Bala, Sukhen and Mondal, Indranil and Goswami, Arijit and Pal, Ujjwal and Mondal, Raju (2015) Co-MOF as a sacrificial template: manifesting a new Co3O4/TiO2 system with a p–n heterojunction for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3 (40). pp. 20288-20296.

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The present work reports a novel method for preparing an elusive Co3O4/TiO2 p–n heterojunction using Co-based metal organic frameworks (Co-MOFs) as a TiO2-absorbent cum sacrificial template for nanocomposite formation. Four new Co-MOFs based on a bispyrazole ligand and different carboxylic acids, with a wide variety of dimensionality, porosity and surface characteristics, were exploited for this purpose. We detail here the synthesis of cobalt MOFs using the hydro(solvo)thermal method and structural characterization by single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD). We have also successfully demonstrated our strategy of using MOFs for fabricating superior p–n diode-type Co3O4/TiO2 hetero-nanocomposites for photocatalytic hydrogen production. The characterization results suggested that the nanocomposites consisted of highly crystalline desired anatase TiO2 nanoparticles and spinel Co3O4-like species. The nanocomposite with 2 wt% Co loading exhibited the maximum photoactivity with a hydrogen evolution rate of ∼7 mmol g−1 h−1 under UV-vis light irradiation. The above results indicate that the present preparative strategy is an amenable route for the synthesis of desirable synergistic photocatalysts combining a remarkable reactivity relevant to solar energy conversion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Chemistry
Depositing User: Dr. Sarita Ghosh
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 06:30
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 06:30

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