Biomimetic complexes for production of dihydrogen and reduction of CO2

Lu Gan, David Jennings, Joseph Laureanti, Anne Jones

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The active sites of several bioenergetically important metalloenzymes that perform multielectron redox reactions feature heterobimetallic complexes. Herein, we review recent understanding of the structure and mechanisms of hydrogenases, formate dehydrogenases, and carbon monoxide dehydrogenases. Then we evaluate progress toward creating functional, small-molecule complexes that reproduce the activities of these active sites. Particular emphasis is placed on comparing catalytic properties including turnover number, turnover frequency, required overpotential, and catalyst stability. Opportunities and challenges for future work are also considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTopics in Organometallic Chemistry
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages40
StatePublished - Sep 16 2015

Publication series

NameTopics in Organometallic Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1436-6002


  • Bio-inspired metallocomplexes
  • Biomimicry
  • Carbon monoxide dehydrogenase
  • Catalysis
  • Energy
  • Formate dehydrogenase
  • Hydrogenase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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