We report the synthesis of graphene-TiO2 (G-TiO2) composite films that exhibit significantly enhanced photoelectrochemical water-splitting performance relative to pure TiO2. Supersonic kinetic spraying was used to produce strongly adhered, electrically and mechanically robust G-TiO2 composite films containing 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, and 5.0 wt.% graphene. Films with an intermediate graphene content of 1.0 wt.% demonstrated the best water-splitting performance. G-TiO2 composite films with 1.0 wt.% graphene exhibited photocurrent density ten times that of pure TiO2 films. The electron transfer between TiO2 and graphene suppresses the recombination of photoinduced charge carriers and prolongs the electron excited-state lifetime, which contributes to the enhanced photoelectrochemical watersplitting performance.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of the American Ceramic Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2014 Nov 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry