Preparation of TiO2 rutile nanorods decorated with cobalt oxide nanoparticles for solar photoelectrochemical activity
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Original versionMaterials letters (General ed.). 2019, 247 1-3. 10.1016/j.matlet.2019.03.087
The present paper investigates the preparation of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods decorated with cobalt oxide (Co3O4) nanoparticles and its application as solar photoelectrocatalyst. TiO2 rutile nanorods have been prepared on conductive glass via a hydrothermal reaction in acidic media, shaped as squared rods with an average length of 1.7 µm and thicknesses between 50 and 120 nm. Co3O4 nanoparticles with an average diameter of 30 nm were synthesized using a simple precipitation method. Spin coating the nanoparticles on the TiO2 nanorods shows enhanced photocurrents under simulated solar light up to 1.3 mA/cm2 at 1.6 V vs. SHE.