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6.55 Å. N5C-Ru. Y43W. 4.46 Å. W7. 3.77 Å. Y8W. 8.35 Å. F40W. 6.27 Å. Y55W. 6.98 Å. W57. 10.42 Å. R60C-Re. Thermodynamic Considerations. Bimetallic pathway strongly favored under most conditions Strong acid and/or less positive E°  (Co 3+/2+ ) favor monometallic route

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Catalysts for solar fuels

6.55 Å



4.46 Å


3.77 Å


8.35 Å


6.27 Å


6.98 Å


10.42 Å


Thermodynamic Considerations

Bimetallic pathway strongly favored under most conditions

Strong acid and/or less positive E° (Co3+/2+) favor monometallic route

Both can be competitive under intermediate conditions

Ni(cyclam) TON

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Aqueous Co(P) Electrocatalysts

NSF Center for Chemical Innovation: CCI Solar

Interdisciplinary collaboration focused on building and understanding a self-contained water splitting system powered by the sun as a

source of clean, sustainable energy

Selected Nonaqueous H2 Evolution Studies

Aqueous electrocatalysis (>90% Faradaic H2 yield) at moderate overpotentials (<0.6 V)

Catalysis likely occurs at CoII/I interface (limited mechanistic details reported)

Several electronic absorptions in UV-visible region: oxidation state sensitive photoprobes

Distance (C60 and C5) = 38.4 Å

Catalysts for Solar Fuels

Covalently tethered or adsorbed electrocatalyst on a light-absorbing nanostructured cathode stable to (moderately) reducing conditions

Electrocatalytic H2 evolution occurs near Co2+/1+ couple

Simulations and thermodynamics favor bimetallic pathway

Ongoing Flash-Quench Spectroscopic Studies

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Reductive Quenching: [Ru(bpy)3]1+ from MeODMA

J. L. Dempsey, J. R. Winkler, H. B. Gray manuscript in preparation.

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Spectroelectrochemistry: CoI(TMPyP)┐3+ in CH3CN

Nanostructured anode or adsorbed thin film electrocatalyst stable to strongly oxidizing conditions

Currently investigating timescale to confirm reduction at CoII site in [Co(TMPyP)]4+

Reductive quenching of [RuII(bpy)3]2+ promising for CoI(P) generation in situ

Efforts to expand range of conditions to pH 5-8 continue

Bulk photolysis experiments ongoing to confirm H2 evolution via homogeneous catalyst

SEC-derived difference spectrum (blue; Pt mesh, 0.1 M TBAH in MeCN)

UV-vis absorption spectrum of [CoII(TM4PyP)]4+ in MeCN (orange)

K. E. Plass, M. A. Filler, J. M. Spurgeon, B. M. Kayes, S. Maldonado,

B. S. Brunschwig, H. A. Atwater, N. S. Lewis Adv. Mater 2009, 21, 325-328

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Bryan D. Stubbert, Bert T. Lai, and Harry B. Gray

Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Very Long Range Membrance Electron Transfer

CO2 Reduction Catalysts: Very High h

Roles of Ligand-N H–Bonding

Non-rigidity and Preferred Conformations

Two main isomerization routes: inversion at Ni–N<

N–H deprotonation to Ni–N< (Ni2+ and Ni3+)

Ni–N(R)< cleavage to Ni–N< (3° NL< and Ni1+)

Goal: understand tryptophan electron transfer through OmpA as model membrane protein for PSII


Photosystem II

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Currently moving towards heterobimetallic ligands to facilitate oxygen atom or hydroxyl group transfer in a two electron process

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Single pendant arm donors afford similar results: diminished reactivity and minor decrease in overpotential

Catalytic CO2 Reduction: [NiL4]2+

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Targeting Cooperative C–O Cleavage


Team GCEP: Kyle M. Lancaster, Keiko Yokoyama, A. KatrineMuseth, Rose Bustos

Bruce Brunschwig & Jay Winkler

Jillian Dempsey & Lionel Cheruzel

Gray and Lewis research groups

Additional funding:

OmpA ET Pathway: Follow the Hopping Hole

CO Dehydrogenase

Ni(h1-CO2) interaction

H-bond stabilization

Fe for “O” transfer

Jeoung & DobbekScience2007, 318, 1461

>106 × CO2:H2O selectivity!!

Ethylene-bridged bis(cyclam)Ni24+ lowers overpotential

Modest gain possibly at the expense of selectivity

Exogenous Lewis bases (e.g., pyridine) lower overpotential

Reduced pyridinium catalysis not observed

N-substitution induces conformational change: counterintuitive decrease in overpotential, but diminished reactivity

Shih, C.; et al. (2008) Science320, 1760-1762.

Electron transfer rates: hopping mechanism >> tunneling mechanism

Tryptophan residues provide launch pads and landing sites

OmpA has several well-positioned residues for long range ET

ET dynamics investigated with time resolved laser flash photolysis

Beley, M.; Cellis, J.-P.; Ruppert, R.; Sauvage, J.-P. J. Am. Chem. Soc.1986, 108, 7641

Flash-quench laser photolysis studies (pH 5)

Data consistent with CoIP generation [Ru(bpy)3]2+ bleach convolutes data (480 nm)

Plausible CO2 Reduction Mechanism at Ni