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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2018 Oct 24;10(42):36290-36296. doi: 10.1021/acsami.8b13356. Epub 2018 Oct 9.

Two-Dimensional Metal-Organic Layers on Carbon Nanotubes to Overcome Conductivity Constraint in Electrocatalysis.

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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, iCHEM, State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surface , Xiamen University , Xiamen 361005 , China.
Department of Chemistry , University of Chicago , 929 East 57th Street , Chicago , Illinois 60637 , United States.


Application of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in electrocatalysis is of great interest, but is limited by low electrical conductivities of most MOFs. To overcome this limitation, we constructed a two-dimensional version of MOF-metal-organic layer (MOL) on conductive multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) via facile solvothermal synthesis. The redox-active MOLs supported on the CNT efficiently catalyze the electrochemical oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes and ketones. Interestingly, this CNT/MOL assembly also endowed the selectivity for primary versus secondary alcohols via well-designed interfacial interactions. This work opens doors toward a variety of designer electrocatalysts built from functional MOFs.


alcohol oxidation; electrocatalyst; electrosynthesis; metal−organic frameworks; metal−organic layers


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