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

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  • External authors:
  • Chengcheng Liu
  • Tian Luo
  • Alena Sheveleva
  • Xinchen Kang
  • Sergei Sapchenko
  • Buxing Han


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.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterials Advances
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Jun 2021