Plasmon-Enhanced Solar-Driven Hydrogen Evolution Using Titanium Nitride Metasurface Broadband Absorbers

Meng-Ju Yu, Chih-Li Chang, Hao-Yu Lan, Zong-Yi Chiao, Yu-Chia Chen, Ho Wai Howard Lee, Yia-Chung Chang, Shu-Wei Chang, Takuo Tanaka, Vincent Tung, Ho-Hsiu Chou, Yu-Jung Lu

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Broadband perfect absorbers in the visible region have attracted considerable attention in many fields, especially in solar thermophotovoltaic and energy harvesting systems. However, developing light absorbers with high absorptivity, thermal stability, and a broad bandwidth remains a great challenge. Here, we theoretically and experimentally demonstrate that a titanium nitride metasurface absorber exhibits broadband absorption with an average absorption of more than 92% over a wavelength range of 400 to 750 nm. The increase in absorption is attributed to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). We demonstrate the plasmon-enhanced visible-light-driven hydrogen production from water using a polymer photocatalyst integrated with a TiN metasurface absorber. A 300% increase in the hydrogen evolution rate was observed due to the LSPR that enhances the rates of light absorption, carrier separation, and hot-carrier transfer in polymer photocatalyst. These results enable a new approach to prepare high-efficiency solar energy harvesting systems.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS Photonics
StatePublished - Oct 14 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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