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Front. Chem., 13 December 2021
Sec. Catalysis and Photocatalysis
Volume 9 - 2021 |

Construction of UiO-66/Bi4O5Br2 Type-II Heterojunction to Boost Charge Transfer for Promoting Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction Performance

www.frontiersin.orgDongsheng Li1 www.frontiersin.orgBichen Zhu1 www.frontiersin.orgZhongti Sun1 www.frontiersin.orgQinqin Liu1 www.frontiersin.orgLele Wang1 www.frontiersin.orgHua Tang2*
  • 1School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China
  • 2School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Qingdao University, Qingdao, China

One of the basic challenges of CO2 photoreduction is to develop efficient photocatalysts, and the construction of heterostructure photocatalysts with intimate interfaces is an effective strategy to enhance interfacial charge transfer for realizing high photocatalytic activity. Herein, a novel UiO-66/Bi4O5Br2 heterostructure photocatalyst was constructed by depositing UiO-66 nanoparticles with octahedral morphology over the Bi4O5Br2 nanoflowers assembled from the Bi4O5Br2 nanosheets via an electrostatic self-assembly method. A tight contact interface and a built-in electric field were formed between the UiO-66 and the Bi4O5Br2, which was conducive to the photo-electrons transfer from the Bi4O5Br2 to the UiO-66 and the formation of a type-II heterojunction with highly efficient charge separation. As a result, the UiO-66/Bi4O5Br2 exhibited improved photocatalytic CO2 reduction performance with a CO generation rate of 8.35 μmol h−1 g−1 without using any sacrificial agents or noble co-catalysts. This work illustrates an applicable tactic to develop potent photocatalysts for clean energy conversion.

1 Introduction

The high-speed increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere has led to serious global warming and environmental problems (Scott and Geden, 2018; Prasad et al., 2020; Tang et al., 2020; Xu et al., 2020; Liu et al., 2021a). Investigating reliable strategies which can convert CO2 into usable fuel can guide the healthy development of society. Among the numerous proposals for CO2 conversion, solar photocatalysis that can efficiently convert CO2 into useful chemical intermediates and chemical raw material (carbon monoxide, CO) has been appraised as a potential strategy that can overcome global warming as well as meet the demand for renewable fuels (Shen et al., 2019; Liu et al., 2020a). Therefore, the development of highly efficient photocatalysts plays a considerable role in the future practical application of photocatalytic CO2 conversion (Liu, 2016; Wu et al., 2019; Wang et al., 2021a; Wang et al., 2021b).

In recent years, metal-organic framework (MOF) based semiconductors demonstrating attractive characteristics such as high surface area and a well-defined and adjustable porous structure are considered as a promising material for photocatalytic applications of organic pollutants degradation, O2 production, H2 production, N2 fixation, and CO2 reduction (Hirakawa et al., 2016; Ling et al., 2018; Dong et al., 2019; Mukhopadhyay et al., 2021; Peña-Velasco et al., 2021). Among the assorted MOF-based photocatalysts, UiO-66 is a classic Zr-based MOF material, and it has high thermal stability, unsaturated open metal sites, hygroscopic CO2 binding sites, and superior CO2 adsorption capacity. Therefore, UiO-66 is considered a promising candidate for application in photocatalytic CO2 reduction (Kim et al., 2015; Wang et al., 2018a). For example, Yamani et al. prepared UiO-66-NH2 based frameworks using a hydrothermal method and found it presented photocatalytic CO2 reduction activity with the products of CO, CH4, and HCOO (Zeama et al., 2020). However, the pure UiO-66 usually demonstrates a fast recombination rate of electron holes and poor photocatalytic CO2 reduction activity (Peng et al., 2020). Recently, some tactics, such as replacing the original ligands (Zhang et al., 2021), depositing precious metals or other co-catalysts on the surface (Zhang et al., 2020), and doping other metal elements to form new coordination bonds (Yang et al., 2017) have been investigated to ameliorate the performance of UiO-66. Coupling UiO-66 with another photocatalytic semiconductor to construct a heterostructure composite can adjust the electronic transfer path and achieve high separation efficiency of photogenerated charges, which has been deemed as one of the most promising procedures to elevate the photocatalytic performance (Su et al., 2017).

