This work shows how a molecular Mo3S4 cluster bonded to a photoelectrode surface via a phosphonate ligand can be a highly effective co-catalyst in photocathodic hydrogen evolution systems. Using a TiO2 protected n+p Si photocathode, H2 evolution occurs with an onset of +0.33 V vs. RHE in an acid solution with this precious metal-free system. Using just the red part of the AM1.5 solar spectrum (λ > 635 nm), a saturation current of 20 mA/cm2 is achieved from an electrode containing Mo3S4 dropcasted onto a 100 nm TiO2/7 nm Ti/n+p Si electrode.
|Journal||Journal of the Electrochemical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|