Inside Back Cover: Selective Reduction of Aqueous Protons to Hydrogen with a Synthetic Cobaloxime Catalyst in the Presence of Atmospheric Oxygen (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 37/2012)

Authors

  • Fezile Lakadamyali,

    1. Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (UK)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work and should be considered as first authors.

  • Dr. Masaru Kato,

    1. Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (UK)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work and should be considered as first authors.

  • Dr. Nicoleta M. Muresan,

    1. Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (UK)
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  • Dr. Erwin Reisner

    Corresponding author
    1. Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (UK)
    • Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (UK)
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Abstract

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The economical splitting of water into the fuel H2 and the by-product O2 requires inexpensive catalysts that operate in aqueous solution and in the presence of O2. In their Communication on page 9381 ff., E. Reisner et al. show that a synthetic cobalt catalyst evolves H2 electro- and photocatalytically under the highly demanding conditions of pH-neutral water and under atmospheric O2. The picture shows the preference of the cobalt catalyst for aqueous protons, and the evolution of H2 bubbles upon irradiation with visible light in air.

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