High-Performance Ultrathin BiVO4 Photoanode on Textured Polydimethylsiloxane Substrates for Solar Water Splitting

Jiheng Zhao, Yu Guo, Lili Cai, Hong Li, Ken Xingze Wang, In Sun Cho, Chi Hwan Lee, Shanhui Fan, Xiaolin Zheng

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Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting devices rely on light-absorbers to absorb sunlight, and the photogenerated electrons and holes further react with water to generate hydrogen and oxygen. Fabricating light-absorbers on textured substrates offers alternative routes for optimizing their PEC performance. Textured substrates would greatly enhance both light absorption and surface reactions of photoanodes and thus reduce the total amount of light-absorbers needed. Herein, we report the fabrication of ultrathin BiVO4 photoanode film on textured polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates by using a modified water-assisted transfer printing method. Significantly, a pristine BiVO4 photoanode of only 80 nm thick shows a photocurrent density of 1.37 mA/cm2 at 1.23 VRHE on patterned PDMS substrates, which is further increased to ∼2.0 mA/cm2 at 1.23 VRHE when FeOOH oxygen evolution catalyst is added. We believe that our transfer printing method can be broadly applied to integrate photoelectrodes and other thin-film optoelectronic devices (e.g., solar cells and electronics) onto diverse textured substrates to enhance their performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 8 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Materials Chemistry


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