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November 2016

Single-nanowire photoelectrochemistry

Scientific Achievement

A single-nanowire-based device has been developed for photoelectrochemistry (PEC).

Significance and Impact

Single-nanowire photoelectrodes show that the photovoltage output of ensemble arrays can be limited by poorly performing individual nanowires, and that the large surface area of nanowire can lower the overpotential incurred in PEC reactions.

Research Details

Su, Y., Liu, C., Brittman, S., Tang, J., Fu, A., Kornienko, N., Kong, Q., Yang, P., Nature Nanotech. 11, 609-612 (2016)