In March 2022, nanomaterials published an article about Photo-electrocatalytic (PEC) water splitting and CO2 reduction reactions, which are potential methods for efficient solar energy conversion into chemical fuel. Efficient methods such as these are constantly being sought and developed amid the climate changes associated with global warming.
The review “considers recent efforts to study photo-electrocatalytic reactions using in situ and operando synchrotron spectroscopies”, which will help to develop economically feasible solutions of PEC solar energy conversion.
An electrolyte was confined between two of Silson’s Si3N4 membranes (2 mm × 2 mm × 100 nm) for the X-ray Absorption (XAS) and X-ray Photoelectron (XPS) Spectroscopies experiments. The two membranes were acting as cell windows in two different He chambers and one of the membranes was coated with a 20 nm Gold (Au) layer, to maintain the conductivity, and photoanode sample film.
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