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Graphene as protective layer for silicon in an aqueous PEC cell

Nielander, Adam C. and Lewis, Nathan S. (2014) Graphene as protective layer for silicon in an aqueous PEC cell. In: 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 10-14, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

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Graphene may be an almost ideal protection layer for semiconductor photoelectrodes. It can be grown in nearly pinhole-free large area layers and has been shown to inhibit the oxidn. of metals in air as well as in aq. electrochem. environments. In this study, the electrochem. behavior of graphene-coated n-type Si(111) photoanodes was compared to that of H-terminated n-type Si(111) photoanodes in contact with aq. K_3[Fe(CN)_6]/K_4[Fe(CN)_6] as well as in contact with a series of one-electron redox couples in non-aq. electrolytes. The n-Si/Graphene electrodes exhibited stable short-circuit photocurrent densities of over 10 mA cm^(-2) for over 1000 s of operation in aq. electrolytes, whereas n-Si-H electrodes yielded nearly complete decay of the c.d. within approx. 30 s. The values of the open-circuit photovoltages and the flat-band potentials of the Si were a function of both the Fermi level of the graphene and the electrochem. potential of the electrolyte soln., indicating that the n-Si/Graphene interface did not form a buried junction with the soln. contact. The use of addnl. layers of graphene further improved stability while leading to a junction that was increasingly pinned by the Si/graphene interface.

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