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Type: Journal article
Title: 2D metal organic framework nanosheet: a universal platform promoting highly efficient visible-light-induced hydrogen production
Author: Ran, J.
Qu, J.
Zhang, H.
Wen, T.
Wang, H.
Chen, S.
Song, L.
Zhang, X.
Jing, L.
Zheng, R.
Qiao, S.Z.
Citation: Advanced Energy Materials, 2019; 9(11):1803402-1-1803402-8
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1614-6832
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Jingrun Ran, Jiangtao Qu, Hongping Zhang, Tian Wen, Hailong Wang, Shuangming Chen, Li Song, Xuliang Zhang, Liqiang Jing, Rongkun Zheng, Shi‐Zhang Qiao
Abstract: 2D metal organic frameworks (MOF) have received tremendous attention due to their organic–inorganic hybrid nature, large surface area, highly exposed active sites, and ultrathin thickness. However, the application of 2D MOF in light‐to‐hydrogen (H2) conversion is rarely reported. Here, a novel 2D MOF [Ni(phen)(oba)]n·0.5nH2O (phen = 1,10‐phenanthroline, oba = 4,4′‐oxybis(benzoate)) is for the first time employed as a general, high‐performance, and earth‐abundant platform to support CdS or Zn0.8Cd0.2S for achieving tremendously improved visible‐light‐induced H2‐production activity. Particularly, the CdS‐loaded 2D MOF exhibits an excellent H2‐production activity of 45 201 µmol h−1 g−1, even exceeding that of Pt‐loaded CdS by 185%. Advanced characterizations, e.g., synchrotron‐based X‐ray absorption near edge structure, and theoretical calculations disclose that the interactive nature between 2D MOF and CdS, combined with the high surface area, abundant reactive centers, and favorable band structure of 2D MOFs, synergistically contribute to this distinguished photocatalytic performance. The work not only demonstrates that the earth‐abundant 2D MOF can serve as a versatile and effective platform supporting metal sulfides to boost their photocatalytic H2‐production performance without noble‐metal co‐catalysts, but also paves avenues to the design and synthesis of 2D‐MOF‐based heterostructures for catalysis and electronics applications.
Keywords: Hydrogen production; metal organic frameworks; photocatalytic; 2D nanosheets
Rights: © 2019 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201803402
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