Noble-Metal-Free Perovskite–BiVO4 Tandem Device with Simple Preparation Method for Unassisted Solar Water Splitting

  • Shicong Zhang
    Shicong Zhang
    Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Joint International Research Laboratory for Precision Chemistry, and School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237, People’s Republic of China
  • Luze Shen
    Luze Shen
    Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Joint International Research Laboratory for Precision Chemistry, and School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237, People’s Republic of China
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  • Ting Ye
    Ting Ye
    Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1056 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, People’s Republic of China
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  • Kangyi Kong
    Kangyi Kong
    Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Joint International Research Laboratory for Precision Chemistry, and School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237, People’s Republic of China
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  • Haonan Ye
    Haonan Ye
    Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Joint International Research Laboratory for Precision Chemistry, and School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237, People’s Republic of China
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  • Haoran Ding
    Haoran Ding
    Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Joint International Research Laboratory for Precision Chemistry, and School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237, People’s Republic of China
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  • Yue Hu*
    Yue Hu
    Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1056 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, People’s Republic of China
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  • Jianli Hua*
    Jianli Hua
    Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Joint International Research Laboratory for Precision Chemistry, and School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237, People’s Republic of China
    *Email: [email protected]
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Cite this: Energy Fuels 2020, 34, 4, 5016–5023
Publication Date (Web):March 11, 2020
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c00432
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Abstract

Unassisted solar water splitting can be realized by connecting a photovoltaic (PV) device in series with a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC). However, the complex fabrication methods and inevitable usage of noble metal have limited its development. In this work, we have constructed a wired tandem device with printable triple-mesoscopic perovskite solar cells and a BiVO4 based PEC. Moreover, a noble-metal-free device was fabricated by using spin-coated amorphous MoSx films as a cathode instead of Pt. In unit area, the different fabrication forms of perovskite solar cells were proved to have a huge influence for the overall performance of the tandem device, in which three-serial PV (PV3) based device showed the highest photocurrent density of ∼3.0 mA/cm2 without external bias, and corresponding solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency was 3.1%. The noble-metal-free tandem device was fabricated using spin-coating and screen-printing methods, representing an environmentally friendly and sustainable method to generate hydrogen fuel.

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  • XPS spectra of entire MoSx sample and Mo 3d and S 2p regions for molybdenum sulfide material; XRD of precipitated MoSx nanoparticles; TEM image of prepared MoSx nanoparticle; SEM image of surface of FTO substrate; measured CVs for MoSx film at various scan rates; UV–vis absorption of prepared BiVO4 and MoSx films; photos of prepared MoSx and BiVO4 films, fully printable perovskite solar cells, and produced H2 and O2 bubbles; photocurent performances of BVO/MoSx–PV3 and BVO/Pt–PV3; photoelectrochemical performance of BVO/MoSx(Nafion)–PV3, BVO/MoSx–PV3, and BVO/Pt–PV3; photocurrent data of PECs with or without PV2–PV4; IPCE of BVO/MoSx(Nafion) device (PDF)

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