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Surface-coordinated metal–organic framework thin films (SURMOFs) for electrocatalytic applications

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Abstract

The design and development of highly efficient electrocatalysts are very important in energy storage and conversion. As a kind of inorganic organic hybrid material, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been used as electrocatalysts in electrocatalytic reactions due to their structural diversities and fascinating functionalities. Particularly, MOF thin films are coordinated on substrate surfaces by a liquid phase epitaxial (LPE) layer by layer (LBL) growth method (called surface-coordinated MOF thin films, SURMOFs), and recently have been studied in various applications due to their precisely controlled thickness, preferred growth orientation and homogeneous surface. In this review, we will summarize the preparation and electrocatalysis of SURMOFs and their derived thin films (SURMOF-D). The SURMOF based thin films possess diverse topological structures and flexible properties, providing abundant catalytically active sites and fast charge transfer for efficient electrocatalytic performance in the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), carbon dioxide reduction reaction (CRR), supercapacitors, tandem electrocatalysis and so on. The research challenges and problems of SURMOFs for electrocatalytic applications are also discussed at the end of the review.

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Submitted
21 Apr 2020
Accepted
21 May 2020
First published
22 May 2020

Nanoscale, 2020,12, 12712-12730
Article type
Review Article

Surface-coordinated metal–organic framework thin films (SURMOFs) for electrocatalytic applications

Y. Xiao, Z. Gu and J. Zhang, Nanoscale, 2020, 12, 12712 DOI: 10.1039/D0NR03115A

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