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Studies from Nanjing University Yield New Information about Materials Science

February 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Researchers detail new data in Materials Science. According to news reporting originating in Jiangsu, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Hematite is a promising semiconductor candidate for PEC water splitting."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Nanjing University, "However, hematite is far well short of the theoretical value of solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency because of the fast recombination of photogenerated carriers. To address this limitation, a facile template-free preparation of hematite photoanode with nanostructured ATO (antimony-doped tin oxide) conductive underlayer served as a scaffold to transport photogenerated electron was developed to decrease the recombination opportunities of the carriers."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Furthermore, the constructed ATO scaffold could also increase the light absorption of hematite and the number of the carriers, resulting in better PEC performance of hematite."

For more information on this research see: Template-Free Synthesis of Hematite Photoanodes with Nanostructured ATO Conductive Underlayer for PEC Water Splitting. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014;6(1):36-40. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society -; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D.G. Wang, Nanjing Univ Posts & Telecommun, Inst Adv Mat, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include Y.Y. Zhang, J.Q. Wang, C. Peng, Q. Huang, S. Su, L.H. Wang, W. Huang and C.H. Fan.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Jiangsu, Materials Science, People's Republic of China

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Source: Journal of Technology

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