A metal-organic framework film with a switchable anodic and cathodic behaviour in a photo-electrochemical cell

Raya Ifraemov, Ran Shimoni, Wenhui He, Guiming Peng, Idan Hod

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Abstract

Photo-active metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are considered as promising materials for the study of photo-electrochemical cells (PECs). They can be utilized as porous, high surface area scaffolds for the assembly of molecular chromophores atop semiconducting electrodes. Usually, however, the lack of prominent electronic interactions between adjacent MOF-installed chromophores impedes the development of PECs based solely on MOFs (without the use of a semiconducting electrode, e.g. TiO 2 ). Here we demonstrate that unlike standard semiconducting photo-electrodes, the photo-electrochemical behavior of a MOF-based electrode can be switched from photo-anodic to photo-cathodic by using appropriate redox mediators in the electrolyte. Additionally, a proof-of-principle photo-electrocatalytic H 2 production using a MOF-based photo-cathode is provided. Thus, these findings have a clear impact on the design of MOF-based PECs for solar fuel generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3046-3053
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Volume7
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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