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Modelling NiFe hydrogenases: nickel-based electrocatalysts for hydrogen production

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Abstract

NiFe hydrogenases are unique enzymes that catalyze the H+/H2 interconversion with remarkable efficiency. The determination of the tridimensional structure of their active site (a sulfur-rich dinuclear nickeliron cluster with diatomic cyanide and carbonyl ligands) has stimulated the synthesis of a variety of nickel-based complexes as potential electrocatalysts for hydrogen production. These catalysts may provide an adequate alternative to platinum. This paper gives an historical perspective of this biomimetic structural approach and then focusses on recently reported bio-inspired functional mimics displaying electrocatalytic activity for hydrogen production.

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Submitted
06 Sep 2007
Accepted
05 Oct 2007
First published
25 Oct 2007

Dalton Trans., 2008, 315-325
Article type
Perspective

Modelling NiFe hydrogenases: nickel-based electrocatalysts for hydrogen production

S. Canaguier, V. Artero and M. Fontecave, Dalton Trans., 2008, 315
DOI: 10.1039/B713567J

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