Ultra-thin g-C3N4/MFM-300(Fe) heterojunctions for photocatalytic aerobic oxidation of benzylic carbon centers

Chengcheng Liu, Tian Luo, Alena Sheveleva, Xue Han, Xinchen Kang, Sergei Sapchenko, Floriana Tuna, Eric Mcinnes, Buxing Han, Sihai Yang, Martin Schroder

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Abstract

In situ growth of the metal-organic framework material MFM-300(Fe) on an ultra-thin sheet of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has been achieved with the aid of exfoliation of bulk carbon nitride using supercritical CO2. The resultant hybrid structure, CNNS/MFM-300(Fe), comprising of carbon nitride nanosheets (CNNS) and MFM-300(Fe), shows excellent performance towards photocatalytic aerobic oxidation of benzylic C-H groups at room temperature under visible light. The catalytic activity is significantly improved compared to the parent g-C3N4, MFM-300(Fe) or physical mixtures of both. This facile strategy for preparing heterojunction photocatalysts demonstrates a green pathway for the efficient and economic oxidation of benzylic carbons to produce fine chemicals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterials Advances
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Jun 2021

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