A phosphoramidite-based [FeFe]H2ase functional mimic displaying fast electrocatalytic proton reduction†
A phosphoramidite modified [FeFe]H2ase mimic is studied as a model for photodriven production of H2. On cathodic activation, the pyridyl–phosphoramidite complex exhibits a strongly enhanced rate of proton reduction over the previously reported pyridylphosphine model at the same overpotential. Analysis of the cyclic voltammograms shows an apparent H2 evolution rate strongly influenced by the presence of both side-bound pyridyl and phosphorous-bound dimethylamino moieties at the phosphoramidite ligands. This difference is ascribed to the basic amines acting as proton relays.