Laser-Induced Chemical Liquid-Phase Deposition Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles on Porous TiO2 Film with Great Photoelectrochemical Performance

Voronin, Anton S.; Nemtsev, Ivan V.; Molokeev, Maxim S.; Simunin, Mikhail M.; Kozlova, Ekaterina A.; et al. // Applied Sciences-basel//

This paper considers the photoelectrochemical characteristics of a composite porous TiO2 thin film with deposited plasmonic gold nanoparticles. The deposition of gold nanoparticles was carried out by the laser-induced chemical liquid-phase deposition (LCLD) method. The structural characteristics of the composite have been studied; it has been shown that the porous TiO2 film has a lattice related to the tetragonal system and is in the anatase phase. Gold nanoparticles form on the surface of a porous TiO2 film. A complex of photoelectrochemical measurements was carried out. It was shown that the deposition of plasmonic gold nanoparticles led to a significant increase in the photocurrent density by ~820%. The proposed concept is aimed at testing the method of forming a uniform layer of plasmonic gold nanoparticles on a porous TiO2 film, studying their photocatalytic properties for further scaling, and obtaining large area Au/TiO2/FTO photoelectrodes, including in the roll-to-roll process.