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    Publication Date: 2015-11-28
    Description: Solar photoconversion in semiconductors is driven by charge separation at the interface of the semiconductor and contacting layers. Here we demonstrate that time-resolved photoinduced reflectance from a semiconductor captures interfacial carrier dynamics. We applied this transient photoreflectance method to study charge transfer at p-type gallium-indium phosphide (p-GaInP2) interfaces critically important to solar-driven water splitting. We monitored the formation and decay of transient electric fields that form upon photoexcitation within bare p-GaInP2, p-GaInP2/platinum (Pt), and p-GaInP2/amorphous titania (TiO2) interfaces. The data show that a field at both the p-GaInP2/Pt and p-GaInP2/TiO2 interfaces drives charge separation. Additionally, the charge recombination rate at the p-GaInP2/TiO2 interface is greatly reduced owing to its p-n nature, compared with the Schottky nature of the p-GaInP2/Pt interface.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Yang, Ye -- Gu, Jing -- Young, James L -- Miller, Elisa M -- Turner, John A -- Neale, Nathan R -- Beard, Matthew C -- New York, N.Y. -- Science. 2015 Nov 27;350(6264):1061-5. doi: 10.1126/science.aad3459.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, Golden, CO, 80401, USA. ye.yang@nrel.gov matt.beard@nrel.gov. ; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, Golden, CO, 80401, USA. ; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, Golden, CO, 80401, USA. Material Science and Engineering Program, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26612947" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Print ISSN: 0036-8075
    Electronic ISSN: 1095-9203
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Computer Science , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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