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Photoelectrochemical tandem cell of Se/BiVO4 photoanode and Cr2O3/CuO:Ni photocathode in aqueous medium

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Tandem cell consisting of n-type (n-Se/BiVO4) photoanode and p-type (p-Cr2O3/CuO:Ni) photocathode for solar water splitting have been fabricated and studied photoelectrochemically. The photocurrent of n-Se/BiVO4 vs. p-Cr2O3/CuO:Ni observed in a two-electrode system in an aqueous medium is 0.03 mA cm−2 at zero bias. By scrutinizing the intersection point of each photocurrent in the 3-electrode system, the solar-to-hydrogen efficiency (STH) of 0.05% corresponding to 0.04 mA cm−2 is achieved under AM 1.5 G illumination.


  • Tandem cell consisting of Se/BiVO4 photoanode and Cr2O3/CuO:Ni photocathode has been fabricated.

  • The individual photocurrent of n-Se/BiVO4 vs. p-Cr2O3/CuO:Ni was 0.03 mA cm−2 at zero bias.

  • The solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 0.05% corresponding to 0.04 mA cm−2 recorded for the tandem cell.

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The authors would like to acknowledge financial support from National University of Malaysia through internal grant MI-2019-004 and also for providing facilities to perform this research.

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Mohd Nasir, S.N.F., Mat-Teridi, M.A. Photoelectrochemical tandem cell of Se/BiVO4 photoanode and Cr2O3/CuO:Ni photocathode in aqueous medium. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol 93, 1–5 (2020).

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