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Dalton Trans. 2013 Oct 14;42(38):13948-54. doi: 10.1039/c3dt50845e. Epub 2013 Aug 8.

One-pot synthesis of metal-organic framework@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles with enhanced visible-light photoactivity.

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Department of Applied Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Bengbu College, Bengbu 233000, P. R. China.


This paper presents a novel strategy to prepare Cu3(BTC)2@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles in the size range of 200-400 nm using a new one-pot strategy under ultrasonic irradiation at room temperature. In this approach, the silica shell thickness could be finely tuned in the size range of 12-60 nm for various reaction times. Nanocomposite thin films were fabricated on the glass substrates by Sol-Gel spin coating using the products for 1.5 h, 2 h and 2.5 h, respectively, and heat treated using an infrared lamp heating system in air. The photocatalytic degradation of phenol in aqueous solution using Cu2(BTC)3@SiO2 thin films was investigated under visible light irradiation at pH 4. After a 45 min reaction with phenol, the degradation rate was up to 93.1%. Moreover, the thin film photocatalysts could be reused 5 times without appreciable loss of photocatalytic activity for degradation of phenol. The present work clearly shows that the films as photocatalysts showed higher photocatalytic performance.

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