Effect of Sr and Ti substitutions on optical and photocatalytic properties of Bi<sub>1-x</sub>Sr<sub>x</sub>Fe<sub>1-x</sub>Ti<sub>x</sub>O<sub>3</sub> nanomaterials - Université d'Artois Access content directly
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Effect of Sr and Ti substitutions on optical and photocatalytic properties of Bi1-xSrxFe1-xTixO3 nanomaterials

Abstract

The potential use of down-sized BFO-xSTO systems (x ≤ 25%) as highly efficient photoanodes for photocatalytic water splitting is investigated. BFO-xSTO is prepared by a solid-state method and subsequently deposited by spray coating. The compounds possess rhombohedral symmetry for x ≤ 15% and phase coexistence for x > 15%, as demonstrated by Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Our findings revealed a drastic grain size decrease with increasing STO content, namely 260 nm for BFO to 50 nm for BFO with 25% STO. Moreover, BFO-xSTO, x > 10% exhibited high optical absorption (> 80%) in the full spectrum and interestingly a very promising band alignment with water redox potentials. Moreover, the photochemical measurements revealed a photocurrent density of ~0.17 μA cm−2 achieved for x = 15% at 0 bias. Using DFT calculations, the substitution effects on the electronic, optical, and photocatalytic performances of the BFO system were investigated and quantified. Surprisingly, a high hydrogen yield (~191 μmol g−1) was achieved by BFO-12.5%STO compared to 1 μmol g−1 and 57 μmol g−1 for BFO and STO, respectively. This result highlights the beneficial effects of both the downsizing and substitution of BFO on the photocatalytic water splitting and hydrogen production performances of Bi1−xSrxFe1−xTixO3 systems.

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hal-03989967 , version 1 (15-02-2023)

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Manal Benyoussef, Sébastien Saitzek, Nitul Rajput, Mimoun El Marssi, Mustapha Jouiad. Effect of Sr and Ti substitutions on optical and photocatalytic properties of Bi1-xSrxFe1-xTixO3 nanomaterials. Nanoscale Advances, 2023, 5 (3), pp.869-878. ⟨10.1039/D2NA00755J⟩. ⟨hal-03989967⟩
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