New Material from MARVEL Lab Cleans and Splits Water

This was published on November 5, 2018

Researchers from the lab of NCCR MARVEL's deputy director Berend Smit and colleagues have developed a photocatalytic system that is based on a material in the class of metal-organic frameworks. The system can be used to degrade pollutants present in water while simultaneously producing hydrogen that can be captured and used further. The research was published in Advanced Functional Materials.

This noble-metal free photocatalytic system brings the field of photocatalysis a step closer to practical ‘solar-driven’ applications and showcases the great potential of MOFs in this field.

—  Kyriakos Stylianou, scientist in EPFL's Laboratory of Molecular Simulation and, since May 2018, experimental group leader in  MARVEL Design & Discovery Project 4.

Simultaneous photocatalytic hydrogen generation and dye degradation using a visible light active metal–organic framework. Credit: Alina-Stavroula Kampouri/EPFL

Please follow this link to read EPFL journalist Nik Papageorgiou's story on the research. 


Stavroula Kampouri, Tu N. Nguyen, Mariana Spodaryk, Robert G. Palgrave, Andreas Züttel, Berend Smit, Kyriakos C. Stylianou. Concurrent Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation and Dye Degradation Using MIL-125-NH2 under Visible Light Irradiation.  Advanced Functional Materials 05 November 2018. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201806368

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