Photoelectrochemistry; TiO2; Ni-MOF; Coordination state; Water splitting
Decoration of metal-organic framework (MOF) has been considered as effective route to improve the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of TiO2, but there is still a lack of understanding of the regulatory structure. Herein, Ni-MOF was rationally introduced by in-situ etching method, which helps for artificially regulating coordination state of Ni sites. The photocurrent density (0.81 mA/cm2) and IPCE value (33.1%) of TiO2-MOF-2 are about two times than that of pristine TiO2, due to the rich unsaturated sites of Ni-MOF. Meanwhile, the saturated coordination has caused the decline of PEC performance, because of the obvious steric hindrance. Therefore, this work presents an insight for the effect of coordination state on PEC activity especially in MOF system.