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Brandon R. Galan, Matthew L. Reback, Avijita Jain, Aaron M. Appel and Wendy J. Shaw Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Formate with Nickel Diphosphine Dipeptide Complexes: Effect of Ligands Modified with Amino Acids European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2013

Article first published online: 3 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201300751

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Electrocatalysts Ni(PR2NR′2)2 substituted with dipeptides were used for the oxidation of formate. Polar substituents resulted in a significant loss in activity, which was recovered upon protection of these groups. This work adds to our growing understanding of the role of the outer coordination sphere in molecular electrocatalysis.

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