Photoelectrochemistry; Photocatalysis; Solar hydrogen; Waste water treatment; Solid liquid interface; Nanoparticles; Solid state; hydrogen generation; materials characterization
(2015), Charge transfer between photosynthetic proteins and hematite in bio-hybrid photoelectrodes for solar water splitting cells, in Nano Convergence (Springer)
, 2(9), 1-11.
(2014), Effect of Aging Time and Film Thickness on the Photoelectrochemical Properties of TiO2 Sol-Gel Photoanodes, in International Journal of Photoenergy
, 2104, 472539.
(2014), Light harvesting proteins for solar fuel generation in bioengineered photoelectrochemical cells., in Current protein & peptide science
, 15(4), 374-84.
(2014), ORDERING ORGANIC THIN FILMS FOR APPLICATIONS IN ELECTRONICS AND PHOTONICS
(2014), Photonic light trapping in self-organized all-oxide microspheroids impacts photoelectrochemical water splitting, in Energy Environ. Sci.
, 7, 2680-2688.
(2014), Solution Processed Transparent Nanoparticulate ZnO Thin Film Electrode for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation, in RSC Advances
, 4, 23562-2357.
(2013), "in rust we trust". Hematite-the prospective inorganic backbone for artificial photosynthesis, in Energy and Environmental Science
, 6(2), 407-425.
(2013), A dip coating process for large area silicon-doped high performance hematite photoanodes, in Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
, 5(4), 043109-1-043109-9.
(2013), Between photocatalysis and photosynthesis: Synchrotron spectroscopy methods on molecules and materials for solar hydrogen generation, in Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
, 190(Part ), 93-105.
(2013), Electrospun TiO2 Fiber Composite Photoelectrodes for Water Splitting, in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
, 5(22), 11747-11755.
(2013), Formation of an electron hole doped film in the α-Fe 2O3 photoanode upon electrochemical oxidation, in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
, 15(5), 1443-1451.
(2013), Helium focused ion beam fabricated plasmonic antennas with sub-5 nm gaps, in Nanotechnology
, 24(39), 5301.
(2013), Hematite-NiO/α-Ni(OH)2 heterostructure photoanodes with high electrocatalytic current density and charge storage capacity, in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
, 15(30), 12648-12659.
(2012), Direct observation of two electron holes in a hematite photoanode during photoelectrochemical water splitting, in Journal of Physical Chemistry C
, 116(32), 16870-16875.
(2012), Evolution of structural properties of iron oxide nano particles during temperature treatment from 250 degrees C-900 degrees C: X-ray diffraction and Fe K-shell pre-edge X-ray absorption study, in CURRENT APPLIED PHYSICS
, 12(3), 817-825.
(2012), Functionalization of nanostructured hematite thin-film electrodes with the light-harvesting membrane protein C-phycocyanin yields an enhanced photocurrent, in Advanced Functional Materials
, 22(3), 490-502.
(2012), Functionalization of Nanostructured Hematite Thin-Film Electrodes with the Light-Harvesting Membrane Protein C-Phycocyanin Yields an Enhanced Photocurrent, in ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS
, 22(3), 490-502.
(2012), Iron resonant photoemission spectroscopy on anodized hematite points to electron hole doping during anodization, in ChemPhysChem
, 13(12), 2937-2944.
(2011), Evolution of an Oxygen Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Transition in the Upper Hubbard Band in alpha-Fe2O3 upon Electrochemical Oxidation, in JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C
, 115(13), 5619-5625.
(2011), Hydrothermal treatment of a hematite film leads to highly oriented faceted nanostructures with enhanced photocurrents, in Chemistry of Materials
, 23(8), 2051-2061.
(2011), Hydrothermal Treatment of a Hematite Film Leads to Highly Oriented Faceted Nanostructures with Enhanced Photocurrents, in CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS
, 23(8), 2051-2061.
(2010), Tailoring the morphology of WO3 films with substitutional cation doping: Effect on the photoelectrochemical properties, in Electrochimica Acta
, 55(26), 7780-7787.
We want to purchase several scientific instruments necessary as basic equipment for the func-tional characterization of ceramic materials relevant for photocatalytical (PC) and photoelectro-chemical (PEC) research studies. EMPA conducts a research program for sustainable and CO2 neutral energy economy. Its Labo-ratory for High Performance Ceramics (Hochleistungskeramik - HLK, in the Department for Ad-vanced Materials and Surfaces) serves this goal with a project on photoelectrochemical hydro-gen production by solar water splitting, which counts towards Switzerland’s responsibilities in Annex 26 in the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementation Agreement for 2008, and which is embedded in the mission of PEC house, administered by EPFL. In addition, HLK has active projects on photocatalysis to address the societies’ needs for clean water and hygi-enic surfaces. Our HLK is on a successful move from work on structural ceramics to research on functional ceramic materials. Photocatalysis has emerged as a very promising activity since some four years ago, beginning with one PhD thesis project that was successfully finished in early 2007. During the last three years, we have published 6-8 scientific papers on nanoparticle synthesis with application to photocatalysis. Currently we have two more PhD students, one postdoctoral student and several diploma students working on PC and PEC, and two scientists devote a ma-jor share of their efforts to these topics as well. HLK is looking forward to continue with the training of PhD students who will work on a joint basis to 50% at EMPA and the other time at their home universities in Poland. Our international research network on PC and PEC extends across Europe to Japan and the USA, and we are organizers of a PC/PEC symposium at the MRS 2009 Spring Meeting.While HLK’s traditional strength is in ceramic material synthesis, its new mission of research on functional ceramics is being impeded by the lack of basic analytical equipment for the functional characterization and performance assessment of photoactive ceramic materi-als. To better comply with our new mission, we need the instruments listed below which enable us to quantitatively determine solar-functional characteristics of our materials, and hence ad-vance to a true scientific laboratory.The costs of the six instruments amount to approximately 192,000 CHF. HLK will pay 66,228 CHF. The board of Directors at EMPA is requested to contribute with a 30,000 CHF. Together with another 96,227 CHF from SNF, we will be able to acquire a well suited set of laboratory equipment. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy endorses particularly our solar hydrogen activities and supports this project with an earnest money 18,000 CHF towards the salary for the installation of the equipment.