Photo-electrochemical effects in topological insulator Sb2Te3 thin films

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Optical Materials


Topological insulators have attracted increased attention owing to their fascinating properties and important applications, such as spintronic devices, quantum computers, and optoelectronic devices. In this study, we demonstrated the photo-electrochemical properties of a typical topological insulator material, Sb2Te3 thin film. Sb2Te3 thin films were grown on a glass substrate using atomic layer deposition subsequently, samples or thin films were characterized using Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy. The as-fabricated Sb2Te3 thin films have continuous and coarse surfaces with high crystallization. The photo-electrochemical effects of Sb2Te3 electrodes were observed. We show that the Sb2Te3 films have potential in photocatalytic water splitting application.

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National Natural Science Foundation of China



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