Minimal proton channel enables H2 oxidation and production with a Water-soluble Nickel-based catalyst

Arnab Dutta, Sheri Lense, Jianbo Hou, Mark H. Engelhard, John Roberts, Wendy J. Shaw

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Abstract

Hydrogenase enzymes use first-row transition metals to interconvert H 2 with protons and electrons, reactions that are important for the storage and recovery of energy from intermittent sources such as solar, hydroelectric, and wind. Here we present Ni(PCy 2N Gly 2)2, a water-soluble molecular electrocatalyst with the amino acid glycine built into the diphosphine ligand framework. Proton transfer between the outer coordination sphere carboxylates and the second coordination sphere pendant amines is rapid, as observed by cyclic voltammetry and FTIR spectroscopy, indicating that the carboxylate groups may participate in proton transfer during catalysis. This complex oxidizes H2 (1-33 s-1) at low overpotentials (150-365 mV) over a range of pH values (0.1-9.0) and produces H2 under identical solution conditions (>2400 s-1 at pH 0.5). Enzymes employ proton channels for the controlled movement of protons over long distances - the results presented here demonstrate the effects of a simple two-component proton channel in a synthetic molecular electrocatalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18490-18496
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume135
Issue number49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 11 2013

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Nickel
Protons
Oxidation
Catalysts
Proton transfer
Water
Electrocatalysts
Amino acids
Enzymes
Hydrogenase
Glycine
Catalysis
Cyclic voltammetry
Amines
Transition metals
Ligands
Spectroscopy
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
Amino Acids
Recovery

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  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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Minimal proton channel enables H2 oxidation and production with a Water-soluble Nickel-based catalyst. / Dutta, Arnab; Lense, Sheri; Hou, Jianbo; Engelhard, Mark H.; Roberts, John; Shaw, Wendy J.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 135, No. 49, 11.12.2013, p. 18490-18496.

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Dutta, Arnab ; Lense, Sheri ; Hou, Jianbo ; Engelhard, Mark H. ; Roberts, John ; Shaw, Wendy J. / Minimal proton channel enables H2 oxidation and production with a Water-soluble Nickel-based catalyst. In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2013 ; Vol. 135, No. 49. pp. 18490-18496.
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