Nanostructured thin films produced in flame aerosol reactors for photosplitting of water

Elijah Thimsen, Pratim Biswas

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The paper describes methodologies for deposition of nanostructured films in single step processes using flame aerosol reactors. An understanding of the process parameters such as precursor feed rate, temperature histories and residence times that control resultant film parameters such as thickness, crystallinity and morphology are developed. Control of temperature profiles allow control of sintering rates to produce desired nanostructured thin films. These films are then tested for photocurrent generation under uv light illumination - and overall conversion efficiencies of around 5 % are readily obtained. Results of the study indicate that conditions could be optimized to improve water splitting efficiencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSolar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventSolar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 14 2006Aug 17 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceSolar Hydrogen and Nanotechnology
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Aerosol reactors
  • Nanostructured thin films
  • Photo-splitting
  • Titanium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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