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Effect of metallic nanoparticles in catalytic photoelectric properties of hematite electrodes

Grant number: 16/01000-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2018
Effective date (End): September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal Investigator:Flavio Leandro de Souza
Grantee:Aryane Tofanello de Souza
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/19924-2 - Study and development of advanced novel materials: electronic, magnetic and nanostructured: an interdisciplinary approach, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):19/01977-4 - Effect of metallic nanoparticles in catalytic photoelectric properties of hematite electrodes, BE.EP.PD


This post-doctoral project is focused on the synthesis and characterization of photocatalytic iron oxide thin films on the hematite phase functionalized with metal nanoparticles for use in devices for generating hydrogen from water splitting. It aims to analyze the strategies of synthesis and controlled deposition of mass hematite and metal nanoparticles, quantifying the amount of light absorbed, generating photocurrent and thus demonstrate the device's viability. The proposal is linked to an international collaborative project FAPESP-AKA proc. 2014 / 50516-6 (valid until February 2018) whose main purpose improve the performance of artificial photosynthesis using nanomaterials in iron oxide electrodes. In this sense, the proposed work will contribute the possibility of such devices improves the photocurrent through the synergy effect of the plasmon of the metallic nanoparticles on the thin film surface of hematite. The use of metal nanoparticles of varying size and morphology is considered strategic with regard to the construction of photoelectrochemical cell and two main factors justify its use: the higher optical absorption of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the possibility of injection and charge separation assisted by surface plasmon, assisting in electron transfer catalyst. Importantly, the originality of the proposal focuses on the modulation of the photocurrent from the different morphologies of the metallic nanoparticles (spherical, rod and multifaceted) coupled with the way the plasmonic properties will be inserted into the device.

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TOFANELLO, A.; DIAO, Z.; DJATOUBAI, E.; SU, J. Z.; SHEN, S. H.; SOUZA, F. L.; VAYSSIERES, L.. Engineering hematite/plasmonic nanoparticle interfaces for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting. Journal of Applied Physics, v. 128, n. 6, . (19/01977-4, 16/01000-2)
TOFANELLO, ARYANE; SHEN, SHAOHUA; DE SOUZA, FLAVIO LEANDRO; VAYSSIERES, LIONEL. Strategies to improve the photoelectrochemical performance of hematite nanorod-based photoanodes. APL Materials, v. 8, n. 4, . (19/01977-4, 16/01000-2)
TOFANELLO, ARYANE; FREITAS, ANDRE L. M.; CARVALHO, JR., WALDEMIR M.; SALMINEN, TURKKA; NIEMI, TAPIO; SOUZA, FLAVIO L.. Hematite Surface Modification toward Efficient Sunlight-Driven Water Splitting Activity: The Role of Gold Nanoparticle Addition. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, v. 124, n. 11, p. 6171-6179, . (14/50516-6, 16/01000-2)

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