Cover Picture: Simple and Efficient Iridium(III)-Catalyzed Water Oxidations (ChemSusChem 11/2011)



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Back to basics: The development of catalytic reactions for energy technologies represents an important and highly actual topic in chemistry. In their Communication on page 1598, Matthias Beller and co-workers at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis describe the use of easily available iridium precatalysts for water oxidation. Although the presented catalytic systems constitute simple iridium salts, they provide improved catalyst performance compared to most known, more complicated organometallic complexes.