The Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis
A NSF Center for Chemical Innovation
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Copper-based Water Oxidation Catalyst Reported in Nature Chemistry, Highlighted in C&E News
CENTC investigators James Mayer, Karen Goldberg, and graduate student Shoshanna Barnett have prepared a homogeneous, water oxidation catalyst containing the earth abundant metal copper. In work reported in Nature Chemistry, copper salts and bipyridine mixed at high pH form a bipyridine hydroxo complex that promotes dioxygen production. This work is of interest because electrolytic water oxidation to give dioxygen is a key challenge in the conversion of electricity to chemical fuels.
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