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Surface-Coordinated Metal-Organic Framework Thin Films (SURMOF) for Electrocatalytic Applications


The design and development of highly efficient electrocatalysts are very important in energy storage and conversion. As a kind of inorganic organic hybrid materials, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been used as eletrocatalysts in electrocatalytic reactions due to their structural diversities and fascinating functionalities. Particularly, MOF thin films are coordinated on substrate surfaces by liquid phase epitaxial (LPE) layer by layer (LBL) growth method (callled surface-coordinated MOF thin films, SURMOF), which 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 SURMOF and their derived thin films (SURMOF-D). The SURMOF based thin films possess diverse topological structures and flexible properties, providing abundant catalytic active sites and fast charge transfer for efficient electrocatalytic performance in oxygen evolution reaction (OER), oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), carbon dioxide reduction reaction (CRR), supercapacitor, tandem electrocatalysis and so on. The research challenges and problems on SURMOF for the electrocatalytic applications are also discussed at the end of the review.

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21 Apr 2020
21 May 2020
First published
22 May 2020

Nanoscale, 2020, Accepted Manuscript
Article type
Review Article

Surface-Coordinated Metal-Organic Framework Thin Films (SURMOF) for Electrocatalytic Applications

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

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