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Reversible isomerization of a novel [FeFe]‑hydrogenase model complex and water-promoted electrocatalytic proton reduction

Reversible isomerization of a novel [FeFe]‑hydrogenase model complex and water-promoted electrocatalytic proton reduction
μ-(SCH(CH2CH3)CH2S)-Fe2(CO)42-DPPE) (complex 1, DPPE is 1,2-bis (diphenylphosphor) ethane), which can be regarded as a model of the [FeFe]‑hydrogenase active site, was synthesized and characterized. The reversible isomerization of complex 1 under N2 and CO atmosphere was demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry, IR spectroscopy and 31P NMR. Furthermore, we discovered that both the presence of a CO atmosphere and the addition of H2O can independently trigger the same inversion of configuration of complex 1. The electrocatalytic proton reduction capacity of 1 was evaluated under varying conditions. It was found that addition of a little H2O to CH3CN can facilitate its efficiency of electrocatalytic proton reduction. The possible mechanism of transition between axial/basal and dibasal isomers and the function of H2O in the electrocatalytic reaction are discussed.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S1388248117302084

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