Highly conducting, optically transparent Ta-doped TiO2 (anatase) thin films are grown on ordinary soda-lime glass substrate by pulsed-laser deposition. They exhibit quasi-reversible cyclic voltammograms of Fe(CN)63-/4- and dimethylviologen redox couples, mimicking the electrochemical activity of F-doped SnO2 (FTO). Hence, our Ta-doped titania films can prospectively replace FTO, e.g. in dye-sensitized and perovskite solar cells. However, these films are idle for the Ru(bpy)32+ oxidation, which is attributed to the space-charge barrier. The flatband potentials are near the values for undoped reference films and/or for the pristine anatase single-crystal electrode. Our films show photoelectrochemical activity upon irradiation with UV light at potentials positive to flatband. The photocurrents decrease proportionally to the increase of Ta-content. The Li-insertion ability analogously decreases with the increasing Ta-content which is attributed to the positive charge of Ta5+ cations which occupy the Ti4+ sites in anatase lattice. Consistent with the quasi-metallic nature of our films, the Li-extraction peak in cyclic voltammograms shows no cut at larger potentials.
|Titolo:||Electrochemical Properties of Transparent Conducting Films of Tantalum-Doped Titanium Dioxide|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|