Dual-functional PANI/MIL-125(Ti) photoanodes for enhanced photoelectrochemical H2 generation and photothermal heating


Materials Chemistry and Physics, vol.291, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 291
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2022.126662
  • Journal Name: Materials Chemistry and Physics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Chemical Abstracts Core, Communication Abstracts, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: H2 generation, Metal organic framework, MIL-125, PANI, Photocatalysis


© 2022 Elsevier B.V.MIL-125(Ti) metal-organic framework coated with HCl doped conducting polyaniline (PANI) photocatalyst (PANI/MIL-125(Ti)) was fabricated for photoelectrochemical (PEC) hydrogen production under visible LED illumination. PANI coating not only decreased the band gap of MIL-125(Ti), but also increased electron mobility of the overall structure due to its π-conjugated structure that provided a remarkable increase in current density, reaching to 6.55 mA/cm2 (at 1.23 V vs. RHE) under visible LED irradiation. Furthermore, the applied bias photon-to-current efficiency (ABPE) revealed that the highest ABPE value (2.36%) was found for PANI/MIL-125(Ti) photoanodes (under LED illumination at 1.01 V vs RHE). These superior PEC H2 evolution performance strongly imply the role of PANI as a hole-transporter upon visible LED irradiation for efficient charge separation and reduced electron hole recombination with prolonged life time using PANI/MIL-125(Ti) photoanodes. Besides, the noteworthy photothermal power conversion efficiency (PCE = 79.3%) provides a unique platform to enhance the energy-conversion in the fields of photocatalysis, energy storage, and photothermal applications.