Water Splitting by Cooperative Catalysis


  • Financial support from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research—Chemical Sciences (NWO-CW), the European Research Council (ERC) and the National Research School for Catalysis (NRSCC) is acknowledged.


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Pinching water: A mononuclear Ru complex is shown to efficiently split water into H2 and O2 in consecutive steps through a heat- and light-driven process (see picture). Thermally driven H2 formation involves the aid of a non-innocent ligand scaffold, while dioxygen is generated by initial photochemically induced reductive elimination of hydrogen peroxide. These features might be the onset for new designs of catalytic water-splitting systems.