Inorganic Chemistry, Vol.60, No.3, 1352-1358, 2021
BiOI Particles Confined into Metal-Organic Framework NU-1000 for Valid Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution under Visible-Light Irradiation
Herein, a surface site engineering strategy is used to construct a porous Z-scheme heterojunction photocatalyst for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution (PHE) by integration of BiOI in a mesoporous Zr-based metal-organic framework (MOF) NU-1000. Three high-quality and highly dispersed BiOI@NU-1000 heterojunction materials are synthesized, and a set of methods is used to characterize these materials, indicating that the BiOI@NU-1000 heterojunction can retain high porosity and crystallinity of the parent NU-1000. Furthermore, the built-in electric field of the BiOI@NU-1000 composite can effectively tune the band gap, promote the separation of photoinduced charge carriers, improve photocurrent intensity, and reduce photoelectric impedance. Under visible-light irradiation, BiOI@NU-1000-2 showed the best photocatalytic performance in the field of MOF-based photocatalysts for PHE, with a hydrogen production rate of up to 610 mu mol h(-)1 g(-1). This study will open up opportunities for the construction of Z-scheme photocatalysts based on the highly porous MOF materials to inspire the development of innovative photocatalysts.