Choosing a suitable semiconductor is one of the key points to construct heterojunctions with UiO-66. Among the reported semiconductors, bismuth oxyhalide BiOX (X = Cl, Br, and I) consisting of a [Bi2O2] layer interlaced by double layers of halogen atoms is a typical layered semiconductor, and it illustrates unique advantages of being chemically stable, non-toxic, and corrosion-resistant (Jin et al., 2019; Ren et al., 2020). It is noted that the band energy structure of BiOX can be controlled by adjusting the Bi content in bismuth oxybromide material. For instance, Ye et al. have fabricated the Bi4O5Br2 nanoflowers via a bismuth-rich strategy and found that Bi4O5Br2 nanoflowers with high Bi ratio owned smaller band gap and better CO2 photoreduction activity compared to BiOBr (Ye et al., 2016). Accordingly, the BiOX with adjustable band structure seems to be a promising choice to match with UiO-66 to construct heterojunction photocatalysts for the application of CO2 reduction.

In this study, a novel UiO-66/Bi4O5Br2 (U@B) heterojunction was fabricated via an electrical self-assembly method by wrapping the UiO-66 nanoparticles over the Bi4O5Br2 nanoflowers (Scheme 1). The tight contact interface and matched energy band structure between UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 could accelerate the charge separation to promote CO2 reduction property. The UiO-66@Bi4O5Br2 hybrid can effectively produce CO at a rate of 8.35 μmol h−1 g−1 under full-spectrum light irradiation without using any noble co-catalysts or sacrificial agents. This tactic of constructing MOFs-based heterojunction provides a new way to design efficient photocatalysts with CO2 reduction activity.


Scheme 1. Schematic depiction of preparation of U@B-X composites.

2 Experimental

2.1 Fabrication of the UiO-66/Bi4O5Br2 Composite

For the preparation of pure UiO-66, 1.0 mmol ZrCl4 (233.04 mg) and 1.0 mmol terephthalic acid (H2BDC 166.13 mg) were dispersed into 25 ml DMF solution and sonicated for 10 min, respectively. After that, 3.6 ml acetic acid was mixed into the above solution in a 100 ml Teflon-lined autoclave and sonicated for 10 min and then heated at 120°C for 24 h. After that, the collection was centrifugated, washed, and dried overnight at 60°C to obtain the UiO-66. For the Bi4O5Br2, 2 mmol KBr, and 2 mmol Bi(NO3)3·5H2O were dispersed into 20 ml glycerol and stirred for 10 min, respectively. Then, the KBr solution and Bi(NO3)3·5H2O solution were transferred into a 50 ml Teflon-lined autoclave and kept at 160°C for 16 h. After cooling down, the precipitate was washed and dried to obtain Bi4O5Br2.

The UiO-66/Bi4O5Br2 composites were prepared by an electronic assembly technique. Typically, 50 mg Bi4O5Br2 with a positive zeta potential of 35.9 mV (Supplementary Figure S1) and different amounts of UiO-66 with a negative zeta potential of −20.1 mV (Supplementary Figure S1) were dispersed into 50 ml deionized water, respectively, and the above two solutions were mixed together and then sonicated for 60 min to prepare the UiO-66@Bi4O5Br2 composite. The adding amount of the UiO-66@ was 5, 10, 15 mg, respectively, and the corresponding UiO-66@Bi4O5Br2 samples were named U@B-5, U@B-10, and U@B-15, respectively.

2.2 Characterization Techniques

The structure, morphology, composition, and zeta potential were tested using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD, D/Max-2550, Rigaku), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, JXA-840A, JEOL), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM, JEM-100CX II, JEOL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, PHI ESCA-5000C, Perkin Elmer), and a ZS90 (Malvern Panalytical) zeta sizer, respectively. The light adsorption, Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR), Raman spectrum and transient fluorescence absorption spectroscopy were studied by the UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS, UV2550 spectrophotometer), Nexus 870 spectrometer, DXR spectrometer, and femtosecond transient absorption spectrometer (Helios fire, Ultrafast System), respectively. The SBET and pore size distribution of the powders were measured on an ASAP 2020 HD88 (United States). The photocurrents, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) profiles, and Mott–Schottky plots were tested via a CHI660B electrochemical workstation.

