Aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) has been used in conjunction with new and bespoke precursors for the fabrication of highly nanostructured, mixed anatase-rutile phase TiO 2. Precursor syntheses were carried out in two steps, reacting tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium with a triethanolamine-based ligand complex, followed by reaction with the relevant dry solvent. Suitability for AACVD was assessed by thermogravimetric analysis, and the resulting TiO 2 films were characterised by SEM, EDX, Raman, and PXRD, which was used to find relative ratios of anatase and rutile phase in the mixed-system, and respective grain sizes. The resulting TiO 2 films show exceptional OH oxidation performance under simulated solar irradiation, yielding photocurrent densities of 1.06 mA cm −2 at 1.23 V vs. RHE, and a peak incident photon conversion efficiency of 95.6% at 380 nm incident light, indicating their promise for use in photoanodes for water splitting application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3708-3713
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Advances
Issue number17
Early online date1 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

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