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A metal–organic framework/polymer derived catalyst containing single-atom nickel species for electrocatalysis

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Abstract

While metal–organic frameworks (MOF) alone offer a wide range of structural tunability, the formation of composites, through the introduction of other non-native species, like polymers, can further broaden their structure/property spectrum. Here we demonstrate that a polymer, placed inside the MOF pores, can support the collapsible MOF and help inhibit the aggregation of nickel during pyrolysis; this leads to the formation of single atom nickel species in the resulting nitrogen doped carbons, and dramatically improves the activity, CO selectivity and stability in electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction. Considering the vast number of multifarious MOFs and polymers to choose from, we believe this strategy can open up more possibilities in the field of catalyst design, and further contribute to the already expansive set of MOF applications.

Graphical abstract: A metal–organic framework/polymer derived catalyst containing single-atom nickel species for electrocatalysis

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Submitted
17 Aug 2020
Accepted
24 Sep 2020
First published
25 Sep 2020

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2020,11, 10991-10997
Article type
Edge Article

A metal–organic framework/polymer derived catalyst containing single-atom nickel species for electrocatalysis

S. Yang, J. Zhang, L. Peng, M. Asgari, D. Stoian, I. Kochetygov, W. Luo, E. Oveisi, O. Trukhina, A. H. Clark, D. T. Sun and W. L. Queen, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 10991
DOI: 10.1039/D0SC04512H

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