Efficient photodegradation of volatile organic compounds by iron-based metal-organic frameworks with high adsorption capacity

Ping Li, Sungsoon Kim, Jie Jin, Hyung Chun Do, Jong Hyeok Park

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The efficient removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is still challenging, and suitable strategies and auxiliary materials are lacking. Herein, we propose a highly efficient and stable iron-based metal-organic framework (Fe-MOF) in which the adsorption removal and photodegradation regeneration step alternate to realize repeatable and efficient removal of VOCs. A group of morphology-controlled Fe-MOFs serves as both the adsorbent and photocatalyst under ambient conditions to remove typical VOCs, e.g., toluene by relying on their high porosity and catalytic activity. The optimized Fe-MOF exhibits 100% adsorption removal efficiency for a toluene concentration of 460 ppm, and the Fe-MOF could be regenerated by converting the adsorbed toluene into harmless CO2 under 1 SUN (100 mW/cm2) solar irradiation. More importantly, the Fe-MOF showed excellent durability during repeated adsorption and degradation processes for 100 cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118284
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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