Photocatalytic oxygen evolution from low-bandgap conjugated microporous polymer nanosheets: a combined first-principles calculation and experimental study.

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Nanostructured semiconducting polymers have emerged as a very promising class of metal-free photocatalytic materials for solar water splitting. However, they generally exhibit low efficiency and lack the ability to utilize long-wavelength photons in a photocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Here, based on first-principles calculations, we reveal that the two-dimensional (2D) aza-fused conjugated microporous polymer (aza-CMP) with a honeycomb network is a semiconductor with novel layer-dependent electronic properties. The bandgap of the as-synthesized aza-CMP nanosheets is measured to be 1.22 eV, suggesting that they can effectively boost light absorption in the visible and near infrared (NIR) region. More importantly, aza-CMP also possesses a valence band margin suitable for a photocatalytic OER. Taking advantage of the 2D layered nanostructure, we further show that the exfoliated ultrathin aza-CMP nanosheets can exhibit a three-fold enhancement in the photocatalytic OER. After deposition of a Co(OH)

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