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Yixin Hu

Yixin Hu

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  • Chemistry Graduate Student (Mallouk)
221 South Frear Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Email: yuh53@psu.edu
Phone: (518) 526-2077

Research Interests

I am interested in the design and investigation of water splitting photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell.

Mentor

Thomas Mallouk

 

Research Summary

The basic design of the water splitting photoelectrochemical cell consists of a dye-sensitized photoanode for oxygen evolution and a platinum cathode for hydrogen evolution. Sluggish water oxidation kinetics and fast recombination pathways are the key limiting factors for the photoanode performance. I am interested in exploring different geometries of TiO2 and incorporating core-shell structures to accelerate forward electron transport and retard recombination pathways.