Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production from water/methanol decomposition using Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite thin films

Naser Alenzi, Wei Ssu Liao, Paul S. Cremer, Viviana Sanchez-Torres, Thomas K. Wood, Christine Ehlig-Economides, Zhengdong Cheng

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Though less frequently studied for solar-hydrogen production, films are more convenient to use than powders and can be easily recycled. Anatase TiO 2 films decorated with Ag nanoparticles are synthesized by a rapid, simple, and inexpensive method. They are used to cleave water to produce H 2 under UV light in the presence of methanol as a hole scavenger. A simple and sensitive method is established here to monitor the time course of hydrogen production for ultralow amounts of TiO2. The average hydrogen production rate of Ag/TiO2 anatase films is 147.9 ± 35.5 μmol/h/g. Without silver, it decreases dramatically to 4.65 ± 0.39 μmol/h/g for anatase TiO2 films and to 0.46 ± 0.66 μmol/h/g for amorphous TiO2 films fabricated at room temperature. Our method can be used as a high through-put screening process in search of high efficiency heterogeneous photocatalysts for solar-hydrogen production from water-splitting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11768-11775
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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