Fabrication and characterization of transparent Cr-decorated TiO2 nanoporous electrode for enhanced photo-electrocatalytic performance


VACUUM, vol.177, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 177
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.vacuum.2020.109375
  • Journal Name: VACUUM
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology Source, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Metadex
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: Yes


A Cr-decorated TiO2 nanoporous transparent electrode was fabricated by DC sputtering, anodization, and thermal evaporation methods, respectively. Ti films were deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass and anodized to obtain a transparent TiO2 nanoporous film (TN). The fabricated electrodes were characterized using a field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), atomic force microscope (AFM) and X-Ray diffraction (XRD). Photoelectrochemical activity of prepared films was investigated by photo-electrocatalytic degradation of RhB dye under constant voltage and UVA light irradiation. The Cr-decorated TiO2 nanoporous film (CTN) served as an electrode and exhibited better photo-electrocatalytic performance than a TN electrode. Results show that Cr decoration increased photoelectrochemical activity significantly due to more efficient charge separation and lower recombination rate.