2.3 Photocatalytic Performance Measurements

The photocatalytic CO2 reduction experiments were measured in an enclosed quartz reactor under Xe lamp irradiation (Perfectlight, PLS-SXE300+) and the reaction temperature was controlled at 5°C by HJDC-0506 instrument to prevent thermal catalytic effects. Typically, 30 mg of U@B-X sample was dispersed in 50 ml of deionized water with no sacrificial agent by stirring for 10 min and then transformed into the enclosed quartz reactor. Then, the reaction container was filled with high purity CO2 gas (99.995%) and the gaseous products were tested by the GC-2014C gas chromatography (GC, Shimadzu Technologies) equipped with a thermal conductivity detector (TCD) and two flame ionization detectors (FIDs) for the analysis of CO. For the stability measurement, the reactor was re-filled with CO2 (80Kpa) and then tested under the same condition described above.

2.4 Photoelectrochemical Measurements

The photocurrents, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) profiles, Mott–Schottky plots, and Linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) were tested via a CHI-760E electrochemical workstation.

Photocurrent measurements of samples were carried out using a three electrodes electrochemical workstation with Ag/AgCl as reference electrode, Pt wire as the counter electrode, and the catalysts as the working electrode using a 75 W 365 nm LED lamp as the light source. The working electrode was prepared with 5 mg catalysts, 250 μL ethanol, 250 μL ethylene glycol, and 40 μL Nafion solution (5 wt%) dip-coated on the FTO conducting glass. Mott-Schottky plot of UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 were measured without light irradiation at 200 Hz, 400Hz, and 600 Hz frequencies. EIS measurements were tested in the frequency range of 1,000 kHz–0.01 Hz at 0.8 V. LSV measurements were performed by sweeping the potential from 0 to 1.2 V Na2SO4 aqueous solution (0.1 M, pH = ca. 7) was used as the supporting electrolyte.

3 Results and Discussions

The composition of different samples was characterized by XRD. Pure Bi4O5Br2 shows a series of diffraction peaks at 24.4, 27.4, 29.6, 32.6, and 46.2o, corresponding to (31-1), (212), (11-3), (020), and (422) planes of the standard monoclinic Bi4O5Br2 (PDF #37-0699); while the diffraction peaks of UiO-66 are consistent with that reported in the literature (Figure 1A) (Dong et al., 2015), indicating the successful synthesis of Bi4O5Br2 and UiO-66. Both peaks corresponding to the Bi4O5Br2 and UiO-66 are observed in Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 hybrid, no obvious change is observed in the crystal structure after the combination of UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2, indicating successful fabrication of the Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 hybrid (Figure 1A). The peak intensity of UiO-66 in the Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 hybrid increases when UiO-66 content increases. The different functional groups of the UiO-66 and the Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 hybrid were studied via FTIR technique (Figure 1B). For pure UiO-66, a series of peaks representing asymmetrical stretching of Zr-(OC) and different bending vibration modes from ligands are observed between 400 and 1,020 cm−1 (Bargozideh et al., 2020). The two peaks at 1,400 and 1,580 cm−1 represent the O-C-O symmetric and asymmetric tensile vibrations of the carboxyl groups of the ligands of the terephthalic acid part. The peaks at 1,500 and 1,630 cm−1 are attributed to the C=C vibration mode of the H2BDC ligands (Ahmadipouya et al., 2021). The weak peak of C=C for the Bi4O5Br2 sample is caused by the adsorption of carbon impurities (glycerin) on the surface during the synthetic process. The Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 hybrids demonstrate almost the same spectra as that of pure UiO-66, indicating that the coupling UiO-66 to Bi4O5Br2 would not change the functional group structure of UiO-66. In addition, Supplementary Figure S2 shows the Raman spectra of UiO-66, Bi4O5Br2, and Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 composite. For the UiO-66, the peaks at 1,610, 1,440, and 1,420 cm−1 correspond to the C=C stretching and coordination of Zr(IV) ions with the O-C-O symmetric stretching, respectively, while the low-frequency bands at 1,140 and 860 cm−1 can be assigned to the deformation band of the benzoic acid group (Bariki et al., 2020). For the Bi4O5Br2, two Raman peaks of A1g internal and E1g internal Bi-Br stretching modes are found at 108 and 156 cm−1, respectively (Xu et al., 2021). Both Raman bands belonging to UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 are observed in the U@B-X composites. The XRD, FTIR, and Raman results further proved the successfully synthesized of Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 hybrids.


