An optically transparent and UV-light active anode, characterized by high (photo)conductivity, chargemobility and exciton lifetime, based on graphene, grown by CVD, decorated with colloidal TiO2 nanocrystals (NCs), has been fabricated, by a direct and facile solution-based procedure. TiO2 NCs anchor onto graphene by means of p-p stacking interactions occurring between the pyrene-1-butyric acid (PBA) surface coating ligand and the 2-D platform and assemble in a highly interconnected multilayered layout, by means of interligand p-p forces, retaining composition and geometry, along with the graphene structure. Remarkably, the PBAcoated TiO2 NCs on the graphene increase its electrical conductivity, electroactivity, and capacitive behavior, as well as photoelectrical response under UV-light, resulting in a 50% enhanced photoelectroactivity and a long exciton recombination lifetime. The photoanodes can be integrated into solar cells as optically transparent electrodes, in photodetectors, FETs and (bio)sensors.

Enhanced photoactivity and conductivity in transparent TiO2 nanocrystals/graphene hybrid anodes

Ingrosso, C.;Bianco, G. V.;Petronella, F.;Agostiano, A.;Curri, M. L.;Bruno, G.
2017

Abstract

An optically transparent and UV-light active anode, characterized by high (photo)conductivity, chargemobility and exciton lifetime, based on graphene, grown by CVD, decorated with colloidal TiO2 nanocrystals (NCs), has been fabricated, by a direct and facile solution-based procedure. TiO2 NCs anchor onto graphene by means of p-p stacking interactions occurring between the pyrene-1-butyric acid (PBA) surface coating ligand and the 2-D platform and assemble in a highly interconnected multilayered layout, by means of interligand p-p forces, retaining composition and geometry, along with the graphene structure. Remarkably, the PBAcoated TiO2 NCs on the graphene increase its electrical conductivity, electroactivity, and capacitive behavior, as well as photoelectrical response under UV-light, resulting in a 50% enhanced photoelectroactivity and a long exciton recombination lifetime. The photoanodes can be integrated into solar cells as optically transparent electrodes, in photodetectors, FETs and (bio)sensors.
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