Transition Metal Chemistry

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 15–24 | Cite as

Two 1D coordination polymers constructed from 3,3′,4,4′-biphenyltetracarboxylic acid and 4,4′-bipyridine: hydrothermal syntheses and photocatalytic performance

  • Yan-Qiu Zhang
  • Chong-Chen WangEmail author
  • Xin-Xing Guo
  • Peng Wang
  • Shi-Jie Gao


Two 1D coordination polymers based on transition metals, namely [Co(4,4′-bpy)2(H2bptc)] (1) and [Ni(4,4′-bpy)(H2O)4](H2bptc)·2H2O (2) (4,4′-bpy = 4,4′-bipyridine; H4bptc = 3,3′,4,4′-biphenyltetracarboxylic acid), had been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, powder X-ray diffraction, and UV–Vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue, methyl orange, and rhodamine B by these complexes under UV light irradiation was investigated and shows that both complexes can catalyze each of these reactions. A possible catalytic mechanism is proposed in terms of the HOMO–LUMO gap and the associated light-induced transitions in these complexes. This was further supported by ·OH radicals trapping experiments using isopropanol as radical scavenger. Complex 1 showed no obvious decay of photocatalytic efficiency even after recycling five times, implying excellent stability and recyclability.


Methylene Blue Methyl Orange Photocatalytic Performance Good Photocatalytic Performance Photocatalytic Degradation Experiment 
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We thank the financial support from National Natural Science Foundation of China (51578034), the Beijing Natural Science Foundation and Scientific Research Key Program of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (KZ201410016018, KM201510016017), the Training Program Foundation for the Beijing Municipal Excellent Talents (2013D005017000004), the Importation & Development of High-Caliber Talents Project of Beijing Municipal Institutions (CIT&CD201404076), and 2011 Project for Cooperation & Innovation under the Jurisdiction of Beijing Municipality.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yan-Qiu Zhang
    • 1
  • Chong-Chen Wang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xin-Xing Guo
    • 1
  • Peng Wang
    • 1
  • Shi-Jie Gao
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Urban Stormwater System and Water Environment (Ministry of Education)Beijing University of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureBeijingChina
  2. 2.Beijing Engineering Research Center of Sustainable Urban Sewage System Construction and Risk ControlBeijing University of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureBeijingChina

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