Effect of different nano-structured Ag doped TiO2-NTs fabricated by electrodeposition on the electrocatalytic hydrogen production

BARAN E., Yazici B.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol.41, no.4, pp.2498-2511, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.12.028
  • Page Numbers: pp.2498-2511


In this study, TiO2-NTs electrode was successfully fabricated by two-step anodization technique. Then, different Nano-structured Ag was loaded on the surface of as prepared TiO2-NTs using electrodeposition method at various deposition times. The morphology, composition and structure of Ag doped TiO2-NTs were determined by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results showed that nanoparticle and nanodentrict Ag were formed on the TiO2-NTs depending on the deposition time and the particle size of anatase TiO2 increased with increasing Ag doping concentration. To evaluate the electrocatalytic properties of Ag doped TiO2-NTs towards the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), the cyclic voltammetry, cathodic polarization curves and impedance measurements were recorded in 1 M KOH. The electrochemical data indicated that nanodentrict Ag doped TiO2, having the highest charge carrier density (9.02.10(29) cm(-3)) as revealed by Mott-Schottky analysis, exhibits the most effective electrocatalytic activity towards the HER. In addition, long term stability of TiO2-NTs and Ag-TiO2-NTs electrodes and the energy requirement for the electrolytic hydrogen evolution were examined. Copyright (C) 2015, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.