FIGURE 1. (A) XRD patterns of UiO-66, Bi4O5Br2 and U@B-X, (B) FTIR spectra of UiO-66, Bi4O5Br2, and U@B-X.

The survey XPS spectra show that the Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 composite mainly contains O, C, Zr, Bi, and Br elements (Figure 2A), indicating the UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 are successfully integrated via the self-assembly method. The high-resolution spectrum of Bi 4f of the Bi4O5Br2 illustrates doublet peaks representing Bi 4f7/2 (159.1 eV) and Bi 4f5/2 (164.4 eV), respectively, implying that Bi atoms are Bi3+ in pure Bi4O5Br2 (Figure 2B) (Ye et al., 2016). For the Bi 4f in U@B-10 composite (Figure 2B), the Bi 4f spectrum also can be divided into two peaks at 159.1 and 164.4 eV, and no difference is observed compared to the pure Bi4O5Br2, indicating that Bi3+ can be maintained. The Br 3d spectrum of Bi4O5Br2 can be divided into two peaks at 68.2 and 69.3 eV, representing Br 3d5/2 and Br 3d3/2, respectively (Figure 2C) (Bai et al., 2019). Besides, the peak position of Br 3d in U@B-10 is still located at 68.2 and 69.2 eV, respectively, revealing the same status of the Br in U@B-10 and Bi4O5Br2. The O1s spectrum of UiO-66 in Figure 2D is decomposed into two peaks of Zr-O (529.6 eV) and C=O groups (531.4 eV), respectively (Cao et al., 2021). The peaks at 529.9 and 532.2 eV in Bi4O5Br2 can be ascribed to the Bi-O band, while the peak of 530.9 eV stands for the surface hydroxyl groups (Chen et al., 2021; Hong et al., 2020). Figure 2E shows the spectra of Zr 3d, two strong peaks can be observed at 182.5 and 184.9 eV of UiO-66, corresponding to the Zr 3d5/2, and Zr 3d3/2, respectively (Ding et al., 2017). The XPS results evidenced the successful preparation of the Bi4O5Br2/UiO-66 composite.


FIGURE 2. XPS survey spectra (A), high-resolution spectra of (B) Bi 4f, (C) O 1s, (D) Br 3d, and (E) Zr 3d for UiO-66, Bi4O5Br2, and U@B-10.

The SEM image of UiO-66 is illustrated in Figure 3A, exhibiting a relatively uniform octahedral prism morphology with an average size of 200 nm. The pure Bi4O5Br2 shows hierarchical and stereoscopic flower morphology, which is made up of small nanosheets (Figure 3B). For the U@B-10 hybrid, the UiO-66 octahedral prism is wrapped over the Bi4O5Br2 stereoscopic flowers (Figures 3C,D). The corresponding energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) element analysis (Supplementary Figure S3) displays the coexistence of Bi, Br, O, and Zr elements at the selected area of U@B-10, further proving the effective hybridization of UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2. Furthermore, an intimate interface and the crystal boundary can be observed between the UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 (Figures 3E,F), which also proves the formation of a heterostructure. Figure 3F clearly shows the polycrystalline properties of Bi4O5Br2, and the (11-3) and (310) lattice planes of Bi4O5Br2 with lattice edges of 0.30 and 0.36 nm, respectively, are also observed in the U@B-10 hybrid. The Brunner−Emmet−Teller (BET) surface area of UiO-66, Bi4O5Br2, and U@B-10 composite is displayed in Supplementary Table S1, and the U@B-10 composite displays a much larger BET surface area (211.12 m2 g−1) and pore volume (0.14 m3 g−1) than that of Bi4O5Br2. From the TEM images of the samples can find that part of the surface of UiO-66 was covered by Bi4O5Br2 after combination, which decreased the surface area of the composite. The U@B-10 sample owns the highest average pore size (5.92 nm), which is beneficial for exposing more active sites thereby enhancing the photocatalytic activity.


