Hybrid molecular assemblies for solar hydrogen production

Paul W. King, Katherine A. Brown, Molly B. Beernik, Gordana Dukovic, Gary Rumbles, Smita Dayal

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Abstract

Hydrogen activation in nature is catalyzed by hydrogenases that utilize unique organometallic, transition metal centers caged in a protein that provides the coordination environment for fast proton and electron transfer. Hydrogenases possess many characteristics of an ideal catalyst, and elucidation of their basic structure-function properties are helping to guide efforts in development of synthetic catalysts for hydrogen production from water-splitting. In photosynthetic microbes hydrogenases catalyze the conversion of photoreductant from water-splitting into hydrogen. The conversion steps are mediated by formation of both stable and transient protein-protein complexes involving electrostatic interactions to orient donor-acceptor sites. The same principles have been used to guide the design and assembly of hydrogenase-nanoparticle hybrids for photocatalytic hydrogen production. Due to the sensitivity of nanoparticle relaxation kinetics to changes in charge-transfer pathways, spectroscopic and optical techniques can be used to probe the process of molecular assembly leading to formation of catalytic complexes. Our recent progress in the study of hydrogenases, and of hydrogenase-nanoparticle complexes will be presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event242nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 28 2011Sep 1 2011

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Other242nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period8/28/119/1/11

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Hydrogenase
Hydrogen production
Nanoparticles
Proteins
Hydrogen
Catalysts
Organometallics
Coulomb interactions
Transition metals
Charge transfer
Water
Protons
Chemical activation
Kinetics
Electrons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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King, P. W., Brown, K. A., Beernik, M. B., Dukovic, G., Rumbles, G., & Dayal, S. (2011). Hybrid molecular assemblies for solar hydrogen production. In ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts

Hybrid molecular assemblies for solar hydrogen production. / King, Paul W.; Brown, Katherine A.; Beernik, Molly B.; Dukovic, Gordana; Rumbles, Gary; Dayal, Smita.

ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. 2011.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

King, PW, Brown, KA, Beernik, MB, Dukovic, G, Rumbles, G & Dayal, S 2011, Hybrid molecular assemblies for solar hydrogen production. in ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. 242nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Denver, CO, United States, 8/28/11.
King PW, Brown KA, Beernik MB, Dukovic G, Rumbles G, Dayal S. Hybrid molecular assemblies for solar hydrogen production. In ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. 2011
King, Paul W. ; Brown, Katherine A. ; Beernik, Molly B. ; Dukovic, Gordana ; Rumbles, Gary ; Dayal, Smita. / Hybrid molecular assemblies for solar hydrogen production. ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. 2011.
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