DEVELOPMENT OF NB(X)TI(1-X)O(2-D) SEMICONDUCTING ELECTRODES FOR PHOTOELECTROLYSIS OF WATER

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$200,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
698
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ceramatec Inc.
163 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84115
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
G.r. Miller
Principal Investigator
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
HARNESSING SOLAR ENERGY AS AN INEXHAUSTIBLE AND INEXPENSIVE SOURCE OF ENERGY HAS BEEN A GOAL OF MANKIND FOR CENTURIES. ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING SCHEMES NOW DEVISED TO HARNESS SOLAR ENERGY IS THE PHOTOELECTROLYTIC DECOMPOSITION OF WATERUSING SEMICONDUCTING ELECTRODES. ONE OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS LIMITING INITIATION OF PRACTICAL PHOTOELECTROLYSIS IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FACT THAT ONLY SEMICONDUCTING ELECTRODESWITH WIDE BAND GAPS OF 3 EV OR GREATER MAINTAIN CHEMICAL STABILITY DURING ILLUMINATION. IN THE PROPOSED PROGRAM OF RESEARCH CERAMATEC, INC. WILL ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY CORROSION RESISTANT OXIDES WITH SMALLER BAND GAPS WHICH UTILIZE A LARGER FRACTION OF THE SOLAR SPECTRUM. SPECIFICALLY, IN THE PROPOSED PROGRAM THE TIO(2)-NBO(2) SYSTEM WHICH FORMS COMPLETE SOLID SOLUBILITY WILL BE INVESTIGATED. BY MANIPULATING THE RATIO OF NBO(2) TO TIO(2), IT IS EXPECTED THAT AN OPTIMUM SEMICONDUCTING MATERIAL CAN BE OBTAINED WHICH POSSESSES A BAND GAP BETWEEN 1.5 AND 2.5 EV, WHILE MAINTAINING AN ADEQUATE CORROSION RESISTANCE UNDER ILLUMINATION.

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