At some point in the future, this page is going to contain a full tutorial at the level of an upper-division undergraduate or first-year graduate class in photoelectrochemistry. †In the mean time, please enjoy this stock image of a photoelectrochemical cell.
Ultimately, semiconductor device physics topics
covered will include:
- Fermi levels, doping, and density of states, oh my!
- Shockley-Reed-Hall recombination.
- Band bending, and rectifying vs ohmic contacts.
- Charge carrier pathways in the dark and under illumination.
- The ideal diode and deviations from ideality.
- Metal-oxide-semiconductor junctions and the MOS capacitor.
- Behavior of heterojunction semiconductor and Schottky diodes under illumination.
Electrochemistry topic will include:
- Ions, dipoles, and the Helmholtz layer, oh, my!
- The Marcus-Gerischer model of electron transfer at metal-liquid junctions and semiconductor-liquid junctions.
- Open circuit voltage behavior under facile and sluggish kinetics.
- Cyclic voltammetry for ascertaining current-voltage behavior
- Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for Mott-Schottky analysis of built-in voltage and interfacial barrier heights.
- The spectroscopic tools available for the analysis of semiconductor-liquid junctions
- Surface science of semiconductors both before and after electrochemistry.
- Interfacial passivation and oxidative stability of semiconductor surfaces.