FIGURE 3. FESEM images of (A) UiO-66, (B) Bi4O5Br2, (C) U@B-10, (D–E) TEM of U@B-10, and (F) HRTEM of U@B-10.

The photocatalytic CO2 reduction performances were investigated (Figures 4A,B). Pure UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 show rather low CO2 reduction performance. Pure UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 present the photocatalytic CO production rate of 3.88 umolg−1h−1 and 5.08 umolg−1 h−1, respectively. Compared with pure Bi4O5Br2 and UiO-66, coupling the UiO-66 octahedron on Bi4O5Br2 can effectively improve the CO2 reduction efficiency. U@B-X samples demonstrate enhanced CO2 reduction performance: the photocatalytic CO reduction rate increases in the following order UiO-66 < Bi4O5Br2 < U@B-5 < U@B-15 < U@B-10. The low CO2 reduction of the U@B-15 may be due to the excessive deposition of UiO-66 on Bi4O5Br2 impeding the light absorption of Bi4O5Br2, thus inhibiting the generation of photogenerated carriers and reducing the transport of carriers. The optimal U@B-10 showed the strongest CO2 reduction rate of 8.35 umolg−1h−1, which is 2.15 times of pure UiO-66 and 1.64 times of pure Bi4O5Br2. It is noted that the activity of the U@B-10 is among the best reports for photocatalytic CO2 reduction (Supplementary Table S2). The stability is an important factor in the practical application of high-efficiency photocatalyst, therefore, CO2 reduction of U@B-10 was carried out four times under the full spectrum light (Figure 4C), and the CO production was calculated every 5 h. It can be seen that the CO production remained stable after every cycle and the crystalline structure preserved its original state (Figure 4D). All the results above indicate that the sample had excellent stability.


FIGURE 4. (A) Photocatalytic CO2 reduction and (B) CO2 reduction rates of different samples; (C) stability test of U@B-10 and (D) the XRD patterns of U@B-10 before and after cycles.

The charge separation behavior was investigated to explore the reason for the enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction performance. Figure 5A displays that the intensity of transient photocurrent of the UiO-66 is very low, while the U@B-10 composite demonstrates the highest transient photocurrent density compared to that of the UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2, indicating that the U@B-10 composite owns the fastest separation efficiency of photogenerated carriers (Liu et al., 2020b; Liu et al., 2020c). The EIS was also used to characterize the interface charge carrier transport capacity. As shown in Figure 5B, the EIS radius of the U@B-10 composite is smaller than that of pure Bi4O5Br2 and UiO-66, indicating that U@B-10 composite presents lower charge transfer resistance and higher separation rate (Liu et al., 2020d; Wang et al., 2020). Furthermore, according to the linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) analysis (Figure 5C), U@B-10 shows a lower overpotential and Tafel slope (Supplementary Figure S4) than that of pure UiO-66, indicating that the introduction of Bi4O5Br2 can decrease the overpotential and promote CO2 reduction (Liu et al., 2016; Peng et al., 2021). Time-resolved PL spectra were performed (Figure 5D). The average lifetime of U@B-10 is shorter (0.142 ns) compared with Bi4O5Br2 (0.507 ns) and UiO-66 (0.460 ns), indicating that the U@B-10 heterojunction demonstrates faster transmission speed of the photogenerated carriers (Tang et al., 2019).


FIGURE 5. (A) Transient photocurrent spectra, (B) EIS spectra, (C) LSV curves, (D) TRPL of Bi4O5Br2, and U@B-10.

Figure 6A reveals the UV-Vis spectra of the UiO-66, Bi4O5Br2, and U@B-X composites. Due to the Zr-OXO cluster and the charge transfer transition between the ligand and Zr (IV) (Yu et al., 2020), UiO-66 exhibits a typical absorption edge at 345 nm (Wang et al., 2016). The Bi4O5Br2 demonstrates an obvious absorption edge at 440 nm. The band gap energies of UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 are calculated to be 3.82 and 2.44 eV, respectively (Figure 6B). According to the Mott-Schottky (MS) diagram (Figure 6C), the conduction band positions of the UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 are slated to be −0.62 and −0.82 V, respectively (Figure 6D) (Chai et al., 2018; Wei et al., 2021).


