Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 817–828 | Cite as

Relation between morphology and conductivity in TiO2 nanotube arrays: an electrochemical impedance spectrometric investigation

  • P. Pu
  • H. Cachet
  • E. Ngaboyamahina
  • E. M. M. Sutter
Original Paper


Two types of TiO2 nanotubular arrays were obtained by anodisation of a titanium foil, in two different solutions containing fluoride ions. For the first type which has rough tube walls, impedance measurements in the dark showed the presence of a localised surface state which was related to adsorbed molecular water. Under UV illumination, this adsorbed molecular water was photo-dissociated. Moreover, an increase of 2 orders of magnitude for the limiting capacitance of the space charge layer was observed, simultaneously with the disappearance of the localised state and with a 100-time increase of the carrier density associated with hydrogen insertion. The second type of layer was characterised by smoother tube walls, a high doping level (1020 cm−3) in the dark, a lack of localised states and no long-lasting photo-induced effect. In this case, the width of the space charge layer became rapidly higher than the half-thickness of the tube walls, when the applied potential increased. Therefore, the walls were progressively depleted under anodic polarisation, passing from a situation where the tubes were totally active in the cathodic range towards a situation where the contribution of the tube walls could be neglected.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Pu
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Cachet
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. Ngaboyamahina
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. M. M. Sutter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.UPMC Univ Paris 06, UPR 15, LISEParisFrance
  2. 2.CNRS, UPR 15, LISEParisFrance

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