Synthesis of Au/UiO-66-NH2/Graphene composites as efficient visible-light photocatalysts to convert CO2

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International Journal of Hydrogen Energy


The production of new solar fuel through CO photocatalytic reduction has aroused tremendous attention in recent years because of the increased demand of global energy sources and global warming caused by the mass concentration of CO in the earth's atmosphere. In this work, UiO-66-NH was co-modified by the Au nanoparticles (Au-NPs) and Graphene (GR). The resultant nanocomposite exhibits a strong absorption edge in visible light owing to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au-NPs. More attractively, Au/UiO-66-NH /GR displays much higher photocatalytic activity (49.9 μmol) and selectivity (80.9%) than that of UiO-66-NH /GR (selectivity: 71.6%) and pure UiO-66-NH (selectivity: 38.3%) for the CO reduction under visible light. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is primarily dued to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au-NPs, which could enhance the visible light absorption. The GR sheets could play as an electron acceptor with superior conductivity and thus suppress the recombination of electrons and holes. Besides, the GR could also improve the dispersibility of UiO-66-NH so as to expose more active sites and strengthen the capture of CO . The contact effect and synergy effect among different samples are strengthened in the ternary composites and the photocatalytic performance is therefore improved. This study demonstrates a MOF based hybrid composite for efficient photocatalytic CO reduction, the findings not only prove great potential for the design and application of MOFs-based materials but also bring light to novel chances in the development of new high performance photocatalysts. 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

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National Natural Science Foundation of China



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