Light-driven hydrogen generation: Efficient iron-based water reduction catalysts

Felix Gärtner, Basker Sundararaju, Annette Enrica Surkus, Albert Boddien, Björn Loges, Henrik Junge, Pierre H. Dixneuf, Matthias Beller

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(figure represented) Let your light shine: A novel state-of-theart system for light-driven proton reduction with iron catalysts was developed (see scheme; SR = sacrificial reagent). It consists of simple iron carbonyl complexes such as [Fe3(CO)12], triethylamine as sacrificial reagent (electron donor), and [Ir(bpy)(ppy)2]PF6 as photosensitizer (PS). High turnover numbers of more than 3000 for the sensitizer and 400 for the iron catalyst are obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9962-9965
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number52
StatePublished - 21 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy conversion
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Iron
  • Photochemistry
  • Water splitting


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