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Heteroepitaxial α-Fe2O3 photoanodes for solar water splitting

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Project "EpiAnodes" data sheet

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Organization address
city: HAIFA
postcode: 32000

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 Coordinator Country Israel [IL]
 Project website
 Total cost 170˙509 €
 EC max contribution 170˙509 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2017-09-30


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 Project objective

Within the past 40 years, tremendous progress has been made in both the efficiency and cost reduction of photovoltaic (PV) cells that convert sunlight to electricity. However, one of the main limitations of using solar power as an energy source is that the electricity must be used immediately or stored in a secondary device . Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells combined in tandem with PV cells offer a solution to this problem by using solar radiation (light) to electrolyze water and generate hydrogen which can then be converted to electricity using fuel cells or be used to synthesize and store hydrocarbon fuels by hydrogenation of CO2 . The host’s (Prof. Avner Rothschild) research group at the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel has recently made a landmark advancement in the quest for efficient solar water splitting. The development of a resonant light trapping technique in ultrathin absorbing films on reflective substrates opens the possibility to overcome the greatest challenge facing efficient water splitting in α-Fe2O3 photoanodes, namely, the trade-off between optical absorption length and charge carrier collection length. The Experienced Researcher proposes a novel research plan building upon the invention and involving heteroepitaxial deposition of ultrathin Fe2O3 films for solar water splitting. The proposed research is highly innovative and will develop methods for precise control of thin microstructures and their compositions; these will allow for engineering of films that are nearly free of defects which will improve the efficiency of the photoanodes by suppressing bulk recombination and at the same time, cover novel fundamental research directions such as study of doping on α-Fe2O3 properties without entanglement from microstructural effects, heteroepitaxial multilayer structures with selective charge transport layers, and directional charge transport in α-Fe2O3.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Dino Klotz, Daniel A. Grave, Avner Rothschild
Accurate determination of the charge transfer efficiency of photoanodes for solar water splitting
published pages: 20383-20392, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/C7CP02419C
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19/31 2019-06-18
2016 Asaf Kay, Daniel A. Grave, David S. Ellis, Hen Dotan, Avner Rothschild
Heterogeneous Doping to Improve the Performance of Thin-Film Hematite Photoanodes for Solar Water Splitting
published pages: 827-833, ISSN: 2380-8195, DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00287
ACS Energy Letters 1/4 2019-06-18
2016 Daniel A. Grave, Dino Klotz, Asaf Kay, Hen Dotan, Bhavana Gupta, Iris Visoly-Fisher, Avner Rothschild
Effect of Orientation on Bulk and Surface Properties of Sn-doped Hematite (α-Fe 2 O 3 ) Heteroepitaxial Thin Film Photoanodes
published pages: 28961-28970, ISSN: 1932-7447, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b10033
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120/51 2019-06-18
2017 David S. Ellis, Eugen Weschke, Asaf Kay, Daniel A. Grave, Kirtiman Deo Malviya, Hadar Mor, Frank M. F. de Groot, Hen Dotan, Avner Rothschild
Magnetic states at the surface of α − Fe 2 O 3 thin films doped with Ti, Zn, or Sn
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/physrevb.96.094426
Physical Review B 96/9 2019-06-18
2016 Daniel A. Grave, Hen Dotan, Yossi Levy, Yifat Piekner, Barbara Scherrer, Kirtiman Deo Malviya, Avner Rothschild
Heteroepitaxial hematite photoanodes as a model system for solar water splitting
published pages: 3052-3060, ISSN: 2050-7488, DOI: 10.1039/C5TA07094E
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 4/8 2019-06-18

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