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Approaches to efficient molecular catalyst systems for photochemical H2 production using [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site mimics

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Abstract

The research on structural and functional biomimics of the active site of [FeFe]-hydrogenases is in an attempt to elucidate the mechanisms of H2-evolution and uptake at the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site, and to learn from Nature how to create highly efficient H2-production catalyst systems. Undoubtedly, it is a challenging, arduous, and long-term work. In this perspective, the progresses in approaches to photochemical H2 production using mimics of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site as catalysts in the last three years are reviewed, with emphasis on adjustment of the redox potentials and hydrophilicity of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site mimics to make them efficient catalysts for H2 production. With gradually increasing understanding of the chemistry of the [FeFe]-hydrogenases and their mimics, more bio-inspired proton reduction catalysts with significantly improved efficiency of H2 production will be realized in the future.

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The article was received on 20 Jun 2011, accepted on 30 Aug 2011 and first published on 10 Oct 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C1DT11166C
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 12793-12800
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    Approaches to efficient molecular catalyst systems for photochemical H2 production using [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site mimics

    M. Wang, L. Chen, X. Li and L. Sun, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 12793
    DOI: 10.1039/C1DT11166C

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