FIGURE 6. (A) UV–vis spectra, (B) Tauc plots, (C) MS plots, (D) band diagrams of UiO-66, and Bi4O5Br2.

Moreover, the work function, which can reveal electron transfer in the heterostructure, was also calculated using the density functional theory (DFT) calculation (Liu et al., 2021b). Figures 7A,B shows that the work functions of Bi4O5Br2 (11-3) and UiO-66 (100) are 4.09 and 4.29 eV, respectively, indicating that the Bi4O5Br2 (11-3) surface Fermi levels is lower than that of UiO-66 (100) surface. Based on the Mott-Schottky curve, Bi4O5Br2, and UiO-66 are n-type semiconductors, and their Fermi energy levels are close to the conduction band. Since the Fermi energy level of Bi4O5Br2 is lower than that of UiO-66, the electrons of UiO-66 will transfer to Bi4O5Br2 until their Fermi energy levels reach equilibrium, and a built-in electric field is formed (Wang et al., 2018b; Tao et al., 2021). Accordingly, a preliminary charge transfer mechanism of U@B-X photocatalyst is proposed (Figures 7C,D). The UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 have a good matching band structure to form a type-II heterojunction. Based on the work functions of Bi4O5Br2 (11-3) and UiO-66 (100), the electrons tend to migrate from UiO-66 to Bi4O5Br2 forming an internal electric field. Driven by the internal electric field, the photogenerated electrons on the CB of Bi4O5Br2 are more easily transferred to the CB of UiO-66 to participate in the CO2 reduction reaction while the holes on the VB of UiO-66 transferred to the VB of Bi4O5Br2 (Wei et al., 2018; Kuang et al., 2021).


FIGURE 7. The calculated work functions (A) (11-3) plane of Bi4O5Br2 and (B) (100) plane of UiO-66; (C,D) the proposed photocatalytic mechanism of UiO-66/Bi4O5Br2 composite.

4 Conclusion

In summary, a series of UiO-66@Bi4O5Br2 photocatalysts were prepared via assembling UiO-66 octahedral on Bi4O5Br2 nanoflower using a simple electrostatic self-assembly method. The UiO-66@Bi4O5Br2 hybrids exhibited elevated photocatalytic CO2 reduction activity under full-spectrum light illumination without any sacrificial agent, the optimal sample (U@B-10 hybrid) showed the highest CO conversion rate of 8.35 μmol h−1 g−1, which was 1.64 and 2.15 times higher than pure Bi4O5Br2 and UiO-66, respectively. A possible mechanism of enhanced activity was supposed that UiO-66 and Bi4O5Br2 demonstrated well-matched energy band structures and an intimate interface, leading to the construction of a type-II heterojunction with boosted charge separation efficiency and promoted CO2 reduction activity. This work reports the design of photocatalysts with matched band gap structure and an intimate interface is an effective strategy to realize highly efficient CO2 reduction.

Data Availability Statement

The datasets presented in this study can be found in online repositories. The names of the repository/repositories and accession number(s) can be found in the article/Supplementary Material.

Author Contributions

HT and QL conceived and designed the experiments and revised the paper. DL, BZ, and LW performed most of the experiments. ZS performed the DFT calculations. The article was written through contributions of all authors. All authors have given approval to the final version of the article.


This work is sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21975110 and 21972058) and HT also appreciates the support from the Taishan Youth Scholar Program of Shandong Province.

Conflict of Interest

The reviewer (HY) declared a past co-authorship with one of the authors (HT) to the handling Editor.

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Keywords: UiO-66, Bi4O5Br2, photocatalytic, CO2 reduction, type-II heterojunction

Citation: Li D, Zhu B, Sun Z, Liu Q, Wang L and Tang H (2021) Construction of UiO-66/Bi4O5Br2 Type-II Heterojunction to Boost Charge Transfer for Promoting Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction Performance. Front. Chem. 9:804204. doi: 10.3389/fchem.2021.804204

Received: 29 October 2021; Accepted: 15 November 2021;
Published: 13 December 2021.

Edited by:

Tingjiang Yan, Qufu Normal University, China

Reviewed by:

Yanhui Ao, Hohai University, China
Huogen Yu, Wuhan University of Technology, China

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