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Eu-Based MOF/graphene oxide composite: a novel photocatalyst for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol using water as oxygen source

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Abstract

A novel Eu metal–organic framework graphene oxide composite noted as MOF@GO has been synthesized and successfully employed as a photocatalyst for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol using water as an oxygen source. The results show that graphene oxide (GO) not only acts as a structure-directing agent in controlling the morphology of MIL@GO composites but also minimizes the recombination of photogenerated electron–hole pairs to enhance photocatalytic activity. A possible photocatalytic reaction mechanism shows that water is essential for the photocatalytic oxidation, reacting with photo-generated holes to produce molecular oxygen or other active species intermediate in the oxidation of benzyl alcohol.

Graphical abstract: Eu-Based MOF/graphene oxide composite: a novel photocatalyst for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol using water as oxygen source

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The article was received on 12 Feb 2017, accepted on 10 Apr 2017 and first published on 11 Apr 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ00501F
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017, Advance Article
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    Eu-Based MOF/graphene oxide composite: a novel photocatalyst for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol using water as oxygen source

    J. Cai, J. Lu, Q. Chen, L. Qu, Y. Lu and G. Gao, New J. Chem., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ00501F

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