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Title: Influence of Au particles on the photocurrent of TiO2 films
Authors: Hu, X.
Blackwood, D.J. 
Keywords: Au/TiO2 nanocomposite
Issue Date: Jul-2006
Citation: Hu, X., Blackwood, D.J. (2006-07). Influence of Au particles on the photocurrent of TiO2 films. Journal of Electroceramics 16 (4) : 593-598. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Au/TiO2 composite films were employed in an attempt to improve the photon-electron conversion efficiency of TiO2 film in the visible region, using the surface plasma resonance (SPR) of Au nanoparticles. For investigating the relationship between SPR of Au particle and photocurrent of TiO2 film, a series of Au/TiO2 films with different Au concentrations were synthesized by sol-gel method. Results of studies on the influence of Au particle size on crystallization of TiO2 film, UV-vis absorption and photocurrents generated are discussed. It was shown that SPR performance of the Au nanoparticles was not only related to their size, but also to their distribution in the TiO2 matrix. Even in TiO2 films with large Au particle sizes (100 nm), SPR in visible region was still observed. However, this SPR performance did not contribute to the photon-electron conversion of TiO2 film in the visible region. Contrarily, embedded Au nanoparticles depressed the photocurrent generated by the TiO2 film in UV region. The reason for this decrease is thought to be partly due to the Au simply blocking some of the light and partly because the extent of crystallization of TiO2 decreased with high Au levels. © Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006.
Source Title: Journal of Electroceramics
ISSN: 13853449
DOI: 10.1007/s10832-006-9925-x
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