Impact of Oxygen Vacancy on Band Structure Engineering of n-p Codoped Anatase TiO2
- Received Date: 2014-11-12
Abstract: Doping with various impurities is an effective approach to improve the photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2. Here, we explore the effect of oxygen vacancy on geometric and electronic properties of compensated (i.e. V-N and Cr-C) and non-compensated (i.e. V-C and Cr-N) codoped anatase TiO2 by performing extensive density functional theory calculations. Theoretical results show that oxygen vacancy prefers to the neighboring site of metal dopant (i.e. V or Cr atom). After introduction of oxygen vacancy, the unoccupied impurity bands located within band gap of these codoped TiO2 will be filled with electrons, and the position of conduction band offset does not change obviously, which result in the reduction of photoinduced carrier recombination and the good performance for hydrogen production via water splitting. Moreover, we find that oxygen vacancy is easily introduced in V-N codoped TiO2 under O-poor condition. These theoretical insights are helpful for designing codoped TiO2 with high photoelectrochemical performance.
|Citation:||Qiang-qiang Meng, Jia-jun Wang, Jing Huang, Qun-xiang Li. Impact of Oxygen Vacancy on Band Structure Engineering of n-p Codoped Anatase TiO2[J]. Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics , 2015, 28(2): 155-160. doi: 10.1063/1674-0068/28/cjcp1411196|