Efficient photoinduced charge injection from chemical bath deposited CdS into mesoporous TiO2 probed with time-resolved microwave conductivity

Jorge Piris, Andrew J. Ferguson, Jeff L. Blackburn, Andrew G. Norman, Garry Rumbles, Don C. Selmarten, Nikos Kopidakis*

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We use the contactless time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) technique to investigate the photoconductance of CdS-coated mesoporous TiO 2 and ZrO2. The CdS domains were grown directly on the surface of the oxide by a chemical bath deposition method. Mobile charge carriers are generated with a low yield following photoexcitation of CdS grown on ZiO2; there is no injection into the oxide and me short-lived photoconductance signal is attributed to the hole in CdS. In contrast, illumination of CdS domains grown on TiO2 results in very efficient electron injection into the TiO2 nanoparticles, producing long-lived charge carriers. We show mat the quantum yield for electron injection into TiO2 per photon absorbed by the CdS sensitizer is close to unity. The photoconductance action spectrum follows the absorption of the CdS domains, which indicates that the charge injection efficiency does not depend on wavelength in the range where the CdS absorbs (425-550 nm).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7742-7749
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2008
Externally publishedYes


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