High-Throughput Experimental Study of Wurtzite Mn1–xZnxO Alloys for Water Splitting Applications
AuthorNdione, Paul F.
Ratcliff, Erin L.
Dey, Suhash R.
Warren, Emily L.
Holder, Aaron M.
Gorman, Brian P.
Al-Jassim, Mowafak M.
Deutsch, Todd G.
Ginley, David S.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Mat Sci & Engn
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PublisherAMER CHEMICAL SOC
CitationACS Omega 2019 4 (4), 7436-7447 DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b03347
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AbstractWe used high-throughput experimental screening methods to unveil the physical and chemical properties of Mn1-xZnxO wurtzite alloys and identify their appropriate composition for effective water splitting application. The Mn1-xZnxO thin films were synthesized using combinatorial pulsed laser deposition, permitting for characterization of a wide range of compositions with x varying from 0 to 1. The solubility limit of Mn1-xZnxO was determined using the disappearing phase method from X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence data and found to increase with decreasing substrate temperature due to kinetic limitations of the thin-film growth at relatively low temperature. Optical measurements indicate the strong reduction of the optical band gap down to 2.1 eV at x = 0.5 associated with the rock salt-to-wurtzite structural transition in Mn1-xZnxO alloys. Transmission electron microscopy results show evidence of a homogeneous wurtzite alloy system for a broad range of Mn1-xZnxO compositions above x = 0.4. The wurtzite Mn1-xZnxO samples with the 0.4 < x < 0.6 range were studied as anodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting, with a maximum current density of 340 mu A cm(-2) for 673 nm-thick films. These Mn1-xZnxO films were stable in pH = 10, showing no evidence of photocorrosion or degradation after 24 h under water oxidation conditions. Doping Mn1-xZnxO materials with Ga dramatically increases the electrical conductivity of Mn1-xZnxO up to similar to 1.9 S/cm for x = 0.48, but these doped samples are not active in water splitting. Mott-Schottky and UPS/ XPS measurements show that the presence of dopant atoms reduces the space charge region and increases the number of midgap surface states. Overall, this study demonstrates that Mn1-xZnxO alloys hold promise for photoelectrochemical water splitting, which could be enhanced with further tailoring of their electronic properties.
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SponsorsU.S. Department of Energy (DOE) [DE-AC36-08GO28308]; Office of Science; Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Energy Frontier Research Center "Center for Next Generation of Materials Design: Incorporating Metastability"; Indo-US Science and Technology Forum [BASE 2014/F-8]