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2021, 14(7): 2037–2052



Advanced photocatalysts based on metal nanoparticle/metalorganic framework composites

Jun Guo1,2, Yue Wan1, Yanfei Zhu2,3, Meiting Zhao1 (✉), and Zhiyong Tang2,3 (✉)

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1 Tianjin Key Laboratory of Molecular Optoelectronic Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Institute of Molecular Aggregation Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
2 CAS Key Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, CAS Center for Excellence in Nanoscience, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190, China
3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

Keywords: metal nanoparticles, metal-organic frameworks, composite, photocatalysis
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Photocatalysis, via conversion of light into valuable chemicals, is an economic and effective way to utilize inexhaustible solar energy for the sustainable development of our human society. Aiming at killing two birds with one stone, metal nanoparticle (MNP)/metal-organic framework (MOF) composites via integration of the individual advantages of MNP and MOF have been becoming a versatile photocatalyst. Moreover, owing to the synergist effect between each component, MNP/MOF composite photocatalysts usually show greatly promoted catalytic activity, selectivity and long-term recyclability. In this review, first of all, the widely adopted synthesis strategies of MNP/MOF composite are introduced comprehensively, and then their recent advances in photocatalysis including photocatalytic hydrogen production, carbon dioxide reduction, organic transformation reactions and photodegradation of pollutants are summarized and highlighted. Finally, challenges and perspectives among MNP/MOF based photocatalysis are also proposed and discussed for advancing further development in this hot research field.
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Advanced photocatalysts based on metal nanoparticle/metalorganic framework composites. Nano Res. 2021, 14(7): 2037–2052 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-020-3182-1

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