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Ce-Doped Graphitic Carbon Nitride Derived from Metal Organic Frameworks as a Visible Light-Responsive Photocatalyst for H2 Production

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Center for Advanced Material Diagnostic Technology, Shenzhen Technology University, Shenzhen 518118, China
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Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Laser Engineering, College of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing 100029, China
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(11), 1539; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9111539
Received: 4 October 2019 / Revised: 24 October 2019 / Accepted: 28 October 2019 / Published: 30 October 2019
Novel fibrous graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) derivatives prepared from metal organic frameworks (MOFs) were doped with Ce3+ (Ce-C3N4) as photocatalytic materials. Ce-C3N4 was characterized using various techniques, revealing its high specific surface area, excellent photocatalytic activity, and stability for H2 evolution under visible light irradiation. The fluorine modified samples show superior photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation, which is due to the presence of more active sites and enhanced absorption of solar energy. This work provides a new synthetic route for MOF-derived g-C3N4 that can be doped with different metal ions. The fluorine modified Ce-C3N4 is an efficient photocatalyst with potential for many applications related to energy and the environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: metal-organic framework; carbon nitride; H2 evolution; visible light-responsive metal-organic framework; carbon nitride; H2 evolution; visible light-responsive
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Zhang, L.; Jin, Z.; Huang, S.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, M.; Zeng, Y.-J.; Ruan, S. Ce-Doped Graphitic Carbon Nitride Derived from Metal Organic Frameworks as a Visible Light-Responsive Photocatalyst for H2 Production. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 1539.

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