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Cu/TiO2 octahedral-shell photocatalysts derived from metal–organic framework@semiconductor hybrid structures

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Abstract

The insertion of metal cocatalysts into semiconductor photocatalysts, which can promote electron–hole separation and provide additional reaction sites, is a popularly used approach to improve photocatalytic efficiency. In this article, we demonstrate a facile synthetic method for Cu/TiO2 photocatalysts with hollow structures by templating on metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). The Cu3(BTC)2 MOF octahedral microcrystals enwrapped by TiO2 shells serve as a Cu precursor for the in situ generation of Cu nanoparticles on the TiO2 photocatalyst. This method offers the versatility to tailor the photocatalyst configurations (including compositions, crystal phases, cocatalyst sizes, etc.) by simply altering the treatment conditions on MOF cores (e.g., room-temperature etching, simultaneous etching and reduction, and high-temperature calcination reduction). Enabled by the varied configurations, the synthesized octahedral-shell photocatalysts exhibit remarkably different performances in charge separation and photocatalytic hydrogen production, allowing the identification of an optimal design for photocatalysis.

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The article was received on 19 Oct 2015, accepted on 03 Nov 2015 and first published on 05 Nov 2015


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5QI00205B
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2016,3, 104-110
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    Cu/TiO2 octahedral-shell photocatalysts derived from metal–organic framework@semiconductor hybrid structures

    R. Li, S. Wu, X. Wan, H. Xu and Y. Xiong, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2016, 3, 104
    DOI: 10.1039/C5QI00205B

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