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Paper   IPM / Physic / 16171
School of Physics
  Title:   Unassisted Water Splitting Using Standard Silicon Solar Cells Stabilized with Copper and Bifunctional NiFe Electrocatalysts
1.  B. Eftekharinia
2.  H. Pezashki
3.  A. Dabirian
  Status:   Preprint
  Year:  2020
  Supported by:  IPM
Silicon photovoltaic cells functionalized with water-splitting electrocatalysts are promising candidates for unassisted water splitting. In these devices, the total surface of silicon solar cells is covered with electrocatalysts, causing issues with (i) stabilizing silicon solar cells in water and (ii) device efficiency due to parasitic optical absorption in electrocatalysts. We describe and validate a water-splitting device concept using a crystalline silicon solar cell where the front side is covered with an insulating Si3N5 antireflection coating. The Ag contacts, fired through the antireflection coating, are removed and subsequently substituted with NiFe layered double hydroxide (LDH) or Cu/NiFe-LDH electrocatalysts. In this device, only the site of Ag contacts, nearly 2

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