Biomimetic model for [FeFe]-hydrogenase: Asymmetrically disubstituted diiron complex with a redox-active 2,2'-bipyridyl ligand

Authors: Roy, S., Groy, T., Jones, A.K.
Title: Biomimetic model for [FeFe]-hydrogenase: Asymmetrically disubstituted diiron complex with a redox-active 2,2'-bipyridyl ligand
Source: Dalton Transactions
Year: 2013
Volume: 42
Pages: 3843-3853

ABSTRACT:

[FeFe]-hydrogenases feature a unique active site in which the primary catalytic unit is directly coordinated via a bridging cysteine thiolate to a secondary, redox active [4Fe4S] unit. The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of a bidentate, redox non-innocent ligand on the electrocatalytic properties of the (μ-S(CH2)3S)Fe2(CO)4L2 family of [FeFe]-hydrogenase models as a proxy for the iron-sulfur cluster. Reaction of the redox non-innocent ligand 2,2’-bipyridyl (bpy) with (μ-S(CH2)3S)Fe2(CO)6 leads to substitution of two carbonyls to form the asymmetric complex (μ-S(CH2)3S)Fe2(CO)4(κ2-bpy) which was structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray crystallography. This complex can be protonated by HBF4.OEt2 to form a bridging hydride. Furthermore, electrochemical investigation shows that, at slow scan rates, the complex undergoes a two electron reduction at -2.06 V vs. Fc+/Fc that likely involves reduction of both the bpy ligand and the metal. Electrocatalytic reduction of protons is observed in the presence of three distinct acids of varying strengths: HBF4.OEt2, AcOH, and p-TsOH. The catalytic mechanism depends on the strength of the acid.


Date of online publication: Wed, 2012-12-19
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