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Keywords:

  • Hydrogen;
  • Hydrides;
  • Electron;
  • Iridium;
  • Hydrogen activation;
  • Isotope exchange

Abstract

We provide confirmation of our proposed design principles for a H2 activation catalytic cycle by constructing a new catalyst. We have been able to obtain a crystal structure to confirm our proposition that a reduced, dinuclear species stores electrons from hydrogen molecules in a metal–metal bond.