Computational Studies of Photocatalysis with Metal–Organic Frameworks

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Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) as photocatalysts and photocatalyst supports combine several advantages of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalyses, including stability, post-reaction separation, catalyst reusability, and tunability, and they have been intensively studied for photocatalytic applications. There are several reviews that focus mainly or even entirely on experimental work. The present review is intended to complement those reviews by focusing on computational work that can provide a further understanding of the photocatalytic properties of MOF photocatalysts. We first present a summary of computational methods, including density functional theory, combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical methods, and force fields for MOFs. Then, computational investigations on MOF-based photocatalysis are briefly discussed. The discussions focus on the electronic structure, photoexcitation, charge mobility, and photoredox catalysis of MOFs, especially the widely studied UiO-66-based MOFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-263
Number of pages13
JournalEnergy and Environmental Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported as part of the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences, under Award No. DE‐FG02‐17ER16362.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Zhengzhou University


  • QM/MM
  • computation
  • metal doping
  • metal–organic framework
  • photocatalysis


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