Photoconversion efficiency of In2S3/ZnO core-shell heterostructures nanorod arrays deposited via controlled SILAR cycles

Mohammed Rashid Almamari, Naser M. Ahmed*, Araa Mebdir Holi, F. K. Yam, Mohammed Z. Al-Abri, M. A. Almessiere, Basma A. El-Badry, M. A. Ibrahem, Osamah A. Aldaghri, Khalid Hassan Ibnaouf

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Abstract

This paper reports the structures, morphologies, optical properties, and photoconversion efficiency (η%) of the In2S3/ZnO core-shell heterostructures nanorod arrays (IZCSHNRAs) produced via the controlled successive ionic layer absorption and reaction (SILAR) cycles. As-produced samples were characterized using XRD, FESEM, TEM, UV-Vis, PL, XPS and FTIR techniques. The proposed IZCSHNRAs revealed nearly double photocurrent density and η% values compared to the pure ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNRAs). In addition, the light absorption, crystallinity and microstructures of the specimens were appreciably improved with the increase of the SILAR cycles. The deposited nanoparticles of In2S3 (ISNPs) on the ZNRAs surface was responsible for the improvement in the heterostructures, light absorption and photogenerated electron–hole pairs separation, thus enhancing the photoconversion performance. It is established that a simple SILAR approach can be very useful to produce good quality IZCSHNRAs-based photoelectrodes required for the future development of high performance photoelectrochemical cells (PECs).

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere09959
JournalHeliyon
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • ISNPs
  • IZCSHNRAs
  • PCE
  • Photoconversion and PECs
  • SILAR cycles
  • ZNRAs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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