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Keywords:

  • electrocatalysis;
  • ferrocene;
  • hydrogen;
  • hydrogenase;
  • iron
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Hydrogen oxidation—irons do it, slowly: Camara and Rauchfuss have shown that dihydrogen can be oxidised by combining a {2Fe–2S} core, a basic amine group and an electron sink in the same molecule. This biomimetic approach turns over and may open the way for more active catalysts.