Significant effects of reaction temperature on morphology, crystallinity, and photoelectrical properties of rutile TiO2 nanorod array films


Oriented single-crystalline TiO2 nanorod arrays have been extensively studied as the electrode of photoelectrochemical cells due to their unique properties. In this study, oriented rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays were directly synthesized on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrates by a facile hydrothermal method, and the effects of growth conditions (i.e. reaction temperature, growth time and titanium precursor) on their morphologies, crystal structures and photoelectrical properties were investigated. Reaction temperature played a more critical role in tailoring the surface morphology, crystal structures (i.e. length, diameter and crystallinity of nanorods) and photoelectrical properties of the nanorods than growth time did. With the increase in reaction temperature from 140 °C to 200 °C, both photocurrent density and external quantum efficiency (EQE) increased initially and then decreased, with a maximum value of 5.6 × 10−2 mA cm−2 at 170 °C and 2.7% at 160 °C, respectively. In addition, photoelectric measurements demonstrated that TiO2 nanorod arrays synthesized from TiCl4 at a relatively low reaction temperature exhibited a much higher EQE value than those obtained from titanium isopropoxide.


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Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics