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Highly efficient solar steam generation by hybrid plasmonic structured TiN/mesoporous anodized alumina membrane

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 September 2018

Yue Bian
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Kun Tang*
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Zhonghua Xu
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Jingrui Ma
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Yang Shen
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Licai Hao
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Xuanhu Chen
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Kuiying Nie
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Jing Li
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Tongchuan Ma
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Shunming Zhu
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Jiandong Ye
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Xiang Xiong
Affiliation:
National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and School of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Yi Yang
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Rong Zhang
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Youdou Zheng
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Shulin Gu*
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China; and Collaborative Innovation Center of Solid-State Lighting and Energy-Saving Electronics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
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a)Address all correspondence to these authors. e-mail: ktang@nju.edu.cn
b)e-mail: slgu@nju.edu.cn
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Abstract

Given the global water challenges, solar-driven steam generation has become a renewed topic recently as an energy-efficient way for clean water production. Here, a hybrid plasmonic structure consisting of a top layer of TiN nanoparticles (NPs) and a bottom layer of mesoporous anodized alumina membrane (AAM) was rationally designed and fabricated. The top TiN NPs with broadband light absorption acted as a plasmonic heating layer, which converted the absorbed light to heat efficiently for interfacial water heating. The AAM acted as the mechanical support layer, guaranteeing the heat isolation and continuous water replenishment. With optimized thickness of the TiN top layer, a solar steam generation efficiency of 87.7% was achieved in this study. This efficiency is comparable or even higher than prior studies. The current work proves the capability of the TiN NPs as an alternative photothermal material.

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Highly efficient solar steam generation by hybrid plasmonic structured TiN/mesoporous anodized alumina membrane
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