially available CellSearch™ system, fewer (25%) magnetic particles are required to achieve a comparable capture rate, while the screening speed (at an optimal blood flow rate of 10 mL h(-1)) is more than five times faster than those reported previously with a microchannel-based assay. For the screening experiment, blood drawn from healthy subjects into CellSave™ tubes was spiked with cultured cancer cell lines of COLO205 and SKBR3. The blood was then kept at room temperature for 48 hours before the screening, emulating the actual clinical cases of blood screening. Customized Fe(3)O(4) magnetic nanoparticles (Veridex Ferrofluid™) conjugated to anti-epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) antibodies were introduced into the blood samples to label cancer cells, and the blood was then run through the microchip device to capture the labelled cells. After capture, the cells were stained with fluorescent labelled anti