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Recent advances in MOF-based photocatalysis: environmental remediation under visible light


Visible light-induced photocatalysis is a promising way for environmental remediation due to efficient utilization of solar energy. Recently, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted increasing attention in the field of photocatalysis. In comparison with traditional metal oxide semiconductors, MOFs have many advantages, such as high specific surface area, rich topology and easily tunable porous structure. In this review, we aim to summarize and illustrate recent advances in MOF-based photocatalysis for environmental remediation under visible light, including wastewater treatment, air purification and disinfection. A series of strategies have been designed to modify and regulate pristine MOFs for enhanced photocatalytic performance, such as ligand functionalization, mixed-metal/linker strategy, metal ions/ligands immobilization, dye sensitization, metal nanoparticles loading, carbon materials decoration, semiconductor coupling, MOF/COF coupling, carrier loading and magnetic recycling. The above modifications may result in extended visible light absorption, efficient generation, separation and transfer of photogenerated charges, as well as good recyclability. However, there are still many challenges and obstacles. In order to meet the requirements of using MOF photocatalysis as a friendly and stable technology for low-cost practical applications, its future development prospects are also discussed.

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The article was received on 01 Sep 2019, accepted on 28 Oct 2019 and first published on 30 Oct 2019

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9QI01120J
Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019, Accepted Manuscript

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    Recent advances in MOF-based photocatalysis: environmental remediation under visible light

    Q. Wang, Q. Gao, A. M. Al-Enizi, A. Nafady and S. Ma, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2019, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C9QI01120J

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