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Catalytic Hydrogen Oxidation: Dawn of a New Iron Age

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  • Dr. Trevor R. Simmons,

    1. Laboratory of Chemistry and Biology of Metals, University Joseph Fourier, CNRS, CEA, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)
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  • Dr. Vincent Artero

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    1. Laboratory of Chemistry and Biology of Metals, University Joseph Fourier, CNRS, CEA, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)
    • Laboratory of Chemistry and Biology of Metals, University Joseph Fourier, CNRS, CEA, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

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  • We acknowledge support from the French National Research Agency (ANR, NiFe-Cat ANR-10-BLAN-711 and Labex program ARCANE, 11-LABX-003) and the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement n.306398.

Abstract

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One metal or two? Recent results in the design of hydrogenase mimics have resulted in NiFe- and Fe-based complexes (see picture) that split molecular H2 into electrons and protons. Although these compounds are still far from technological application they improve our understanding of how nature exploits abundant metals to achieve complex reactions.

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