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Ferrocene-Modified Carbon Nitride for Direct Oxidation of Benzene to Phenol with Visible Light

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  • Xiangju Ye,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, 350002 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 59183920097
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  • Yanjuan Cui,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, 350002 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 59183920097
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  • Prof. Xinchen Wang

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, 350002 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 59183920097
    • State Key Laboratory of Photocatalysis on Energy and Environment, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, 350002 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 59183920097

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Abstract

Ferrocene moieties were heterogenized onto carbon nitride polymers by a covalent [BOND]C[DOUBLE BOND]N[BOND] linkage bridging the two conjugation systems, enabling the merging of the redox function of ferrocene with carbon nitride photocatalysis to construct a heterogeneous Photo-Fenton system for green organocatalysis at neutral conditions. The synergistic donor–acceptor interaction between the carbon nitride matrix and ferrocene group, improved exciton splitting, and coupled photocatalytic performance allowed the direct synthesis of phenol from benzene in the presence of H2O2 under visible light irradiation. This innovative modification method will offer an avenue to construct functionalized two-dimensional polymers useful also for other green synthesis processes using solar irradiation.

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