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Efficient Charge Transfer at a Homogeneously Distributed (NH4)2Mo3S13 / WSe2 Heterojunction for Solar Hydrogen Evolution

revised on 15.03.2019, 08:24 and posted on 15.03.2019, 13:58 by Farabi Bozheyev, Fanxing Xi, Paul Plate, Thomas Dittrich, Sebastian Fiechter, Klaus Ellmer

In the present work we demonstrate a record photocurrent density of 5.6 mA cm-2 at 0 VRHE for WSe2 photocathodes coated with an effective/earth abundant catalyst - ammonium thiomolybdate (NH4)2Mo3S13 (ATM). The photocurrent density can be tuned by optimizing the WSe2 film thickness. The features of this new combination (NH4)2Mo3S13 / WSe2 and its performance for solar hydrogen evolution is discussed in the manuscript. Our new finding is that the ATM can be used as a photocatalyst, not only as an electrocatalyst known up to date. The results further expand and develop the field of the transition metal dichalcogenides especially in the context of the solar hydrogen evolution. This work is an important milestone towards large scale photocathodes using earth abundant elements.


Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan for a research fellowship under the program no. 0115РК03029

German Research Association (DFG) in the Priority Program SPP1613 under contract # FI 1524/4-2


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