Turkish Journal of Chemistry




Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production is a critical key to solving the carbon-zero goal of countries due to renewable sources of solar light and combustion products of hydrogen-only water. Here, an architecture design for an n-type nano rosettes-rod TiO2 (RT) surface using CdS and Co-doped CdS quantum dots (QDs) is carried out utilizing the SILAR (simple ionic layer adsorption and reaction) method. Furthermore, the photocatalytic behaviour of Co-doped CdS QDs SILAR cycles deposition is investigated in various cycles, including 5, 8, 10, and 12. The FESEM, Raman XRD, Uv-Vis spectrometer, and vibration modes are used to evaluate the photoelectrode surface structure, crystal structure, and solar light absorption, respectively. FESEM images and XRD pattern revealed successive CdS QDS and Co-doped CdS QDs deposition on the RT boundary and rising SILAR cycles of Co-doped CdS QDs lead to further coverage of RT surface. UV-vis spectrometer indicated shifting solar light absorption to the visible region by applying more SILAR cycles of Co-doped CdS QDs deposition. The electrochemical parameters obtained from EIS showed total polarization resistance (Rp ) of the RT electrode dramatically decreased with 10 SILAR cycle Co-doped CdS QDs deposition (5093 Ω cm2 and 617 Ω cm2 ). Linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and chronoamperometric photocatalytic performance measurements indicated Co-doped CdS QDs on RT extremely enhanced photoresponse under solar irradiation and 10 SILAR cycle Co-doped CdS QDs improved photocurrent density about fourfold according to blank RT electrode.


TiO2, hydrogen production, photoanode, CdS QDs

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