Here, all the different material systems of the other working areas will have to be combined and tested and optimized as a whole. Working horse for light to electron-hole pair conversion with adjusted photovoltages will be different thin film Si multijunction cells. Efficient SPP-made noble metal free electrocatalysts shall be coupled to successful absorber materials in order to demonstrate the feasibility and to characterize the performance properties of an integrated device at an early stage. Special emphasis will be given to the aspects of long-term stability and on separated hydrogen and oxygen producing compartments.
Projects with an emphasis on this topic
Photoelectrochemical water splitting using adapted silicon based semiconductor multi-junction cell structures (Dr. Friedhelm Finger, Jülich, Prof. Dr. Wolfram Jaegermann, Darmstadt, PD Dr. Bernhard Kaiser, Darmstadt, Prof. Dr. Rolf Schäfer, Darmstadt)
In-situ environmental TEM studies of electro- and photo-electrochemical systems for water splitting (Prof. Dr. Christian Jooß, Göttingen)
Three-dimensional semiconductor nanowire networks as model systems to study physical processes in nanostructured electrodes for light-driven water splitting (Dr. Maria Eugenia Toimil-Molares, Darmstadt)
Development of catalysts, namely manganese oxides and molybdenum sulphides, for an implementation in a light-driven water-splitting device using a multi-junction solar cell (Prof. Dr. Holger Dau, Berlin, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Fiechter, Berlin, Prof. Dr. Philipp Kurz, Freiburg)
Development of optimum bandgap photoanodes for tandem water-splitting cells based on doped complex metal oxides and III-V semiconductors coupled to water oxidation electrocatalysts (Prof. Dr. Radim Beránek, Bochum, Prof. Dr. Anjana Devi, Bochum, Dr. Rainer Eichberger, Berlin