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A highly efficient BiVO4/WO3/W heterojunction photoanode for visible-light responsive dual photoelectrode photocatalytic fuel cell

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A highly efficient BiVO4/WO3/W heterojunction photoanode for visible-light responsive dual photoelectrode photocatalytic fuel cell
Abstract

•A BiVO4/WO3/W heterojunction photoanode based on nanoporous WO3 film was developed.•Pt modified commercial silicon photovoltaic cell was chosen as photocathode.•Visible-light responsive dual photoelectrode photocatalytic fuel cell was assembled.•The fuel cell showed high converting performance of organics into electricity.

A highly efficient BiVO4/WO3/W heterojunction photoanode was fabricated based on the nanoporous WO3 film, which was prepared on the tungsten plate by anodic oxidation, in order to facilitate the electrons transfer from BiVO4 to WO3 by providing a natural connection between WO3 film and W substrate. Then, a visible-light responsive dual photoelectrode photocatalytic fuel cell (PFC) consisted of BiVO4/WO3/W photoanode and Pt modified commercial buried junction silicon (Pt/BJS) photocathode was constructed. The results showed that the optimized BiVO4/WO3/W photoanode obtained a photocurrent of 2.01 mA/cm2 at 0.6 V (vs Ag/AgCl) in 0.1 M KH2PO4 (pH 7) electrolyte under simulated AM1.5 solar light, which was 180% and 205% higher than that of bare WO3 film and bare BiVO4 film, respectively. The established dual photoelectrode PFC showed high converting performance of organics into electricity. For example, a short-circuit current density of 0.26 mA cm−2, which is higher than most of the reported visible-light responsive dual photoelectrode PFC systems, was obtained with the open-circuit voltage of 0.78 V and maximum power output of 2.0 × 10−4 W cm−2 in 20 mg L−1 tetracycline hydrochloride. Furthermore, a removal ratio of 78% after 4 h was achieved with a stable output photocurrent in the degradation process.

Graphical abstractA visible-light responsive dual photoelectrode photocatalytic fuel cell based on a highly efficient BiVO4/WO3/W heterojunction photoanode and Pt modified buried junction silicon photocathode was constructed for efficient organics degradation and simultaneously electricity generation in this paper.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slide

Keywords
BiVO4/WO3 heterojunction; Tungsten substrate; Photocatalytic fuel cell (PFC); Organic compounds degradation; Electricity generation
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volume 183, April 2016, Pages 224–230
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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