The useful properties of H2O as a ligand of a hydrogenase mimic

Chunbai Zheng, Kyoungmok Kim, Takahiro Matsumoto, Seiji Ogo

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This paper investigates the required properties of Ru-coordinated ligands of a Ni-Ru based hydrogenase mimic. A series of ligands, including MeCN, pyridine, H2O and OH- were coordinated to Ru, with H 2O being the only ligand to promote H2-activation. In addition, a tethered pyridyl moiety was synthesised and found to completely inhibit H2-activation. We conclude, therefore, that H2O is the ideal ligand for this mimic as a result of both its mild basicity and the availability of two lone pairs for simultaneous binding to Ru and H2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2218-2225
Number of pages8
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 26 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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