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In situ construction of hydrazone-linked COF-based core–shell hetero-frameworks for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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Abstract

Engineering hetero-frameworks by using organic frameworks is expected to be a novel and effective strategy to facilitate the charge separation efficiency of photocatalysts. Herein, we construct a metal–organic framework (MOF)@covalent organic framework (COF) core–shell hetero-framework via in situ growth of a hydrazone-linked COF (TFPT–DETH) on the surface of octahedral NH2-UiO-66. The resultant hetero-frameworks exhibit high specific surface area with the co-existence of micropores and mesopores, extended light absorption, as well as efficient exciton dissolution and transfer. The optimal sample with an appropriate shell thickness of about 20 nm achieves an excellent hydrogen evolution rate of up to 7178 μmol g−1 h−1, which is approximately 3 and 7 times that of pristine TFPT–DETH and its physically mixed counterpart, respectively. The concept of a hetero-framework structure may stimulate the rational design of heterostructured photocatalysts and enlarge the family of organic photocatalysts in solar energy conversion and utilization.

Graphical abstract: In situ construction of hydrazone-linked COF-based core–shell hetero-frameworks for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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Submitted
22 Jan 2020
Accepted
20 Mar 2020
First published
20 Mar 2020

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Advance Article
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In situ construction of hydrazone-linked COF-based core–shell hetero-frameworks for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

Y. Chen, D. Yang, B. Shi, W. Dai, H. Ren, K. An, Z. Zhou, Z. Zhao, W. Wang and Z. Jiang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0TA00901F

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