Photoexcited hole transfer to a MnOx cocatalyst on a SrTiO3 photoelectrode during oxygen evolution studied by in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Masaaki Yoshida, Takumi Yomogida, Takehiro Mineo, Kiyofumi Nitta, Kazuo Kato, Takuya Masuda, Hiroaki Nitani, Hitoshi Abe, Satoru Takakusagi, Tomoya Uruga, Kiyotaka Asakura, Kohei Uosaki, Hiroshi Kondoh

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Photoexcited hole transfer to MnOx cocatalysts on SrTiO3 photoelectrodes was examined under controlled potential conditions during UV irradiation using in situ Mn K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy. The absorption edges of spectra were found to shift to higher energies during irradiation, indicating that MnOx cocatalysts were oxidized by the migration of photoexcited holes accompanied by a positive potential shift of the MnOx cocatalysts. This oxidation process was promoted by the application of a positive applied potential, suggesting that the photoexcited hole transfer was enhanced by upward band bending at the cocatalyst-photoelectrode interface. Structural changes of the MnOx cocatalyst were found to depend on the UV photon intensity; thus, the observations of photoexcited electron transfer by XAFS are associated with the photoelectrochemical activity during water splitting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24302-24309
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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