Between photocatalysis and photosynthesis: Synchrotron spectroscopy methods on molecules and materials for solar hydrogen generation

Debajeet K. Bora, Yelin Hu, Sebastian Thiess, Selma Erat, Xuefei Feng, Sumanta Mukherjee, Giuseppino Fortunato, Nicolas Gaillard, Rita Toth, K. Gajda-Schrantz, Wolfgang Drube, Michael Grätzel, Jinghua Guo, Junfa Zhu, Edwin C. Constable, D. D. Sarma, Hongxin Wang, Artur Braun

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Abstract

Energy research is to a large extent materials research, encompassing the physics and chemistry of materials, including their synthesis, processing toward components and design toward architectures, allowing for their functionality as energy devices, extending toward their operation parameters and environment, including also their degradation, limited life, ultimate failure and potential recycling. In all these stages, X-ray and electron spectroscopy are helpful methods for analysis, characterization and diagnostics for the engineer and for the researcher working in basic science. This paper gives a short overview of experiments with X-ray and electron spectroscopy for solar energy and water splitting materials and addresses also the issue of solar fuel, a relatively new topic in energy research. The featured systems are iron oxide and tungsten oxide as photoanodes, and hydrogenases as molecular systems. We present surface and sub-surface studies with ambient pressure XPS and hard X-ray XPS, resonant photoemission, light induced effects in resonant photoemission experiments and a photo-electrochemical in situ/operando NEXAFS experiment in a liquid cell, and nuclear resonant vibrational spectroscopy (NRVS).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-105
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
Volume190
Issue numberPART A
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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Photocatalysis
Synchrotrons
Hydrogen
synchrotrons
Electron spectroscopy
Photoemission
Spectroscopy
X ray spectroscopy
Molecules
electron spectroscopy
hydrogen
photoelectric emission
X ray photoelectron spectroscopy
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Hydrogenase
molecules
Vibrational spectroscopy
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Keywords

  • AP-XPS
  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • Bulk defects
  • Charge transfer
  • HAX-PES
  • Hematite
  • Hole doping
  • Hydrogenase
  • NRVS
  • Photo-electrochemistry
  • Photocatalysis
  • Photoelectrochemistry
  • Resonant photoemission
  • RIXS
  • Solar fuels
  • Solar hydrogen
  • Surface defects
  • Tungsten oxide
  • Valence band
  • VB-PES
  • Water splitting
  • X-ray absorption
  • XAFS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiation

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Between photocatalysis and photosynthesis : Synchrotron spectroscopy methods on molecules and materials for solar hydrogen generation. / Bora, Debajeet K.; Hu, Yelin; Thiess, Sebastian; Erat, Selma; Feng, Xuefei; Mukherjee, Sumanta; Fortunato, Giuseppino; Gaillard, Nicolas; Toth, Rita; Gajda-Schrantz, K.; Drube, Wolfgang; Grätzel, Michael; Guo, Jinghua; Zhu, Junfa; Constable, Edwin C.; Sarma, D. D.; Wang, Hongxin; Braun, Artur.

In: Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, Vol. 190, No. PART A, 10.2013, p. 93-105.

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Bora, DK, Hu, Y, Thiess, S, Erat, S, Feng, X, Mukherjee, S, Fortunato, G, Gaillard, N, Toth, R, Gajda-Schrantz, K, Drube, W, Grätzel, M, Guo, J, Zhu, J, Constable, EC, Sarma, DD, Wang, H & Braun, A 2013, 'Between photocatalysis and photosynthesis: Synchrotron spectroscopy methods on molecules and materials for solar hydrogen generation', Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, vol. 190, no. PART A, pp. 93-105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.elspec.2012.11.009
Bora, Debajeet K. ; Hu, Yelin ; Thiess, Sebastian ; Erat, Selma ; Feng, Xuefei ; Mukherjee, Sumanta ; Fortunato, Giuseppino ; Gaillard, Nicolas ; Toth, Rita ; Gajda-Schrantz, K. ; Drube, Wolfgang ; Grätzel, Michael ; Guo, Jinghua ; Zhu, Junfa ; Constable, Edwin C. ; Sarma, D. D. ; Wang, Hongxin ; Braun, Artur. / Between photocatalysis and photosynthesis : Synchrotron spectroscopy methods on molecules and materials for solar hydrogen generation. In: Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena. 2013 ; Vol. 190, No. PART A. pp. 93-105.
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