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April 19, 2022

CuInS2/TiO2 photoanode composites perform well in photo-induced cathodic protection

by Li Yuan, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Why CuInS2/TiO2 photoanode composites perform well in photo-induced cathodic protection?
Graphical abstract. Credit: Journal of Materials Science & Technology(2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmst.2022.02.011

Photogenerated cathodic protection technology as a valuable branch of photocatalysis and photoelectrochemistry has played a pivotal role in mitigating marine corrosion.

Recently, a research team led by Prof. Wang Jing from the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS) provided new insights into the elevated photo-induced cathodic protection of CuInS2/TiO2(CIS-9/T) photoanode composites for 304 stainless steel (304 SS) in simulated seawater.

The study was published in Journal of Materials Science & Technologyon Mar. 21.

The researchers used immersion, in-situ growth of quantum dots and calcination to sensitize the TiO2substrate. They found a possible efficient photo-induced cathodic protection mechanism via photoelectrochemical tests.

Specifically, the oxidated Ti surface was pretreated in L-cysteine (L-cys) solution for couple of days to display sulfhydryl groups for coordinating with heavy metal ions to facilitate the in-situ growth of CuInS2quantum dots.

"The deposition of CuInS2on TiO2will boost the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the composite film and improve the photosensitivity," said Prof. Wang.

The researchers compared six open-circuit potential curves, and found that the CIS-9/T photoanode provided the best photogenerated cathodic protection for 304 SS.

They also found that numerous heterojunction electric fields were constructed owing to the excellent energy band matching between CuInS2and TiO2. During several irradiation intervals, electrons could migrate uni-directionally to the 304 SS surface to achieve cathodic polarization.

"The immersion pretreatment operation in our work provides favorable conditions for the growth of quantum dots, and thus shows better anticorrosion performance together with TiO2," said Dr. Wang Ning, first author of the study.


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More information:Juan Liu et al, CuInS2/TiO2 heterojunction with elevated photo-electrochemical performance for cathodic protection, Journal of Materials Science & Technology(2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmst.2022.02.011 Provided by Chinese Academy of Sciences Citation: CuInS2/TiO2 photoanode composites perform well in photo-induced cathodic protection (2022, April 19) retrieved 19 April 2022 from https://phys.org/news/2022-04-cuins2tio2-photoanode-composites-photo-induced-cathodic.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 6 shares