Mössbauer and computational investigation of a functional [NiFe] hydrogenase model complex†
Developing biomimetic complexes that model the active site of [NiFe] hydrogenase enzymes in order to catalyze the activation of H2 is a topic of major interest. A functional [NiFe] hydrogenase model complex has recently been described by Ogo et al. (Science, 2013, 339, 682–683). Here, we report a Mössbauer and computational investigation of this model complex. This study affords deeper understanding of the electronic structure, the reactivity and the mechanism of H2 activation by this complex.